Today, I’d like to take a few minutes to share my heart regarding the historical decision made by the Supreme Court, the overturning of the 1973 ruling of Roe v Wade.
As a Christ-follower, I rejoice in this. Why? Because I believe every life is precious to the creator of life, whether it is a life in the womb or outside of the womb. Every life matters to God. And every single life has been created in the image of God. It is my belief that this historical decision will aid in the saving of many lives. As a Christ-follower, I rejoice in this justice.
With that said, I would like to share just a few thoughts based on the different posts I’ve seen online:
- Making abortion illegal will cause there to be more unsafe abortions. As Allie Beth Stuckey states, “there’s no such thing as a safe abortion. At least one person always dies.”
- There have always been questions as to when life begins. “95% of biologists, most of whom are pro-choice, agree that human life begins at conception.” Read HERE to learn more.
- I recently read this tweet on Twitter: “I would like every individual to have the freedom to live as they choose.” Suppose everyone had the freedom to live as they choose. What do we say to the people who want to freely murder others, partake in child pornography, steal, kill, destroy, etc.? Let them live their life as they choose?
- I’ve seen posts where individuals are praising the companies that will pay for their employees to travel out of state for an abortion. If companies cared for their employees, they would restructure their health benefits and care and increase maternity and paternity leave. The truth is that it’s cheaper for the company to pay for their employees’ travel to another state rather than restructuring what they do and offer for their pregnant employees.
- Lastly, posts are asking Christians, “Are you ready to adopt? Are you ready to give your time and money?” Here’s the truth: In study after study, religious practice is the behavioral variable with the strongest and most consistent association with generous giving. Read more HERE. Also, in my faith-based family alone, there are 10 adopted children. And I know countless other faith-based families that have not only adopted children but have given their time and finances to help in multiple ways. So yes, faith-based families have been giving and providing for years.
I would like to share that the Supreme Court’s ruling is “not the end of abortion in this country. The court’s ruling means each state will now decide its own regulations” (McAfee, 2022). Additionally, the abortion pill accounts for more than 54 percent of all abortions in America. So while I believe that the Supreme Court decision will help save more lives, we still have so far to go in saving even more lives.
With that said, I would like to add some personal thoughts. If you know me, you know my heart for people. You know that regardless of who you are or what you believe, I care about you, want to know you, and want to know your stories, thoughts, and beliefs. I’m ALWAYS open to hearing from you and your heart. That’s who I am.
If you are pro-choice, I still want to know you.
If you have had an abortion, I still want to know you.
If you have questions, I want to hear them.
I believe you matter, and your life matters. And with that, I believe those lives in the womb matter. God knows us. He knew us before we were formed in the womb. There is a purpose for every single life, even when we don’t understand it.
“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.” ~ Jeremiah 1:5
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” ~ Psalm 139:16
Not only do I believe that lives in the womb matter, but I also believe lives outside of the womb matter. As Tony Evans says, “from the womb to the tomb.”
As I’ve seen this unfold over the last few days, my heart has hurt through the rejoicing. Why? The posts on social media. The hurtful words. The hate. We preach, “Be You,” “Be Authentic,” and “Share Your Truth,” but if I’m honest, I don’t know if we really believe this because as soon as something goes against what we think or believe, the hurtful, degrading words and posts come. And this, this breaks my heart (and if you know me, you know I’m not a fan of these sayings, but that’s for another post another day).
So friends, let’s be kind to one another even when we disagree. Rather than insulting those who believe differently than you do, choose to reach out to them and ask them why. Hear their point of view, hear their story, and decide to have a conversation that can open doors to even deeper conversations.
And lastly, I’ve said this before, and I’ll repeat it: If you find yourself pregnant, scared, and worried, reach out to me. I’m here. I’m here to listen, and I’m here to help. Why? Because you matter, and that baby you are carrying matters. And I will do whatever it takes to help and support you as you bring this beautiful child into the world. You are loved.
Thanks Jennifer. This is very well written and I appreciate your perspective, I love your heart for Jesus and concern for others.
Well said. Thank you for sharing.
What a great article!
I’m not good with words and not sure how to express myself well, I’m learning to express my thoughts better by reading your things you post and books you’ve written. Thank you.
I love you and love everything you stand for. Thank you for what you do.
Thank you so much, Lisa! I so appreciate you!
Thank you, Heather!
Thank you Lynnae. That means so much!