I ended my “nameless Revisited” post with the question about how I consider myself worthy to talk pro-life when I have admitted that “nameless” would break me. I would cave in. I felt I had to make the choice between two evils. Maybe that is just the reason God is urging me to “no longer be mum” about the abortion issue. Maybe he needs someone to speak who is not so sure of herself. But I would ask him, “Why not someone who has enough faith the leave it to you?” Of course, those who choose abortion would say abortion in this case was your way. Who knows His ways!
He allowed (even willed) Mary to endure the pain and shame of an unmarried pregnancy. Granted she was a little older but that culture was very strict regarding this issue; it was not legal or acceptable. And I’m so glad she did. She brought forth my Savior!
If “nameless” were fourteen, would I make the same decision. I don’t think so. I think she would be old enough to give birth. I think she would understand that she would have a baby that some mommy and daddy would be so ever grateful for. I don’t know. She would have many issues to deal with besides the pregnancy. She might be called upon to testify against someone who she might really have love for. She would need to be convinced that she, herself, was a victim. Hopefully she and I will not turn against “a God who allowed” that and instead, trust in a God who makes one stronger by taking them through hard places, who has promised to “work all things for good.”
If the pregnancy came about because of her life style, disobedience, and rebellion, hopefully she would be accepting that it was the consequence of her own actions. It would be my decision to urge her to keep her child. The consequence was an outcome of her choice. We would have a long “time out” and the baby would be put up for adoption.
A couple other hard situations. As I said before I would choose the mother’s life over the life of a baby. So I would make exception for LIFE of the mother, not the HEALTH of the mother. Health of the mother is a wimpy word that means anything one wants it to mean.
Rape is a terrible thing. It would be hard, but I think I would choose the save the baby. The victim has a lot to recover from and this might be just adding more, but I think one should not abort the baby. There might be even a sense of having something positive develop from giving birth and allowing a baby to be given to a couple who could have a child no other way. I’m not all that sure about the context being applicable but the Bible says, “the son (child) shall not die for the sins of the father.” Two wrongs do not make a right. (A great and encouraging novel on this subject – The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers.)
I mentioned a sin that I think is even more damaging than murder when it comes to the abortion issue. That I deal with next. “I’ll Do It My Way – Rebellion”