Today is a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

A woman's "right to choose" has been the hot button topic for decades.  Even after my conversion to the Catholic faith, I was pro-choice and really never thought anything of it.  But then my heart started to slowly change.  It started with my second pregnancy and I had the full epiphany moment with my third child as my husband and I watched our daughter waving to us in the ultra-sound.

But that was just the beginning of my "new conversion."

I recently read Dr. Alveda King's book "How Can the Dream Survive if We Murder the Children?" and her eloquent words of what abortion really is left my jaw hanging!

The argument that a woman can do what she wants with her own body is skewed by Dr. King:

"A woman, as any person has rights.  Because of those rights, she can choose what she does with her body in almost every instance.  Her baby, though, is not her body.  A woman and her baby are two distinct human beings, each endowed by their Creator with the right to life, a personal right that cannot be matched, much less trumped, by any other.

"Let me be clear.  In the debate over abortion, the foremost civil right is the child's.  Our Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Life is listed first because it's the most fundamental right.  This is truly self-evident:  without life, no other rights exist.

"And so I ask, how can the Dream survive if we murder the children?  If we are to live out the true meaning of our nation's creed, how can we treat some people like they're not people?"

If you get a chance, do read this book.  Dr. King also talks about her own struggles with abortion, her faith and her family legacy.  There's also a story about how her uncle (Dr. Martin Luther King) accepted an award from Planned Parenthood that is quite interesting!

Dr. Alveda King's birthday is January 22 the day Roe v. Wade passed.  This breaks her heart so her life's mission has become to stop the slaughter of the babies.

This amazing woman has truly inspired me, so during this day of prayer, I'm going to ask Our Lord, "Here I am Lord.  What do you want me to do?"

 

 

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  • Well said. Thank you.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Thank you for reading and commenting!

  • What a beautiful article, thank you for bringing it to my attention about what Dr. King wrote in her book, and it compels me to read her further.

  • In reply to mupethifi:

    Thanks for your comment. I think you'll find her book very compelling.

  • Thank you for sharing. This is a really interesting perspective on abortion, the separation of a woman's body and the fetus she carries. My feeling on abortion is still that it must be an option that can be used at the very least in cases of incest and rape.

    The tricky area, perhaps, is with pregnant teenagers, especially those not yet living on their own. We always try to teach children right and wrong, to guide them in their decisions, and still they make mistakes, just like the rest of us. Hopefully a child's mistake means needing to get your car fixed. Sometimes it means needing to bail your teenager out of jail, or simply prevent him/her from going to jail at all.

    And I do believe that sometimes it means making the hard choice and allowing a teenager to abort a pregnancy. This should not be a regular option, a get-out-of-jail free card; abortions should not be an excuse to be careless with sex. But I think it's an important option that should be available.

    None of the options available for a pregnant teen are particularly promising. Having an abortion is painful spiritually, emotionally, financially, and, I would imagine, physically. But I think that taking that option off the table out of defense of the unborn child creates an additional burden on the Earth's population in general and the young mother and her family specifically.

    My problem with the abortion debate (and you have not at all done this here) is the way we vilify the process. I am pro-choice, but it does not mean I would choose an abortion in every case, or that I believe choosing an abortion is somehow an easy process, or that it is not without its moral, ethical, and spiritual hazards. I've been through that decision. It is awful, but sometimes necessary.

    Additionally, I am bothered by the defense of the unborn while we kill our fellow humans in war and poverty, or as we abuse animals and the planet. It feels to me -- and I will tread as kindly and lightly as possible -- that the "defense of the unborn" is a method for promoting Christ. I am not saying this is the case for you, because I do not know how you feel -- this is the first item of yours I have read -- but it feels like there is a much greater outcry among Christians for the rights of the unborn than there are for the rights of the living. Am I correct in feeling that way?

    In any case, I just wanted to chip in and say hello, and to thank you for sharing that quote, which, though I disagree with it, is a really thoughtful way of framing this debate. Let's keep talking!

    All best,
    JACK

  • In reply to ReadJack:

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments. We have a long way to go on respecting all life, don't we?

  • I know this is a religion blog, but the strongest, most persuasive arguments against abortion are made by secular and atheist thinkers who bring in very strong biological arguments and combine them with morality against abortion. Statements from ReadJack like "It feels to me...that the 'defense of the unborn' is a method for promoting Christ" is irrelevant to an atheist who is pro-life. This issue can be argued, and won, in purely nonreligious terms.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Thank you for your interesting perspective!

  • hypothetical question: if your daughter were raped and became pregnant and we somehow knew that she would die in childbirth if she didn't have an abortion, would you want her to have that abortion? Does you answer differ if the baby is going to die as well?

  • In reply to darkangel:

    Your scenario is pretty drastic. I don't know what the odds would be of that actually happening.

    My daughter is pro-life and 21. I hesitate to speak for her, but my guess would be she might be willing to give up her life for her child regardless of the circumstance of the child's conception. She is that kind of young woman. I don't know, but I might want her to abort in the hopes that her life would be saved so she could have the chance of having more children and she might very well agree to that. It's hard to even imagine that circumstance.

    My daughter does know that if she ever became pregnant, that we, as a family, would help her to raise and love that child regardless of it's birthright. That conversation we did have.

    I had a pregnancy scare at 48 years old. I looked my husband straight in the eye and told him that we would keep that baby and raise it despite our ages or any birth defects or challenges the child might face. My pregnancy scare turned out to be menopause. We both had mixed emotions.

  • Thank you for responding. Yes you have a better chance of winning the lottery while getting struck by lightening than engaging in my scenario.

    I asked because what is often lost in the debate is that having a baby is still a risky endeavor, even today with all our medical knowledge and techology. It seems to me that most of the voices that are yelling for ladies to go through with the pregnancy are males who will NEVER be in that situation themselves.

    Your pregnancy scare at age 48 bring to mind the story of the lady who recently had a baby at 58? or so and when asked if she would do it again, replied no. (I need to find the source) Her reason: she realizes that odds are she is going to die well before that child is able to take care of herself and she didn't have any relatives that could help in the event of her death.

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