Tuesday, September 30, 2008

When Will it End?

I am feeling a little blue tonight for some reason. I guess it is because I am so aware that this election could offer so much hope or a turn for the worse regarding abortion. It saddens me to think of the women that will continue to choose abortion due to not being exposed to the truth. The voices of the choice movement are so loud and the voices of the pro life movement are constantly silenced. I wish someone would have spoken up loudly enough when I walked into the abortion clinic. No one was there to protest. No one was there to challenge me. Meanwhile, young women are walking out of the clinics everyday believing that their CHOICE will give them freedom. What they won't know until it hits them like a ton of bricks is that they may be met with a huge amount of grief, regret, and dread. They may never forgive themselves. They don't know (unless someone tells them) that they not only will crave that baby but will spend their lives living with an empty part in their hearts. I pray it ends. I long for the TRUTH to be told and the lies to be erased. But I know this is the WORLD and that so many of us are polluted by it. But in the meantime, I want to believe that I can see a day where all people acknowledge that the Life that God created is sacred and not to be touched. When will it end? I don't know. I pray it is soon.....

Sunday, September 28, 2008

NYC! Where REPUBLICAN is a dirty word...

In Ny if you are Christian, conservative and an advocate for traditional marriage and LIFE you are destroyed by the people who claim to allow diversity...check out this video:

Friday, September 26, 2008

John Piper: Racism and abortion!

John Piper on Abortion!

I love John Piper...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ezekial and Abortion!

I bought a bible from the discount bible outlet about 5 years ago. One day (about 5 months after I had been writing in it and reading it) I noticed that the first 19 books of Ezekial were missing. Yesterday at our Tender Mercies bible study we were each given a passage to read. I had the discount bible with me and was given Ezekial 13: 9-16. I had to borrow a bible to read it. Well all I can say is WOW.....I kept reading and reading...because it spoke volumes to me. Now I wonder what all of the rest of Ezekial is telling us and am picking up the other bibles in my house to read.

Here are just some snippets from Ezekial 13: I feel they are so applicable to the abortion issue (especially the politics).

Ezekial 13: 9-12 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.

10 " 'Because they lead my people astray, saying, "Peace," when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, "Where is the whitewash you covered it with?"

The video I posted with Bernard Nathanson supports the fact that the entire pro choice movement was designed to promote the lie of abortion and create an acceptance for abortion/legalization. And here we are 35 years post roe v wade and about 40 years after the conception of NARAL and this 'false vision and divination" is still a very destructive force. However, there is hope...God says he will collapse the walls.

Ezekial 13: 17-19
17 "Now, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them 18 and say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own? 19 You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live.

verse 19 gives me chills....YOU HAVE KILLED THOSE WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED AND SPARED THOSE WHO SHOULD NOt LIVE....so true. And there is something sinister and witchcraft like about stripping a baby from a womb. It wreaks of witchcraft and the devil. Also, he says "WILL YOU ENSNARE THE LIVES OF MY PEOPLE BUT PRESERVE YOUR OWN?" God's people are being lied to and become ensnared. Those women who choose to be preserved promote abortion to innocent people to continue to create a pretense of massive acceptance when the truth is that good people are being caught in this trap of lies and lured away from God's truth...

Ezekial 13:
20 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.

GOD goes all out to save us even when ensnared and even when we have gone through with the abortion. He longed to bring us back wounded and all into HIS arms. He will give us wings again.

EZ 13:21 I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the LORD. 22 Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives, 23 therefore you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the LORD.' "

Jesus will save us and yet He even shows some mercy allowing those who do harm to witness the truth of the Lord....they too will know that He is Lord. The TRUTH (HIS TRUTH) will set us all free...

Last Surviving Founding Member of Naral!

Born Alive!

This video says it all....and was made by GRANNYGRUMP at http://www.realchoice.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tender Mercies! And Compassion!

Tomorrow I start the Tender Mercies bible study. I am very excited about it. I love the title of the study. I don't know much about it with the exception that there are only 3 of us in the class and we will be at a church in Chapel Hill which is a drive.

