Lenore’s Pro-Life Speech 2017

Will She Choose Abortion?

A young woman has recently discovered that she is pregnant.  She has a life of her own to live and exciting dreams to attain, and this “pregnancy” does not fit in with her plans.  In fact, “it” is an incredibly unwanted inconvenience.  She has been told that she has a legal right to end the “pregnancy” and remove the “lump of tissue” that is in the way of the future that she so desperately desires.  The “fetus” is part of “her body” after all, and no one should be able to tell her what she can and cannot do with her own body.  And what other choice does she really have?

Will she choose abortion?  If all she has been told is true, then why wouldn’t she? Abortion would appear to be a perfect solution that will make her life easier and allow her to go on with the future she wants.  But is all that she has been told really true?  Is the pregnancy just a “lump of tissue”?  Is the “fetus” really only another part of her body?  Will this decision actually give her the future she wants?  Is abortion truly her only option?

First and foremost, it is important to determine what exactly is meant by the vague words “lump of tissue”, because that could mean any number of things.  We need to be clear that when an abortionist refers to removing the “lump of tissue”, they really mean ending the precious life of a developing human child.  Clarity of words is also important when an abortionist refers to ending or terminating a pregnancy which results in the death of the child residing in the protective womb of its mother.  Abortionists often use evasive language like this to try to take the attention away from what is really going on, the murder of a baby.

This mother has been told that the fetus is actually not a human being though.  Is that true? What makes someone human?  Is it where they are located?  Is it the physical or mental abilities they posses?  How about their age?  Would a special needs six year old be less human than a successful college student?  The only consistent answer is that at the moment of fertilization God creates a new life with an eternal soul.  God clearly illustrates His recognition of the pre-born as human persons in His word.

Psalm 139:13-16 says:

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Even secular medical texts refer to fertilization as the moment when the egg and sperm become a human being.  Doctor Louis Fridhandler, in the medical textbook Biology of Gestation, refers to fertilization as “that wonderful moment that marks the beginning of life for a new unique individual.”

Our new mother has also been told that this life is just another part of her body, much like her appendix or tonsils.  What makes the unborn baby different?  The difference is in its DNA.  The mother’s arms and legs and tonsils all share the same genetic code that makes her, her.  But it is not so with her fetus.  At the moment of fertilization, her future child already has its own unique DNA that is different than both its mother and father, and will determine how it grows and matures.  It is distinctly separate from its mother’s body, though dependent on and inside of the mother’s body, but still not her same body.  Even our nation’s laws resoundingly support this fact.  In 2000, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to delay capital punishment for a pregnant woman until after her child was born.  Obviously, there is no law protecting the mother’s tonsils from capital punishment, so the unborn baby must not be a part of the mother’s body after all. 

So, she now knows that the baby is an individual person and not part of her body, and that to end its life would be murdering another human being, but what about her life? Still, won’t aborting the baby give her the future she desires?

Many, many woman that have chosen abortion have not gotten the future they wanted.  After having an abortion, woman are far more likely to have cancer, miscarriages, and later children born with disabilities.  But the most damaging effect is on their mental health.  Dr. Patricia Coleman, Professor of Human Development and Family studies at Bowling Green State University states that “81 percent of females who had an abortion were found to be at an increased risk for mental health problems, including, depression, alcohol abuse, and suicidal behaviors”.

God’s Word in Romans 2:15a says:

They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness…

It is clear that God sees abortion as the sin of murder, and these woman’s consciences are crying out to them that what they have done is wrong.  The young woman that is considering an abortion has a conscience, and even though it has likely been dulled by lifelong exposure to the arguments of pro-abortionists, God can still change her heart.

Finally, we need to show the expectant mother that abortion is not the only choice she has.  She needs to know that there are people willing to support her whether she decides to raise the child herself, or choses adoption.  Pregnancy help centers are the first place she should turn to.  These centers are lovingly run by trained individuals, who know best how to help her through this difficult season of her life, and provide her with the counseling and direction she needs to make the right choices for herself and her child.  And amazingly, many of these centers can even use ultrasound equipment to persuasively show her the life within her womb that is already thriving.

All it takes is one person that has the courage to tell her that the “lump of tissue” is actually a human being.  Her baby is created in the image of God to bring Him glory and further His kingdom here on Earth.  The “fetus” is not part of her body, but a separate person with its own DNA.  Someone who will be willing to warn her that she is considering making a choice that could permanently damage her mind and body, and do something that God sees as sin.  Willing to give her other life-affirming options like adoption or assist her in raising the baby herself. 

And with God’s help, she will now choose life.

Sources:

ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments (expanded & updated) By Randy Alcorn

Why Pro-Life (Revised and updated) By Randy Alcorn

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/abortion/mother/for_1.shtml

S. Lin, “The Relationship between Induced Abortion and Outcome of Subsequent Pregnancies”, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, May 15,1983, 139-40

Infanticide- The Monster Under the Carpet

Infanticide- The Monster Under the Carpet 

Infant is found in a dumpster.  Infant is left in a trashcan.   Baby is abandoned.  You have heard such appalling stories in the news yourself.  Most often, as you read the headline, you were filled with feelings of anger towards the mother. You were filled with disgust at the horrific crime.  But, after that, you probably did not think anything more about it.  Unfortunately, that was my response too when I first started to research the topic of infanticide.  Every article I read made me more depressed and disgusted with the perpetrator of this crime, who is often the mother of the baby.  I got to where I dreaded doing more research on this topic and wondered why I had not picked something more uplifting than the murder of baby after baby.  That is when it dawned on me that when we push something like infanticide under the carpet and try to forget about it, we are doing more than anyone to make sure it continues to happen.  We must think further than the crime and see the person if we are going to make any difference in the lives of mothers and their babies around the globe.  We need to ask the question of why would someone do something like this?  And then, we need to take the time to find the answer and do something about it.

