Today is the last day of a week that has been focused on praying for women who have had abortions. I’ve spent time this week trying to focus my prayer on the tremendous need for healing for women who’ve had an abortion, and who need healing from the pain and agony suffered over having made the decision to kill her unborn child. This may be experienced immediately or it may not be felt for years after. I thought back to something I mentioned earlier in the week about those who promote abortion as not only a justifiable option but as a woman’s right. I become angry when I hear the term “Reproductive Rights” and I wonder who came up with that terminology anyway. I decided to do a little research on the term, looking for a good working definition and found something interesting. According to the World Health Organization, Reproductive Rights are defined as:
“the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. They also include the right of all to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence.”
Wow, now that is interesting. We need whole organizations and lawyers (I’m thinking of NARAL and the National Women’s Law Center) to protect this? The last time I checked, no one in America is told when to have a child and how many children they must have and we already have plenty of laws against discrimination and violence. This is crazy. This term is thrown around like women can’t already make this decision, ideally with their husband. It’s the “responsibly” part of this definition that pro-aborts ignore. They want women to believe that it’s OK to make the decision to have that one night stand and if they get pregnant, well just get rid of it, it’s part of your reproductive rights. There is no reason to be responsible for the life you just participated in creating.
God says differently. In the book of Jeremiah he says “before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you” (Jeremiah 1:5). God also played a part in creating the life inside the womb. In fact, He has known from all eternity about the life of that child and has planned for that child to accomplish something in this life. God also says in the book of Jeremiah, chapter 29, verse 11, “for I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Today as I prayed, I felt a particular burden for those who promote the pro-choice idea as something that is good for women. It is not good for women. It is harmful to women. It is devastating to women. The lives of 50 million children have been lost to this lie. 50 million children that God had plans for, plans for hope and plans for the future. God’s plan does not include children being unwanted or abandoned. That argument is thin at best. And, yes even in the cases of rape and incest, while the acts committed against a woman are violent and inexcusable, if a life has been conceived through that act, then God has a plan and it is a plan that can be trusted.
Pray for those at the forefront of promoting abortion as a reproductive right. Pray that their eyes are opened to the lie that they have bought into, but also that their eyes will be opened to a loving and merciful God who waits for them with open arms.