I have been heartbroken over everything I’ve read (and watched) come out about Planned Parenthood in the last few weeks.
If you’re not caught up on the details, be glad, but also be sad… because the things that really matter, such as the value and sanctity of LIFE, are at stake here and too easily ignored.
To give it to you bluntly, Planned Parenthood is selling aborted fetal tissue/organs. Little 11 and 12 (+ beyond!) gestational week babies whose lives were not thought valuable enough to live in the outside world… are obviously valuable enough to make a profit from. But first, they must be aborted. And dismembered.
Everything in me hurts over this.
Maybe because I first met my daughter, Hannah, via ultrasound at 9 weeks old. And my son, Micah, even earlier at 6 weeks old. I saw their little beating hearts. I saw their fluttering hands. And I loved them as my children. I never once considered them not a living person. I worried about them every day. And prayed their little hearts were still beating inside me, when those moments of fear of losing them came over me.
It is no secret that I am totally and completely anti-abortion.
To consider abortion, you have to truly be in a desperate state of mind. I understand that. And by the grace of God, I have never been there. Even when I got pregnant only 9 months after having my first baby. I trusted the timing and knew God would give me strength to do it all over again.
But what I have been convicted in my heart about lately, and why I am writing this post, is the question of whether I am really and truly pro-life?
I will not pretend like I can understand the horror of finding out you are pregnant with your father’s baby. Or some stranger in an alley. I know I have never had to worry about missing a meal, or going without clothes for my babies. I struggle keeping up with the two I have close together, but I’ve never had to ponder what I would do with multiples upon multiples.
And for those children born in incestuous homes or poverty or circumstances where they feel unwanted — would giving them “life” really be protecting their life?
You may be screaming, “Yes, of course it would!” But have you been a child of incest, poverty or abuse because of neglect? Have you struggled with feeling valued and loved by your parents? Have you ever contemplated suicide because your parent wished you were never born?
I think we speak out of ignorance sometimes, when we demand pro-life rights while neglecting the biggest issue of all.
The reason these children were aborted in the first place.
I think the truth comes down to the fact that being “pro-life” means we need to go BEYOND just saving babies from being aborted (and believe me, I WANT babies to be saved from abortion!) Being pro-life should mean providing counseling for young mothers, single mothers and rape victims. Helping meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of women who consider/want an abortion. We should have donations and charities and tax money going towards making adoptions affordable!
Planned Parenthood provides some of these services along with birth control and free gynecological care to women.
Sadly, they have grossly misused their platform in the name of “research” and “money.” Every ounce in me feels it is totally validated that they should be shut down.
But if you are using your stance of being “pro-life” as a means of working tirelessly to defund Planned Parenthood, without in-return advocating or supporting another organization that helps women in need, then I think you should rethink whether you are really pro-life or just anti-abortion.
If we want to end abortion, we must start by helping end the causes for it. We must start by helping the helpless, donating towards adoptions, foster cares, and women health centers. We must START by being pro-life.
[My mother-in-law works at a local women’s health center in Greenville, SC called Piedmont Women’s Center and they save lives every day. I would encourage anyone who is pro-life to truly find a way to support and invest in a local clinic. Click the link above to donate right now to Piedmont Women’s Center.]