I must admit that for awhile (in July and August) I was wondering why the TV and Radio channels weren't discussing Barack Obama's "BORN ALIVE " stance and His strong position on supporting Planned Parenthood and a woman's right to abort. Originally I was really really really happy to start hearing dialogue with the campaign regarding abortion. And i still am so happy about Sarah Palin's infusing the awareness regarding LIFE both via her down syndrome baby and her daughter's pregnancy. But i also find moments of sadness when the reality of the abortion issue is so in our faces. It is so sad to see people denying life and arguing against life but heavily for women's rights to choose. It was a long journey for me but it is clear that being pro woman shouldn't be synonomous with advocating abortion. Many women like myself fall into a devastating depression following abortion. Some committ suicide..others live with an emptiness forever. It is sad to see other women advocating for something that can wreak such torment in a woman. AND it is also disappointing to have the conversations steer away from the LIFE issue. What about the baby? The pro choice groups don't ever want to discuss LIFE. If you bring it up you must be anti woman. Advocating for children is very PRO WOMAN . Advocating to find ways to allow women to keep their children is pro woman. Being angry with people who support killing babies is PRO WOMAN. When I say the subject of abortion being in the media is depressing to me, it is because there is so much at stake. Those of us who call ourselves PRO LIFE can see hope in a party that strongly advocates for life...but we can also see the potential for more lives to be lost if a prochoice candidate is allowed to be our President. Barack Obama is determined to bring evangelical christians to the voting booths to vote for him. He is even bringing a FAITH rally here to NC using such emergent church leaders as Donald Miller to speak out for Obama as being CHRISTIAN. It is not Christian to kill innocent babies. Jesus implored us to take care of orphans and widows. The abandoned unborn children are orphans as well. If we want to continue with God's work we will be Purely Religious and act to save the children. Standing for a party that allows and accepts CHOICE to kill is not in line with Christs teachings....Jesus is merciful and wants them to live...and He wants to ask us to help the women too by not allowing them to walk into a pit that they may never get out of...Please pray for our country and for the destructive legacy left behind by 35 years of ROE V WADE...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Who's Talking!

So statistics show that 78% of women who abort claim to be from a religion. By the time we reach 40 they say 1 in 3 women have aborted. Since 1973 there have been 50 million abortions. Let's say that 1/3 of them have aborted twice ( I don't have the actual statistics)...well then there would still be 15-20 million women out there who have aborted. Having come out of the closet through intense prayer recently, I am seriously aware that women do not talk about their abortions. And the women in churches would have you believe that you are the only one. I am in a church with 2000 people. So far I am the only person who has come out of the closet to talk about it. I will tell you that the abortion i had was 27 years ago. I swore i would never talk about it with anyone but my husband (who was not the father....it happened 6 years before we were married). I also really know that I am healed through Jesus. So, when I decided to 'come out' i didn't really expect to still have intense feelings on the subject. But I will say that it is cathartic to talk about it. I have found further healing ...And next week I start a bible study called 'Tender Mercies'. I will say though that along with further healing I am also experiencing further disappointment. It is very lonely out here being one of the few of the 15-20 million women to actually be talking about their experience. It is also disappointing to find out that so many women are so locked into the lies of the abortion movement. I have learned being pro life and speaking out about your bad abortion experience is the equivalent of being a whistle blower in a very corrupt company with a favorable reputation. I cannot help but tell the truth but also have to understand the power of the 35 years of lies regarding abortion. I believe if more of us would talk about our disappointment, regret, depression, guilt, anger....we would have the potential to drown out the voices of the prochoice movement arguing ...you have the right to choose to kill. No one should have the right to rip a baby out of their womb. Not many people are talking and we should be hearing the shouts of the women who have now seen the light after being hurt by abortion....not many are talking and some will never talk...some may never be healed because they can't even cry out to anyone....we have to fess up to our sin and move on to reveal the truth. The truth will set you free and the lies will continue to kill. We have to scream out when we hear women like Michelle Obama say 'women want abortions." MOST WOMEN DO NOT WANT ABORTIONS... they want their babies but make bad choices based on lies...in speaking out, in talking we can help to erase the lies and begin to shed light on the truth...let's talk....scream, shout out...THIS IS WRONG ....HELP US TO GIVE OUR BABIES LIFE...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

More on Pregnancy Centers!

