Abortion, Steve Jobs and the Choices of Life

I'm only just catching up on some news back in November: Steve Jobs, originally an unwanted pregnancy and adopted at birth, himself remained constantly grateful to his birth mother that he "didn't end up as an abortion."
The new authoritative biography of Jobs, biographer Walter Isaacson reveals how Jobs set out to find his birth mother in the early 80s, even hiring a private detective for the task.
While his first efforts to find his mother failed, Jobs persisted, particularly after his adoptive mother passed away in the mid 80s.
Jobs explained to Isaacson why he was so determined to find his biological mother:
“I wanted to meet [her] mostly to see if she was OK and to thank her, because I’m glad I didn’t end up as an abortion,” he said.

I read about this the other day in a newsletter we subscribe to from The Choices of Life. In the same edition I was interested to read that at a recent Presbyterian Youth Camp (NSW I assume), after the speaker Bruce Coleman presented on the issue of abortion, Coleman surveyed the students, aiming to test how significantly their thinking might have changed as a result of the pro-life presentation and hearing personal experiences of abortion.

Coleman used the following question: "What do you think is a good reason why a woman should be able to have an abortion?" Students and leaders were given 7 options to consider:
  • Rape;
  • Mum's life at risk;
  • Disability of the baby;
  • It's a woman's choice;
  • The woman is too young;
  • Other; and
  • No good reason.

The tallied results indicated significant numbers of changed minds after listening to the presentation:

  • Rape: Before 98; After 18.
  • Mum's life at risk: Before 112; After 37.
  • Disability of the baby: Before 2; After 1.
  • It's a woman's choice: Before 3; After 0.
  • The woman is too young: Before 5; After 2.
  • Other: Before 7; After 6.
  • No good reason: 192; After 351.

I found it striking that one presentation to this large group of young people could so signifiantly and positively effect their thinking on this issue, particularly on those very questions that are considered to be the exceptional circumstances: that of rape and when a mother's life is at risk. 

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