Abortion is morally correct
Those who are left performing abortions are more convinced than ever that what they’re doing is deeply and morally correct. Some are guided by religious beliefs they say are no less profound than those of the pro-life activists. “What is outrageous is that the anti-abortion protesters portray theirs as the only religious position,” says Curtis Boyd, a Texas abortion doctor and former Unitarian minister. “You can be deeply religious and perform abortion services. I perform abortions because of my religion.”
Suzanne Poppema, a Seattle abortion doctor, declares that “Every day I feel I’ve made a small difference in the world.” Warren Hern, an abortion doctor in Boulder, Colo., believes he is “doing something very important for the cause of human freedom.” At a recent National Abortion Federation meeting, members came out of a post-Pensacola strategy session crying, hugging each other and vowing to carry on. “There are a lot of parallels between my church and this group of abortion doctors,” says NAF member Dennis Christensen, who’s been singing in the Methodist church choir in Madison, Wis., for 16 years.
“It’s two things: the moral code and the feeling of community.”
Religious abortion doctors want more support from their clergy. Dr. Boyd is often asked by Native American women to bless the aborted fetus, and by Roman Catholic women to baptize it. He proposes that schools of theology develop special ceremonies to mark the loss of a fetus.