A pregnancy is life changing. Planned Parenthood urges abortions for pregnancies during difficult life situations. An abortion of a pregnancy is the termination of a human life who has a heartbeat, brainwaves, and a uniquely personal genetic code. Be aware that the human fetus is not a lump of tissue, but a human being living within another. Our bodies look different at specific times in our lives especially when each one of us was developing in our mother’s womb. Human stages of development do not change the value of our lives or those of another person. Please, see more for yourself about “Fetal Development” from MedlinePlus’ Medical Encyclopedia, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Be aware of what an abortion is. The most common forms of abortion are suction aspiration and “dilation and evacuation.” Both procedures evacuate the uterus removing a human life by shredding tissue, dismembering, and crushing bone of the unborn baby. Know that an evacuation may include crushing the little one’s skull. Consider for yourself if this is cruel and inhumane and thus immoral. Consider your conscience, emotions, and whether you would feel guilty for aborting a pregnancy. The Planned Parenthood of North Florida performs these procedures (“In-Clinic Abortion Procedures”). These facilities also offer abortion pills that starve a newly conceived human life from within the womb resulting in a miscarriage. Be encouraged to ask abortion providers what happens to a human fetus during an abortion. Ask if this human life will be dismembered. Ask them about the fetus’s heartbeat, brainwaves, unique genetic code, and stages of development. You have a right to know what is going to happen to you and your unborn child.
Consider your options. Women seeking to “terminate a pregnancy” are actually facing a mother’s choice to secure her child’s life. An alternative is to give birth and consider adoption. Many good people can help you. Avoid doing anything that you will regret for the rest of your life. No matter your life situation and the tough times you may be facing, you can make the moral decision to protect the life of your child. Do not expect clinics like Planned Parenthood, who profit from abortions, to inform you about what really is an abortion or warn you of any emotional and mental trauma that a woman may undergo. The National Abortion Federation promotes abortion and admits,
“Although the most common emotion after completing an abortion is relief, there also can be feelings of loss or sadness. […] Some women feel grief even though they know they made the right decision. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. The feelings are real, and you should give yourself permission to have them” (“Emotions.” What should I expect after an abortion? NAF. 20 August 2013).
Please, do not let anyone urge, push, or bully you to have an abortion. Be courageous and strong now. Stand your ground and seek out support from family and friends now. Find an adoption agency who shares your values. For spiritual support, please seek out a church of Christ to help encourage and guide you in this time.
Think about your beliefs. Those upholding the value of all people must consider the beating heart of the unborn girl or boy in the womb. Some looking into Planned Parenthood believe in Jesus. How does Jesus’s life influence you? While Jesus was in the womb, Mary was already “the mother of the Lord” (Luke 1:42). Truly, a pregnant woman is already the mother of an unborn child who is living within her. Elizabeth “conceived a son” in her womb who “leaped in the womb” upon hearing Mary’s voice (Luke 1:35–45). Therefore, this unborn human being is a baby. Think long and never forget about how God made you in your mother’s womb. The Jewish King David expressed,
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well” (Psalm 139:13–14).
Listen to Jesus Christ:
“And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, and said to them, ‘Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great‘” (Luke 9:47–48; cf. Mark 9:36–37).
May God help us all to love and adore our children. For Children are a heritage, a reward, and a source of happiness from God (Psalm 127).
My prayer is for God to bless every pregnant woman who reads this,
Scott Shifferd, minister, church of Christ