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Why the Reproductive Health Act Should Anger Women

Baby Hannah

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:13-16).

I don’t usually write political posts on here. I think mommyhood is hard enough without throwing politics into the mix. Don’t get me wrong–I will be among the first to encourage you to go vote at election time. I think it’s important for us moms to stay on top of what’s going on in the world, to form our own opinions, and to vote our conscience. But there’s no need to pick a fight over it.

But today…today, I have to speak up. As an advocate for children, I am sick to hear that people are actually cheering for the death of innocent lives. The Reproductive Health Act has passed in New York, basically giving women the right to murder their baby up until birth if it affects their own health.

Yes, you read that right–murder. This bill allows these women to say, “My life is more important than a child’s.” We can’t sit idly by and pretend that this is okay. We can’t pretend that a woman’s right to choose is more important than a child’s right to live. The fact that we have reached the point where women have lost their maternal instinct, their God-given ability and desire to love and raise children, means that we are truly, desperately lost.

We can’t pretend that a woman’s right to choose is more important than a child’s right to live.

How can we women claim to want to better each other, to better the world, to create a place of love, peace, and harmony, yet turn around and demand for the right to kill our own children?

This sudden “freedom” carries a price that we cannot afford to pay. We shout for the rights of the weak, the minority, the defenseless; yet, who is more defenseless than these unborn children? Take an ultrasound picture, and you can immediately see that we are being lied to, distracted by the fact that these “tissues” or “fetuses” are our sons and daughters! They are crying for us to stand up and protect them.

This sudden “freedom” carries a price that we cannot afford to pay.

Yet, today, New York threw its children and its future on the altar of self-gratification. The law of man rules the land, and godlessness has seeped into America, chipping away at the family that God has ordained.

As sisters, we need to cry out against this bill! We are being fed lies, being told that this is for our freedom of choice. Yet, studies show that the results of abortion are detrimental to women’s health, both physically and mentally. Abortion is not a one-time choice that you make. It is something that will affect you forever. According to abortionfacts.com, abortion can have serious consequences for future pregnancies:

(1) You will be more likely to bleed in the first three months of future pregnancies.

(2) You will be less likely to have a normal delivery in future pregnancies.

(3) You will need more manual removal of placenta more often and there will be more complications with expelling the baby and its placenta.

(4) Your next baby will be twice as likely to die in the first few months of life.

(5) Your next baby will be three to four times as likely to die in the last months of his first year of life.

(6) Your next baby may have a low birth weight.

(7) Your next baby is more likely to be born prematurely with all the dangerous and costly problems that entails.

According to the bill, “Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States…” Safe for whom? Obviously, not for the baby! As for the mother, the effects can be serious beyond the risks for future pregnancies. Breast cancer has been linked to abortions. According to the Piedmont Women’s Center, “A recent study on the link of breast cancer with oral contraceptives, from the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal in April 2009, includes content that still lists abortion among the ‘known and suspected risk factors’ for breast cancer in women. This study also lists induced abortion along with other risk factors from previous studies as being associated with higher risk of breast cancer.” Other risks include bowel injury, bladder injury, hemorrhage, hepatitis, and sterility–just to name a few. Psychological effects include post-abortion syndrome, which can result in depression, suicidal thoughts, self-doubt, sleep deprivation, memory loss, and other mental impairments.

Tell me again how women won New York today? I’m a woman who suffers from infertility. The thought that other women are taking their fertility so lightly angers me. This is a gift from God. It is not a joke, not an inconvenience, not something to be thrown away with the trash! These women have sacrificed the unique joy that results from the pain of childbirth–something that I have never been privileged to experience for myself.

When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world (John 16:21).

Do you want to argue with me that if I want these babies to be born, then I should adopt them? Well, three of them are now mine. Should I foster them? Ten other kids have called me Mama Katie. I’m not part of the problem here. I’m part of the solution. And so should you be. Abortion is not EVER the answer to an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. Not ever.

God’s Word has a lot to say about sex before and after marriage. He created sex to be in the confines of marriage between a man and a woman:

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24).

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Heb. 13:4).

The Old and New Testament talk about sexual immorality, incest, rape. I mention this because a lot of people are arguing that a woman should have the right to abort a child conceived in this way. I’m not undermining the pain and horribleness of those sinful actions. But never once do I see God encouraging aborting the children who resulted from those sinful acts. Not once. In fact, God’s Word says:

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Psalm 27:3).

“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5).

“Whoever receives one such child in My Name receives Me, and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him Who sent Me” (Mark 9:37).

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers” (Prov. 17:6).

Could it be that we’ve sacrificed the heritage that God has planned for us? We cry out against the injustices in this nation, but we are killing our future leaders, our future world-changers. And for what? What good can be accomplished by their deaths?

I am angry today, and I hope you are, too. Our children lost. We women lost. And Satan won the day.

But I am not one who has no hope. My God is still in control, although He weeps with us today.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11).

My hope is not in selfish, evil politicians. It’s not in good, law-abiding politicians (if there are any left) either. My hope is in the God Who creates these lives to give us a heritage. He has a plan, and evil has already been defeated. He is not surprised by the events of today. And we who know Him as our Lord and Savior can proclaim together, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Come.”

If you want to be a part of the solution, I would love to tell you more about how you can foster or adopt. We can be the change for a better future. And if you are considering abortion, I would love to talk to you about some of the resources that are available for you. Abortion doesn’t have to be the answer. 

 

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