Friday, February 11, 2011

Putting Things Together

(Writer’s Note: This is the final installment of this series. Putting Things Together and Everything Does Not Fit sections are vastly incomplete without reading Abortion, Mom And Dad Are Going To Kill Me, I’m Not Ready To Be A Parent, and Better Ideas. So you can completely understand this post, please, please, go back and read the first four. Thank you.)

Let's summarize this mountain of information into some simple statements. Each statement is general and not intended to be an absolute.
  1. Abortion is the willful choice of a pregnant woman to “induce” the “termination” of the pregnancy causing the death of a living human.
  2. Abortion is the “slaughter” of human life.
  3. Abortion carries the intent to “deprive” life from a very tiny human.
  4. Abortion LEGALLY cannot be murder, due to Roe v. Wade.
  5. Abortion MORALLY is murder. It is the premeditated willful choice to “slaughter” a living unwanted person.
  6. Abortion is not miscarriage.
  7. Abortion is selfish and is contrary to God's principles. It considers the life of the unborn as less important than self. 
  8. Abortion is against God’s principle to protect ongoing life.
  9. Abortion rejects sacrificial love, the kind Jesus demonstrated on the cross for you.
  10. Abortion permanently rejects all options.

This subject brings me difficulty, a struggle. I like all ideas to have their cubbyhole. But not everything fits. Those ideas must be addressed individually.

How should a teenager with unloving or uncaring parents present pregnancy to them? I recommend generous quantities of prayer.

Becoming a parent is cause for anxiety, especially early in life. Gather information from reliable sources. Be patience. Provide time to think and determine good resolutions. Preparing for childbirth can remove fears. Planning offsets uncertainties. Improve your relationship with God. Use prayer to reach out to Him who answers.

I recently heard of a woman who discovered she had cancer. It was bad. Then she learned she was pregnant. She, after some thinking, determined NOT to take chemotherapy. She thought more of the baby than herself. She died a few weeks after giving birth. The infant and the siblings now are with a single-parent father, but they are loved. Was this the best decision? Do you disagree with her decision?

What about a single woman who considers abortion a method of birth control? Is she right or wrong? What could you tell her to alter her logic?

Through amniocentesis, genetics can be determined for an unborn child. What if your fetus will have Tay Sachs, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Blooms Syndrome, Down Syndrome, or Fragile X Syndrome? What if you know your child was going to suffer with Glucose-6-phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency (caused by mutations in the G6PD gene), Klienfelter Syndrome, Huntington's Disease  or Turner's Syndrome? What then?

A friend reminded me of their salvation. Some problematic children, such as those with severe autism will never understand what sin is. They will never fight the battles against sin you and I face. They are not accountable. Their salvation may be easier than anyone.

When discussing these ideas with another trusted colleague recently, we determined three approaches worth considering:
  1. Since amniocentesis can alert you to these problems, don't let the doctor stick you with that long ugly needle.
  2. Since you can know in advance, use prayer and education to prepare yourself for working with a problematic child.
  3. Pray, Pray, and Pray some more. We may not know answers, but He does.


This is the final installment on the subject of Abortion. Thank you for reading. I hope it makes the subject more clear for you.
Below are the previous posts, in order, for your reference and reading. I suggest you read, and re-read as often as necessary. God bless you.

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