If photos could talk?
This photo from "Created equal" should stop anyone in their tracks. Their site has some well done videos and some really good ways to get involved. I particularly like the logic of using terms like pre-born baby and relate this logic to scripture such as in Mk 12:31 "love our neighbors" and Prov. 24:10 rescue those being led to slaughter. Check it out at CreatedEqual.org
What really got me involved in abortion education issues and the gross lack of political policy not addressing the current data was the political issues going on currently in California.
The public university system in California could begin contracting with Planned Parenthood to send its abortionists into student health centers to administer chemical abortions. Read the April 26, 2019 Daily Signal here. The California state Senate Education Committee recently approved Senate Bill 24, known as the College Student Right to Access Act. The bill would add a new chapter to state education code to require student health care clinics at all 34 California public colleges and universities to “offer abortion by medication techniques”—aka “the abortion pill”—starting on Jan. 1, 2023.
In the early 1970s, the women's movement demanded that abortion be legalized as part of a larger movement for women's rights. It was clear that, without control over their own reproductive lives, women couldn't be the equals of men--no matter what advances women made in the job market or in higher education. This is why socialists argue that all women deserve the right to control their own bodies, without interference from anyone.
I AGREE we absolutely need women's rights. We absolutely must teach young girls to control their bodies and practice pregnancy PREVENTION if they are sexually active. They must be mentored to have a season in-training for their life purpose, passion, gift or career/job skills! Absolutely!
However this has nothing to do with using abortion as birth control. These precious young girls desperately need SUCCESS COACHING AND MENTORING to prevent "hookup sex" pregnancy. This is a complete failure of women when they do not help young girls become successful in life.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam talked about what would happen to a baby born after a failed late-term abortion. He said, “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
The thought process stunned the country. A discussion between a physician and mother about what would happen to that baby? Only one thing should happen – every effort should be undertaken in order to save that baby.
First, of all less than 2% of all abortions are done in a hospital or in a medical doctors offices with an "established relationship" with a physician.
Secondly, there is NO relationship established in free standing Abortion Clinics. The business plan is ABORTION. There is no discussion should the provider mess up and deliver the baby alive. What is Governor Northan thinking when he said, "A discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” There is no discussion. Are we expecting the female patient who made the decision to abort her baby late term to now, in a medical crises situation to "suddenly" change her mind and become a loving mother who is handed a baby? Or worse should we call an adoption attorney to come talk to her? This is complete mental illness to even speak these concepts out loud and assume healthcare providers have the training to deal with this patient's shock and mental health in this scenario. The patient is traumatized, the baby is traumatized, the staff is traumatized (hopefully) and the infant was delivered ALIVE in a failed abortion and is in PAIN. Emphasis on FAILED, ERROR, and MESS up.
This is why the abortion procedure should only ever be done in a hospital. These errors wouldn't happen, no female would ever be put in this position or ever told "oh we made a mistake and your infant is still alive so do you want to change your mind?" "We will keep your baby comfortable until you decide" "If you still want to continue we have government legislation that protects us and we can go ahead and use pharmaceuticals and complete the infant demise?" And your answer........ is?
Remember, 34% are only 20 to 24 years old. Are we legislating putting these young girls in this situation? Has Washington lost their minds?
These statistics could be completely changed for the better IF successful teams of women would get involved in the lives of young girls. Mothers are the key to saving miracles when they have these conversations with their own daughters.
It is time to raise up an army of Christian women who can mentor, counsel and LOVE these young girls into a healthy CHOICE. Every choice possible should be discussed especially choices that address the top 3 concerns of pregnant girls who answered abortion surveys across America.
We discovered in research studies that the young girls concerns for keeping the pregnancy were the following;
(1) finances, (2) ability to be a mother (3) parenting alone because partner has no interest.
This is what the data is telling us. This girl is concerned about the ability to BE A MOTHER. Who is helping her work out these fears? The top 3 concerns have nothing to do with her wanting an abortion. Planned Parenthood is not an evidenced-based and NOT data driven. Therefore, not standard of care in America.
As Christians we are in the business of saving miracles, pointing out miracles, praying for miracles and lifting up young pregnant girls. Helping them tap into the supernatural courage to believe God that HE will hold her hand and help her. A hero is a pregnant girl who carries her baby to term and then places their "miracle" into the loving arms of parents who will finish this race for them!
A Hero is someone who learns about birth control and healthy relationships.
A hero is a young girl who learns about the Miracle of Adoption. We can address the pro-life/pro-choice political schisms that are dividing our country but first we must clean up the lies and become pro-BABY.
Here's the girls statistics we must evaluate and develop strategies to meet their concerns. Girls in their 20s accounted for the majority of abortion rates in 2014 & 2015 (CDC). These are NOT the girls represented in the Abortion marches or celebrity A-list tantrums. These satistics are NOT the rape statistics. Rape is less than 0.5% of all abortions. 3% is fetal health problems. 4% was mother's health problem.
1. 17% of abortion patients in 2014 identified themselves as mainline Protestant Believers in Jesus
2. 13% as evangelical Protestant Believers in Jesus
3. 24% as Catholic Believers
4. 38% reported no religious affiliation
5. 8% reported some other affiliation
6. 73% of all United States abortions were "healthy "young girls in their 20's
This is not a pro-life or pro-abortion issue. This is an educational issue. We need to start teaching girls how NOT to get pregnant in the first place. We need to mentor girls HOW to honor their bodies and prepare for motherhood by mentoring her OUT OF POVERTY and into a successful lifestyle and dating.
What about changing the conversation back to the VICTIM. No one is looking at the actual data. They are too busy getting their photos taken on the HILL for all to see or bashing the President.
No one is helping that young lady learn what it feels like to be respected, dated, honored, and blessed. She's cohabiting and feels alone?
God speaks directly to girls in Proverbs 31:10-31
Why don't we try to create strategies to decrease abortions based on the reasons the girls stated that drove them to the abortion.
Jones RK and Jerman J, Abortion incidence and service availability in the United States, 2014, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2017, 49(1):17–27, doi:10.1363/psrh.12015.
Jones RK and Jerman J, Population group abortion rates and lifetime incidence of abortion: United States, 2008–2014, American Journal of Public Health, 2017, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.304042.
Jerman J, Jones RK and Onda T, Characteristics of U.S. Abortion Patients in 2014 and Changes Since 2008, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2016, https://www.guttmacher.org/report/characteristics-us-abortion-patients-2014.
Around The Table!
I find it interesting to listen to the opinions on spirituality, politics, religion, or health from our teens, and young adults when I see them at events in our community.