Saturday, 26 March 2011
A number of ladies I know are pregnant. I often think about the joy of bringing a new child into the world, and although I don't judge girls or women who decide for whatever reason to have an abortion, I do condemn those who downplay the seriousness of aborting a child, and those "medical professionals" who profit from performing abortions. Many condemn those radicals who are pro-life, not pro-choice. Never mind what the expected child's father wants, either. Who are we to tell a woman what to do with her body?
One argument we often hear is that it is not really a baby, it is "just a mass of tissue," kind of like cancer is a mass of tissue. So you are not killing a child, you are just dealing with an unwelcome medical condition. After all, being pregnant and raising your baby will change your life forever. If you offer that child up for adoption, you further have to wonder what is happening to that child -- if your baby is okay and living a good life. He or she may even show up later on and intrude upon the life you have led since giving birth.
When the pregnancy is one that is wanted and the child is wanted, though, there is no doubt that it is a baby in there. When a woman miscarries, a funeral is sometimes even held for the little one. If a person causes a woman to miscarry, they are often charged with causing the death of the unborn child.
So, try to imagine saying to a woman who is pregnant, "You appear to have a mass of tissue in your abdomen. Are you going to have it scraped from inside you so that you can return to a normal life?"
I understand it's a rough world, and some live in homes that are less than perfect, even downright bad. But I would rather grow up in a rough home than never have the chance to live at all.
I was born to a woman in prison for writing bad checks. I was adopted by good people who had already adopted my half-brother and later my adoptive sister. They also provided foster care to about a dozen boys over the years and treated all children as their own.Would you ever say this to a pregnant woman? Why not? Would you rather have lived in a rough environment than never having lived at all?