Innocence of the Unborn

To be honest, I didn’t know what to write for this week’s one word challenge – that is until a friend posted the latest in the 13520944778Planned Parenthood scandal. This article has a video (I didn’t watch the video, but there is a graphic warning). However, the still image is clearly not a “lump of cells.” The Facebook preview of the article showed the still image, and Madilynn, who is a few months from turning three years old, said, “Look, mama, Baby!” The image of a child taken too soon, taken to be slaughtered, dissected, and sold to the highest bidder, is the size of one of Madilynn’s baby dolls. I remembered another
moment, about five years ago, when Dietrich saw a sonogram picture on my newsfeed and said, “Baby!” What is wrong with the world that our children, not much older than babies themselves, recognize and see more value in life than those making the decisions for our country? When those powerless to vote can see more clearly than the ones supporting these decisions?

My friend posts these articles with the tag, “This is our holocaust.” I did a quick search hoping to find out more about the origin of this phrase. I found activist groups, a real time counter, and several articles and posts comparing the Nazi Holocaust to abortion. Dictionary.com lists four definitions of holocaust, the final one is “any mass slaughter or reckless destruction of life.” The Nazis set out to eradicate the Jewish race, viewing them as a parasitic and sub-human group. Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, shared similar race purifying goals. You can find arguments on every side of the issue, but the facts are presented in this interview. At twenty-two minutes in, Sanger says “we are all divine.” When Wallace asks her about sin, she declares, “The greatest sin is bringing children into the world” knowing they will be diseased, or otherwise imperfect. Regardless of whether you believe that Sanger’s motives were purely to limit family size or to eradicate certain populations, Planned Parenthood misrepresents their mission today when they state they support women’s health. Their history led them to the scandal of the present.

This problem isn’t limited to the United States. This is an excerpt from a pro-life group in Britain.

In Britain today, to kill an unborn baby after 24 weeks is illegal, unless the baby is diagnosed with a handicap, which as we have recently seen, can be as trivial as a cleft palate. We compel the owners of the smallest public building to construct ramps for the disabled, whilst trying to eliminate disabled people before they are actually born. Disabled people cost money to look after, and the Nazis would have appreciated the logic of our position.

What if we honored the aborted babies the same as the victims of the Nazi Holocaust? What if we took the stance “Never Again” and stopped the senseless killing of a defenseless population?

Today, Matt Walsh says plenty about the subject. He takes quotes from all sides and poses the question on my mind: Why aren’t we doing anything about it? We stand against child abuse, believing those who cannot defend themselves deserve better than the treatment they receive at the hands of their abusers. We support reforms to help the handicapped, mentally ill, or elderly receive better quality and affordable services. Some groups advocate for better conditions in the prisons. Even animal rights have a higher position than that of the unborn child.

The unborn truly have no voice, no choice. The people deciding whether to allow a child already growing and alive to have a life outside the womb really should make better choices earlier in game. The people advising women should present them with every option. Would it make a difference if they employed a person struggling with infertility, a person who suffered the loss of a child, a person who regrets their decision to abort a child years before? Would it make a difference if each woman had to look at the sonogram, hear the heartbeat, and defend her choice to a woman who so desperately wants a child and is unable to conceive? For each baby being murdered, a woman is defeated in her inability to become a mother. The injustice of it screams, “It’s not fair!”

When I miscarried our second child, I remember the emergency room doctor talking about “passing the product.” A few days later, though I could not bear to examine closely, a complete sac with a tiny human left my body. The physical pain of the miscarriage outranks any other experience in my life to date. The emotional toll of child loss is not one I’d wish on anyone. Yet so many women have this experience over and over, or month after month of negative pregnancy tests, while others go to places like Planned Parenthood for multiple abortions. “It’s not the right time,” “I already have five of this gender,” “I never wanted to be a mom,” or any other excuse. If the abortion counter above is correct, only about 1% of abortions occur because of rape. What that statistic doesn’t reflect is the number of women that choose life regardless of how it happened.

When I did my graduate field placement, I did the intake assessment for a 14-year-old girl who had been involved in a sexual relationship with her father. As a result of that relationship, she became pregnant and had a son. The mother in this case was protective, stood by her daughter, kicked the husband out, and taught her child how to be a mother. I’m sure their lives haven’t been easy, but they chose life.

People need to Plan for Parenthood before conception, not as an afterthought. Having children is not about convenience, because there will never be a perfect time or circumstance. Your life is not going to ever be perfect enough. If you are pro-choice, your choice is not about YOU or YOUR body. Your choice is killing an Innocent Child. Your choice is hurting Innocent People around you, people that would gladly raise your child as their own. Your choice has long-term consequences, whether you realize it now or not. You will be held accountable, but will you stand Innocent as a pure, unborn child?

With all sin, there is forgiveness. It is never too late for redemption. You can be innocent again, but the choice is yours.

This post is part of the One Word Blog Linkup hosted by, Janine and Lisa! This week, the word prompt choices are INNOCENT and DANCE. If you would like to join the linkup you can find more information HERE, sign up for weekly emails HERE, and/or join our Facebook group HERE. Every Friday, two prompts are emailed. Choose one and write a post using that word as inspiration. Linkup up any time between 6:00am EST on Wednesday-9:00pm EST on Thursdays on any of the host sites.
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