Every time I'm on Facebook, in 5 minutes of scrolling slowly down the page, I can see two or three different pro-life posts. Some of them, I share. Sometimes, what I have seen or read before Sharing upsets me so much that I rant, just a little. So let me be clear.
I am a "recovering" pro-choicer. For many years, I considered myself pro-choice--never pro-abortion, but pro-choice. My position changed somewhat slowly, over a period of a few years. I was never in a position of being faced with having to make that choice, and I'm so glad, because I might have made the wrong one. I would like to think not, but I was inclined to accept the lie that "it's just a piece of tissue." Of course, even if that were true (which it is not), well before 12 weeks, that little guy or gal is definitely not "just a piece of tissue."
But before I go on, let me be clearer still: I neither think of nor treat this topic as the political football it wrongly became, long ago. For me it is apolitical--simply and clearly a moral/spiritual matter. It is a choice!
Even before I began moving toward a pro-life position, I heard the stories, often amid sobs, of women who had had legal abortions many years earlier, and they were still suffering the emotional fall-out. I listened to them in a variety of settings, saw and felt their deep grief, guilt and shame--not the shame put on them by a backward society, but because they grieved the choice they had made.
But--dear God, have mercy!--if an early-term abortion causes such grief for so many years, what must it do to a woman to think about the actual procedure of a late-term abortion? Partially delivering a viable baby, and then puncturing the base of the brain and withdrawing the contents? Don't tell me this is not worthy of Hitler's worst "experiments"! Don't tell me this is not cold-blooded murder!
If you're into statistics, check out http://tinyurl.com/7fxac4 (Movement for a Better America). Some of the statistics: Total U.S. abortions 1967 - 2011 = 54,900,000
U.S. abortions per live births = 265/100
African-American babies aborted 1973 - 2011 = 17,653
Suicide rate among women following a live birth = 5.9/100,000
Suicide rate among women following abortion = 34.7/100,000
Increased risk of breast cancer in women following abortion of first pregnancy = 100%
Increased risk of breast cancer in women with two abortions = 300%
Increased risk of breast cancer in "women" under 18 (our teenaged daughters) = 150%
And from Wikipedia: We have lost a combined total of 632,920 Americans in WWI, WWII, Korea, VietNam, Afghanistan ('01 through 2011) and Iraq, and we honor and remember them with gratitude and thanksgiving, today. Yet we allow the chosen, intentional killings of about 1.2 million babies every year! Where are those who parade, shout, carry signs and engage in violence in their protests against the wars? Why do they not protest the intentional deaths of the wee ones who cannot defend themselves?
Let me be very clear: I am on a rant. I am on a tear. I will find a more active role in the fight to end this outrage against women, against our teenaged daughters, and against our unborn children--truly, the "least of these." I cannot tread softly, anymore, so as not to offend anyone. Yes, I am a Christian, a Christ-follower, an (gasp!) evangelical. This is another application of my call to advocate for children, to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves" (Proverbs 31:8). I will not shut up. I will not go away. Is that clear?