I recently came across another blogger’s post concerning abortion (a topic I don’t usually address on my own) and it occurred to me that there is a real need to shift the focus of the conversation. I will state that I would have to consider myself pro-life, but, I haven’t been the kind of person to picket at an abortion clinic or to criticize a woman in the midst of her dilemma. In my opinion there is a real need for the Christian community to invest its efforts in publicizing adoption as an alternative. Christ instructed us to love others as we love ourselves. He instructed us to be proactive. We need to let those considering abortion know that there is a profoundly positive alternative. As someone who was adopted soon after birth, I can wholeheartedly state that adoption is a very legitimate, responsible, and life-respecting option for someone who is pregnant, but, feels that raising a child isn’t a possible option for them.
My wife is due to give birth to our second child any minute now (literally) and our plan is to adopt our next child. We don’t know who our next child will be or what kind of adoption it will be (international or domestic, open or closed), but, we are hopeful. I know others who are also looking to adopt as well.
Bethany Christian Services Adoption Agency
An extension on the topic of abortion from author Brennan Manning:
How I treat my brothers and sisters from day to day, whether they be Caucasian, African, Asian, or Hispanic; how I react to the sin-scarred wino on the street; how I respond to interruptions from people I dislike; how I deal with ordinary people in their ordinary unbelief on an ordinary day will speak the truth of who I am more poignantly that the pro-life sticker on the bumper of my car. We are not for life simply because we are warding off death. We are sons and daughters of the Most HIgh and are maturing in tenderness to the extent that we are for others – all others – to the extent that no human flesh is strange to us, to the extent that we can touch the hand of another in love, to the extent that for us there are no “others.” -DEVOTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS, Pp.288
I would have to agree wholeheartedly – and I gotta get that devotional:) Many blessings to you and your family’s soon to be “new addition!”
I considered myself pro-choice for many years. Then, I decided to take a deeper look at what this was really about. In doing so, I found that I wasn’t as educated as much as I thought I had been. I have to say that I am now pro-life. I think that adoption is a great idea and I think that there is sort of a stigma attached to putting one’s child up for adoption and I think it scares people to think about what sorts of questions they’ll get from their family and friends. But, part of being a responsible adult is taking one’s tough situations and finding a way to deal with them. It’s so much easier, to keep a pregnancy secret and get an abortion. No one will ever know and they can move on with their lives without looking back–or so they think. I don’t think that a lot of people realize the gravity of what an abortion entails. It’s much deeper than killing off a bunch of cells. There’s a LIFE inside of there and that is something special.
i would have given money to these poor prople but the thing is that i dont know u go and i know how it feels to see these people
RESPONSE: I agree that it is difficult when you don’t really know where your contribution is going. I rely heavily on Charity Navigator to help make informed decisions when donating. Check it out.