It's baby season. Everyone goes through that early 20's season in their life when it seems like everyone is getting married and having babies. I'm in the middle of that. A good friend in New Jersey was having a baby and we really enjoyed discussing all the geeky nursery decor options (wookie the chew).
Then I came to England. It's been four months and already there have been two births, one adoption and one pregnancy among my friends here, not to mention all the babies of old facebook acquaintances. Most importantly, my sister and lifelong best friend is having her first baby! It will be the first grandchild in the family and every last family member is excited. I have made baby dresses, bought bedtime stories, knit teddy bears and prayed for all the new moms. It's an exciting time, really unlike any other life stage. Because I'm not in the middle of it myself, I've had time to dwell on it a bit. I mean think about it, a soul that was not in existence a few months ago is now in existence and will never ever ever go out of existence no matter what happens. It blows my mind. New life is precious. Lets just smile and think if tiny baby fingers and sweet little smiles. In fact, you can stop reading here because my thoughts are about to get a little darker.
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I believe all women are meant to be mothers. I do NOT mean that you are not a woman if you are not married and birthing babies and raising children. While this ideal of family life is a beautiful and wonderful thing, not all women are called to that life and if they are, that stage does not last all the years of their life. Rather, what I mean by that statement is that women are meant to care for others, to live life with others, to sacrifice time and energy and use their skills to contribute to the lives of others in a deeply personal way. We as women have been taught all our lives that we are to go to school, succeed, chase a career and pamper ourselves all for the sake of...ourselves. Women aborting babies is a symptom of the mind set that our lives are all about us and we have full right to sacrifice others for our own comfort. Without going into any biblical constructs, it's clear that this life of selfishness does not work. (At the same time, I happen to believe that there is no lifestyle that will fulfill you and give you peace and happiness, only higher purpose in Jesus can do that).
This is not a women's rights issue. This is a question of whether or not an unborn child is indeed a human being with value and dignity. Once you answer that question, the issue becomes vastly less complicated.