Readers always ask writers, "Where do you get your ideas?" And it is not an easy question to answer. Sometimes a thought association sparks an idea. Other times I might read an opinion piece that gets me thinking about a subject. Common questions apologists are asked might provide a springboard. When I can think of nothing else, I rummage through old Q&As I have published on other cyber platforms and re-work them into a new blog post.
Then there are the times I glance at my calendar.
Today is the forty-first anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that struck down state laws that illegalized abortion. To date, more than 55 million children have been legally aborted in the United States alone. Worldwide, since 1980, the number is over one billion. Yes, that is billion with a capital B, and is roughly equivalent to the current population of China.
I had to write about abortion today.
Trying to find an angle on the topic that I had not yet covered (you can find my previous blog posts here and here), I did some Googling. Up popped an article on Care2.com, which proclaims itself to be the "largest online community for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare."
Titled "Protective" States? How Anti-Abortion Organizations Patronize and Infantilize Women, the article reads like an opinion piece, although it is not clearly labeled to be an op-ed. The gist of the piece is the author's outrage that pro-life organizations have the gall to seek protection for women from abuses by the abortion industry:
What is very different, and what should strike any person who believes that women, especially adult women, are capable of rational thought and their own decision making, is the different frames used depending on who wrote the report [on the state of abortion throughout the U.S.]. NARAL [Pro-Choice America]'s report is called "Who Decides," implying that it is up to the pregnant person—not a lawmaker, an anti-choice activist, or anyone else—to understand and obtain the best medical care to fit her situation.
AUL [Americans United for Life]? They call their report "Ranking the 50 States Based on How Well Women are Protected from Abortion Industry Abuses."
Calling women who terminate pregnancies "mothers" and declaring their bills "protections for both mother and child, the victims of an avaricious abortion industry," AUL makes it clear that, to them, a pregnant person cannot make a decision on her own. If she chooses an abortion, it was because she was taken advantage of, either by a greedy provider, a coercive partner, an overbearing parent or guardian.
What?! Does it not patronize and infantilize wolves to suggest that they need to be protected?
Oh, wait. The wolves must be protected from hunters who would indiscriminately kill them (a controversial position, but an argument that can be made). The wolves cannot protect themselves, and so people must protect them.
But what about the defenseless unborn humans? Who shall rise up to protect them from death?
It is a tragic commentary on our society that those who protect wolves from hunters are lauded as courageous souls who promote animal welfare, but that those who would protect baby humans from abortion are nosy busybodies seeking to prevent women from exercising their rights. Worse, those who would seek to protect women and children from abuses committed by the abortion industry—abuses that we are solemnly assured will never happen
in a country where abortion is "safe, legal, and rare"—are accused of patronizing and infantilizing women. (The word infantilize
in this context is nothing short of obscene.)
Where do we go from here? Well, we cannot give up the fight to defend the unborn and to protect women from the evils of abortion. Facing down groundless accusations and name-calling should be the least of our worries. But is there one concrete step you can take right now, today—January 22, 2014—to ready yourself so you might be able to stop an abortion from happening? Perhaps not every abortion can be stopped, but what if you could stop just one, if only you prepared today?
Not long ago, a friend of mine was praying outside a local abortion clinic. She was the only one there that day to pray. From her position outside the clinic, she could see a woman drive up and park. The woman sat in the car for some time, visibly upset. Then she got out of the car and walked up to the clinic. My friend started to pray harder (in silence, of course). The woman hesitated, stood at the door for a while, then turned back and returned to her car. Again, she sat in her car, visibly upset.
My friend was alone outside the clinic, but gathered together her courage and approached the woman in the car. When the woman acknowledged her, my friend asked gently, "Do you need help?" She did, willingly took contact information offered for a local pro-life medical office, and drove away from the abortion clinic.
When I heard that story, it inspired me to carry that pro-life medical office's contact information with me at all times. Business cards are easy to lose though, so I took advantage of modern technology and plugged the information into my cell phone's contact list. Now, if I ever find myself in a similar situation to that my friend found herself in, I can pull out my phone, open the entry I have dedicated to Culture of Life Family Services
, and pass along the contact information to someone in need.
Is there a crisis pregnancy center or a pro-life medical office in your area? Create an entry for it on your cell phone's contact list. If possible, include the name, phone number, and address. If the office has an emergency contact number, make that phone number the primary phone number in your entry. You will now have information close at hand to offer to someone in need, and could even make a phone call to the office for that person if she would like someone to meet her there upon her arrival.
January 22, 1973
Forty-one years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion. It was a pivotal moment in the life of the United States, when we as a nation chose death as a legal solution to a crisis pregnancy. But that day was also a day on which life was celebrated in one family. That day was my father's thirty-fifth birthday, I had turned one year old earlier that month, and my mother was pregnant with my younger brother, who would be born that summer.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him; for that means life to you and length of days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them (Deut. 30:19–20
Choose life, each and every day, one tiny life at a time—so that all might live.