You may have heard about the woman who died yesterday after a botched abortion in Maryland.
She was 29. Her baby was 33 weeks gestation. 33 weeks.
What was she lacking that she felt that the only option for her was to travel out of state to abort her baby at 33 weeks?
And what does it say about our society that apparently the best thing we had to offer her was an abortion; a risky, deadly abortion, that cost her her life and the life of her child?
If you haven't heard of Feminists for Life, please visit their website. They are an amazing organization. One of their slogans is "refuse to choose. women deserve better than abortion." They could not be more right. The rates of abortion in this country just serve to show how lacking we are in serving and ministering to women in unplanned pregnancy situations.
And these women deserve more than just "the right to choose."
Abortion is dangerous.
They say, "keep it legal, safe and rare." But that is hardly the case. 1.2 million abortions are performed every year. 1 out of 3 women will have an abortion by age 45. And their primary reason is a lack of resources.
The Christian community is grossly silent in this area. We, the hands and feet of Christ, should be stepping in, filling the gap and providing for these women. I recently listened to a sermon from the church we used to attend in Texas and the pastor told the story of a young, unwed teenager who became pregnant. A family in the church took her in and provided a home for her during her pregnancy. Another family in the church adopted her child. These families came along side of her and helped her, supported her, provided for her needs. That is a picture of the church. That is how we should be acting. That is what women deserve.
Silence is dangerous.
Inaction is dangerous.
I had planned to write a separate post on this, but I think I'll just say it now: Complacency makes us complicit. The less we do, the more children lose their lives. The fewer women we help, the more women are left with scars. The more silent we become, the louder their screams for help become apparent. When we do nothing, women die. Children die. And that is not okay.
Would I like to see abortion become illegal in this country? Absolutely. But what I would love more, is to see abortion become unthinkable because the needs of women are provided for and met. And without getting into a whole other discussion, I don't believe that comes in the form of birth control. It begins with teaching our children the love of Jesus and that they are precious, amazing children of His who deserve respect. Love, purity and respect, not "free love," "safe" sex and birth control.
Please remember this woman's family in prayer this week. And continue to pray for the end of abortion in our nation and throughout the world.
if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14