38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Maybe I’m just more aware of what’s going on in the blogosphere, but it seems like there has been a proliferation of news articles and blog posts about abortion, Roe v. Wade, and the sanctity of life this year. I’m glad for this, as I hope and pray that someday the decision will be overturned. I hope that greater awareness will keep desperate women from aborting babies and that more people will adopt children when their parents can’t support them.

This week, I read an amazing story written by one of my juniors. An ultrasound showed she’d have a serious birth defect, and the doctor said he was required by state law to offer an abortion to her parents. They said, “Absolutely not!” and she was born with a much less severe defect that healed without even needing surgery. I had goosebumps when I read of her parents’ spontaneous response and of their love for their baby who developed into a talented, athletic, beautiful young woman (even if she had been born with the defect, I know they would have loved and cared for her).

This story contrasts greatly with several other articles I read this week. For example, this story about a woman who had to assist in an abortion. You can read more of the first chapter of her book here.

And then there was the terrible story of the Philadelphia doctor who murdered babies after failed late-term abortions. I can hardly fathom being a part of something so awful. Here’s another video about the story.

As horrible as abortion is, God offers grace and forgiveness to those who ask for it. A woman may make a terrible decision and a doctor may take an innocent life, but they can turn to God and God will forgive!

While trying to find the video that was played in church on Sunday, I came across this one. I thought the message of hope and forgiveness was powerful. The video also makes the point that we have a responsibility to the poor and helpless in many other areas.

“There are no orphans in the family of God.”

“The Miracle of Life”

I thought this video was beautiful.

Psalm 139: 1-18

1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

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