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Why I am Pro-Life

By Jessica Vega

Pro-life advocates often say that the word “abortion” has lost its meaning.  Even though abortion has gotten some attention with the proposed health care reform bill, the pro-life commercial of Tim Tebow during the Super Bowl, and the recent pro-life policies that have been put into place in our state, many people do not have a true understanding of the issue of abortion.
I became aware of the devastating impact of abortion, for both the mothers and the unborn, after hearing a speaker at a church service in July 2008.  I felt God calling me to get involved in the abortion issue and, since that time, I have been presenting pro-life presentations at churches in Tucson.
One part of my message focuses on the healing that God has for those involved in abortion.  Statistics show that over 30% of Protestant women are post abortive.  Women who’ve had an abortion can be so traumatized by the decision that they’ve made that they may experience what is called “post abortion syndrome.”  This syndrome includes symptoms such as drug and alcohol abuse and flashbacks of the abortion. On top of this, women have various health risks after an abortion.  I believe that God’s desire for women is to receive His complete healing: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
When talking about the topic of abortion, I cannot leave out what is experienced by the unborn.  In America there are 3,600 abortions performed every day, and that totals to about 1.3 million every year.  An article (found on The National Right to Life website) titled “Pain of the Unborn” quoted a neurosurgeon who said that the unborn are “fully capable of experiencing pain” during an abortion procedure. A neurologist also stated that “the fetal brain has the full complement of brain cells present in adulthood, ready and waiting to receive pain signals from the body.”  I believe that the more aware we are of the excruciating pain that the unborn experience as they are being aborted, the more likely we are to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless.
How in awe of God I’ve been in while on this journey!  It is His great desire to see abortion eradicated in our city and our nation.  He wants the unborn to experience the destiny and life that He has for them, but we have to partner with Him in this battle for life.  Scripture says in Proverbs 31:8 to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.  Ensure justice for those who are perishing.” I believe it’s going to take a combined effort of the different pro-life ministries and of God’s people who will listen to the call and respond to the fight for the unborn.

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April 1, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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