Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Taking Care of the Unwanted Mother

With an unwanted pregnancy, there are essentially 3 main people involved.  The baby, the mother, and the father.  In pro-life circles we tend to (with good reason) focus on the baby.  The father is, for the most part, left out of the argument as it's become such a "women's rights" issue.  This shouldn't be the case...I feel a future blog post coming on.  Right now, however, I want to focus on the mother.  I call her the "Unwanted Mother" because whether she knows it, wants to believe it, or even feels it, it doesn't change the fact that she's a mother.  The second the egg is fertilized within her, she becomes a mother.  

Just as the unwanted child is a person, so is the unwanted mother.  It seems obvious, but it is a fact that we tend to lose sight of as we battle abortion.  I think it is my duty as a Christian to remember and pray for and fight for the rights of the unwanted mother as well as her child.  When I say "rights" I don't mean her right to abort her child, but I mean her right to know the whole truth about the child she bears.  I mean the truth about the agony she will experience emotionally for the rest of her life because of her decision.  Truths that Planned Parenthood don't want her to know.  

Many of these unwanted mothers have already aborted their children.  I pray that I would be filled with compassion for these women.  I pray that God would give me opportunities to love on these women and offer them the hope of forgiveness and restoration that is at hand.  So many of these women have been lied to, led to believe that they aren't really mothers, just victims of unfortunate circumstances.  How heart-wrenching would the day be when they find out otherwise?  It would be an honor and a privilege to be there to comfort such a woman, to show her the love and respect that we talk about having for "every" human life.  

My ultimate prayer is that these unwanted mothers would be transformed into warriors for the cause of life. I can think of no greater outcome or victory, apart from a woman choosing life to begin with, than for an unwanted mother to come alongside another to encourage and counsel her as to the truth of her motherhood and the life of her child.

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