A Powerful Choice

Before I Formed YouFocus on the Family President, Jim Daly, tells the story of Joy, a young, unwed girl who became pregnant. Frightened and ashamed, she made an appointment with an abortion clinic.

During her exam, Joy asked the technician if she could see her baby on the ultrasound monitor. Her request was denied, and she was told that it was not even a baby yet. She was instructed to come back in 24 hours for the abortion procedure.

As she left the clinic, she met a woman who asked if she had been allowed to see her baby on the ultrasound. Joy said she had not. The lady then invited Joy to visit the Women’s Resource Center so she could see her baby.

 

That ultrasound photo became the most important picture of her child’s life.

 

I cried and cried as my heart was changing. I was bonding with this tiny life within me,” Joy said, “I took the picture home and called her ‘my little gummy bear.’” Joy and her boyfriend married, and this year, her ‘little gummy bear’ started kindergarten.

In the 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the U.S., over 54 million babies have been aborted, and a heart-wrenching number of women have lost their lives from abortion-related hazards, including breast cancer, uterine perforation, hemorrhaging, medical error, allergic reactions, infections, suicide, and lack of post-abortive care.

But people are beginning to see through the blood-thirsty lies of the abortion industry, and are recognizing that much of the pro-choice agenda isn’t really about choice or health care at all, but rather about suppression, ignorance, exploitation, greed, and narcissism.

Many women, like Joy, are courageously standing up to claim their right to choose life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for themselves and their children, regardless of their religious or political party affiliation. Many strong and beautiful ladies are making the difficult choice to grow and nurture the unplanned yet miraculous life growing within them.

Those who have had their body invaded and brutalized through rape are grasping the difficult truth that having their bodies ravaged again through abortion will not heal their physical and emotional scars. Instead, many report feeling empowered by not only surviving the ordeal, but thriving, as they find the strength to carry life instead of bring death, supply compassion in the face of hellish fury, and preserve innocence when theirs was taken from them. And that is the true essence of strength, beauty, courage, and power.

And on this 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, these powerful women stand as a challenge to all women to take a stand. A stand for the most helpless of our citizens. A stand for those who are facing unplanned pregnancies. A stand for the rights of women to live. A stand for the compassionate care of the unborn. A stand for strength, dignity, and posterity. A stand for courage, common sense, and truth. A stand for health, happiness, and a future. A stand for the beautiful choice of life. A stand for love.

 

If you or someone you know is facing an unplanned pregnancy, and you want to make a powerful choice, pregnancy resource centers around the country are standing with those who are in need. Visit difficultchoices.org to find assistance near you.

What Does It Mean To Be Pro-Life?

Today, January 22nd, is the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion on demand in the United States, resulting in over 54 million abortions to date.

Many Americans, however, choose a pro-life standing, one that is firmly against the abortion decision and sees the unborn as persons of value, created in the image of God and deserving of basic human rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

But is that all there is? What, truly, does it mean to be pro-life? It includes the abortion issue, to be sure, but it goes far beyond that.

Being pro-life is a worldview and a life-view. We see life as beginning with conception and ending in natural death, which determines how we treat others. It means we stand against abortion, suicide, homicide, genocide, euthanasia, domestic violence, abuse, and discrimination against race, sex, and religion.

It means we visit and serve those in prison and stand for their redemption, and help the poor and homeless find food, shelter, and quality employment. It means we respect those who differ in opinion, but will not tolerate the degradation and destruction of human life.

It means we stand with women who are facing unwanted and unplanned pregnancies to find alternatives to abortion, recognizing that their life is equal to but not more important than that of their unborn child. It means we stand for the right to remove the baby when the life of the mother is endangered, not because her life is more important than her child’s, but because we save the life we can.

It means we stand for protection of children, the elderly, and the disabled. It is why we stand for the death penalty when someone, with premeditation, takes a life. It means we value human life above plant or animal life.

It means that we preach, teach, live out, and are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is through Him that we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). It means we see all human life as worth the blood of Christ.

This is what it means to be pro-life.