Sadly, in the medical world, infanticide is becoming more and more accepted under the names of “after-birth abortion” and infant euthanasia.  An article in The Journal Of Medical Ethics published on February 23, 2012 called After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? has no qualms with stating exactly why someone would do something like this, and the reasons are shocking.  Merely being an inconvenience to the family is now considered justifiable grounds to murder a baby.  The article proposes that children born with disabilities or those that medical professionals and philosophers deem “will not have a life worth living” should now become victims of infanticide.  Though the article can give no proof that a person with a disability finds life not worth living, and it even says “But, in fact, people with Down’s syndrome, as well as people affected by many other severe disabilities, are often reported to be happy.  Nonetheless, to bring up such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole.”  Romans 1 verse 24a says “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts”.  We must pray that God would raise up many godly people in the medical profession to counter the impact of ideas like this and save the lives of children that are made in God’s image.

But why would a mother kill her own baby?  Social pressure is the single biggest factor pushing mothers to commit infanticide.  In India, the societal pressure to have a boy is so great that there is an estimated 50 million girls and women missing in India’s population because of sex selective abortion and infanticide. In China, due to the previous one child policy and the fact that only boys can traditionally carry on the family name and provide support and security to their parents, there are around 40 million girls and women missing in China.  In the United States of America, pressure comes from our society looking down on mothers if they have a child out of wedlock. The mother may also lack the resources she needs to take care of the baby. She ends up feeling isolated, desperate, and helpless, and believes getting rid of the baby is the only way that she can avoid shame and her feeling of worthlessness.  Sadly, a mother sometimes thinks infanticide is her only way of escape. 

Occasionally, a mother will commit infanticide because she is taking drugs or alcohol and is unwilling to turn the unwanted baby into a police station or other safe haven because she fears being prosecuted.   Instead, she kills or abandons the infant.  Sometimes a mother may truly be mentally unstable after giving birth, or have a mental handicap that does not allow her to think clearly about what she is doing.  Infants from such mothers are at a higher risk of infanticide.      

But, it does not have to be this way.  We don’t have to let mothers get to such a point of  desperation that they would kill their own child.  Simply providing support and resources to these mothers could save their child’s life.  And that is exactly what crisis pregnancy centers are doing.  They are the valuable link between mothers and their babies, making sure they get the godly support and care they require.   They are giving these mothers a chance to see clearly and make the right choice for themselves and their child.  They are showing them, by their acts of service and love that both of their lives are worthy and beautiful in God’s eyes.  They are saving babies from infanticide and the mothers from the sin of murder.  They are not looking at the crimes the mother almost committed.  Psalm 127:3 says “Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord.” They are looking at a woman that God loves and has blessed with the miracle of childbirth.

Sadly, we cannot always reach every mother before she has made up her mind to abandon her child to die.  But, sometimes, even though the mother is beyond our help, the child may not be.  In South Korea, many babies are abandoned on the streets and left to die.  Most people in South Korea are content to hide behind their walls and ignore what is going on every day around them, but not South Korean Pastor Lee. When he saw that babies where dying from abandonment along the streets of the city Seoul where he lives, he knew God wanted him to do something about it.  So he created the “Baby Box”, a warm safe place that mothers could leave their unwanted children instead of killing them by exposing them to the elements.  On the outside of the box is the simple message, “Leave babies here”.  At first, he was not sure that any babies would be left, but he was wrong.  Babies started being left in the middle of the night, in the middle of the day and all the times in between.   Pastor Lee takes in each child that is left and gives it the love and care it needs. Since 2009, the “Baby Box has saved 600 children from infanticide.  Most of the babies find loving forever homes with adoptive families.  Pastor Lee and his wife have adopted 10 of the children themselves, which is the maximum number of children allowed by the South Korean government.  Pastor Lee’s work was made public in the documentary “The Drop Box”  which received lots of recognition and won numerous awards.  I have seen the documentary myself with my family and we would all highly recommend it.

So, the next time you hear of infanticide in the news, remember that there is now a mother out there that is in need of love and forgiveness.  Remember that you could make a difference in the lives of other desperate mothers that are considering infanticide and help to save the life of their child.  When you find out that a single woman you know is pregnant, don’t look down on her, forgive her and support her in choosing life for her child.   The single biggest factor that is forcing mothers to commit infanticide is social pressure.  We are all part of society and if we would look at infanticide thorough the eyes of God, then we could start to really make a difference and save the lives of precious children made in the image of God.   Pray for and support people like Pastor Lee who are giving their lives to save abandoned babies.  And with God’s help we can make a difference in the dark crime of infanticide. 

References:

http://www.salon.com/2016/03/23/the_conversation_we_need_to_have_about_infanticide/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_infanticide_in_China

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infanticide

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/06/13/infanticide-abortion-responsible-for-60-million-girls-missing-in-asia.html

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/05/28/south-korea-pastors-drop-box-saves-abandoned-babies-from-infanticide/

http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/16/the-drop-box-where-disabled-babies-go-to-live/http://www.thedropboxfilm.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/madeleine-melcher/every-city-should-have-a-baby-drop-box—-love-an-adoptee_b_6910832.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-child_policy

http://jme.bmj.com/content/39/5/261.full.pdf+html

I wrote this speech for the 2016 Tennessee Right to Life High School Oratory Contest.  I won 1st in county and 2nd at the state contest.  To God be the glory!

Lenore Thorne

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Lenore Thorne With Judges At The Wilson County Oratory Contest

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Lenore Thorne Winning 2nd Place At The State Contest