on which women write of their abortions in their own words. Below is a recently posted story.
What struck me particularly, in reading Amber's Story, is how the freedom to choose is truly that , and is an argument against materialism in favor of the reality of free will. It also struck me as a textbook presentation of the skewedness of sin, of its inherent aiming at, and missing, the goal of truth. I say this without assigning blame to Amber (or any other who has chosen abortion), whose culpability is known only to God.
In the Bible hamartia is the Greek word used to denote "sin." Its root is in archery, and literally describes "missing the mark" when shooting an arrow. In Nicomachean Ethics, hamartia is described by Aristotle as one of the three kinds of injuries that man can commit against another man. Hamartia is an injury committed in ignorance (when the person affected or the result are not what the agent supposed they were).
To aim true, you have to have clear sight of the mark. A material grasp of the world, one that is ignorant of "all that is, seen and unseen", provides very poor visibility to an archer engaged in the act of exercising the moral (unseen) faculty of free will. Without a proper education in, grasp of, and cultivation of the virtues (non-material) that are conducive to living daily life mindful of the "eternal verities", your aim is hobbled even in training sessions. How then would you be able to aim true in the thick of battle, when life assaults you with its unexpected turns? Only by the grace of God.
Pro-life folks should understand that they are not exempt from the hamartia that is abortion. Missing the mark is something we all do. Pro-choice folks should understand that opposition to abortion is not opposition to free will. It is the attempt to clear the fog created by one egregious error of materialism, and enlarge our definition of a just society to include all human life. The 21st century is the perfect time to correct the mistakes of the 20th, now that our scientific understanding of life in the womb leaves no doubt as to its essential humanity.