Angela Chininin Buele
Abortion is legal throughout the United States. It’s true. For now.
So, why don’t I accept that fact, agree to disagree, and move on? Well, I just simply cannot and will not give up. You see, I could say, “I was born this way” or “This is how I identify myself,” and while those words might gain me respect on other fronts, I don’t know if they would be well-received when combined with the message of Life (worshiping the Almighty and protecting the unborn works of His hand). But trying to get you to agree with me is not the reason I won’t let it go.
There are days that I get so saddened – depressed, even – by imagining the pain caused in these clinics. I think of the violent death faced by each unborn abortion victim, and the way in which women are hurried out the door to make room for the next. This is a weight that each post-abortive mother carries for the rest of her life. Alone. It is all quite heavy. But emotions are not the reason I won’t give up.
The real reason I am still praying for the Lord to end abortion is because it is slavery. What do I mean? Abortion is a tool used to lead women down a road that serves interests other than her own. Women are encouraged to be sexually active early, often, and with a variety of partners. Then, when one of these women is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she might be told that the gift of motherhood is what is holding her back from a better life, that she won’t be supported by others, that she had better get rid of the child so she’s not left destitute or without an education or without a promotion. If this woman goes to Planned Parenthood, she will pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to abort her child, after which they can sell her post-abortive counseling, birth control pills, and STD testing/treatment. The more she needs, the more it will cost since Planned Parenthood charges for these services. And the sooner she gets back to having sex, the more likely they are to keep making money off her. When a woman’s crisis leads to one person’s death and a company’s profit, love and care are not part of the business model.
Crisis pregnancy centers, on the other hand offer counseling, education, and testing services for free. Their bonuses are paid in hugs and stories of victory over fear. Their joy is in seeing families (both biological and adoptive) bonded together instead of being torn apart. Joy arises out of walking with someone through pain and confusion, actually being with them and ministering to them to look to true hope as encouragement and strength in a time of weakness where others will leave them to cry, to bleed alone.
What else do abortion and slavery have to do with each other? Legality. Slavery was legal and socially accepted for hundreds of years before abolition. So if you tell me to accept abortion because it’s legal, I will tell you that the clock is ticking. My hopes are not hung on the upcoming election or even on the Constitution of the United States of America. My hopes are stored where the True Judge appointed Himself to the bench and His Word is never in need of amending. Sometime between this day and That Day, the truth will be made known; not that the unborn are precious because pro-lifers say so, but that they are precious because their Maker has made them in His own image.
Key Question: Will abortion ever end?
Unshakable Truth: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold , the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and hey will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for he former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:3b-4).
The Real Choice: You know how the story ends for those convicted of crimes against humanity. The Judge of the Universe can offer you a pardon. Will you plead with Him for mercy, or will you stand on the law that is here today but will one day be history?