Hi. My name is Suzanne Hines. I’m a people-pleaser. I don’t like to step on toes. I never write about controversial things because I’m afraid I’ll offend someone and get lots of negative comments.
But I’m going to do it. I’m going to say some things that might step on some toes.
And this is it:
I hope that you are, too.
But you can’t be pro-life for babies in the womb and then do nothing for those very same babies once they are born.
Many women who are choosing abortion are choosing it because they think it’s the best option. It’s either abortion, or it’s eventually being unable to support the child and giving them up to the foster care system or to the same poverty/circumstances/abuses that the mother finds herself in. (I understand that many cases of abortion are purely driven by the selfishness of the mother).
Let’s take Little Miss’ Mom for example. The moment she found out she was pregnant, I’m 99.9% positive that she knew she was going to get that baby taken away from her. What were her options? Abortion was (unfortunately) one. Losing her to a foster home (or permanently) was another. What do you think you would have chosen?
But what if. WHAT IF for one moment we thought about the impact that could have been had on Little Miss’ Mom if someone in her life came alongside her during her pregnancy, walked her through the long road of figuring herself out, and helped her as she began to take care of this child. What if? What if even half the people who claim they are pro-life stepped up to the plate?
There are so many different ways to do this, folks. It doesn’t necessarily mean taking in a pregnant teen or fostering a baby so Mom/Dad can get back on their feet (although…why not?). It might mean helping out at a pregnancy resource center, either donating your time or energy or a listening ear.
I also want to point out that it won’t be convenient to you to help these lives outside the womb. It just won’t. You won’t get anything out of it. But isn’t it nice of us that we can stand back and disagree with pro-choicers, when really we are being pro-choice: choosing convenience for ourselves by not involving ourselves in those messy lives?
Being pro-choice is not just a political standing. It’s not just an outspoken facebook post, or a well-crafted sign at a protest. It’s not just an opinion or a Thanksgiving topic around your warm family table.
It’s a life. It’s a life inside the womb. And it’s a life outside the womb, too.
So ask yourself this. If you are pro-choice, if you support all lives in the womb, do you also support them outside the womb?
Then, ask yourself how you can support those lives. I’m not going to hand you all the answers on a silver platter. Perhaps there is something that God is waiting to lay on your heart. Perhaps he is waiting for you to just ask what it is that He would like you to do to support these lives outside the womb.
For my local friends in the Miami Valley of Ohio, the Pregnancy Resource Center and Greene County Children’s Services are two excellent places to begin asking your questions 🙂