Pro-Life, or Anti-Abortion?

Dear protester. Does it make you sick that there are unborn babies being murdered daily? I know it does. You wouldn’t be making such a big fuss if it didn’t, right? And I am fully behind your cause, it makes me sick too.

But here’s my question. You call yourself the voice for the voiceless. You tell me that those babies have rights too. You say to me that you are pro-life. But are you really?

Because you see, I drive home from work and I see at least ten homeless people per day on my short little route. They have no job, no home, no money, no food. Who is protesting for them?

I see orphans, lives who were not murdered in the womb but they don’t have the rights they should. It is a basic human right to have an identification document and a name, but in South Africa there are many who don’t even have a birth certificate. Who is protesting for them?

There are many who stand picketing outside abortion clinics and kick up a huge fuss because they believe that baby deserves life. They do! Keep up that protest. But what about the mother who decides not to abort? The mother who realises her mistake (and sometimes, not her mistake) and keeps the baby. How do you treat her? With love and care, helping her and her baby? Or with disdain and neglect?

I have a brother. He is a year old. I am old enough to take him shopping with me. When I do, I get dirty looks and snide remarks because people believe that I shouldn’t have a baby. I am too young. If you saw me in the shop, and you thought that baby was mine, what would your reaction be? Because the reactions I have gotten have helped give me a tiny understanding of why a young mother may feel that she has no other option.

And you tell me that she does have a choice, You say, “don’t abort, choose adoption”. But is adoption an option for you? There are many lives who were saved but are now living a lesser life because there is no one to be their mother, father, brother or sister. Are you pro-life enough to choose to raise a life that has been saved? Or is your attitude one of “someone else must do it” or “at least they still have a life”. But tell me, what kind of a life is that?

The Bible condemns abortion. God sees the foetus as a life. But the Bible also says to take care of the widows and the orphans (James 1:27). Are you pro-life and taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves?

You see, I look around and I see many pro-lifers. And I think it’s great. But I am starting to call them “anti-abortionists”. Which is still a good thing, don’t get me wrong. But it’s not enough. It’s not enough to stop at the life of a foetus.

Dear protester. Please keep protesting abortion. It is important that we make a stand against the evil that it is. But at the same time remember the other lives that are too often forgotten.

2 Comment

  1. Enette says: Reply

    This is one of the best posts I’ve ever seen on the topic. Normally they’re more rants then anything else but I think you handled it really well, and I love the points you made.
    I’m curios though, do you know where in the bible it condemns abortion? I believe you that it says so I just want to go look it up myself 🙂

    My own thoughts on the subject is that I can understand why young women would turn to abortion but I also think that if the community was better at handling teen/ young pregnancies then it wouldn’t feel to them like they have no other choice. It really makes you wish that people would start supporting each other more doesn’t it?

    1. AJ says: Reply

      Hi Enette,

      Thank you so much for your encouragement. I appreciate your kind words.

      Regarding how the Bible condemns abortion. It does not use these specific words, however, we understand from this passage that God sees a foetus as a life and the killing of it as sin:

      In Exodus 21:22-25 it says “When men get in a fight and hit a pregnant woman so that her children are born prematurely but there is no injury, the one who hit her must be fined as the woman’s husband demands from him, and he must pay according to judicial assessment. If there is an injury, then you must give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, bruise for bruise, wound for wound”. What we understand from this passage is that God sees an unborn child as a life and says that the same punishment that would be used for killing/harming a man (as seen in other laws) should be used when killing/harming the unborn. There are also other passages of Scripture, such as David referring to God knitting him together in his mother’s womb which show that God views a foetus as a life.

      I hope that helps!

      AJ

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