ABORTION: A SOLUTION OR AN INJUSTICE?
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day. About a third of all Australian women will have an abortion. This represents about one-in-four pregnancies.
ABORTION: IS IT A QUICK CLEAN SOLUTION TO UNWANTED PREGNANCIES? oR A GREAT INJUSTICE TARGETING THE MOST INNOCENT AND DEFENCELESS IN OUR SOCIETY?
Guest writer Mina Humphries shares her story.
"When I close my eyes, I still see the clock on the wall. The length of time was a matter of minutes, but those minutes define my life to this day. My first pregnancy ended by my choice. I live with that choice every day. I didn’t know God then, though I grasped for Him the entire time.
I remember my mom driving to the clinic, I was an emotional wreck. In my mind, I prayed; “God if you’re real, and you don’t want me to do this, please I need a sign.” In that exact moment, a car cut us off with a pro-life bumper sticker. I starred at the sign with intensity. Had God just given me answer? I know God now, and know He had given answer, I just didn’t listen.
I never wanted to do it. I remember when I found out I was going to be a mother, I was in total shock, but also my natural response was to protect the life that was growing inside of me. Pregnancy is a lot of change on every level. Your first pregnancy is particularly challenging getting used to all of the hormonal changes that happen with one’s body. I went from being a highly emotional individual to flat out crazy in this pregnancy. My family didn’t think it was best if I were a mom at that time. The father of the child didn’t think so either. I didn’t feel strong enough to do it by myself. I didn’t even value my own life at that time, and felt unworthy to even be chosen to be a mother.
I googled every night trying to find the answers I so desperately was seeking. Trying to find women who had abortions, trying to find people who would take me in and let me keep my baby. I found nothing. I also was an atheist at that time. Satan loves to meddle when it comes to life and death, this time literally.
Abortion is defined as the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. God’s word doesn’t include the word abortion. However this is what the bible says about pregnancy:
“Children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalms 127:3
My first pregnancy, my angel baby, only lived one trimester. I was almost 12 weeks upon termination. The instant the procedure was over, I wailed out in pain as any mother losing her child would. They had to carry me to the recovery room because I was so hysterical. Starring at the other women put me in a state of shock. They were all just eating cookies and drinking juice like it was no big deal. I just couldn’t be there, the air instantly smelled of death to me. I ran out of the clinic and my mom followed, assuring me I did the best I could do. THAT was NOT the best I could do.
For two weeks, blood haunted me, every time I went to the bathroom. The same blood, which nourished my baby with life, was now the blood of her slaughtered body. For months I tried to assimilate what and why. I looked down at my belly that wasn’t growing, and wept nightly grasping onto God as my only hope. I personally believe that most women don’t experience the trauma like I did, because the reality is, it is so traumatic, that they push the pain deep deep down.
TO TRULY UNDERSTAND ABORTION, ESPECIALLY HAVING ONE YOURSELF, MEANS SEEKING FORGIVENESS FIRST AND FOREMOST FROM OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
To recognize it was never his will. We do however serve an amazing King, who takes us as we are, and forgives us always. His mercy is never ending, and blessed I am that He died on the cross so that I may have eternal life. His unfailing love was my anchor and is today.
My grief comes in waves. Sometimes it is silent, other times it is like a roaring storm. Will he take my grief completely? I do believe one day he eventually will, but for now it fuels me to speak out on behalf of the unborn who are silenced every day. To speak out for the young women, who should be celebrated for the life that she is carrying, instead of treated like an inconvenience.
As any mother who would want to seek justice against the murderer of my child, knowing it was me, I locked myself up in grief. I put myself in a cell, and oftentimes still do. I miss my baby. Though I have found freedom in Christ and he has gifted me with two sweet boys, I often think what that baby would be like? I know that baby only got to have those 12 weeks growing in my womb, and as I miss her here with me, so she watches from heaven. I put up walls so thick that it took years for Jesus to knock them down.
THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH ABORTION RIGHT NOW, IS THAT IS HAS BECOME LOOKED AT AS A SOLUTION INSTEAD OF AN INJUSTICE.
And who pays the price of the injustice? The mothers. The unborn. It has been 6 years since my abortion, and I have talked with many women who feel just as I do, except, they could never think of actually telling someone, the shame and pain is too great.
What I do know now, that I didn’t back then: there are resources available, whether you struggle with the guilt and shame of having an abortion yourself, Jesus makes the best counselor, or whether you find yourself in an unwanted pregnancy, or know someone who does. I can promise that as the pregnancy continues, God will step in, and what may seem like an impossible pregnancy or baby to have, God makes it all possible. He will step in and make it all fit together for His glory. And you know what, after getting to hold newborn babies, I can promise, no matter who may be against that baby inside the womb, they turn all mushy when they see that miracle outside as a part of this life.
FOR ALL BABIES ARE MIRACLES, FROM CONCEPTION TO BIRTH, BECAUSE GOD CREATED THEM, JUST AS HE CREATED YOU.
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