What does it mean to be pro-life?
Just what does it mean to be pro-life? The answer would be to protect all life with the emphasis (for my blog) being on unborn life. We can do that by voting against those who do not support life, giving to pro-life causes with both our time and finances, and speaking truth about abortion to all who will listen, just to name a few. These are all true but it goes deeper. There is more to this story.
When a woman is seeking an abortion we on the pro-life side can tend to look at that decision in just one way and that is that they will be ending a precious life. That is true but what are the reasons someone seeks an abortion? What if they were raped, are attending college or school, struggling just to make ends meet, not married, or the baby’s father has ditched or threatened to ditch if they keep the child? I’m not suggesting any of these reasons make abortion acceptable; they do not, but that these are real life situations that women who are seeking abortions are facing and they are in a crisis. These women realize they are ending the life of their child, but they see it as their only reasonable choice. They are truly facing a crisis decision. In a crisis we tend to want see an end to the situation as quickly as possible to allow us to move on with our lives. You can see why abortion seems like the right answer for some.
Pregnancy Resource Centers exist to help women in crisis pregnancies. We do this by offering them the help they need to either raise their child or look into the option of adoption. We do not say “abortion is not the answer” without giving them the resources they need to see that continuing their pregnancy is their best option. Our peer advisers listen to the woman’s concern without judgment and with love and acceptance. We show them how they can earn diapers, diaper wipes, car seats, cribs, clothing, and much more. The programs we offer are incentive programs, and these moms feel the pride of taking care of their families. We offer parenting classes to give them the skills needed to raise happy and healthy children. We also offer a shoulder to cry on. It is not unusual for us to ask to pray right on the spot for whatever situation our clients are dealing with. We are an extension of the church into a hurting world where an individual may not feel comfortable or even desirous in seeking out a church.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a need to offer ultrasounds so they can see the beauty of their child growing inside of them, providing affordable childcare for those trying to stay in school or college, help in obtaining GED’s, providing Christian resources for counseling, job training, and much more. If we want to be called pro-life, then we need to be ready to offer our resources and time to walk alongside these moms. We cannot turn our heads and say “they are not my problem.”
There are no pregnancies that happen by mistake. God brings each child into the world at exactly the right time. As the church (Christians) we need to look after these little ones and that begins by looking after their parents. I believe being pro-life means providing the support to see every life develop and bloom into their God-given role in society. We are at a crossroads in our American society where we can stand with these precious moms and truly be pro-life, or we can stand by and watch life be devalued and ended while we do nothing but speak “pro-life”. I pray we can change the tide before it is too late. We can and must be God’s hands and feet to women facing crisis pregnancies.