Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 22, 2006
Abortion due to spiritual battle
Women struggle with various options when faced with an unwanted pregnancy
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"When a woman sees a picture of her baby (in her womb), it's no longer just a glob of tissue."
- Henny vander Gugten
Whatever the case, women in unplanned pregnancies must face three evils, the first of which is the sense that their life would be over if they carry through the pregnancy. "(She feels that) the institution of motherhood right now interferes with her own life," said Parton. "It's my life or the baby's life."
But most women feel God will forgive them if they undergo an abortion "because God is a forgiving God."
The fear of giving the baby up for adoption is the second evil.
"For most of us that's the logical answer, but these women see adoption as the worst of the evils (because this implies) she is a bad mother who abandoned her baby."
Women feel adoption leaves their situation totally unresolved. "They see adoption as an unbearable sacrifice," Parton said. "The only ones that would give their babies up for adoption are those who are mature enough to put the needs of the child first."
The third evil, abortion, is seen as the least of those evils, the pro-life leader said. "This gave me a little bit more understanding of the abortion decision," she said. "We have to forgive. Even God forgives the sin of abortion. We have to be a bit more compassionate."
Most U.S. pregnancy crisis centres have changed their name to pregnancy resource centres to make it less threatening to pregnant women who need counselling, Parton noted. Most of these centres are being supplied with ultrasound machines by Focus on the Family, which a year ago announced plans to spend $4.2 million on these machines for pregnancy centres across the U.S.
The goal is to provide centres with the equipment which has been touted as helping to change the minds of many women considering abortion. So far about 500 of the 2,300 pregnancy resource centres offer ultrasound. Focus on the Family hopes to have as many as 650 machines in centres nationwide by 2010.
According to a Focus on the Family statement, 57 per cent of women considering an abortion will keep their babies after receiving counselling at a pregnancy resource centre. "That figure jumps to 79 per cent when expectant mothers see an image of their baby on an ultrasound machine." Pregnant women get at least one ultrasound free of charge, according to Parton.
Henny vander Gugten, president of Alberta Pro-life, said her organization supports the use of ultrasound machines and would like to see Alberta pregnancy resource centres offer the service. "When a woman sees a picture of her baby (in her womb), it's no longer just a glob of tissue."
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