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Week of January 23, 2006
Every unborn child is wanted
Adoptive couples wait with loving arms
My Glass is Half Full
By MARK PICKUP
The image was grainy, but unmistakable: It was the ultrasound image of my unborn grandchild. They say it's a girl, or so the radiologist thinks. Her name will be Anna Leigh, or so my son tells me.
It doesn't really matter to me if baby is Anna or Andy, or whatever they finally decide. She/he is my grandchild. I have loved that little life since my son and daughter-in-law announced they were expecting a child.
I looked at the ultrasound image and thought to myself "God is there with her." God is with every child in its mother's womb, whether that child is loved or wanted by humans.
All are equal
In the eyes of God my grandchild is immeasurably precious, but no more than the child of a crisis pregnancy. All humanity stands equal in the sight of God, made in his image and of great value.
Throughout history various groups have been denied their equality, dignity, and even their humanity. But there were always people who fought for rights of the oppressed. There was a time when North American native people were considered non-persons: they were often referred to as savages. It was designed to distance them from their humanity in the eyes of other people.
When slavery flourished, black people were considered property, not persons. In Nazi Germany, the humanity of Jews was denied and millions were exterminated. In Canada, women were not considered legal persons by the Supreme Court until 1929.
The eminent collective wisdom of Canada's Supreme Court has now decided that the unborn child is not a legal person. Section 223 of the Criminal Code informs us that the unborn child is not even a human being.
Hang the biological evidence that has proven beyond doubt that human life begins at conception. Such trivialities are far beneath the high court.
This legally sanctioned discrimination against the youngest members of Canada's human family is more pernicious than other dreadful bigotries of the past. It has resulted in more children dying each year from abortion than Canadian soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars combined. Each year 100,000 Canadian children, just like Anna, are killed in utero because they are unwanted.
Abortion is a lie. Every child is a wanted child. There are thousands of childless couples across Canada and America who desperately want to adopt to complete their families. They are willing to travel anywhere on the planet to adopt a child.
Mother Teresa said, "Please don't kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted, and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child, and be loved by the child."
She knew what she was talking about. From her children's home in India, the Sisters of Mercy placed over 3,000 children into loving adoptive homes. She said, "These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents, and have grown up so full of love and joy!"
Mother Teresa also said, "Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants."
Yup, that pretty much sums it up.
But despite this, God's people still reach out in love to women in crisis pregnancies and their children. Countless Catholic charities around the globe continue to provide life-affirming alternatives to abortion.
This is not confined to the Catholic Christian community. Evangelical Christian organizations are also actively involved in ministries of love directed toward women in crisis pregnancies. Those who claim their first allegiance to Jesus Christ are witnessing to a culture of love and life in the midst of a culture of death and abandonment.
More than 20 years ago, during my evangelical Christian years, I co-founded an organization called Outreach for Life. Although multiple sclerosis forced me to retire from that ministry, they have gone on to help thousands of women to make life-affirming choices for themselves and their babies. They lovingly counsel post-abortive women.
That outreach ministry has saved women from the pain of abortion. Literally countless children are alive today because of faithful ongoing Catholic and Evangelical Christian service. They have brought together adoptive couples with children who need a loving family or helped women develop the skills necessary to support their babies.
The only blood that needed to be shed is the blood of Christ at Calvary. It has saved millions of millions of people throughout the ages and continues to work its magic in people's lives even today.
It is into such a world of stark contrasts that my granddaughter will be born. As she grows, she will, no doubt, see a startling contrast between her world of love, hope and welcome and a world where the poverty of abortion is heralded as a right.
I pray that Anna will choose to be a part of positive solutions to life's problems. I pray she will always stand on the side affirming the value of every human life, not just some.
Letter to the Editor - 01/30/06
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