By AMINA STOCK
I was the 18 year old daughter of a progressive mother who briefly taught me that abortion was a woman’s choice. I also had a father who never mentioned a word about this topic to me in our home. It wasn’t until after my own abortion that I realized how wrong and harmful this view was.
Abortion in society has played a huge role in exaggerating our fears. Fathers and mothers are increasingly afraid to parent more, to parent poor, to parent alone, along with many other fears of the unknown. As “My Body, My Choice” has become the mantra for abortion advocacy, women are legally allowed to have the baby in their womb destroyed by dismemberment, suffocation, starved of key nutrients by a pill or burned alive with a saline solution. All provided by the government with our tax dollars.
Abortion seems to offer a no-questions-asked, quick result for a fearful generation. But after my experience I want to remind you of a few things that abortion doesn’t offer.
An informed decision
Gestational age and facts about fetal development are largely withheld from mothers and fathers to review before an abortion is performed. Photographs, tools and an explanation of how they will be used are not discussed either. In this way abortion in itself becomes aloof to the human mind and reenforced when the providers say,
“baby doesn’t feel pain yet …”
… when in reality they will.
The greatest travesty is when providers offer no details or information concerning children’s remains. Now we know, by undercover investigation, that aborted fetal bodies are discarded in trash bags, shipped off for experimentation or harvested for their vital organs. How is this productive, caring or loving to a growing, ethical society?
Abortion offers no practical healing to the post-abortive mother who struggles from the physical trauma a procedure has left on her body, or the mental trauma a procedure has waged on her mind. Gas to the fire is when many in society will tell her the pain she is experiencing is not real and nothing to be ashamed of. Even more grievous is when a father is unable to grieve for the sake of his unborn child because he is a man. Families are left broken this way.
Many women turn to drugs, violent fits, promiscuity or fall into depression due to unresolved mental pain. Physically, many women are left barren or in the case of some botched abortions end up losing their own life.
Trust in God
What God has taught me is that these children are his precious ones: Healers, Leaders, Doctors, Inventors, and they are being destroyed. The god of lies has ruled in our hearts more than our ability to trust in the Living God (who loves us) to provide for our needs. We as a society have been tricked to trust the devil’s schemes. It is true when Jesus says,
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
When we chose abortion, we allow generations of families, cultures, and God’s glory to be wiped out.
I can’t tell you how many times I thought I couldn’t, but He helped me through. I am thankful for the work Jesus has done for us on the cross by his forgiveness and what His Holy spirit does now to heal our wounds and trauma, bringing us truth in this dark world.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
[Thanks to the author for allowing Iowans for LIFE to publish her essay. Amina Stock is a married, homeschooling mother of 4 (soon to be 5!). She loves gardening, natural living and serving God through his Son Jesus Christ.]