Abortion:  behavior in an Immature Culture

By | August 5, 2022

[August 5, 2022]  Abortion is obviously wrong.  I don’t believe any sane person would recommend someone they dearly love have an abortion.  I don’t think we would give our little sister an abortion as a gift.  There is little debate on that front.

The question we should ask is whether all wrong things should be illegal.  Ultimately, our cultural debate over abortion, more often than not, involves the legality of abortion.  That is a difficult question to answer.  Everything that is wrong is not illegal.  Furthermore, the impact of pregnancies affects women far greater than it does on men.  And these are no trivial issues that we must come to terms with if we are to get anywhere in the fierce debate we are having over the legality of abortion.

“There is no decent place to stand in a massacre.” – Leonard Cohen, legendary musician 

In this quote, Leonard Cohen meant that sometimes we are aware there is no good decision left.  No matter what we do, all decisions are wrong.  The follow-on question is, “How did you get here?”  If you find yourself in a position where you are seeking an abortion, the question you should ask yourself is, “How did I get here?”

One of the problems in the debate over the legalization of abortion is that we have a lot to straighten out with the sexual relationships between men and women.  The relationships are bent and warped, and twisted out of shape.  There is a clear path in our churches, but folks are walking away from religion more today than at any time in history.  Culturally, the solution is no longer clear.

We should see that the legality of abortion is nested inside the larger discussion of the morality of abortion.  And the moral discussion is nested inside an even larger discussion of the proper place of sexuality in human behavior, religion, morality, and culture.  This is the place where the problem of abortion needs to be addressed.  Without this discussion, there can never be consensus on the way forward.  We will remain tied into an eternal and destructive battle without end, which does not bode well for us as a culture.

The question remains, “What to do about it?”  The old answer was “get married.”  That’s a good answer, and it’s an answer that people should listen to.  But, in the modern world, you just can’t say, “Don’t have sex until you’re married.”  You will be ignored, and people will see you as a prude, a killjoy, a stuffed-shirt whacko.

The ultimate problem with the legality of abortion is that we are not mature enough as a culture to have a serious discussion about sexuality in our culture.  We need to have an honest discussion, and we are simply not doing so.  Sadly, we have no genuine desire to do so.  Sides are chosen.  The battleground is laid out before us.  There is no incentive to talk.  There is no desire to resolve it.

The eternal debate about the legalization of abortion, as horrible as it is, is only the surface of a much deeper problem that we refuse to deal with.

We are a cynical culture, and we are not wise enough to look at the institution of marriage and understand what it signifies.  Marriage is a place where people can tie their lives together and make themselves stronger.  It’s a place where people can tell the truth to one another.  It’s a place where sex can be adequately integrated into life (and that is no easy task).  And marriage is where children can be placed first and foremost to ensure their proper development.

The much broader discussion that has to happen before we can address the legality of abortion is not happening.  It means we will not see any resolution.  This is no joke.  The damage is incredible, and yet our future depends upon it.

The lives of millions of human beings depend upon us resolving the sexuality issue.  And it ain’t a happening; we’re not even trying.


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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39 thoughts on “Abortion:  behavior in an Immature Culture

  1. Emma Archambeau

    This is a really intelligent article. Read it and read it again. Gen. Satterfield is making sense here. Pay attention to this article and you might someday be part of the solution.

  2. Sissy Woman

    Came here because I saw this article at http://www.anglesoflife.org. Wonderful site you have, sir. I like your contributions to the Right to Life site referenced here. Indeed, abortion is wrong. Anyone who argues that it is a good thing, lacks moral direction.

  3. Dead Pool Guy

    Gen. Satterfield, you certainly nailed this debate over the legality of abortion. The problem I see is that there is a radical element that believes abortion is a “moral good.” Abortion is seen as health care, a variation on the moral good theme. We need to destroy that argument through concise, responsible logic , and be consistent.

    1. José Luis Rodriguez

      ….. and abortion is still wrong. Our problem is convincing people to look at their behavior prior to needing an abortion before we can get anywhere. ✔

  4. Jonathan B.

    Pow, Gen. Satterfield nailed it. Abortion is wrong, pure and simple. Yes, indeed, the question is the legal end of abortion. If you are considering abortion, stop, you will regret your decision the rest of your life.

    1. Mike Baker

      Got that right, Jonathan. Abortion is killing of the innocent, regardless of how you rename it. Just like the Jews were exterminated by the Nazis. The Jews were not people to the Nazis, they were subhuman animals. Killing them was “good” for the world. The Democrats and American liberals say that the human fetus is not human. Huh? No logic there.

      1. Randy Goodman

        Thanks Mike, excellent point. The Democrat Party is more like the Nazis – using their methods – than anything I’ve ever seen.

