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?"