Dear readers, I’m delving into a controversial issue today—abortion. There are several things that I am passionate about. However, if you’ve been following my writing for long, you know my biggest passion is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and sharing with others how to grow in that relationship. It is because of my relationship with the Creator God, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that guides my life, that I am sharing a powerful message written by a very gifted writer friend, Mary Mack.
But first, I want you to share something personal.
I’m not proud of this, but nonetheless, it’s part of my testimony. When I was nineteen, I found myself in the position of considering abortion. I was young, unmarried, and frightened. I was told having an abortion wasn’t any different than taking birth control pills. I anguished for several days. Fortunately, all my fears were quelled when I found I was not pregnant, after all. But the idea that I even considered having an abortion haunted me.
Seven years later, I was married and attended a woman’s church retreat. It’s an experience I’ll never forget because prayer was offered to women who had had abortions. At first, only a few weeping women slowly made their way forward for prayer. The room had been silent, so their cries bounced off the walls, reverberating within me. But then more wailing broke out from behind me. Then to the side. And more toward the front. The room was pulsating with palpable anguish like I have never heard—loud sobs from women, some literally writhing on the floor.
I sat there and heaved my own tears, knowing although I did not have an abortion, I seriously contemplated it. I was shocked at how many women had buried the indescribable pain—some for many years. My heart shattered for them because I could have been one of them. Please understand, I’m not judging here. It is certainly not my place. However, I do know that Jesus is the Healer and Forgiver that those women were looking for. And as a woman who has since been blessed to carry three children to birth and raise them, I know those babies—my sons and daughter— were ALIVE as they grew in me. They responded to my voice, they kicked when music played, they had hiccups. They were tiny, growing people that God “knit together in my womb” (Psalm 139).
As Christians, I feel we must be a voice for those without a voice. I’m not going to throw a bunch of statistics at you or even scientific findings of biology and conception. I just want to appeal to you as another human being. There are many tragic things happening in our world, but this is one I will not be silent about. I don’t care if my stance is not “politically correct” because this is not really about politics. This is about the value of human life. And every single life is precious.
Thank you for reading Mary’s post:
In studying the technique of writing I have learned that the works that resonate most with readers/movie audiences are those that penetrate the heart. A great story moves the reader’s soul. In order to do that, a great writer must be willing to expose his/her own heart and soul.
It is the same with creating memorable characters in your writing. Writers must explore and develop the psyche of both their protagonists and antagonists and must be brave enough to delve into the Dark Side and uncover the Shadow Soul.
Through my research into this topic, I have reached certain irrefutable conclusions about the human soul which have been rocketed into stark focus by the abortion debate. Ireland is holding a referendum in May 2018 to decide whether to honor and uphold the rights of unborn babies, and I have taken a hard look at the pros and cons of the issue during the past months.
We know that the instant a person’s soul leaves his/her body, the body falls to the ground and immediately begins to decay. This proves an undeniable link between a person’s spirit and his/her flesh. Without being occupied by a soul, a human body cannot survive; therefore, the sole purpose of the body is to house a spirit. Ergo, the human body must contain a soul from the instant it is formed. Everybody that is begun in the womb is designed to be powered by a spirit. Now, is the spirit placed in the womb as soon as the body is fully functioning, or is it there from the instant the egg and sperm unite, or does the mother’s spirit sustain the fetus until it takes its first breath outside the womb?
Abortionists would try to convince us that a baby does not have a soul until the moment of birth; that to end a baby’s life right up to the moment of birth is not murder, because they claim the baby is just a mass of cells that have invaded the womb like a cancer. As a woman who has carried four such ‘anomalies’ to full term, I can testify that the mass of cells that grew inside my womb during each pregnancy was alive and kicking; each one was capable of sensing my mood, reacted in startlement to loud/sudden noises, and would become excited when I would laugh and play with his/her boisterous siblings. Music and conversations had the ability to either calm or stimulate each of the occupants of my womb.
