LOPEZ: “It takes courage to confront the reality of abortion, or the reality of sexual abuse and neglect,” you write. “It takes courage to confront the evil of abortion and its after-effects. It takes courage to accept responsibility for an abortion and to proceed on the journey of healing the effects of abortion, sexual abuse, and other abuses of the spirit.” Is it too much to ask people and a society to deal with these things? We’re very far along now.
LASTMAN: If we don’t deal with these things, the future will know great psychological and spiritual pain. Our era has laid the groundwork for pain, so, indeed, it is too much to ask to deal with this, but we must do so. In my own little way I try and raise awareness of the pain of abortion and sexual abuse. Only by awareness can we do something about it. Burying our heads in sand never achieves much.
LOPEZ: Why is Jeremiah 1:5 so powerful? That is: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”? How would you call it out more?
LASTMAN: This verse is so important, because it tells us that every creation is present in the mind of God even before it is formed. He had a history planned for that creation. A vision of all that this creation would do and be. Abortion thwarts the history and vision.
LOPEZ: Isn’t it a bit much to call abortion a rejection of God, as you do?
LASTMAN: Absolutely not. It is a rejection of God, “Let us create man in our own image. In the likeness of ourselves” (Genesis 1:26–27). Abortion rejects that creation and that “image” and that “breath” which is breathed into every human (Genesis 2:7). It rejects the mysterious breath which enlivens life.
LOPEZ: You describe abortion as spiritual hatred, violence, degradation, dehumanization, depersonalization, death, mechanization, and “finally the death of societal conscience possibly leading to the death of society itself.” What about freedom and choice?
LASTMAN: With choice comes responsibility. Freedom of choice demands that responsible and correct choices are made. Choices for good. If we go down this road and demand that a woman has the right to abort the child she is carrying, then why can’t a pedophile be permitted his own choice? Or a rapist? Or an abuser or a sexual abuser? What we are saying is that a woman has a “right” to kill another human being, albeit one who is small and pre-born, but the others with aberrant behavior are not permitted to exercise their choice? All of the above mentioned behaviors spell death in one way or another — death of body or death of innocence or death of “choice” to be free from violation. An aborted child is refused the most basic of human rights — the right to be born.