Written by Pamela K. Orgeron, M.A., Ed.S., BCCC, ACLC, Author
Like Pope Benedict XVI, I too firmly believe that abortion, like euthanasia, is morally wrong. Abortion is a very personal topic to me when I think of how my adopted father’s biological parents could have just as easily aborted their unplanned child rather than giving Dad away to a family who would love and care for him. I also am grieved when I think about the number of babies murdered in the wombs of women when there are a lot of infertile couples out there who, no doubt, would be willing to adopt these babies postpartum. I also am angered as I think about those women who have willingly killed their babies when I have experienced multiple miscarriages. I could NEVER have chosen to kill those precious lives. My hope is in getting to meet these babies in Heaven for the first time.
What are the latest abortion rate statistics? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017) reported, “In 2014, 652,639 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2014 was 12.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 186 abortions per 1,000 live births.” (Abortion Surveillance—Findings and Reports section, ¶ 1)
The conflict between the pro-life and the pro-choice activists has been well publicized in today’s world. There’s not much that hasn’t been said about the topic of abortion. However, my husband and I thought it appropriate to share our pro-life position regarding the abortion controversy to stand along side of Liberty Counsel, Focus on the Family, National Right to Life, and other pro-life organizations around the world. We want to encourage other pro-life organizations to keep fighting for the cause. We also want to say “thank you” to all the pro-life organizations, their employees, and others who work to save if even only one life to be given a chance to live out his or her inalienable rights, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
Though we believe abortion is a sin, I want to point out that abortion is a forgivable sin. I recall years ago having a Christian friend who had multiple abortions before she got saved. She shared how she knew that God had forgiven her but that one of her biggest problems was living with the guilt and forgiving herself. She admitted how Mother’s Day too was a difficult day for her because she would always wonder what her babies would have grown up to be (That’s true for women who have experienced miscarriage too!). If you carry the guilt of an abortion, either as the mother or the father of a baby you allowed to be aborted, for healing purposes, I encourage you to write a letter to your child apologizing to the child for your selfishness and how you know your decision to abort him or her was wrong.
In this next section I would like to present a couple of fictitious scenarios where a pregnant woman is counseled to abort. I will then present common sense alternatives to abortion plus Scriptures that are applicable to each situation. Think about how you would handle each situation.
SCENARIO 1: A young couple is excited looking forward to the birth of their first child. Then out of the blue the doctor tells them the child will be disabled in some way. He suggests they abort, and that they can have other children. What should the couple do? A counter argument to the doctor’s suggestion to abort the baby might be:
- Are you sure you really want to do that? Doctors don’t really know. Couples have been told that in the past only to have a baby born perfectly healthy.
- Applicable Scriptures to share with the couple:
Psalm 127:3 (NKJV)—“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.”
Exodus 4:11 (NKJV)—“So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)—“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
SCENARIO 2: A friend confides in you that she was raped and as a result pregnant. She tells you that she’s been advised by a secular counselor to have an abortion. What do you tell her?
- Do you really want to do that? That baby is flesh of your flesh. If you don’t feel competent to care for the child, there’s a lot of infertile couples out there who would love to adopt your child. If you want to go that direction, I will be there to help you through the pregnancy as much as possible.
- Applicable Scriptures:
Exodus 20:13 (NKJV)—“‘You shall not murder.”
Deuteronomy 24:16 (NKJV)—“‘Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin.”
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)—“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
I think the abortion scenarios that anger me are those where the mother uses abortion as a means of birth control. I have heard numerous stories of women who fooled around with a man not her husband and got pregnant. Because she sees the baby as an “inconvenience”, an added expense she can’t afford, or for whatever reason she aborted the baby. This woman is nothing but a cold-blooded murderer. If she didn’t want to get pregnant with a child, she should have kept her legs together, so to speak. Galatians 6:7 (NKJV) tells us, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” For these irresponsible and disrespectful women, their pregnancies are merely the consequences of their illicit sexual behavior. Though these types of abortions anger me, I realize God offers forgiveness and peace to these women, just as He does to all sinners (John 3:15-17;.Ephesians 1:7).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017). CDCs Abortion Surveillance System FAQs. Retrieved July 23, 2018 from https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/abortion.htm