I don’t know the precise moment the souls of my children entered their bodies. Nobody knows that. All we know for sure is that once the soul leaves, the body dies.
Fathers and mothers are the protectors of their children, but that protection starts way before the child is born. It would be stupid for parents to say, “We will wait and see what this cellular anomaly in the uterus turns out to be once it is expelled by the host body.” When they discover that they are pregnant, most mothers prepare in advance for the birth of… a BABY. They buy a crib, baby clothes, a car seat, and stroller, etc. Some even start a college fund. I have yet to meet a parent-to-be who bought a set of matching petri dishes and graduated cylinders in which to place their cellular anomaly. Their birth announcements do not read, “We are proud to announce the expulsion of our fetus!”
The purpose of a pregnancy is to produce a child. When pregnancies are deliberately aborted by killing the developing baby, there can be no doubt that the baby ends up dead. If it is murder to kill a baby one minute AFTER it is born, then it is murder to kill that same child one minute BEFORE it is born.
People whose viewpoints diametrically oppose mine often tell me that my viewpoints are extreme. Hmm… If my opinions are on one side of the spectrum, and the opposing argument is directly opposite mine, then BOTH opinions are extreme.
When there are only two ways of looking at an argument — either for or against, with no in-between, nuanced areas — then both ways are extreme opposites. That’s what an extreme viewpoint is. The term does not imply a radical, fringe, or fanatical mindset, as people who disagree with me would like to imply.
On the abortion issue, there are only two outcomes for the baby: Either she lives or she dies. There is no in-between choice since she can’t be partly dead or partly alive. Therefore, no matter what side of the abortion issue you take, your choice is extreme by default. You either want the baby dead, or you want her alive.
Abortion is one of those unambiguous issues that are black-and-white with no shades of gray. People have to take an extreme position when they weigh in on the argument, a position which is generated by a morally absolute decision that is made on an individual basis. Therefore, if you call me extreme in my stance against murdering babies, you are in effect admitting that you are extreme in opposing me.
There is no backing away from this, or arguing yourself into a murky area of half-dead babies; abortion is intended to kill every baby, every time. And don’t try to introduce a Strawman Argument by focusing on the health of the mother, or the woman’s right to choose mantra. Those are sidebar arguments that detract from the real issue. When it comes to abortion, either you are pro-life or pro-death.
And if you choose to sit on the sidelines and not speak up when the lives of helpless babies are on the executioner’s block, then your silence is a tragic act of inhumanity.
Mary Mack is an award-winning screenwriter (Table Read My Screenplay contest, Best Fantasy Screenplay, 2015) and has taught screenwriting workshops for the California Writers Club. Mary is the Editor of The Mohahve Muse, the official newsletter of the Mohahve Historical Society, and Assistant Editor of The Inkslinger, the newsletter of the California Writers Club (High Desert). As a freelance editor, Mary has earned a reputation among her clientele as an insightful story consultant and eagle-eyed proofreader. As a freelance graphic designer, she creates logos, book covers, business cards, letterhead, and promotional material for clients across the world.
Contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
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“There is no backing away from this, or arguing yourself into a murky area of half-dead babies; abortion is intended to kill every baby, every time. And don’t try to introduce a Strawman Argument by focusing on the health of the mother, or the woman’s right to choose mantra. Those are sidebar arguments that detract from the real issue. When it comes to abortion, either you are pro-life or pro-death.”
Beautifully written Mary! We will all choose to stand for what we believe. I choose life! His breath brought me to life from the moment I was formed and I will fight for that until I take my last.
Thank you for sharing Beckie!
Eve, thanks for taking time to read this important post.
Beckie — thanks for taking on this vital issue. As you know, I touch on pro-life issues too.
Thank you for sharing Mary’s powerful story.
Thanks, Del. I’m grateful for Christians like you who take a stand for the lives of the unborn.
Thank you Mary for sharing this post! I am %100 behind you and my latest blog shows it! Thank you once again!!!
