As an open advocate of human rights, I absolutely stand in the gap for the babies that have been unjustly called fetuses when they are totally human, that some people see their organs as a means of gain when a real breathing human could have had those organs and went on to live a very productive life.
However, to only cry out for babies rights and not for women’s rights or fight detrimental socioeconomic issues is very short-sighted.
I think it’s much easier to virtually stand against a “black and white” issue than to step into messy situations and complicated lives that set the stage for something like abortion to exist.
But let me back up first, before I throw my opinions and thoughts out there.
Because I know behind every issue is a story. A person. A face.
I want to be sensitive to friends, to women, who have had abortions.
To some, it was through a very difficult situation and to see your FB feed covered with abortion videos is to re-live terrible pain and trauma that many of your friends will never understand.
To you, friends, I have absolutely no judgement or shame to throw on you. You are, and always will be, accepted and loved.
It’s not a line that you may have heard before. Perhaps right now you only feel the weight of judgment and hurt. Perhaps you don’t know what you feel. But either way you know that to openly talk about it with your conservative friends would be to open yourself as a live target.
Let me assure you that Satan wants you to live under that lie, that you only have worth if you hide this part of your life from prying eyes.
No matter what anyone else says, you have no guilt, no fear, no shame under the blood of Jesus. He loves you no matter what you think of yourself or what other people think of you.
To everyone else, my friends, do you actually know someone who has had an abortion?
If not, that’s interesting because twenty-one percent of pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute*.
Outside of what the media says, do you know what issues set the stage for women to pursue abortion as the only viable option? Or do you just assume that it’s only people who don’t like children and are irresponsible?
Have you only listened to the 5 o’clock news, or have you sat down and humbly listened to the story of someone who has had an abortion to learn about what led them to that decision?
Do you think that there has ever been oppression, abuse, or deception surrounding some women at the time of their abortion?
Have you ever considered poverty or socioeconomic issues as a potential root?
How have you been a part of the solution to help women in desperate situations?
Do you so fiercely condemn people involved with abortion that you shut a door to hear your friend’s voice who would like to have someone listen to her story?
I don’t have the answers to all these questions, but I want to be sensitive to all lives and all stories, both babies and women, doing what I can to practically pursue justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with my God.
*Here’s an interesting article– it seems to have some solid research. http://www.vox.com/a/abortion-decision-statistics-opinions