So my friend works for a pregnancy center here. Her job is to raise awareness at the universities. This is really intense because I live in a heavy university town (UNC, NCSU, DUKE, MEREDITH, Wake Tech, Wake Forest). But what is so disturbing is that the UNC OB nurse is from Planned Parenthood and the Health Center at the university is advised to refer pregnant clients to Planned Parenthood. There is also a woman on the campus who is radically angry toward Pregnancy support and doesn't want their presence visible on the campus. So people who want to make the women aware of where it go for support during pregnancy really have their work cut out for them. They are usually told that they will get no support from the university and have to work directly with the student groups or students for advocacy......this is so humbling....If the women don't know where to go it is like a scared mouse stuck at the end of a confusing maze with only one exit available...out of desperation they walk through the one open door sure to kill their baby.....This election is so important in November..there is so much hope but also the potential for a political climate that allows further acceptance of abortion clinics showing up in malls where girls that usually have to get permission slips to go on a field trip will not need one to walk in for an abortion or to to bring home the abortion pill to administer on their own in their bedrooms.....with their parents not knowing that their child may be witnessing fetal tissue in the toilet.....and immense bleeding....it is so scary...

Please pray......

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pregnancy Crisis Centers

I am going to be taking a course for post abortive women called "Tender Mercies". We start on 9/24. I am very excited about it. I am being offered this class through Durham's Pregnancy Support Services (a crisis pregnancy center). I am also planning on becoming a volunteer there.

Today South Dakota announced this really cool program with churches called LAMPSTAND. They are determined to make women know that they have support in the churches for their unplanned pregnancies. THey want to have 800 churches signed up...check it out... http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/834457812.html I will move to South Dakota if I end up not liking NC. I will endure the cold just to live in a state filled with powerful pro life advocates.

When I was pregnant the women at the abortion clinic warned me not to go into a pregnancy crisis center because I would be kidnapped and not allowed to leave. If you go to http://www.teenwire.com which is Planned Parenthood's teen site, you will read all kinds of lies regarding Pregnancy support centers etc.

Currently, women gravitate to the only place they know of to go when they become pregnant (Planned Parenthood's abortion clinics)..If we can just get an army of support for these women and word out of where to go when their pregnancies happen we will see a huge difference in the amount of abortions...


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Emotional Choice!

There is so much discussion all the time with how much thought goes into the decision to abort. Most people say ( and barack obama recently said it) that women put great thought into their abortions. i don't think that is true. Is it really true? We seem to claim a position based on conversations we have with people in our lives who may fall on either side of the equation. For me, my family was mostly pro choice. We are hugely influenced too by the people we love.
AND as far as abortion goes i am learning that so many people just identify themselves to be either for choice or life without really spending anytime researching both positions. I also believe that once you are in that position you make your choice from a place of emotion and desperation. So, if you don't spend time really getting some great information from both sides prior to being in the scary position to be a pregnant teen then you gravitate toward the easy choice. It really takes so much more courage to have the baby. I knew that . I knew I wouldn't be strong enough to sacrifice my career and life and that abortion was easier than setting up an adoption plan. And what is really sad is that the churches are still very reluctant to really delve into the subject with the exception of the annual sanctity of life sunday. They just are so afraid to really talk about it..AND YET PLANNED PARENTHOOD has a marketing budget. So when a young woman or teen is pregnant she will go to the only place she knows of...the YELLOW PAGES or an ad in the back of the free voice magazines and walk into the den of death out of desperation. Some may even think that they will get unbiased advice not understanding that the 'clinics' make their money when you abort and lose money when they have to support pregnant women. When we don't talk about it or don't make it clear what "LIFE " is...what the repercussions are to abortion prior to pregnancy then the girl in her emotional state may believe that the ladies at Planned Parenthood answering her calls are the ones who care about her and are leading her toward a healthy solution to her problem. Of course I can say from experience that Godly counsel is hard to get or hear when you are already walking the path to the clinic...the emotions are too raw and there is no rationale...so the CHOICE is already suspect....We need to encourage our youth groups, churches and families to talk about life......it could save a life.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Demotherizing America! Reviving Martha and Mary!

