Recently, I was caught off guard during a conversation. It had been an eventful week at one of our Prestonwood Pregnancy Center locations, and I was grieving for one of our clients, whom I will call “Janie” to protect her privacy. I was sharing with another person the story of this young woman’s sexual assault, awful home life, brokenness over her crisis pregnancy and how I just wanted to scoop her up and take her home with me.
It was a sad situation. The type that sticks to your soul and brings you to prayer and tears every time you think about it. A situation that forever changes the lives of the victim and those who walk alongside her through the crisis.
After I finished explaining Janie’s situation, I was shocked when the person said, “I just don’t think she should have the baby. Abortion might be the kindest choice.”
Now, I’ve had these kinds of conversations before. This one, however, truly surprised me because that comment came from someone who claims to be pro-life.
If I’m being honest, there are those who say they are pro-life but struggle to answer the question, “But what about abortion in the case of rape or incest?” In fact, a 2011 Gallup poll showed that 59 percent of pro-lifers supported fetal termination when the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.
In the Bible, we see God’s heart for the voiceless, innocent and defenseless — unborn children are the epitome of those things. Psalm 82:3-4 instructs us to “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (ESV).
We are to speak for these unborn children, stand for them and defend them (see Proverbs 24:11-12; 31:8-9 and Matthew 18:14). We cannot be pro-life and have exceptions.
So how do you answer the question, “But what about abortion in the case of rape or incest?”
I’ve been asked this many times, and I believe God has laid this response on my heart: trauma doesn’t fix trauma.
Trauma takes place when a woman has an abortion. The consequences of her choice are experienced physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. That is documented truth.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leanne Jamieson