Thursday, January 17, 2008

THIS made me cry

I was perusing Google News when I came across the headline "Abortions at 30-year low." Being unabashedly pro-life, from birth through a natural death, which is the only position I can affirm as a Christian, this made me interested. I clicked on the article, read it through and came to this quote:

Despite an increase in the number of women of reproductive age, the actual number of abortions also has dropped in the last 15 years, from a high of 1.6 million in 1990 to 1.3 million in 2000 and 1.2 million in 2005.

Good? Yes, but also horribly, horribly bad. By my second grade math calculations, that translates to more than 20 million children, I'll say it, killed in fifteen years - in this country alone. I've got a two year old and a second on the way. We've seen the ultrasounds, heard the heartbeats, and watched friends mourn the loss of an unborn child. You can't tell me that using words like "fetus" and "terminate" get you off the hook. It just breaks my heart and makes me want to cry, because I've watched the other painful side as well, as friends and family have struggled to conceive a child.

Now, I recognize that sometimes, for absolutely terrible reasons, like serious complications and health risks, choices need to be made, and those are difficult and should be made carefully, prayerfully and with as much information as possible. But those are not what gets us to 20 million.

At the end of the day, all I can do is weep inside. Because this issue isn't about choice and freedom but about responsibility and life, and we as a society, as a human race, long ago gave up being responsible and concerned with life, and decided we'd rather do our own thing...

1 comment:

Jeff, Laurie, Cambria & Avery said...

Sobering statistics and sad beyond comprehension. Thanks for putting out these very revealing numbers and for revealing your emotions and convictions on a topic that should never become "old" just because it is talked about often.