When I was 19, I totally bought into the rhetoric of the women's movement. According to their message, 'pro woman' means pro abortion. There was also a loud and clear message that you couldn't be pro woman if you were pro life. I also believed that abortion was my total right and would empower me by freeing me up to pursue more 'lofty goals', such as being anything else but a mother. When I had my abortion at 19, I was totally caught off guard with my feelings of guilt, regret and mainly powerlessness. In my deep depression I felt alone and really honestly believed I was the only pro woman post abortive woman to start to believe that my so-called SISTERS like Gloria Steinem and Margaret Sanger were not looking out for my best interests after all. Abortion is not pro woman and indeed not liberating. This past week, Gloria Steinem wrote an op-ed piece regarding Sarah Palin called "Palin; Wrong Woman.." In the piece she says the following regarding Sarah Palin:

"She opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality."

Give me a minute to respond to Ms. Steinem:
"Excuse me Ms. Steinem, but you are very out of touch with the women of America. If anybody is unsuited to speak on behalf of American women, it is you. Please stop speaking lies regarding the female majority and what it is that you think that we want. You have no clue! When McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, hope was implanted back into the hearts and wombs of the women of America who have been violated by the abortions that you advocated for. With your advocacy through the years, all hope was lost for me and others like me that have been scarred by abortion, that now see abortion for what it truly is: the destruction of another human being, our sons and daughters. The more you speak or claim to speak for the MAJORITY of women, the more you steal them of their life affirming true power. I know now that nothing has empowered me more then expressing myself fully which includes motherhood, even when unplanned. You have DEMOTHERIZED women and America. This week with Sarah Palin representing the true female majority, we finally have been revived and are being resurrected with hope. You say in your piece that you are a "hope-a-holic". What are your hopes? That women will continue to be allowed to kill their babies and go through an abortion that could potentially lead them into deep sadness and regret? Do you hope that you can continue to advocate for women being in power as long as those women only believe that abortion is not an atrocity toward children and women? Ms. Steinem, please stop confusing the young women of America. If they continued to listen to you they may believe that not allowing abortion is the same as promoting STD's. They may believe that the Republican party is still not the party of women. There is a new face in the game and a new leader for us. You can retire now. This woman is relevant and speaks for the women of today. Her name is Sarah Palin and she is a republican mother. No she didn't abort her down syndrome baby. She would not have allowed her daughter to go through the hell of abortion, even if raped. And she wears a skirt, loves her children and husband and has the credentials to be in true power. She is the one who is speaking for the majority of the women, not you. If anyone is the wrong woman for the job of female leadership it is you."

Whew! Hope! When we witness how many children have been aborted and how many women are still hurting, it is hard to have hope. In the story about Lazarus in the bible (john 11:1-50) we see two women whose brother has been dead for days. The only hope they have is Jesus. Lazarus was ready for burial. All hope was gone. They were grieved. I relate so much to this story. The grief of losing a child is very deep. It can linger for a long time. Many of us have believed that the powers that be in govt will just continue to turn their eyes away from the life left inside of women, allowing that life to die. Jesus came and brought Lazarus back to life. Joy and hope filled the hearts and souls of Martha and Mary. I prayed for healing from my despair after abortion, and God healed me through my children. But there will also be a sadness as long as young women are kept away from the TRUTH. This week I believe that the Martha's and Mary's of our country that have aborted and lost hope can now see some light. Jesus is answering our prayers by reviving a women's movement too...this new movement embracing true feminism is also defined as embodying feminine character. We are mothers and proud of it. Sarah Palin is our leader. Gloria Steinem can retire.

ms. steinems piece:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

19 and pregnant!