Ricardo, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this vital issue. By the way, my book series called “Beauties from Ashes” (see the menu under books above) will deal with this issue and other difficult subject matters in the light of spiritual warfare.
God bless you and yours!
No problem! The public by in large doesn’t know the history on Planned Parenthood. It’s founder Margaret Sanger and her evil ideas. I know all about it!
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Let’s not be quiet about matters that matter. Thanks Beckie for speaking out, her thoughts are worth pondering over.
Let’s not be quiet about matters that matter. Thanks Beckie for speaking out.
William, Yes, and AMEN! Every life matters. We must be a voice for those who don’t have one.
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
If a baby was a panda, or some other animal threatened with extinction, we would do our best to save and preserve him. But being a human being, we don’t seem to care.
And they call humans intelligent!
Victor, Unfortunately, I think you might be right. How very sad.
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Let’s continue to be a light in this dark world!
Beckie, thank you for sharing your moving testimony! Your words have deep impact. I also loved Mary’s post as well. I always think it’s delusional how when someone has an abortion, it’s just a “mass of cells.” But if a woman miscarries that same month, we mourn a baby. There is no difference. Life is indeed precious and from God. My prayers are for all of the unborn and for the women who are wounded from abortion.
Emily, you make such a valid point about miscarriage and abortion. I join you in prayer. Yes, every single life is from God and matters!
Love you, friend!
Thank you, Beckie, for sharing both your experience and Mary’s article. This is a controversial topic, highlighting the enormous clash of world views in our society. As you highlighted in your book, Secrets, we are in the middle of a spiritual war, and issues like this make it even more apparent.
There is no moral ambiguity; how one views the world directly affects both policy decisions and personal decisions. I love how you and Mary address both the imperative for identifying life from the outset and extending compassion to those who need forgiveness and love.
Elihu, when I read Mary’s writing on this subject, I knew I needed to share. Thanks for bringing up an imperative, unseen side of this issue: spiritual warfare. Our world needs prayer and for those who follow Christ to share the truth in LOVE.
Thanks for commenting.
Kinda late getting to this one, Beckie, but so very grateful to you and to Mary for courageously publishing another bold statement against the infanticide defended, promoted, and funded in our nation. Clearly, the “under God” part our Pledge hasn’t meant much in our Federal and State legislatures for a long time.
I read this morning about a doctor in New York whose botched abortion “procedure” allowed a young woman to bleed to death. That one “provider” has performed at least 40,000 abortions–hard to imagine–can anybody say, “SERIAL KILLER”? Personally, I’d prefer “mass murderer.” The plea deal that ultimately resulted will punish this doctor with some probation time and few months in some kind of minimum security facility. I’m sure Planned Parenthood will have some kind of well-paid position waiting for him when he gets out.
As always, I’m in your cheering section–keep launching your fearless words at the enemy’s heart.
Ron, AMEN and AMEN! Thanks for your wise words and for taking the time to write.
Beckie, this was so brave of you! How shocking and sad to hear that so so many women in the same room needed healing from the choice of abortion. Only yesterday was I remembering a close friend who had an abortion when young. I was young too, but I had I known beforehand, I would asked if I could raise the baby! However, I don’t know how I would have done it, which goes to show that so many women facing an unplanned pregnancy, truly feel they have no place to turn. They face judgment, hardship, and despair. It’s easier for them to listen to the lies of the world, and make themselves believe it’s acceptable… but it’s not. And the damage runs deep. Your honesty and vulnerability could help many women change their minds about abortion. Women who have aborted babies need to hear that they have sinned, yet they can be completely forgiven in Christ, healed, and set free! Jesus forgives all of our sins! It’s so important that we as Christians, admit our imperfections, and admit that we face the same trials. The difference is we turn to Jesus, who pulls us through it all for our good and God’s glory. This was beautiful, Beckie, as are you! Love you! ❤️
Your comment did my heart so much good, just like a healing balm. Bless you, sweet friend <3