California Catholic Daily reporter, Mary Rose, visits a California college each week and asks students about God, good, and evil. Interview with Kimberly, who is studying psychology, in Plaza Vaquero at Glendale Community College on November 6, 2019.
Do you consider yourself religious?
Kimberly: Yeah. I’m Catholic so I’m religious in like I believe in God and I go to church and there are certain things I believe in that are different from other religions. Catholics have other people they kind of like look up to, too, like the Virgin Mary and stuff. So I think that’s different from Christians and other religions since they only look up to God.
If an atheist asked you why you believe in God, what would you say?
Kimberly: Honestly I don’t know. I’m religious, but it’s not like all the way. I still have my doubts on some things. I believe in science and some things I believe in God. So it just depends how you see things.
Do you believe in an afterlife?
What do you think about abortion?
Kimberly: I think it’s a choice. It’s the girl’s choice. I don’t think anyone else should interfere in that choice.
Why do you think the church condemns abortion?
Kimberly: Because it’s a life that God has given you. So it looks bad if you were aborting the baby that God is blessing you with.
Do you think abortion kills a baby?
Kimberly: I think it depends on how long you’re into having the baby. There’s people that do it into two weeks and it’s still not a baby.
What do you think about the church’s teaching on marriage?
Kimberly: Honestly I don’t know. I’m not against gay marriage. There’s certain beliefs that I’m not against that Catholics would be, like gay marriage. I think it’s someone’s choice if you want to do it with the same sex. It’s not your fault if that’s how you feel.
Why do you think the church teaches that marriage is only between one man and one woman?
Kimberly: Because in the Bible it says that we’re supposed to be with the opposite sex. Something like that. I haven’t read the Bible but what I’ve heard, that’s basically why people think same-sex is bad.
What do you think about contraception?
Kimberly: With birth control, I feel like it’s the same thing with abortion. I feel like girls should be able to have a choice if they want to take it or not because it’s our body. I don’t feel like someone else should tell us what to do or what not to do.
Do you think there are things we shouldn’t be allowed to choose and that should be illegal?
Kimberly: Yeah, like the whole gun situation. I think that’s something that should be more big and should be touched more. Because there was a point where there were a lot of gun shootings and stuff and they weren’t really doing anything about it, just putting it in the news. And they made a law, right, about it? They tried but they never did it and I feel like that’s dumb because they’ve been making laws about birth control or abortions in other places but they don’t do that about guns. And I feel like that’s affecting us more than a girl wanting to have an abortion. The guns are affecting us because there’s more violence in the world. People are able to go buy a gun anywhere basically. I heard that they sell them at Walmart too.
Do you think abortion is an act of violence?
Kimberly: No. I think it really just depends on the situation, but I don’t think so.
At what point in a pregnancy do you think abortion kills a baby?
Kimberly: I think it’s after a month when it’s a fetus already. I think it’s a month or two months. A month, yeah.
If it’s not a human being before a month, what is it that’s growing inside the mother?
Kimberly: I forgot the exact word — an embryo.
Embryo is just a name for a stage of development. A lot of different animals are called embryos in the first stages of their development. Why do you think we have a right to end human beings’ lives as long as they’re before a certain stage in their development?
Kimberly: Oh shoot. I didn’t think of it like that. I think we shouldn’t, maybe we shouldn’t, but like I said, it depends on the situation. Obviously if it’s a little girl and she got raped and she doesn’t want to have the baby and she’s barely in, like two weeks, I feel like she should have that choice because obviously she’s not ready – she’s a fourteen-year-old. Or maybe someone that is not stable, they could be older and maybe they’re not stable enough, and they still want to make that choice.
What if someone with a newborn decides that they’re not stable enough. Should they be able to kill their newborn?
What’s the difference?
Kimberly: That’s true. Yeah, basically there’s no difference. I mean if you already had the baby, that’s even worse because it’s a human and it’s in the world already. Maybe for people it’s easier to get an abortion because it’s still not here, it’s in her body. I still believe abortion should be a choice.
How do you decide what’s right and what’s wrong?
Kimberly: It’s just what my parents or in school they have taught us. How they’ve taught us right and wrong and then it’s just within us if we want to believe that that’s right or wrong. It just depends on anyone’s opinion because I could be saying it’s wrong but someone else might say it right. I think it’s the environment you’re in that effects that.
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