The focus on 17 year old Bristol Palin has brought up some intense memories for me. I thought maybe I would give some insight as to what it is like to find out you are pregnant before turning 20. It is so deeply complicated. But in a nutshell when a young woman discovers she is pregnant it is sheer fear and desperation that causes her to abort her baby. Very few women abort because of an intense and happy desire to abort. (ps..check out the studies of David Reardon of the Elliot institute..link on the side of this blog). I found out I was pregnant when i was 19. My mother was a single mother and my Dad was not in our financial picture. My mother also had just remarried and made it clear that she had been looking forward to living on her own with my wonderful stepfather without any children at home. I had to support myself financially and had been doing so for a couple of years at that point. I had an incredible job singing and dancing at Disney. I was most rightly correct in believing I would lose that job and my benefits had I decided to tell them about the pregnancy. My mistake was to have premarital sex and live with a young man. Once I found out I was pregnant I felt that I had no one. And being alone without anyone saying "i will make it better. I will support you eventhough you made this mistake" is all that a young girl is longing for. Her greatest fear is rejection from her family and friends and inflicting disappointment on them. When young women with very little life experience are alone attempting to make this major decision for themselves run into a Planned parenthood that tells them 'this is the way to make it better,' they are so desperate that they believe the lie hook line and sinker. In a nutshell, the little angel falls and runs into the devil disguised as a caring sister or mother. THe girl then hears the rationale from Planned parenthood that this is the best choice and they don't even focus or acknowledge the real live human being living and growing inside. Sad still to admit my family was pro choice and as much as we all love eachother if we are being really honest the support I would have received would have been support in making my choice to abort. I have happily found forgiveness no doubt from Jesus. But the reality is that because of the complexities of the issue young women are given weeks to make a decision that requires mature and Godly counsel. In all honesty, many of us who oppose abortion also will oppose government support or welfare for unwed women facing a crisis pregnancy. It is hugely difficult for the women who choose to keep their babies as well and yet LIFE is the only proper choice. It also takes intense courage to come out with this news and greater courage to go through with the pregnancy when living in a pro choice family. These women need support because the largest demographic for crisis pregnancies are college aged students and minorities. Both of which usually have little financial support. I pray for more acceptance for young women who decide to make a positive choice in giving life to their babies. But look at what is going on in the media right now. The liberal media that is controlled by the same media that will champion women's right to choose will crucify a mother who chooses to support her daughter and the young mother choosing to keep her baby. Sarah Palin and her husband made such a positive statement regarding their support for their daughter Bristol and her young fiance. I want to say "amen' to that. But I also cringe at the media coverage and wonder how many young women today are saying to themselves "i am heading to the abortion clinic because I don't want to be attacked and met with the same venom as they are handing out to Bristol and her mother." Our society is hugely twisted. I wonder if someone can have the courage to ask Barack Obama if the reason he didn't choose Hillary for his running mate was because she was a mother. Or is it okay because she only had one child or perhaps she chose abortion in her past..you never know...but we really need to pray that God is victorious in moving the hearts, minds and souls of these young women that are pregnant today to seeing the potential for a world that is run by women who scream out and say "it is not pro women to allow us to kill our babies."

Why I changed my mind about John McCain!

I never was intending on voting for Obama. I was clear about that especially after hearing about the born alive bill and his stance on choice. However, I also was totally not excited about McCain. I have been known to stay home or vote for Ralph Nadar or someone when i am ticked off with my candidates. However a few weeks back when I watched Rick Warren's summit at Saddleback it was so clear to me. It dawned on me during the interview that McCain clearly showed a passion and an attitude toward service. It also dawned on me that we have such media bias. Up to that point I had never heard or seen John McCain's personality. The media just gives him such little air time. I was pleased that he answered directly and clearly at the summit. He looked so much more experienced as well. And even though he was 72 I truly got the impression that this was a bold independent man with fresh vision. Granted I still wasn't passionate about him but decided after that interview that I was comfortable voting for him. And I liked his personality. Some of his political leanings are a little too liberal for me but was happy he was clear on LIFE. So, i was content to be voting for him. On Friday i watched TV as it was announced that Sarah Palin was the VP running mate. I literally was floored. I never ever expected such a bold and yet brilliant VP choice. I felt as if I was watching my favorite baseball team who was losing in the ninth inning and someone comes up to the plate and hits a grand slam and we win. I had been in this complacent resigned place of voting republican but losing and all of the sudden there is hope. The selection told me more about John McCain than it did about Sarah Palin even. He is bold, brilliant and not afraid to make a decision that is controversial but the right one. To continue the baseball metaphor i am seeing John McCain on the sidelines like Joe Torre (x Yankees manager) make the most brilliant change in the lineup possible and then they win the game. I am not sure if we will win the game. I am praying we will but I am invigorated and will be the first in line to vote in November. And I am praying that Sarah Palin can withstand the attacks on her family and character. And i pray she can inspire the US to have a conscience.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Fruit in the Seed!

