If authority is the father of society, then compassion is its mother.
Society is a group of individuals coming together to govern themselves under a predetermined group of laws, rules, or social contracts. This cannot be denied. The flip-side of the societal coin, however, is the compassion that its citizens have for one another. You can’t have a society of rules without having mercy. For the society which is heartless will not be able to sustain, for the merciful compassion of mothers and fathers is how children are able to survive and thrive. Children cannot raise themselves, feed themselves, teach themselves the rules. It is the duty of parents not to just put a roof over the heads of children, but to create a home to learn and grow and become compassionate themselves. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6
Unfortunately, we, as a society, have chosen to remove compassion from our society for the sake and benefit of those who would be mothers and fathers. Or, rather, as of late, mothers. We are not mercifully defending those who cannot fight for themselves, but rather we preserve the choice to fulfill our physical desires, without reserving compassion for the potential result. We make the life we lead comfortable, rather than to be compassionate for the life that cannot be without us and our protection. Mothers and fathers should be merciful because their children require mercy to live. A society that uses abortion as a means to maintain status quo for those who would be mothers and fathers is a society that does not value life, and has no compassion for those who could live in the society and still require compassion.
You cannot have a one sided coin. What would become of a society with only rules and laws, but no compassion?
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” -Colossians 3:12