So, today over on Kingdom Bloggers, you can find two articles I wrote on the subject of abortion. They are What Does the Bible Say about Abortion? and Babies are a Blessing: Bible Verses about Abortion.
Can I just tell you what a mixed bag of emotions I was over writing these posts? My personality type (9 on Enneagram) means I can see the merit of everyone’s opinions. It’s not easy for me to place myself in a category of like-minded people, because I’m like-minded with pretty much everyone.
That being said, here’s one category you can put me in: pro-life.
Why I’m Pro-Life
Yes, I do feel wildly sympathetic for any woman out there who is facing an unplanned pregnancy. Moms are my people.
But I’ve landed in a spot where I believe:
- Life begins at conception.
- The life in a human mother’s womb is a human life.
- It’s wrong to take a human life.
- The location of a baby (in the womb vs. outside the womb) does not affect his or her right to live.
- Pre-born babies should not be punished for their parent’s circumstances or sins.
It’s as simple as that.
I’ve been pro-life since….well, as long as I can remember, I guess. Growing up, my family fostered and adopted, and I’m a big believer in the miracle of adoption as well.
Why I Wrote the Article
I wrote about this topic because I love moms and babies so much. My husband and I had a hard time conceiving, and I’ve been through a miscarriage.
There’s just no question in my mind that lives are precious to God, no matter how new they are.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.Deuteronomy 30:19-20a, NIV
Researching for the article I wrote had me more convinced than ever. I primarily looked in the Bible, since that was the whole point. I also listened to lots of different interviews and read about the perspectives of doctors, clinic workers, expecting moms, pro-choicers, and pro-lifers.
I was living in a glass case of emotion.
The only thing I ended up questioning was whether or not I was “supposed to” write this article. I couldn’t help but feel inadequate. I don’t have experience with abortion on a personal level. I don’t want to cause any hurt toward women who’ve already had abortions. And I’m not big on making anybody feel guilty.
The truth is, struggling with an unplanned pregnancy is valid. All those feelings of shock, worry, fear, etc. are valid too. There’s nothing wrong with questioning what God is up to. I’ve done that plenty of times.
But if I have the chance to affect an expecting mother’s conclusion about those questions, I’m going to take it. Her baby’s life is worth the risk of offending her.
Life in the womb
I wanted to make sure any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy felt loved as she read it. I wanted it to lead others to come to their own conclusions, without forcing my perspective.
Instead of giving up, I contacted a Christian leader/speaker/author/wonderful lady who has had experience with abortion. Sarah Mae was really gracious and got back to me really quickly with permission to quote her in the post. (Thank you, Sarah!) You can read her story here, or listen to her speak about it in her podcast here.God's word has a lot to say about life in the womb. #prolife #abortion Click To Tweet
I surrounded myself with the topic, as hard as it was, and I focused on God’s word. His word has a lot to say about life in the womb. I’ll share all the verses on that another time, but here’s one.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.Psalm 51:6, NIV
I chose to keep writing because I felt like just maybe my words, highlighting God’s word, could make a difference.
I truly hope they will.
Read the articles
And to my cheered on moms who visit this site, thanks so much for your respect, love, support, and thoughtful discussion about abortion. You are my people, and you can count me as one of your biggest fans.