“A Speedier Man-Killing”—Tertullian (c. 150 - c. 229)
As a preacher and theologian, Tertullian taunted the Roman Empire at every turn, defended believers against the persecution of the state, and often reprimanded Christians for compromising their faith. Famous for his faithfulness (an early developer of the doctrine of the “Trinity”) and his failures (his joining with the Montanists—a group who believed in extra-biblical revelation), Tertullian would not allow abortion to remain unchallenged by the Church.
In our case, murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the foetus in the womb, while as yet the human being derives blood from other parts of the body for its sustenance. To hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to the birth. That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in its seed.1

Tertullian, Apology, in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 3 (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1957), 25. In other translations, see Chapter 9.

Are Women of Faith Truly Pro-Life?

There is an organization called the Guttmacher Institute. I believe it is heavily connected to Planned Parenthood and therefore there is a potential for their research to be skewed a little. But still pro life organizations also use some of the research on abortion that the Guttmacher institute uses for many stats. One that I really found disturbing is that the Guttmacher Institute( http://www.guttmacher.org )studies claim
that 78% percent of women who abort state they have a religious affiliation.

I am starting to believe that this statistic is true. In the past few weeks since coming out of the closet as a post abortive woman I have observed many of my christian friends in conversations express some kind of understanding for exceptions to allowing abortion etc. And of course I learned that many protestant churches United Methodist, Evangelical Lutherans and Presbyterians still agree that abortion is sanctioned in some cases. I have listened as Nancy Pelosi (who claims to be Catholic)quoted incorrectly the Catholic's view on when life begins. And of course Joe Biden who claims to be catholic and Barack Obama who says he is affiliated with a christian church.They are both pro choice. That one totally boggles my mind but I don't even want to go into it now because Obama is basically the poster child for abortion having voted against the born alive bill.

When I had my abortion I believe that I was totally confused on the subject even though I was raised in a Lutheran Church and surrounded by Christians. At 19 most of my friends at least believed in God and were a part of various protestant denominations but would say they believe women should have the right to abort.

Anyhow, my point is that I believe there needs to be more actual dialogue on the subject of life (and what it means to Jesus) in an effort to have women of faith truly understand what is at stake here and what the bible says on the subject. Here are a few quotes:

Ps 139:16 "Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

Isa 46:3 "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived."

Luke 2:21 "On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived."

Jer 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

The churches seem to avoid the discussion with a 10 foot pole. Even the decidedly pro life churches try to stay away from such a controversial issue perhaps with the once a year sermon on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Or they don't discuss it at all but place an insert in the flyer every January. I believe this avoidance hugely contributes to those Christian women walking into the abortion clinics and secretly killing their babies. My Christian girlfriends when in confidence have revealed the following information to me.

One friend told me about her sister who aborted while she was a christian but in college. She did end up marrying the father and have been married for many years now. My other girlfriend told me the story of her christian friend who had 4 children goes to church regularly and aborted her 5th child because she was getting older and was considering divorcing her husband. A teenage friend of my daughter who works for a christian organization is now on anti depressants because she had an abortion. She is in her 2nd year of college. My christian girlfriend told me that she can see how women can have abortions because sometimes it just isn't the right time and it wouldn't be FAIR to the child(death isn't fair either). I am entering an entirely different world here where women claim to be pro life and then abort their babies or they claim to be pro choice but say they are against abortion. Who are we and what do believe? And let's just admit to our own hypocrisy. This is stunning to me. Until I extended myself and started the conversations i assumed 'women of faith' were united in believing in the sanctity of life and were agaist abortion. I really feel that if we develop a close intimate relationship with Jesus we will not abort our babies. We would see them as sacred. Church, religion, claiming the title of christian or 'women of faith' doesn't necessarily guarantee a close relationship with Christ. Prayer and seeking His presence in your life will. Being obedient to His will and truly taking a leap of faith for Him when life is not planned will pull you into a closeness with Him that is undeniable. Exercise faith... In the meantime, remaining quiet on the subject as an effort to be 'politically correct', 'nice' and 'polite' is going to end up leading too many more babies to their deaths.