Innocence of the Unborn
This week, a friend posted the latest in the Planned 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?
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. Sanger said in an interview “we are all divine.” When Wallace asks her about sin, she declares that 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.
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. 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. Many others experience month after month of negative pregnancy tests. 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. 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.
Perhaps no one can definitively say, “In this situation I would do this” but there are so many more options available that PPH just isn’t telling people.
Wonderful post! It is definitely a very passionate topic.
Now while I am pro-choice, in my thoughts, as simply a right of options, it is not an option that I would have chosen in any normal circumstance. Maybe a tragic one, but I just don’t know. I am blessed in my three children and can’t imagine any life without them. Have a great weekend!
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Thank you for stopping by and offering the encouragement!
Thank you, for being a voice for the unborn.
Clearly, I agree with your Pro-Choice stance. If, in the event a couple chooses unwisely, so many other options exist. Christians really need to become the louder voice in all aspects – from sex education (i.e. the return of abstinence, chastity, and purity before marriage) to showing forgiveness and grace, offering a safe haven for people who do stray from that to more opportunities and education regarding adoption resources.
Great post. This is such a divisive issue, but I feel really strongly that abortion is never the right answer.
I consider myself very pro-choice, but I think the choice is whether to head down the road that’s biologically designed to lead to parenthood in the first place (i.e: having sex.)
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Sadder still, the wide acceptance of the practice, even after all that is becoming known about the horrific methods used.
Thank you for reading and sharing in the desire to end this battle.
Thank you for reading and offering that encouragement.
Thanks for linking up to After my Coffee so I would have the opportunity to read this article. Very well said – thank you.
You’re so right that the unborn child is innocent and the Planned Parenthood scandals are quite scary. I very much agree with you that people need to think ahead and plan before conception. Abortions as an afterthought are just sad all around.
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The more difficult, the more we tend to avoid talking about it – friends on both sides could probably find some common ground if they were willing to put aside the debate aspect. I have friends that chose to give life, only to give that life to another person to raise. I see them question that decision, wonder about the child, and hope for a chance to be a mother when the time is right. If the doubt is so strong when a child is living, I can’t help but wonder what happens to the women who choose differently.
Glad you stopped by. Thank you for the encouragement!
Every life matters. Thanks, neighbor! Blessings to you!
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Such a difficult topic in so many ways. I have many friends on both sides.
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The main difference, Donna, is we are without excuse. We live in the age of information. No one is ignorant of the situation. In Nazi Germany, many of the average citizens didn’t know what was going on, until it had been going on for quite some time. Those citizens truly lived in fear for their own lives. I live in the Bible Belt of Texas, with no Planned Parenthood for miles. It would be easy to say, “This doesn’t affect me or where I live.” I’m simply refusing to do that.
Powerful post! I could not agree more. How can our nation NOT answer for the holocaust we are allowing day after day. The men and women who are responsible for making these decisions have become blinded by repeated rejection of the truth. But many of the rest of us remain silent like the church goers in Germany who sang louder as the trains carrying holocaust victims sped by!
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May God have mercy on us,
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I often have a mouthful of thoughts, they don’t always make it to the blog. This time, I felt compelled to speak, rather than be silent (like my post last week about Esther).
You said a mouthful here and while I do have my own thoughts on this, I can say that I do essentially agree with your thoughts here and thank you for putting your thoughts on this into words.
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