On My Heart

As a Christian (and an outspoken conservative at that), I’m pretty confident that no one has ever doubted where I stand on the issue of abortion. I have always (and will always) believed that life begins at conception, and that abortion is (nothing other than) murder.

If you’ve ever found yourself unsure of where you stand on this topic, let me ask you a few questions. Sometimes when you answer questions like these, it clears up any confusion you may have with what you know in your heart to be true.

First of all, why is it that abortion is not considered murder, but if someone kills a pregnant woman, it’s considered a double homicide?

Secondly, why is it that the absence of radioactive brainwaves and the lack of a heartbeat are the determining factors in proving that a person is dead, but the presence of those same things aren’t used to prove that a fetus is a living being?

Lastly, why is the argument that a woman should have control over her own body even relevant? When you’re carrying a child, there is another body inside of you – a completely innocent little life that doesn’t yet have a voice of his or her own – so why should you be able to have control over that body too?

There are a million other things I could say about this, especially now that I am expecting my first baby. I’ve always been sensitive to this topic, but now even more than ever, as I feel my little boy kicking inside of me, hear his heartbeat (which is music to my ears that will be ingrained on my own heart forever), and think about how he’s developing in my womb, my heart breaks for women who have made the horrific decision to end a life that God created.

People use all kinds of arguments to support abortion “in certain circumstances” – like what if the woman is raped, or what if the pregnancy is a health risk for the mother, or what if the baby has some type of abnormality? But the truth is that everything happens for a reason, and although I have never been in any of the situations like I just mentioned, I trust in my heart that even if I had been faced with a situation like that, I would hold fast to the unwavering truth that Jesus has a perfect plan and purpose for the little miracle He created.

“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 a hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Think of all the most influential people in history. What if their mothers had not chosen life for them? The inventors, the creators, the heroes, the martyrs, the sharers of the Gospel. Their mothers could have had abortions, and they would have never had a chance to make an impact on this world. God had a plan for them, just like He has a plan for you, and just like He has a plan for every little miracle He forms in the womb.

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13

When God places a topic on my heart like this, I have to follow Him in obedience and share it with you. Even if it touches one person, even if it plants a seed in one heart, even if one woman who needs to hear it stumbles across this… it’s worth it. This post is not intended to spark any kind of debate, and it is not a judgmental entry meant to condemn or upset anyone. This is simply my heart poured out with hopes that hearts be changed and eyes be opened.

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