Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pro Life and Pro Choice

I saw this video on the Preserving a Generation blog and so loved the song and the pictures that I had to post it here too.

A couple of months ago, one of my relatives told me she was pro choice and pro life. We were having some great conversations about abortion, life, and choice. At that time, I couldn’t see how a person could be both pro life and pro choice. Recently, I understood how I could say a similar thing about myself. Even though, I’m not sure my relative’s statement carried the same meaning of what I will say about myself. I’ll explain exactly what I mean from my perspective.

I believe that from the moment of conception a baby is a human being. And I absolutely believe in choosing LIFE for that baby. So I am Pro Life. I also believe that women do and should have a choice to make when they become pregnant— to choose to keep their baby, take care of it, and be its mother OR to choose to give their baby up for adoption to someone else who will care for it and be its mom. In this statement life is promoted regardless of the choice made. But there is a choice still made.

However, I do not believe that the choice to end the life of any human being, whether in the womb or outside the womb, should be encouraged or endorsed by the laws of any country. What Pro Choice has really come to mean in today’s lingo is Pro Death. Taking the life of a human being is just that—the taking of a life. No matter what label it is hidden under.

Women should have the freedom to make a choice—the choice whether to be mother to their child or to allow someone else to be mother to their child. The choices should never include ending the life of her child just because she doesn’t want it or is afraid of having it. The laws of this country have only given women an opportunity to make a choice that does not truly lead to freedom of choice but instead leads to bondage of guilt and sorrow over ending the life of a baby whom they felt they could not carry to term.

May more of us be encouragers and helpers to those who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant. Encouraging them to know they can make a choice and that the choice will always include LIFE for the tiny and helpless baby growing within them. May we also be encouragers and helpers to those who have already terminated the life of their babies and carry that painful scar on their hearts. There is no place here for crass judgment of either position.

"You can't really understand another person's experience

until you've walked a mile in their shoes."

For unconditional love and life…

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