Friday, May 18, 2012

I Stand for LIFE!

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I remember the first time I made that choice.   I was maybe fifteen years old and just finished listening to a woman tell me a story about how I could protect myself from getting pregnant.  Mind you I wasn’t doing anything that would cause me to have to concern myself with this worry or joy.    But she was telling me that I could change that fact by merely coming back to her and this place if that did happen.   I remember walking out the doors of this place and feeling sick to my stomach.  

That feeling didn’t last long but the words she spoke have stayed with me forever.  

“If that did happen, you can come back to me and this place and we will help you take care of it.”

I knew what she meant without her saying another word.  

As I got older I was saddened to learn how often people took her up on those words.   Now the statistics are staggering.  

How many abortions are performed in the United States each year?

According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were 1.21 million abortions performed in the United States in 2008, the most recent year for which data is available. This amounts to 3,322 abortions per day.

Source: Jones, Rachel K. and Kathryn Kooistra. "Abortion Incidence and Access to Services in the United States, 2008." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 43, no. 1 (2011, March): 41-50 [PDF]

How many abortions are performed at each stage of pregnancy?

The following table lists both the percentage of abortions performed during various stages of pregnancy, along with the total yearly abortions at each stage, based on a total of 1.2 million abortions per year.

Gestational Age                Percentage                 Yearly Total

Less than 9 weeks              61.8%                                749,232

 

9-10 weeks                          17.1%                                 207,312

 

11-12 weeks                        9.1%                                   110,324

 

13-15 weeks                       6.6%                                    80,015

 

16-20 weeks                      3.8%                                    46,069

  

21+ weeks                         1.5%                                    18,185

   

Source: Guttmacher Institute, 2011, August. Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States.

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You can read all the statistics and facts here.

The other day all those memories came flooding back to me when I saw the following photo posted on a friends fb wall. 

As a child I didn’t believe in taking a life was right or even my choice.   I didn’t know God as a child, teen, young adult or even in my mid 20’s and early 30’s.   I just didn’t believe it was right.

I am very thankful my parents didn’t follow through with their words and beliefs, “You were a mistake.  We didn’t plan on having you.”  I could have easily been another statistic.   My life even though it were not planned or expected or for years treated with value or worth – has extreme value and worth to God.   Now it has immeasurable value to those who call me mom and to my husband (family and friends).  

You see, I look into the eyes of our seven adopted children and I thank God, that their birth mothers chose to do the hard thing and carry them even without the desire to keep them.   Because their lives have worth too.   Great value and a purpose and a plan far greater than I will know in my lifetime. 

So does every single unborn baby being carried in the womb of a woman right now, this very second.   Every life has extreme value and worth.    It takes courage to resist what the world says is OK, and do what is right.    What is right?   Protecting the lives of those who can’t defend themselves.   There is always someone willing and waiting and praying to have a child of their own.   We just need to help them find each other and stop the pain of a child being born and having no one to care for them.   We need to stop being OK with humans killing their own and making excuses for why it is not murder.   When you take a life that has been purposely given to you and you take into your hands to stop it from living that is murder.  

The most amazing thing and fact is this, if you have already made that choice forgiveness is waiting for you.   God, is bigger than your previous choices and His love covers a multitude of sins.   There is no sin that He can’t forgive, if you are truly sorry for the choices you have made.   I pray that you will go to Him today and seek the forgiveness He desires to give to you.  Allow Him to soothe the places deep inside that carry the pain of your choice to take the life of a child you will never get to kiss, hug, love, and watch become who God created them to be from the very first beat of their heart.  

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