Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?
Do all humans have dignity or only some?
And if only some, how is it determined which ones?
If there were laws condemning abortion, would the practice still happen?
If the Church were the Church, would abortions need to happen?
To untangle the web of each of these sentences – to proclaim that I am Pro-Life, to say all humans have dignity, and that laws should be made outlawing abortion – would only be the tip of the iceberg.
Have you ever known a woman who chose abortion?
Brilliant, bold, ferocious women. Full of talent and life and passion.
Women that made choices long before the test showed positive, yet it culminated in only one viable option.
To end the pregnancy.
If you were to hear their stories, you would hear the theme of hurt, confusion, and shame running through. You would hear reasons, justifications, and excuses why the choice was made.
The relationship wasn’t going anywhere.
The burden of a child was too great.
Possible deformities and handicaps.
What if, instead of a wordly view, where you scream your opinion and I scream mine, we extended compassion to one another and the hurting, despite our differences?
What if we took a different look at human dignity; that we all have worth and value and are worthy of respect, not because of who we are but because of who made us.
Beautiful words are contained in the opening chapter of the Bible:
“In the beginning, God…” – Genesis 1:1
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… So God created man in his image…And God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply…” – Genesis 1:26
Right here, we’re set apart.
From before the foundations, we are known.
From the beginning we are created, designed.
From the first breath, we are blessed.
With grace like this, how can we not go forth and give favor to others?
How can we not bless a future hope, born or unborn?
It takes a village, and the Church should be that village.
The moment we see children as a curse, an inconvenience, a hindrance to our lifestyle and future plans, that is the moment we have ceased being Pro-Life.
Ending a life will never fix the brokenness of the path that leads us to the clinic door.
The gospel will.
It sets strait our path, strengthens our weak knees, and makes beauty from ashes.
The gospel redeems us, restores us, reconciles us, and calls us a new name, Beloved.
So Beloved, believe in the Lord Jesus.
Believe that he has bore your sin and your shame.
Believe that he forgives all your sins (even that one), and makes you a new creation.
For some, an abortion is a physical wound – we ourselves have had one.
For some, an abortion is an emotional wound – we ourselves assisted someone in having one.
For most, an abortion is a spiritual wound – we are too wrapped up in our idols of comfort and material and future plans to care for the fostered and orphaned, the marginalized and rejected.
Might we take a new stance on abortion and see the value of a human for who they truly are – from conception to burial.
– Laurel Ewing, Women’s Ministry Director