  5. Jerome Smith

    Should everything immoral be made illegal? No. Should abortion be made illegal? Yes. The reason is that the people do not understand that a baby in the womb is a separate and distinct person from the mother. Killing a baby is not killing part of the mother but another human being; a human not yet born but with the potential to become one and in just a short time, will be fully human.

  6. Edward G.

    “The ultimate problem with the legality of abortion is that we are not mature enough as a culture to have a serious discussion about sexuality in our culture. ” – Gen. Satterfield.
    Best comment ever.

      1. Frontier Man

        YES! Gen. Satterfield has laid it out. What is next? Don’t ever let anyone try to tell you abortion (even in the first few months after conception) is okay. Push back. Note they talk from the perspective of emotion. Logic will not win them over.

      2. Martin Shiell

        Mainer, you are right. We are not serious about finding a solution, we are only interested in yelling at each other. Abortion is wrong. Should be outlaw abortion? That is a great question.

  7. Arena of Fools

    It is a flat-out lie to say, “Legal abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States.” For the smaller patient in the “medical procedure,” it is absolutely deadly — deliberately so.

  8. osmodsann

    62 million babies have been aborted since Roe v Wade was originally passed. I don’t see this trend slowing down even after the overturn of this bad Supreme Court ruling. Life (or rather death) will keep on going. States like New Jersey (number 1 in per capita abortion), New York, California, Minnesota, and other such states will continue unabated in killing babies. They will not stop until good men and women say “STOP THE MADNESS.”

    1. lydia truman

      Attend political meetings. Stand up at each and tell them to stop aborting babies. Of course, the best way to turn your head is to define babies as just a “mass of tissue” to be cut out like a cancer. The culture of death will doom our civilization. It deadens the soul.

      1. Jeff Blackwater

        lydia, you’re right. Hang in there. Like Gen. Satterfield has said, protecting the innocent will be the Civil Rights issue of the 21st Century.

        1. Otto Z. Zuckermann

          Stand up to protect life. Black Lives Matter (if you are asking liberals, they say ‘yes’ but they do the opposite by encouraging abortion of black babies). All lives matter.

  9. Winston

    Too often throughout history, progressives have tried to justify the regularized killing of selected human beings innocent of any crime. Now it’s babies.

  10. Janna Faulkner

    The post-modernist, progressive, Democrat, liberal women say that men have no right to be involved in this debate to protect the innocent. I say they are wrong, terribly wrong and for many reasons. The main reason they are wrong is that you don’t have to be a woman to know that killing babies is bad. You don’t have to be a Nazi to see that Nazism is wrong. You don’t have to be a criminal to know that crime is wrong. Buck up people. Go to a local political meeting and tell them what you think.

      1. Lynn Pitts

        I agree with u. The reason radical, leftist women (and they are ugly) want men out of the debate is because they know men have a great argument and can’t handle it.

    1. Erleldech

      Well said, Janna. You wrote what I was thinking. Those liberal women need to look inside their thinking and see what I see …. evil. Don’t support evil.

  11. Liz at Home

    You wouldn’t want to give your sister an abortion for a gift. Right! Well said.

  12. Max Foster

    We need more people like Gen. Satterfield who is willing to publically stand up and say NO to the abortion lobby and their ilk. Thou shalt not kill. That bilbical statement is not just some random rule put in place to make people less free. It is something that makes us better people. More moral. More likable. And ethical. Keep up the great work you are doing with your website Gen. Satterfield and, of course, keep articles like this one coming our way. We’re all huge fans. Count me in to protect the innocent.

    1. ZB22

      Max, you’re right, as usual. Take a stand. Stand for the unborn. If we don’t, who will? ✔

  13. Harry Man

    Excellent article, Gen. Satterfield. Got to hand it to you for making sense out of the abortion debate. Too many think that abortion is a Constitutional or human right. Man, you got to be truly evil to belief that.

    1. Mr. T.J. Asper

      Right, the same old excuses for killing are trotted out whenever any state tries to introduce protection for these innocents targeted for termination.

  14. Boy Sue

    If we don’t stand to protect the innocent and unborn, who will?

    1. Greg Heyman

      It certainly won’t be a Democrat, they will cut your throat if they know you are for freedom or protecting the innocent.

      1. Veronica Stillman

        Ha Ha, good start to my morning when I read your comment Greg. You’re right of course. The Democrat party in American has fallen into the abyss of Satan. They don’t even know it yet. And, they wonder how long they can keep it up before the world comes down and says get away, you evil bit@@.

      2. Kenny Foster

        I don’t think it’s so much a Democrat problem as a stupid problem. That means that even Republicans are also on board with abortion…. just a little abortion please. No way. Evil is evil. There is no little evil.

  15. Tomas Clooney

    Psst, ouch. Hot one, got it. 👍 Stand with the innocent.


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