Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thank You and More

It's been quiet on here for a few months…sorry…that happens…a lot… ;)
But I had to say, THANK YOU to everyone after my last post. I've been overwhelmed and humbled by how positive, understanding, supportive everyone has been! I'm seriously shocked at the wonderful response! :)
Since then I've seen so many powerful prolife posts, quotes, and other stories. Today, there are many wonderful resources for women suffering from past abortions. Some are large organizations. Some are individual speakers sharing their personal experiences...

I'm so lucky to live in a time when the prolife movement recognizes the need for compassion, healing, and peaceful change. (And for my pro-choice readers: Before you exclaim, Peaceful, Whaaaa??? Did you not see what happened in Colorado?!?!  Remember, the actions of a few don't define the intentions of all. A few bad teachers make all teachers look bad. A few radicalized Muslims make all Muslims look bad. A few extreme anti-abortionists make all pro-lifers look bad…)

It still makes me so sad when I hear women defend abortion and abortion providers. How can two people look at the same image and each see something totally different? I'm reminded of the dress drama a while back. Remember that? White and gold? Or blue and black? Unfortunately, this time the issue is a little more serious…

I look at the ultrasound picture on the left and see a baby, while others see a "clump of cells," "products of conception," or "pregnancy tissue." I'm truly amazed at how perspectives can differ so greatly. I wonder how this is possible, especially for women who have carried a child until birth?  How can one feel the kicks, flips, and hiccups, and not think this is a live human being?  How can one see the face, arms, legs, fingers, and toes, and still deny the child's existence?  And what happens when we hear the thump, thump of the heart beat and the whoosh of the amniotic fluid?  How can we still refuse to believe?  Sometimes differences of perspective can create a more colorful world, but sometimes they can be deadly. At one point in history, blacks weren't considered deserving of human rights.  At one point, Jews weren't considered deserving of human rights…

The cynical side of me thinks it may be intentional blindness: If I refuse to admit that this is a real-life child, then I don't have to feel guilty when I get rid of it. I understand this because I felt this way after I had Blake. Giving birth to him didn't automatically make me prolife.  I mentioned before that I stubbornly clung to the belief that since it's legal, it's cool.  If we just refuse to acknowledge the humanity of the unborn, then it's no big deal to get rid of them, right?  Thankfully, my heart softened and I accepted the truth. I pray that others can eventually understand this, too.  There seems to be so much anger and defensiveness on the pro-choice side.  I wish everyone can feel the peace and hope on "the other side."

I try to focus on the positive side of this issue, but every so often I'll come across a prochoice argument that breaks my heart…
"My body, my choice" - Actually, the mother is the vehicle by which a child enters the world.  The unborn child is a separate individual with his/her own unique set of DNA. Ever known a women with two sets of DNA? Two hearts? Two brains? Two livers?
"The fetus can't remember anything from 'it's' time in the womb. Plus, 'it's' just a parasite, completely dependent on the mom." - Yikes, if we follow this logic, we open the door up to much more killing! I don't know about you, but I can't remember anything from, like, the first 4 years of my life. And I was completely dependent on my parents at that time too, so I guess we're all fair game until elementary school, eh?  Plus, have you ever been unconscious? Under general anesthesia? Asleep??? Can you remember everything from when you were out?  And what about those dealing with disabilities and dependent on others for basic care? Should we be able to off them too? What if it's only temporary? For, say, like 9 months?
" 'It's' not a baby! 'It's' a fetus!" - I never really cared much for the name game. Call him a fetus. Call him a baby. Call him a potato, for all I care! What's in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet…. ;)  It doesn't change the fact that his life has value. I mean, if his tissue does, shouldn't his life??? Can I get an AMEN!!! ;) ;) ;)

The sad truth is ABORTION KILLS ONE, HURTS ANOTHER.  In fact, it probably hurts more than just one other, too.  What about the father? The grandparents? Too many have been fooled into thinking that having an abortion is a part of women's health.  But there's nothing "healthy"about having an abortion - physically or mentally. There is plenty of medical and psychological evidence that reveals the short-term and long-term risks. Kristi Burton Brown elaborates on this in her 10 Reasons Not to Have an Abortion. (You can also find more here, here, and here.) But it's not just unhealthy for mom and baby, it also hurts the doctors, nurses, and staff who work in the clinics. No one just walks away from this and forgets.  An unplanned pregnancy is a crisis of not one life, but two.  Unfortunately, when a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy enters an abortion facility, they don't see a woman in crisis, they see dollars signs.  For them, she's just a line on a spreadsheet.

I was so disturbed when I saw a recent popular tv show promoting abortion and it's largest provider, Planned Parenthood. I don't get to watch tv that often (thank you, 5 kids. ;) ) But I did hear about it and saw a few stills online and I wondered…So this is what we're taught is a sign of equality and advancement for woman???  The lead character, laying on an exam table, legs up in stirrups - Does she
look strong and empowered to you???  NO. She looks conflicted and sad. And why? If abortion is no big deal, like some would have us believe, then why would anyone have any reservations about having one? I mean, it's not like "it's" a living thing or anything.  "It's" just a clump of cells; she might as well be getting a mole removed, right?

Of course, this is all just pretend. If you want to watch the real thing, you can hop over to YouTube and watch an abortion by the perspective of the doctor or the victim/patient. You can also Google it, if you want to understand the various abortion procedures or see all of the gruesome "products of conception" pictures. But, as for me - I don't need to see the gory details to be prolife. However, if you're prochoice, I encourage you to take a look - After all, you should know what you support.

The Scandal episode is a bit ironic if you know a little about Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. Known as a crusader for birth control, but if you dig a little deeper you'll find her intentions were a bit darker.  Sanger embraced the idea of eugenics, saying the genetic makeup of minorities and the poor was inferior. (Pivot of Civilization, by Margaret Sanger, 1922, p. 80) There is a plethora of information, much written in her own words, of her sad, scary views on abortion and forced sterilization. "More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control." she said. (Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12) She even focused on blacks in particular, stating, "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population," she said, "if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." (Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon) More info on Sanger and the history of Planned Parenthood can be found herehere, and here.

After the Holocaust, eugenics became widely out of style, so Sanger and Planned Parenthood, originally named Birth Control Federation of America (BCFA), rebranded themselves, instead touting women's rights, women's equality, women's advancement…and sadly many women bought it hook, line, and sinker… And many still do. Which is why today, so many years later, Margaret Sanger would be cheering - not just because the lead character is having an abortion, but also because she's black. 

African Americans continue to be the victims of 
abortion in higher numbers compared to others."In the United States, black children are aborted at nearly four times times the rate as white children..." (Abortion and Race,  2015) According to Pastor Clenard Childress, Jr, "The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb." He goes on to say, "Abortion is the greatest deception that has plagued the black church since Lucifer himself."

The reality is, regardless of race, STRONG WOMEN VALUE ALL LIFE, SCARED WOMEN TERMINATE THAT LIFE. All women deserve better.  We deserve quality health care that doesn't involve taking an innocent life. We deserve to know the truth about abortion and its lasting effects.  We deserve safety, compassion, and honesty. We deserve to be educated about wonderful life-affirming options.

"Life offers no guarantees, but abortion offers no chances" - National Right to Life

Many Blessings,  -Becky

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