A couple of days ago an old friend posted, on Facebook, a quote from Gloria Steinem: “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.”
My response: “I don’t know; we have balls and haven’t made castration a sacrament. And yes, it is analogous. Except, of course, that balls, unlike babies, are not living human beings.”
Later in the conversation I noted that every human act that a sacrament is built on -eating and drinking, bathing, anointing with oil- is life-giving or life-affirming. None is destructive.