Thursday, January 21, 2010

No Excuses Exist for the Destruction of Life

As I said yesterday, I'm asking my readers to pray for those in the abortion field, that their hearts may turn from this evil, and for those whose lives have been effected by the horror that is brought by the destruction of innocent life. Please pray for all the abortion providers at this site, particularly the one that wrote the post that we'll focus on today (be warned before clicking over onto the site that the language they use varies from post to post and can be very strong although the language in this particular post is mild compared to the others... my thoughts in pink):
"I feel burned out. I feel bitter. I am angry I have a job which is very demanding and I am changing people's lives and doing good, and I have to spend my free time defending it. Some people would say that I am bitter and burned out because it is God finally intervening and showing me the light.

This is not true..."
This paragraph is one of the reasons I decided to begin with this post and to ask for your prayers for this particular provider. This woman can clearly feel that something is wrong and while she still denies it vehemently she cannot ignore the impact on her life. As the former abortion provider who tells her story at the bottom of this page shows, there is hope. Eventually this woman may realize that this is about so much more than a choice. It's about life.
"...When people in the government are working to take your rights away it's hard not to get angry..."
When the lawmakers who are part of the majority party in congress are trying to work to take away your right not to pay for the slaughter of unborn children, it's hard not to get angry.
"When you hear how hard some of these women have it, it is difficult not to get upset. When people don't even know how deeply disenfranchised many of these women are. What it would be like to walk a mile in her shoes. What it would be like to have a monthly budget composed of $237 from food stamps for you and your two small children. And that's it. People don't even know and they make judgments and want to decide this woman's life for her. It's not fair..."
This is a common theme in many of these posts: the idea that the people who are against abortion cannot possibly understand the women who make the decision to have an abortion because they can't possibly understand the situation that these women are in.

Every time I read or hear this argument I am tempted to respond. I CAN understand poverty. While I'm not a single mother, I can (from personal experience), understand what it's like for three people to survive on $200 of food stamps each month (actually when I saw that I thought that where we are $245 is expected to feed two children and two adults). I can even understand what it's like to live in a 100 square foot cabin without running water with a toddler, while pregnant. And yet we are joyful because God has entrusted another life to our family!

Yes, I think I can understand many of these situations pretty well...

Yet there is no excuse for destroying a life. Life can be very hard. But the difficulties we face cannot be used as license to harm others (much less kill).

It's not about wanting to "decide a woman's life for her." It's not about choice. It's about recognizing the sanctity of human life and realizing that there is never a reason (any reason) that gives human beings the right to destroy a life.

Now for something a bit more uplifting.

The first person I'm going to profile is Carol Everett, a former abortion clinic owner, who joined the abortion industry in 1973 after her husband and doctor successfully pressured her to abort her third child. After the abortion her life fell apart and her marriage ended.

A psychiatrist helped her to "get her life together" and eventually she began to work in the abortion industry. Finally after realizing how profitable the industry could be she decided to open her own clinics. Here are a few highlights from her story in her own words. I strongly suggest reading the entire story for yourself:
"We opened our clinic and the first month we did 45 abortions. The last month I was there, with two clinics functioning in the Dallas area, we did over 500 abortions a month in that clinic. I was compensated at the rate of $25.00 per case plus one-third of the clinics, so you can imagine what my motivation was. I sold abortions.

I had made $150,000; was on target in 1983 to make $260,000; and when we opened our five clinics, I would have been taking home about a million dollars a year. I expected to make more than that after we were functioning..."

"...I'm sure you've seen those numbers advertised that say "Problem Pregnancy," "Abortion Information," or "Pregnant?". When a young girl finds out she is pregnant, she may not want an abortion, she may just want information.

But when she calls that number that's paid for by abortion money, what kind of information do you think she is going to get? Remember, they sell abortions. They don't sell keeping the baby. They don't sell giving the baby up. They don't sell delivering the baby in any form. They only sell abortions.

The counselor that the girl speaks to on the telephone is paid to be her friend. She is supposed to seduce her into a friendship of sorts to sell her the abortion..."

"...I've never been able to come up with the words to describe the abortion procedure. There are no words to describe how bad it really is. It kills the baby.

I've seen sonograms with the baby pulling away from the instruments that are introduced into the vagina. And I've seen D & E through 32 weeks done without the mother being put to sleep. Yes, they are very painful to the baby. But, yes they are very, very painful to the woman. I've seen six people hold a woman on the table while they did the abortion..."

"...Every time you pro-life activists are standing in front of the clinic you are holding a light on inside that clinic. You are holding those people accountable.

That day they are less likely to do an abortion on the woman who is not pregnant, or the woman who is too far along. The abortionist who brags about doing eight, ten, even twelve abortions an hour will slow down. He's afraid of you."
Your prayers do make a difference. During the protests and vigils your voices are heard. Keep speaking out! Keep fighting! You voice may be the one that is heard... the word you speak may be one that saves a life...

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