I knew today would be a different way to start a Saturday. I had no idea how to prepare… and if could I’m not sure what I would have done different. A group of us met at Grace Pregnancy Centre at 7am to pray. This centre has been established to provide alternate choices for women seeking abortions and to give guidance and counseling to men and women pre and post abortions.
The ironic thing about Grace Pregnancy Centre is it is about three doors down from an unlicensed abortion mill. So every Saturday, people concerned about what is happening at the mill turn out and pray out front. Today was my first visit there with a group from my church. Wow… I didn’t expect to see so many people so early on a Saturday morning, flocking to the place from all over – Number plates from as far as Kentucky – and people from all different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. You couldn’t help but wonder from what circumstance had they come. I read somewhere earlier that In 2000, cases of rape or incest accounted for 1% of abortions. Another study, in 1998, revealed that over 25.5% of women wanting to postpone childbearing reported this as the primary reason for choosing an abortion. Our culture is all about the sex but what about the consequences?
It was honestly numbing to watch these women walk in… sometimes after being dropped off by a friend of family member who had a child in the car… almost as casually as going to an optometrist or dentist appointment. It broke my heart. My thoughts kept going back to friends who’ve cried out desperately for children… or for those who have suffered the pain of miscarriage. How is it possible for one to so desperately want life and for another to be so willing to do anything to extinguish it? The mothers womb should be the safest place on earth.
Desperate times call for desperate measures… but is abortion necessary? There are other options. Could one of those lives today have been a president? Or found a cure for cancer? We will never know. What do you think? How do we respond to this? Surely we are to stand up for those who don’t even yet have an audible voice?