Am I still "Pro-Choice"?

This has been a week where I have had my heart open up and had a topic rip me to shreds and I hope I can build myself back up again through my strength from God. I understand that the topic of abortion is one of the most heated and divisive topics facing our nation and world. This week I read a story about a doctor on trial for murder. The story of his trial and his acts are beyond gruesome so I’m not going to go into details because this blog isn’t about him. It’s about me. It’s about my heart and my beliefs.

When someone would ask me what I was, whether it is “Pro-Choice”, “Pro-Life”, and “Anti-Abortion” or whatever other term describing this issue, I always had a standard response. I’m ashamed to say that I know my response by memory because I have given it so many times.

“I am “Pro-Choice” but I’m also “Anti-Abortion” meaning that I wish that no one would ever get an abortion again but I don’t want government involvement telling people what to do. It’s not about abortion for me but it’s about crazy politicians. What if some crazy politician decides that a cancer cell is a living thing and that we should outlaw chemotherapy? That’s all I am saying”

What in the world was I even saying? Did people really buy that load of crap I was serving up? Did I really just compare a cancer cell to a fetus?!?! No I didn’t, but when I look back at my standard response to the label question, I am sickened with guilt that I have minimized such a huge topic.

I really don’t know what the answer is to this complex question of should abortions be legal or illegal. It’s very easy for me to say that it should be illegal because an un-born child shouldn’t have to die because of the selfish or irresponsible, or whatever actions the people took that created the life. That being said, making abortions illegal will not make them go away and how many people are going to die because abortions are once again getting pushed into the back alley.

When I look back at what I have witnessed in my life, the life of others around me, and the eye opening experience of reading about the horrors of this abortion dr’s trial, God has opened my eyes and softened my heart and changed my opinion dramatically on this topic. I’m sure some people might agree with me and some might not. You can quit reading now if you don’t want to know my beliefs on this issue. Here’s your chance.

I no longer support abortions for any reason. That includes rape, incest, birth defect of the fetus, or even the health of the birth mother. I know enough people who have struggled with infertility. I have seen many miscarriages. I know the people who battled cancer while pregnant. I have heard the stories of the great adoptions and the unbelievable miracles of baby’s that have lived full healthy lives that the parents were advised to terminate. I have read the stories of the horror of an abortion. I have read about the trauma of rape on a woman and I’m not minimizing that at all.

That being said, I don’t think making them illegal is the answer. If they can’t get one legally, they might get one illegally, and that isn’t a good solution either. Could I be an abortion doctor? No, I couldn’t but I also couldn’t be a defense attorney, defending a known evil murderer and trying to get them free.

Do I have the answer? Probably not but I think it lies somewhere in getting through to these birth moms to see the true miracle of pregnancy. That God has opened a door here no matter how they got here. We need to figure out a way where they can see the possibilities of the miracles that this baby can bring! I believe that the answer lies in that.

I believe in an all powerful, Great God! I believe that even through this big debate, He can be glorified. It won’t be easy though. It’s getting people to believe that something they believe is a problem, to turn that into believing that it’s a miracle. Every problem has a solution. There are many other great solutions other than abortions. God has opened up my eyes and changed my belief on this, I pray that some others will have theirs changed to.

Ezekial 36:26 “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”



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