It was my husband’s birthday party on Thanksgiving weekend and three adorable preschoolers were running around in circles, two elementary aged kids were jumping around on the floor and 10 adults were trying to make conversation in the midst of it all. It was loud and crazy and I loved it!
That’s when it struck me. One other horrific tragedy from abortion is not only that the child is lost, but the seed within that child that would later produce their children perishes also.
I thought about my friend back in the late 70’s who came to me one day and announced that she was pregnant and needed to go get an abortion. She asked me to drive her. I told her that I couldn’t do that because I didn’t believe that abortion was right and wanted to have no part in it. We had a conversation about why I believed it was wrong and even set up an appointment with my pastor who also counseled her against it.
A few days later she left to go home to another state where she lived. When she came back to visit a few weeks later I could tell the minute she got out of the car that she was no longer pregnant. Sadly, she had found someone to support her decision.
“It was a boy she said” with tears in the eyes. I watched him move around on the ultrasound screen before the abortion.
I wish I had been more convincing, done more or said something different to change her mind. Not only would she have had the joy of raising the child, her home too would possibly be filled with the laughter of little children this Thanksgiving.
I had lost track of her over the years. Hopefully she went on to marry and have children and perhaps she does have grandchildren now. I hope so. But I know for sure of one life that was lost that day and we can only imagine what life with that unique person would have been like and the fruit of their offspring would have brought.
If only the law would not have allowed it, my friend would have found a way to get through that difficult season and been spared years of grief.
Thankfully, public opinion is turning and I’m convinced that one day this horrible ruling will be overturned. That day cannot come quick enough.
January is the anniversary of Roe V wade and a time to honor and remember the slain and pray for the mothers who have lost so much.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. Deuteronomy 30:19