Guest Column: Motives and morality

July 1, 1993

Guest Column: Motives and morality

By Dr. Robert R. Kopp

I hit Kelley’s Market along Route 251 in Roscoe, Ill. almost every morning anytime after 5 a.m. for coffee and a few newspapers.

The brew is stiff, gas prices are competitive, and the employees are competent, caring, and cheerful.

Even before dawn, it’s a pleasant experience, except for customers who pay no attention to the designated parking slots and feel they have some kind of demi-divine right to park in front of the entrance so they can pop out of their SUVs and half-tons to the perky beat of their own drummers.

Along with the manners-impaired toting 666 items in the express lane at the local supermarket, it’s one of the more glaring examples of the decline of common courtesies in our culture.

Selfish personal convenience seems to be the standard operating procedure for too many people.

But I’m not writing about parkings slots and supermarkets.

I just wanted to catch your attention with a little venting about an ethical disease called selfish personal convenience as the motive for the global plague called abortion.

While I’d never assume minds haven’t been made up and shut up already, I think it’s about time for advocates of abortion as a matter of personal volition to fess up about their egocentric morality.

And before heralding extraordinarily exceptional instances provoking moral doubt like rape, incest, health, or age, I am talking about the rule rather than its exceptions.

I’m talking about the personal decision to abort because it’s, well, uh, inconvenient to have a child every now and then.

Confessionally, I don’t understand the intellectual inconsistency of governments and mainline denominations condemning selfish personal convenience except when it involves the unborn.

I may be wrong; but except for the aforementioned extraordinarily exceptional, I’ve never heard a rationalization for abortion that wasn’t egocentric and antithetical to the humble, selfless, and sacrificial love ethic of most religions.

Again, I know minds on all sides are closed on abortion.

Yet I’m praying everyone will reconsider it within the context of personal motivation in juxtaposition to love as embraced by most religions.

And if you’d like a few more paragraphs on the subject, send a SASE to me at 5403 N. Second St., Loves Park, Illinois, 61111.

Dr. Robert Kopp is the pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Loves Park.

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