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“A friend asked a seemingly innocuous question recently: “If you could choose to be born in any time and place, when and where would it be?” Not surprisingly, my answer was: “Here in modern America.” The answer seemed obvious: By being born here and now, not only would I likely make it to adulthood thanks to our blessedly low infant mortality rates, but I would go on to have a life of freedom! We have unprecedented levels of personal freedom in our culture, and what’s not to love about that?
But my argument was turned on its head when my friend followed up with a similar question, to which I had a startlingly different reaction: “When and where would you choose to be conceived?”
Suddenly, modern America plummeted to near the bottom of the list….”
Jennifer Fulwiler has a very good point here. She goes on to cite abortion statistics for this great big country of ours, harrowing statistics at that.
The answer to the abortion question is hardly a sound-byte. It is a complex answer that involves a lot of moving pieces; increased help for pregnant women, an increased network of support for those who choose to raise their child as well as for those who choose to place their child in an adoptive home, a better connection between couples who are willing to adopt and the mothers who want to place their children for adoption, and a lengthy laundry list of other factors as well.
I look at the numbers again and wonder how many pregnancies of Christian and even Catholic women that have been ended out of shame and fear of humiliation. We as Christians are called to help and love one another without judgment, but how often does this actually happen? How often do we look at a young pregnant girl without a ring on her finger and roll our eyes and continue on our way? There are factors we are unaware of when we cast that hasty judgment, but our disapproval is only read as a judgment on her decision to carry the pregnancy to term. Is that really what we want? There are probably choices she made she is regretting or rethinking now, as she is wearing the product of a few bad decisions on her body for the next 9 months, and it is not possible to go back in time to change those. We are present in the here and now, and the situation must be dealt with as it is, not in ideal fantasy-world where this would not have happened.
Offering help to pregnant women is the first and biggest change that can affect the abortion numbers. So many women are unaware that help even exists; they think their circumstances are beyond the scope of understanding and that they are alone. How far from the truth this can be, if they only knew.
“When the best place to be born is the worst place to be conceived….” there is a problem. Who will be part of the solution?
- Check out Maggie’s Place, “a community that provides houses of hospitality for expectant mothers who are alone or are living on the streets.” (Phoenix, AZ; Tempe, AZ; Glendale, AZ; Cleveland, OH)
- Check out the White Rose Women’s Center, “for the woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy”. (Central Expressway in Dallas,TX; Greenville Avenue in Dallas, TX)
(Side note: I am always looking to increase my list of crisis pregnancy assistance, so if you know of a place that might make my list, please let me know.)
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