Last night, I attended a meeting of The United Left Alliance on the campus of The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). The stated theme of the meeting was, “Legislating for Lifesaving Abortion.” This event was a public meeting, intended to rally support for a bill that will be debated in Dáil Éireann next month. The bill is called “The Medical Treatment (Termination of Pregnancy in Case of Risk to Life of Pregnant Woman) Bill, 2012.”
If you would like to read the bill, you can do so here.
There is so much I could say about this bill, which is clearly a “foot in the door” for those who would see abortion on-demand in this country. There is also much I could say about my experience last night. I will share with you the thing that struck me most, which is the way the speakers defined the beautiful blessing from God called pregnancy:
According to this panel, carrying a baby is...
- a punishment
- a burden
- what happens when all else fails
- a violation of human rights
- forced servitude (slavery)
- motivation to suicide
- a risk
- a crisis
What a sad, skewed description. The truth? Each and every baby ever conceived on this earth is...
- A gift -- "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is his reward." (Psalm 127:3)
- A unique and valued human being -- "...Before you were born I knew you..." (Jeremiah 1:5) "For you have formed my inward parts: You have covered me in my mother’s womb." (Psalm 139:13)
I know that not every pregnancy is idyllic. Rape, abusive relationships, and poverty are realities in the lives of far too many expectant mothers in this world. Our heart aches for them. However, we must remember that it is the rape that is the crisis. It is the abuse that violates her rights. It is the poverty that burdens her. It is not the pregnancy. It is not the baby. A woman in any such condition needs our support and assistance, whether she is pregnant or not. Those of us who wear the name "Christian" ought to feel compelled to help her find the courage to escape or cope with the condition that is truly enslaving her, rather than pretending that she can get rid of her problems by getting rid of her child. Let’s tell her that there is hope:
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" (Jeremiah 29:11)