If you or someone you know is suffering as the result of an abortion or planned abortion, please don't leave this page without reading last section of this page.
You may already know abortion is not necessarily the quick and final solution to the problems associated with unwanted pregnancy. Chances are someone you know is suffering from the emotional stress known to so many women and men (yes, men too!) who have been involved in an abortion.
Or maybe you're thinking of having an abortion performed. If so, you owe it to yourself to find out as much as you can about the physical and mental side-effects of abortion before you make up your mind. It is an irreversible decision you're considering.
Affordable help is available. For both pre- and
counseling, you can call 1-800-395-HELP anywhere in the USA to
find the Crisis Pregnancy Center nearest you, to help you find
a way through the problems you're struggling with. If you
prefer the internet as a first step, doing an internet search for
1-800-395-HELP will find literally hundreds of web sites
from organizations all across the country. To see one
The debate over abortion has gone on for a long time, with both reasonable and extreme proponents on both sides of the issues involved. Probably the most reasonable "pro-choice" bumper sticker I have seen to date is one that reads
IF YOU ARE AGAINST ABORTION,
DON'T HAVE ONE.
No angry words, just calm, clearly stated, "you do things your way, and I'll do things my way, that's the American Way" reasoning. It looks good on the face of it. After all, in this country at least, no one's forcing abortions on anyone, right?
It's true there were a few Doctors who were obliged to perform abortions in order to get their degree. And a few Catholic hospitals risked losing Federal funding if they didn't start performing abortions. But those situations have been corrected now, haven't they? I hope so.
If the name of their cause means anything, the Pro-Choice pregnancy centers should be providing a choice, right? Do they provide every prospective client with the alternatives of help with keeping the child, or perhaps putting it up for adoption?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's not the way I heard it.
Go to your local Planned Parenthood clinic, and tell them you would like assistance in planning to be a parent, and let me know how far you get. From what I've heard, they only offer one choice, take it or leave it. And that the pressure is strong to take it, because otherwise you're just wasting their time, and time is money.
If you really want a choice, you may have to go to more than one place.
Before I go any further, I must say this: It is to the Christian community's shame that they took so long to come up with real, workable, alternatives to the abortion-only clinics. Back in the 1970s, I asked an anti-abortion speaker if a married couple could put an unwanted child up for adoption. He did not know the answer. But now there are places where a woman with an unwanted pregnancy can go to get help, without getting an abortion.* In all 50 of the United States, an unwanted infant can be left at a hospital, police station, or fire station, no questions asked.
So now, it would seem, everyone has a choice. Is everyone happy? No? Why not?
* There are certain organizations and elected public officials who have tried to close these places down, calling them "false crisis pregnancy clinics" because they don't provide abortions, just the assistance needed to keep the child alive and healthy.
Why is it so many Christians (and others) are upset because abortions are available to other people? It has to do with the value of human life. The Bible says that unlike animal life, human life was created in the image of God. And not everyone can agree on when that life begins. But one thing is certain: that little life growing in the mother is not a part of the mother, like an appendix or a gall bladder. It's not a wart to be removed. It is a human life, a new and unique individual, long before it is born.
For that reason, some people don't see it as just a matter between a woman and her Doctor. There's a third human life on the line, and that one has just as much value as the other two. (Please note: all three are valuable!) But the third life has no voice of its own yet. Its interests must be watched over by others.
So here's the way that bumper sticker looks to some people:
IF YOU ARE AGAINST MURDER,
DON'T COMMIT ONE.
I hope you can see how the issue looks from this side now, even if you don't agree with it.
But wait, there's more to this.
Let's consider the possibilities if human life, in and of itself, has no value. If it is no longer ethically objectionable to end a pregnancy for no other reason other than convenience, by the same token, it would no longer be ethically objectionable to end any human life, if letting that life go on would be, say, inconvenient. Don't think it won't ever happen. It's already happening. In the Netherlands, for example, a doctor is allowed to end the life of a patient without the consent of either the patient or next of kin. Similar laws are under consideration in many states, the stated intent being "death with dignity."
But not everyone believes that the life of an unborn child is more important than animal life.
Let them remember, then, that the methods used to perform some abortions are cruel. There are laws to protect animals from cruelty, from being torn limb from limb while still alive. Are there any such laws to protect the unborn child from the same fate?
I hope some day in the not too distant future the world
wakes up and realizes what has been allowed to happen:
If one has already had an abortion,
or pushed another into having an abortion,
or helped a friend obtain an abortion
when they were "in trouble,"
or even performed an abortion,
and now sees what they have done is wrong,
they may be wondering if
God can ever forgive them for this.
The answer is YES, He can! Our God is a God
of second chances, and He will forgive anyone who
will admit their sin, and turn from it to Him! While the damage
done by sin cannot always be undone, there is forgiveness and
healing in a relationship with God.
Click here for more information.
If one has already had an abortion, or pushed another into having an abortion, or helped a friend obtain an abortion when they were "in trouble," or even performed an abortion, and now sees what they have done is wrong, they may be wondering if God can ever forgive them for this.
The answer is YES, He can! Our God is a God of second chances, and He will forgive anyone who will admit their sin, and turn from it to Him! While the damage done by sin cannot always be undone, there is forgiveness and healing in a relationship with God. Click here for more information.