Another Perspective on Abortion
I am against abortion.
That said, I don’t think we need laws against abortion.
We need to change hearts and minds.
You’ve heard it said that suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem.
Abortion is also a solution for a temporary problem, a solution that has generations-long ramifications.
The fetus is not an undifferentiated mass of cells; it is not a potential human being; it is a human at its earliest stage of development. No human mother has yet given birth to a kangaroo or a chair; the fruit of the womb is a human being. Every human being has inestimable value.
Most babies grow. Soon they’re children, then teenagers, and before you know it, they’re adults who are driving cars and holding down jobs and supporting families and contributing to society.
Granted, some babies grow up to be serial murderers.
Some become criminals. Some, extremists. Some, drug addicts.
But some grow up to be teachers, or hairdressers, or philanthropists, or leaders, or soldiers, or inventors, or composers, or architects, or firefighters, or baseball players.
Every time a fetus is aborted, we are deprived of another stitch in the tapestry that is humanity. What if the person with the perfect genetic makeup to figure out how to prevent and cure cancer was aborted from her mother’s womb? What if the person who should have become the United States president in the 2016 election was aborted 50 years ago? We have been robbed of a tremendous amount of human potential, and of all the descendants of the aborted.
When I consider the history of the United States, I wonder how anyone could have thought that slavery was a good idea. It is so obviously evil.
Two hundred years from now, people will look back on us and wonder how anyone could have thought that abortion was a good idea, for the same reason.
Every time I hear a woman declare she has a right to abortion, I cringe.
Every time I hear a woman say she has a right to control what happens to her body, my heart goes out to the body within her body. That could have been me. That could have been you.
How many infants must be sacrificed on the altar of abortion rights?
From 1970 to 2015, 45,789,558 abortions were performed in the United States, as reported to the CDC. From a high of 1,429,247 in 1990, the numbers have steadily declined to 638,139 in 2015. (Actual numbers may be higher.) Where is the outcry against this systematic genocide of our most vulnerable segment of society?
606,880 people in the United States are expected to die of cancer in 2019, and each year people send more than $800,000,000 to the American Cancer Society to fight cancer. Where are the dollars to fight an epidemic just as deadly?
The Crisis Pregnancy Centers sometimes get a bad rap, but the one in my city does not prevent women from getting abortions; it just tells them the truth about abortion.
You will not get the truth from abortion mills. They only make money when you have an abortion. It’s a big business. (Have you heard of the movie Unplanned?)
You know what else is a big business? The fertility industry. Right now people you know are being injected with hormones or attempting in vitro fertilizations or surrogacy alternatives at great expense in an effort to have a child, sometimes requiring multiple procedures. If more babies were available, childless people could opt to build their families through adoption.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers are funded by donations. The counselors are trained volunteers. Many of the people who work there are people of faith. They offer help that Planned Parenthood won’t. If you don’t want to raise a child, CPC will help you through the adoption process. If you feel unequipped to deal with parenthood, they will help you with childbirth and parenting classes and will give you credits redeemable for new donated baby items. (I belong to a church ministry that donates handmade baby quilts.) CPC plans to provide prenatal care in the future.
In my state (Arizona), donations to qualifying charitable organizations can be used as a tax credit, up to $200 a year for individuals and $400 a year for married couples. My husband and I take advantage of that credit every year by donating the maximum to Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Phoenix, one of the qualifying charitable organizations. I urge you to check with your state if such an opportunity exists for you. You will be saving lives.
Sometimes abortion looks like a viable alternative when faced with rape, incest, maternal health problems, a disabled fetus, an interrupted education, poverty, or other seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Sometimes you could come through the pregnancy if you only had someone to help you temporarily. Please ask for help. Please don’t kill your baby.