Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tomorrow is Sanctity of Life Sunday

Sanctity of Life Sunday is a memorial of the decision to make abortion legal in the Roe vs. Wade court case. We do not remember so that we can accuse or hate but so that we can mourn with and share the hope of Jesus Christ with those who mourn lost babies. And so that we celebrate the importance and holiness of life.
I will be speaking at a local church this Sunday on behalf of the pregnancy resource center where I am a board member. Here is (roughly) what I will share:
Imagine that you are a sixteen year old girl. You had a boyfriend who you were sure loved you, but he has since moved on to other girls, and
you find that you are pregnant.
Your mother encourages an abortion. Your friends make snide remarks and tell about how easy abortion is.
The former boyfriend threatens you if you don’t.
Perhaps even your doctor says that with a small ten-minute procedure your pregnancy can be over.
You're scared, you're vulnerable and you have no one to turn to.

This and many other scenarios are behind the girls who walk through the door at Choices Pregnancy Resource Center.

On the week of January 2-6, 40 girls walked through the doors at our two locations. They found sympathetic ears willing to listen. They were able to take a free pregnancy test and receive confidential, Biblical counseling.

Out of those 40, 18 received a positive on their pregnancy test. And the number of those who will probably carry and parent their baby? One. 

Many people assume that abortion is yesterday's issue. Or maybe since our city has no abortion clinic, we get a little lax in our prayers and actions for this issue.
But this IS today’s issue. The same God who is father to the fatherless and defender of widows also forms each baby in the womb!

Nationally there are over 1.2 million babies aborted each year. And our state accounts for 39,820 of those. That number is so astronomical—39,820 babies in one year.

90% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted and
40% of women ages 18-40 have had an abortion, half of these women have had more than one.

Almost all abortions are done as a means of birth control. Only a very small portion are performed because of rape or incest, fetal abnormalities or a risk to the mother. 

Choices Pregnancy Resource Center is there to help the mother in crisis in any way they can.

The choices we represent are:

Parenting—raising a child
Adoption—this is the most difficult for many girls to make
Abortion—sold as a solution by the media, but really just adds to the problems with a life-time of emotional aftermath

Along with presenting the options, Choices also---

**Gives out maternity clothes, baby clothes, and baby equipment. 

**Offers post-abortion counseling, a 24 hour hotline, childbirth classes, and ultrasounds.

Many girls who are set on an abortion change their minds completely after those ultrasounds, by the way. It is a great blessing to be able to offer that ministry.

**Gives out std information and referrals for medical care, social services, and legal assistance.

 I am on the board at Choices, but the main way I am most involved is by teaching an "ABCs of Baby Care" class to those moms who have chosen to carry and parent. We build relationships with them, pray over them and pass on information about parenting their babies.

Please join us by praying for all pregnancy resource centers!

*Pray for the girls who are discovering they are pregnant.

**Pray that adoption would become a more positive word in the field of crisis pregnancies—many girls would much rather abort than consider adoption.

**Pray for the girls who make ultrasound appointments to keep those appointments!

**Pray for the staff to have the right words to speak at the right time—to be gentle and bold with each girl who walks in.

**Pray for the babies who are born to these young moms.

**Pray for the board members to make wise and Spirit-filled decisions.

**Pray for the funds to keep our doors open and all our services running.

**Pray for awareness and an end to abortion.

3 comments:

  1. So glad you will be sharing this message tomorrow Olivia! God Bless You. I will pray!

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  2. Wow, those numbers are startling. Thanks for taking the time to share all of it. Wow.

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