Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Forty Days for Life

Today marks the beginning of the Forty Days for Life campaign. I encourage everyone to visit the website, see what is happening in your area, and consider joining either with your presence, or with your prayers and fasting, for the purpose of ending abortion in America.

In addition to praying for many lives to be saved and for many to turn away from abortion over these next 40 days (today till November 2) I'm going to write at least one blog post per day on the topic of abortion and respect for human life from now until November 2.

I'd like to begin by taking a look at the word "choice."

Yesterday, while doing some research on Barack Obama's positions and on NARAL's endorsement of him, I visited NARAL's website. I'll be honest: I said a quick prayer before doing so; I firmly believe that demonic forces are at work in the area of abortion and the destruction of innocent human life, and I didn't want to enter a site full of people who think killing unborn humans is just dandy without some spiritual protection.

I gathered the facts I needed and then left, deciding against linking to them in my post. But I noticed something which I've noticed before: they almost seem to worship the word "choice," considering how often they use it.

Abortion isn't "abortion;" it's choice. Pro-lifers aren't "pro-life," according to NARAL; they're antichoicers. Doctors and nurses who choose based on moral and ethical standards not to train for, provide, or refer for abortions aren't making a respectable ethical decision, in NARAL's world; they're simply interfering with women's choices. And on and on it goes.

This is not new, of course. But it's pretty astonishing when you visit an organization whose initials used to stand for "National Abortion Rights Action League" and realize that they can't even bring themselves, most of the time, to use the word "abortion."

The sad thing is that the word "choice" doesn't even remotely mean what they think it does. Choice, or the act of choosing, implies a selection between two options; in the moral sense, when one option is morally good or even morally neutral, but the other option is actually evil, then the only legitimate choice is to choose the good or neutral option and turn away from and reject the evil one.

Every abortion is a choice for death. Every abortion is a choice on the part of a woman that her child must die, be ripped from her womb, perish without ever seeing the light of day. It is a profoundly evil choice that poisons all who are affected by it.

Sadly, many women make this choice in favor of evil and death without really knowing what they are doing. They buy into the lies of abortionists and abortion-enthusiasts like NARAL or Planned Parenthood who tell them than they are not really choosing to kill, that the life inside them isn't really a life, that the child they are destroying is not really a human worth protecting but a problem to be solved, even if the solution is the execution of the innocent for the "crime" of existence. Motivated by shame or panic or fear, they turn to abortion and are rushed through the process before they ever have the chance to change their minds; real choice, in terms of knowing all their options, being given information about the child's level of development, and having a chance for a waiting period that might make them change their minds is denied to many women--and will be denied to all women if Barack Obama has his way.

Because God chose in His goodness to give us, His creatures, free will, we always have a choice between good and evil. But He is clear: there are consequences for choosing evil, and no one may ever be said to have a right to do so. As He says to us in His Word:
"I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live,
by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the LORD swore he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." (Deuteronomy 30: 19-20)
God is just. If we choose death, whether for our own children or for those of other women, then He will give to us what we have chosen: eternal death. There is no place in the soul for evil choices to flourish without killing that promise of eternal life to which we are all called. Those who make this evil choice, and those who aid and abet them by their work like the people at NARAL do, must repent sincerely of their evil actions and turn to God while there is still time; for even if they live a long, comfortable, and seemingly prosperous life, they will still one day stand before the Almighty and be asked to account for themselves; and what horror and anguish then, for those who worshiped the false god of death they decided to call "choice."


KC said...

Because caregivers also have this attitude that a baby is not a baby at conception, early miscarriages are "just your cycle". That one just about brought me to my knees when I lost my little one very early on.

Red Cardigan said...

Oh, KC, I'm so sorry! It's hard enough to face the loss of a little one without the "hard" attitudes of those in the medical profession who don't think these little ones are worth grieving for. God bless!

Rebecca said...

My husband and I lost our 6th child at the beginning of the second trimester. I had just started wearing maternity clothes. It was very hard.

People tend to be a lot more sympathetic to that sort of loss. But, years before, when a friend lost her baby early on because of an ectopic pregnancy, the depth of her grief was shattering. As she told me, she and her husband had long prayed for that child. Once they knew of his/her existence, they had instantly loved this child and began parenting. Her husband, every night, would rest his head on her belly and pray out loud for this precious babe, and then he would sing a lullaby or two.

Some might think this silly. I understood. They were truly pro-life and believed that their baby was fully human at conception. It was not a "product of conception" for them, not a "blob of tissue", not a "missed period". It was their child, loved and cherished and prayed for.

My heart goes out to all mothers who have experienced this sort of loss. Trying to diminish it does not bring healing or comfort.