The Pros…and the labels…

Before I decided to convert the Catholicism (and before my son was conceived), I was staunchly pro-choice (not pro-abortion – that moniker is so inflammatory and divisive).

But something happened – the conception of my son.  My husband and I tried for 3 years to conceive a child (including some medical intervention) and by the grace of God, I became “with Child” last year.  This was our first child (neither one of us had any children).  He’s an absolute joy and such a happy baby.

It made me realize what a blessing and a miracle a child is.  I heard my son’s heartbeat when I was six weeks pregnant.  It was totally amazing!!

I just can’t imagine anyone aborting something so precious because they might have slept with a married man or felt like they were too young to have children (situations that I am personally aware of).  Using abortion as birth control is truly sickening to me.

I’m kinda on the fence in cases of rape or incest and threats to a mother’s life.  I can’t imagine being raped or molested and carrying the product of that horror for nine months.

Am I pro-choice or pro-life? I honestly don’t know.  I cannot tell another woman what to do with her body. Being pregnant is not exactly a walk in the park (but what a great reward!).

I can say that you will never see me on the street with pictures of aborted fetuses screaming in front of an abortion clinic. I don’t think that’s very effective and calling some woman who has agonized over her decision a “baby-killer” or “a murderer” just breeds hate.

What I will do is pray for them and spread the news about adoption via Catholic Charities so young women know that abortion is not the only way.  Also to let them know the the baby that they are carrying can be a blessing to a child-less couple.

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One thought on “The Pros…and the labels…

  1. Thanks for your honest reflection. I’ve never carried a picture of an aborted fetus and screamed outside an abortion clinic, but I have held pro-life signs in quiet vigil outside abortion clinics as part of 40 Days for Life and Life Chain. And as horrible as getting pregnant through rape or incest may be, conceiving and carrying a baby of rape/incest for 9 months and giving him/her up for adoption is the charitable choice for baby and adoptive parents.

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