As I passed under the giant banner hanging from the freeway overpass, I couldn’t help but feel sadness for the thought it expressed.
“Forced birth = violence,” the banner read, a clear objection to what everyone now expects to become a reality: the overturning of Roe v. Wade, after a leaked Supreme Court draft indicated a majority of the nine justices favored such a decision.
What can be written and said about abortion has long been written and said. Arguments for and against, often falling on deaf ears, are once again flooding the news and the airwaves.
I’ve come to understand that reason and logic don’t usually win these kinds of debates. These are moving subjects, and the emotion is running high as a Supreme Court ruling that could change the nation approaches.
That’s why the banner message was so sad. It may not have occurred to whoever wrote it that the presumed alternative in this scenario – the killing of a child in utero – is literally violence. This cannot be debated. The baby is alive. So the abortionist does something. So he’s no longer alive.
Yet for someone to feel that a new life growing within them – one of the greatest miracles on earth – is an unwanted intruder is a tragedy in itself and a sign that we have failed somewhere along the way. .
As a society, we have not made it easy for mothers. In many cases, women are led to believe that the most extreme option, abortion, is the only one. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In many ways, shelter laws, which allow a new mother to hand over her baby without question, offer a solution. But more than that, organizations and individuals are working overtime to change the perception that new parents are alone.
It’s an absolute lie that pro-life people don’t care about mothers and babies after they’re born. Hundreds of Pro-Life Pregnancy Resource Centers across the state of Michigan provide diapers, formula, parenting classes, financial assistance and more to new parents. Residential programs such as Gianna House and Abigayle Ministries even offer pregnant women and new moms a place to live. And churches and religious organizations are on the front line.
Why? Because they understand the emotional, material and psychological difficulties that moms and dads face. And helping is the Christian thing to do.
Yet, remarkably, these organizations face an uphill battle from pro-abortion rights supporters, who often go to great lengths to obstruct this work.
Last year, Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed $16 million from Michigan’s state budget that would have made it easier for pregnant women to find adoption and baby care services, to the simple reason that these organizations do not promote abortion.
For the life of me, I can’t figure out why – except politics seems to have won the day.
With or without state or federal funding, the work of these heroic organizations will continue, because real lives are at stake and enough pro-lifers truly care about the well-being of mothers and their children.
At the heart of the battle over abortion for half a century are two simple realities: that the child in a mother’s womb is a living person who deserves to be loved and cared for, just like the mother.
If we really want to rid our society of a horror like abortion, an important first step would be to support organizations that do everything in their power to affirm it.
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