Today’s daily prompt wants to know which causes evoke our passions. This one is easy, I am passionate about life. Why? Because it is the way of love.
The way of love is sacrificial.
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Love is putting the best interests of another ahead of your own. Love is laying down your desires for the life of your baby.
There is no love in abortion.
Think about all the reasons women choose abortion and for each reason ask yourself, where is the love? Don’t include “the life of the mother”. In a true medical emergency life and death decisions are made by doctors who have taken an oath to save whoever they can. Think of all the elective reasons. I was the director of a pregnancy help center for ten years. I lead groups of women, and even some men, through post-abortion healing. I have heard their stories, walked through their pain and I have found no love in abortion. Selfish love for oneself, maybe, but no selfless love for another.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to heap guilt on those who have had abortions. I have much compassion for the walking wounded. I know that many of them were deceived into thinking it was the right path and then, once they were too far down it to turn back, heard the hater-of-women hiss, “Sucker.”
There is a gut-wrenching, God-level love in adoption.
Adoption seems so much harder but in the end it is so much healthier. One of the groups I lead included a woman who had been pregnant three times. The first two pregnancies ended in abortion. The last one ended in the birth of twins. Because she was still in college and had no means to support them, she made an adoption plan. Years later, she came to our group with a broken heart. Not over the babies she had placed for adoption – she was proud of herself for that – but for the ones that she gave no chance at all.
Our laws have made abortion legal, but our hearts know better. Abortion is no longer a hot political issue, but there are still efforts to push the envelope of acceptance. I recently saw a cute young actress on a late night talk show describing very nonchalantly that the character she plays in a soon-to-be-released movie had an abortion. And it was a light, breezy, happy thing.
In real life it is a heavy, soul-crushing thing.
And that is why I am passionately pro-life.