This post is one that I have been working on for nearly two weeks now. I have been writing and rewriting it in my mind- trying to formulate the way to clearly get my point across in a way that makes sense…
It all started when Jason Brooks wrote this article in the Patch about abortion. It was right before the Sunday when many churches celebrate Sanctity of Life Sunday- remembering the countless lives lost to abortions, and focusing on the value of life, and the purpose of each life.
He said some things that I disagreed with, even strongly so. My immediate reaction was to comment and go on the offensive- but I thought it best to wait a while and write out a post. Not just a post in response to his article, but one discussing my thoughts and feelings on the issue of abortion and what I see as some viable solutions for the problem.
The issue of abortion is a touchy one, and although I am not one to go after controversial issues (especially on Tuesdays), it is something that I wanted to post about. (In case you missed it- that’s a joke!)
An article that I read recently said the answer all to well: “After nearly four decades, Roe’s human death toll stands at nearly sixty million human lives, a total exceeding the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin’s purges, Pol Pot’s killing fields, and the Rwandan genocide combined. Over the past forty years, one-sixth of the American population has been killed by abortion. One in four African-Americans is killed before birth. Abortion is the leading cause of (unnatural) death in America.”
Did you know that 84-91 percent of the babies who are tested to be positive for Down Syndrome are aborted? (Source here).
That’s staggering to even think about. It’s heartbreaking.
Because life, all life is valuable. In a discussion a few weeks ago on the Facebook page of the Walton Tribune a lady stated that she wants the right, and would exercise the right to abort a baby with a disability up to the day of delivery. That shocked me, hurt me, and made me mad. I have a son with a disability that could likely take his life- and his life is no less valuable than that of my other (healthy) boys.
An argument that seems to come up frequently in the abortion debate is that because I am a man I do not have a say so in the argument. That it is an issue that the women should decide on. I would agree wholeheartedly if it was an area that only affected women- like hair length, hair color, piercings, etc. However taking the life of a defenseless baby, because it is not wanted, or because it might have a disability is an issue that we should all be taking a stand against.
When it comes to instances involving rape or incest I would disagree completely with anyone who says it is inhuman not to offer the choice of an abortion. That life is just as valuable as any other life. Aborting the baby will not fix the situation, it will only serve to make it worse. Not to mention the affect on the baby…
Enough about that though- I think you understand how strong I am against abortion- on to what I think are some solutions.
Stop killing babies.
That seems pretty self-explanatory to me. Will people still get abortions even if it is illegal? Yes. However, that is not a reason to continue to kill over 3,000 babies every single day in the U.S. People continue to murder, steal, and commit other crimes and there is no cry to decriminalize these activities.
The Church needs to step up their game.
Conservatives, (namely “church people”) have taken a bad rap recently on being against abortion, but not being willing to work towards a solution beyond just being against abortion. That has to change. The church has to step up and be willing to take on these babies that are unwanted. They have to be willing to be acceptive of the teenage (or adult) single moms that are choosing to keep their babies.
Gail Moore wrote an article describing the response she received at church after becoming pregnant. It was heartbreaking. Church should be the place where all are welcomed and invited in- not looked down on. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. (In defense of “church people” it must be remembered that they are full of sinners too, and will not always act like they should in every situation).
We have to go beyond just saying to stop abortions and be willing to be an extension of Christ in our actions to reach out to others. That will look differently in different situations- maybe it is adoption. However, it could just be supporting the mom (or parents), and helping them out in any way possible.
Clearly if there are fewer pregnancies, there will by default be fewer abortions. I would likely disagree with many on the type of education used, but that is not really the point. The point is to stop killing the babies…
Because life is valuable.
Each and every life.
No matter if it is wanted or not.
No matter if it is “perfect” or not.
“For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know [this] very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all [my] days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began”.