Sunday, March 4, 2012

Day 12 - tough topics

Sometimes i tackle tough topics on my blog.  Not all the time, 'cause there are a lot of tough topics that i haven't given enough intelligent thought to form an opinion... and then there are the times that i just don't feel equal to the task.  Today i'm going to share some thoughts with you via articles published by other people.  They're not my carefully researched and thought out ideas, but these articles resonate with me on some level.  i decided to share them 'cause maybe some of you are wrestling through some of these same issues as i am, and wow - is this 40 days for life ever about wrestling.  Maybe these articles will be helpful for you - maybe they won't be.  They're certainly not the final word on these topics, but they offer a thoughtful place to start. 
i wrote the other day that prolife is messy - & i think it is.  Every prolifer has been asked difficult questions about situations that break your heart, make you cry & plead for heaven... and sometimes when those questions are asked, they're followed up with, "So THEN... are you still against abortion?"
i want to write this blog post, to post some resources, to think through these tough situations because for me, the answer is still an aching, 'yes'. 
A friend sent me a message on facebook the other night, asking how i felt about abortion in cases of the rape of a minor - or incest.  Horrible.  i hate knowing that this is the world that we live in.  This is kind of a lengthy read, but i think it's worth the time to read it through.  THIS is the article i sent back to her.
Then i got asked about those tough cases - where the health of the mother is at stake...  It hurts my heart to imagine these situations.  i've watched friends go through horrible pregnancies - one friend was hospitalized with a feeding tube - another needed constant monitoring of her liver since it would quit working properly during pregnancy.  Then, there are the heart wrenching situations with ectopic pregnancy. These are real women going through these terrifying, painful situations. We can't really gloss over them when we talk about abortion, can we?  THIS is the article i sent to my friend on this topic.  Again, it's a super long read, but we owe it to ourselves, our children, our friends and family - to examine these situations and gently discuss them with a hurting world.
May God be in it as we wrestle out our faith with fear and trembling.


  1. I have to admit, I wish that I hadn't read the article in the second link b/c it brought up a lot of emotion having both an ectopic pg which was a lifethreatening event for me, and also a pregnancy which had to be delivered b/c both the baby and I would have died if he was not delivered. He had reached the gestation for viability and so it was not considered an abortion, but sometimes I wonder if more could have been done to prolong my life instead of the risk of delivering so early. It just makes my heart ache so early in the morning is all. Good article otherwise.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing those articles!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing those articles!

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  5. I really appreciated this information!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. You are doing an amazing job!!

  6. Tackling the difficult topics is thrilling in a way! I love finding out new things that open my mind, confirm my convictions or present some information I had never considered before. The second article was interesting for me. This quote struck me..."When the life of the mother is truly threatened by her pregnancy, if both lives cannot simultaneously be saved, then saving the mother’s life must be the primary aim. If through our careful treatment of the mother’s illness the pre-born patient inadvertently dies or is injured, this is tragic and, if unintentional, is not unethical and is consistent with the pro-life ethic. But the intentional killing of an unborn baby by abortion is never necessary."

  7. Marcy - first of all... i can't say 'thank-you' enough for posting your gentle comment. i'm going to go out on a limb & say that you likely speak for many, many women who have been in your shoes & feel the sting that these topics bring up. i want you to know that i hate that this is your pain... i'm so sorry for your losses & as much as i'm able to - as a person who has never met you - i ache with you in your sorrows.
    It is situations like yours that make me ache for Heaven - when all the wrongs will be made right. You are an amazing woman & your story of motherhood - (including your beautiful adoption stories) has been an inspiration to me & i'm grateful for you.
    i know that you would have done all to save your children. You embody prolife - in your arms wide open approach to *all* your children. Just wanted to post that here in the comments section - for any other hurting mama's to see too... even though it's pretty personal. Hope that's ok.

  8. thanks for posting those paige. I find the first one interesting, and something I had not really thought of.