Column did not look at positives of having baby
Feb. 5, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 4, 2014 at 8:05 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
Regarding the "Revelations" column "Abortion isn't easy," in the Advocate's Faith section recently: Religion reporter Jennifer Preyss recounted how she contemplated abortion as an option before knowing the results of her pregnancy test. She admitted to being fearful and not ready for a child; she said her boyfriend would support her and the child, but he, too, wasn't prepared for a baby.
I was surprised by the materialistic and worldly approach to pregnancy and the general lack of compassion for the third person who could be involved: the child. As for not being prepared for a baby, any adult having sex should realize one of the consequences of having sex is conceiving a child.
The article lists several negative possibilities if she were pregnant - shame from parents, stretch marks, gaining weight, losing friends not wanting to be around a pregnant cohort, the expense of feeding a child for 18 years, etc. While some of these are genuine concerns, what about the positive aspects of pregnancy and bearing a child? What about finally seeing your baby's face and the joy of seeing him or her grow up as a child of God? I was hoping to see a biblical perspective and more positive comments concerning the child from the religion reporter, but they were curiously absent.
In our area, the Gabriel Project operates a 24-hour hotline for women facing a crisis pregnancy. One will talk to a caring woman who can help with this situation at 1-800-627-9243. Members also provide care and referrals for the mother and child after the baby arrives.
The column concludes with, "Whatever your choice, abortion does not make you a terrible human being, and you will not be any less loved by God." This can lead one to believe both actions are equal: bringing the baby to life or aborting the child. While God certainly loves everyone before we ask for forgiveness, I am sure His love and mercy extends to the child also.
Rather than appealing to man's law of Roe v. Wade, we can propose God's loving law of choosing life (Deuteronomy 30:15-19).
Mary Ann Wenske, Moulton