Friday, January 25, 2013

55 Million

55 million children have been aborted in the U.S. alone in the 40 years since Roe v.s. Wade. That number seems astronomical.

When I was younger, I didn't think there was anything wrong with abortion. Of course every woman has a right to decide what to do with her own body, especially in the case of rape, disease or potential risk to mother &/or child. To say otherwise would be "unconstitutional". But we throw that word around like its some kind of skeleton key to unlock any closed door.

The issue is not about what is constitutional or what is a woman's "right". The issue is far bigger than our grand old amendable document or our 5 year life plans. Its about the "un-amendable" foundations of basic morality.

But abortion isn't murder, they say. Its just a procedure. Its just like getting a mole removed. That thing growing inside you? Just a lump of tissue. Its not really alive, anymore than a mole or a tumor is really "alive", so its removal is justified. No one is held responsible for its "death" because it was never "alive" in the first place. Well, that makes everything alright, doesn't it?

So does life start at conception or at birth? Does life start when the "fetus" has all its faculties? When its human features are unmistakable? When it starts kicking & moving about inside? Anyone who has seen the pictures of that little creature curled up safely in the darkness of its mama's belly must have some inkling that this thing is in fact not a "thing", but a life. But it doesn't become real until its "out", until its outside of ourselves & able to be seen by all. Until then, we can tell ourselves the baby is more of a concept. Like any concept, it can be altered with little or no perceived consequence.

I recently heard someone compare abortion to the mindset that allowed slavery to flourish. In the 1800's, the Dred Scott Decision legally declared that people of African decent could not claim freedom or citizenship in the U.S. & therefore had no legal rights. They were considered nothing more than property & deemed inferior by the very same government that now rules in favor of abortion. The unborn have no legal rights. They're considered the property of the mother... hers to do with as she pleases. But life is not anyone's "property", it is a gift of God & we are merely stewards. My mother never had the right to abort me even if she'd wanted to. No mother does.

I can't help but consider why I was chosen to survive...  55 million human beings were snuffed out before they ever saw the light of day & I got to live. Its a humbling thought.

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