We have come a long way in discussing abortion and understanding the impact it has on both men and women.
However, many people are still unaware that over 55 million children have lost their lives in the United States to abortion.
Abortion seems like a safe and legal solution to a life-altering problem. But the impact of this choice is not quick, simple, or painless. Physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological scars can result from an abortion decision. The consequences can range from drug and alcohol abuse to anger, guilt, loss, grief, depression, and anxiety. Many women will go on to choose abortion multiple times and without God’s healing, carry wounds that can last a lifetime.
Abortion providers outline that abortion is a common choice in America. One half of American women will have an unintended pregnancy and three out of ten will have an abortion. Nearly half (44%) will go on to choose abortion again and again, compounding and intensifying their initial devastation. Nearly half of these abortions take place in the lives of teenage girls and women under 25. For each young woman, there’s a man who also experiences the loss of fatherhood.
It is impossible to know how each life lost to abortion could have impacted our city, state, nation or even our world. Obviously there would be many more mothers, fathers, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. Perhaps one of those lost in an abortion decision could have found a cure for cancer, become a future President, been a loving grandchild or parent, even brought peace to far regions of our universe. Our world will simply never know the worth of any individual lost.
Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God knows us intimately before we are even born. He knows what we’ll look like and who we are called to be. The Bible says God knits us together in our mothers’ wombs. Christ calls His believers to love one another, to defend the helpless and to share His message of love, hope, and compassion. He wants us to be vessels that love and compassion can flow through to the world around us.