What does it mean to be Pro-Life? That should be an easy answer, but apparently it’s not for many people in Society. Even in the Pro-Life movement it is not an easy answer.
Yesterday the 20-week pain capable ban was introduced in the United States Senate. Truthfully, once again I am infuriated and appalled with how our leaders value life.
Reading an article today on Lifesitenews.com by Dustin Siggins. GOP Presidental Candidate Lindsey Gram, a Republican Senator from South Carolina, introduced the bill. During a Press Conference, Senator Gram said that he would save late-term unborn children in a “fair way.” Senator Gram has always had exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. He went on to say that in the situation of rape, He was going to leave that to the family, to the mother. Also in the article it mentions that Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, mentions that with the rape exception in the bill they found their sweet spot. Thinking about what Senator Gram said about saving unborn children in a “fair way”. When you say, something like Senator Gram said, that should be meaning you treat them all the same. That is what being fair is. You should not leave anyone out. Some of the other thoughts that I have when I read the article is when Marjorie Dannenfelser mention the sweet spot. What went through my mind is Really? Since when did rape conceived babies and babies conceived in incest become candy shop of the Pro-Life Movement.
Reading about what Senator Gram said during the Press Conference about leaving the situation of rape to the family, to the mother. Does he even know what can happen when you leave it to the family? I have read the stories of where women tell their families that they were raped. Their families don’t believe them and will take them to have a force abortion. Not that long ago on Lifesitenews.com I read an article where a family beat the 14-year-old to force an abortion. She did miscarry, and they grilled the baby’s body. These are the types of things that go on.
When you have the exceptions for rape and incest, it is saying that babies conceived in rape and incest their lives are worthless and not of value. It is dehumanizing a group of people. Ever since 1966 when the state of Mississippi legalized abortion only in cases of rape and incest, babies conceived in rape and incest have been the target. These precious babies have been thrown under the bus, been left in the burning building, and now their the candy shop of the Pro-Life Movement. The Pro-Life Movement says they want to save the unborn, but they continue to leave a group out. Let me say it this way. The Pro-Life movement does not like those conceived in rape/incest. Whenever there are Pro-Life Bills being voted on and when those conceived in rape/incest speak up they are silenced. It is very disrespectful and humiliating to silence those that are conceived in rape/incest when they are speaking up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
Will the Pro-Life movement ever change and no longer have exceptions in their bills? I really don’t know, but what I do know is that there are many women who have been raped and their children are speaking up and saying enough is enough. They are taking a stand against the shame that has been placed on them.
So what does it mean to be Pro-Life? Let me first share my personal story. I was conceived in rape, and my birth mother chose life for me and made the selfless decision and placed me for adoption. I also had a biological great-aunt who could have arranged for my birth mother to have an illegal abortion. I am thankful that I also had the law to protect me. Since I was conceived in rape, should I be the one that had to pay for the crime that my birth father did? I don’t think I should be the one. God is the creator of life and the taker of life. Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) “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.” Psalms 139:15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Since God knew me before I was formed in the womb of my birth mother. Would you think that God knew how my conception would come to be before he even created me? I know he did.
Being Pro-Life means that every life is respected and valued. It is to be held at the highest esteem that there is. Being Pro-Life is knowing that conception of the unborn baby does not matter. Let me say that if people are doing things against the Word of God that falls on them. The unborn baby is innocent. Being Pro-Life means you know that God is the Creator of Life and that God is the only one that has the right to take life. Being Pro-Life also means making sure that every life is protected. Being Pro-Life is also giving respect to the mothers who were raped and their children.
In our Declaration of Independence it says that All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain Unalienable Rights and those also consist of the Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Sherry Hensley is from Maryland – conceived in rape, saved from an illegal abortion. She’s married to a Minister and loves to share her faith and inspire others. Her website is www.thevalueoflife.net