The theme for Students for Life of America this year is “Envision a World Without Abortion.” As I was reading an article in the National Life Review with Kristan Hawkins, the group’s president, and her answers really caused me to reflect on this dream that all pro-lifers share: a world where the killing of unborn children is no longer legal.
When Kristan was asked how one begins to envision this world, she replied: “I think one of the problems our movement faces is that so many know abortion is wrong- polls prove it- yet they are uncomfortable with the idea of making abortion illegal. They fear the unknown: back-alley abortions, hundreds of thousands of women dying in the streets, or, my favorite line I hear on often on campuses, ‘unwanted children being abandoned and starving on the streets.’ For many of us, legal abortion, in all nine months of pregnancy, on demand, is all that we’ve ever known.”
Since abortion became legal almost 40 years ago, that is true for the most Americans: the death of 53 million children has become our tragic legacy. We have difficulty picturing a world where it does not exist. And, like children who live in abusive households, sometimes we cling to the familiar, as bad as it is, instead of choosing to wander, even mentally, out into the world of the unknown.
I share Ms. Hawkins vision for our world without abortion: “Think about a society in which all life is treated as a precious gift. Where women and families in crisis can turn to community, and government-supported, pregnancy help centers and their church family for support. Where our political leaders respect life, and political parties try to prove who is more pro-life. Where adoption is tagged as a positive and brave option, and birth mothers are celebrated. Where Hollywood and the music industry promote life. Where no woman ever feels forced to choose abortion for the sake of her education, career, or family.”
Unfortunately, the world she paints is an idealistic world which does not exist at this present time. As believers we will need to make lots of changes in order to be prepared for Roe vs. Wade to be overturned. Sadly, we have become dependant upon the government to take care of the poor and needy, when that is actually the God-given responsibility of the Church. Will we be prepared to step up and sacrifice in order to address the needs of women who find themselves in an unexpected pregnancy?
Working at the AAA Center for Pregnancy Counseling, we have our eyes wide open to the heart-breaking situations that confront women and families right here in Omaha. Standing firm on our rock-solid commitment that problems are never solved by taking the life of an unborn child, we are shaken to the core on a daily basis with the overwhelming burdens that some people carry. Often these are the result of poor choices, but the needs are still very real and too heavy to carry on their own.
We look at it as our role to help them to be able to choose life for their child. We educate each women on the benefits and joys of adoption. Sadly, very few are willing to make such a sacrificial choice. Therefore, we provide referrals for the community resources that they desperately need. At the Center, we also provide an 8-week basic parenting class, in which they earn points to “purchase” essential baby and maternity items. We strive to keep in touch throughout the entire pregnancy, making sure that they are cared for and have all they need for themselves and their child.
We receive a lot of support from individuals in the community, but, support from local churches is sadly lacking. Of all the congregations in the city, only a handful provide us with any help whatsoever. We see over 200 women at the Center every month for various services, but this is nothing compared with what will happen if Roe vs. Wade is overturned!
As Kristan hinted at in her comments, the entire climate of our society would have to change for abortion to actually end. Our society has been brainwashed to believe that life is the womb is second-class, at best. The medical community is saturated with physicians who believe that all unborn children with any type of diagnosed or suspected handicap should be aborted. Often it is presented to grieving parents as the best thing they can do, both for themselves and their child, as if death could ever be in anyone’s self-interest. It has become so warped that pro-life doctors who encourage life are considered unethical.
And, of course, it is all going to continue to be one big nightmare if we do not stem the raging tide of uncontrolled and irresponsible sex. The fruits of the sexual revolution (started by my generation in the ’60′s!) are destroying our nation and, yet, the entertainment industry keeps spiraling downward with a drumbeat encouraging more and ever-increasing debauchery. The victims continue to be women and innocent unborn children; the children die and the women bear the brunt of their pregnancy for the rest of their lives, especially if they abort.
Ms. Hawkins is right in encouraging pro-lifers to begin to envision a world without legal abortion. The Church of Jesus Christ needs to prepare itself to meet the needs of families who will be desperate for help. Pastors need to begin to speak to their youth about purity and the dangers of sexual activity outside of the bonds of marriage. Congregations also need to be re-educated that caring for the poor is their responsibility, not of the state.
When Roe vs. Wade is reversed, the battle will return to the states to decide for themselves if abortion should be allowed or not, and under what conditions. It will then be up to us to fight that battle where we live. We should begin now by educating our representatives on abortion and the damage it does to women as well as unborn children. They will need to know the facts in order to make a decision to keep abortion illegal in your state.
I strongly believe that the death of unborn children is something we will all be held accountable for on the day of judgment, right along with feeding the poor and caring for widows and orphans. What is your role in the battle? What have you done to fulfil it? Today is the day to find out!
Keeping it true! Barb