Tuesday, January 22, 2013
On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion in America, I would like to share with you something that changed my life forever.
But first, I want to remember. I want us all to remember these things:
Today marks 40 years of legal child-killing in America; 40 years of the devaluing of preborn human life.
Today marks 40 years of more lives lost to "choice" than in all of America's wars combined...
55 MILLION children who were never rocked, never held, never kissed, never welcomed with pink or blue baby showers...
Today, and every day, I remember them. Today, and every day, I remember their mothers, their fathers, their siblings, their grandparents, who grieve because of an enormous mistake.
There is forgiveness, and there is hope.
But the killing must end.
And I also want to remember what brought me here, to the pro-life movement. I owe my passion for pro-life work to the Lord and (oddly enough for this evangelical) to a Catholic bookstore where I worked. If they hadn't stocked videos for rental, which I was one day sent to catalog, I might never have seen what abortion really is.
You see, abortion isn't just a political issue. While it is ingrained in our culture and intertwined with politics, it is really an issue of human rights, which are being denied to certain humans on the basis of size, level of development, location, etc. The preborn child is no less human than the rest of us. We are simply in different stages of growth and development.
Too many human injustices have been committed because the strong made the choice to devalue and dehumanize other humans for their own purposes, for their own gain. Abortion is a grave human injustice.
There are a long list of injustices which break my heart, and abortion is number one on that list. It destroys the lives of innocent children and it hurts women. I have seen the damage it has brought into the lives of so many people who thought it was the best choice for them at the time. But killing is never the best choice. It shouldn't be a choice at all. Think about it... is killing an innocent human considered a good solution to any other difficult situation?
The video I rented from that bookstore one day more than 15 years ago caused me great grief. It horrified me. I had always been "against abortion" but I had this very sterile idea of what abortion is. I thought it was a quick and simple procedure. I knew little about fetal development. I had no idea what "choice" really meant.
This video changed my life forever. If you choose to watch it, it might change your life forever, too.
This is what they mean by "choice."