Being Pro-Life 50 Years After Roe

I wish I could share the personal stories shared with me over the last months since the Dobbs decision on June 24, 2022. They are stories of procedures involving non-viable pregnancies and abortion-like procedures involving human tissue that is not technically fetal material. What’s true is that if a pregnancy is not viable or if a procedure needs to be done involving other non-viable tissue, a woman can indeed have a legal procedure that removes those tissues. What’s also true is that – depending on the state – the courts would have to be involved before the procedure is cleared and some doctors won’t even try to get clearance.

But I can’t tell those stories. They are not my stories.

Here is a story that I can share because a writer named Nicole Walker already shared it. If you read it and think, “It’s extremely rare for this kind of thing to happen – a preteen assault victim who finds herself pregnant,” for example – please know that I have known dozens of women who have disclosed similar experiences to me as their pastor. I’ve been contacted by mothers and grandmothers who have asked for help for their daughters and granddaughters.

On this 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I mourn the loss of choices for women like Nicole Walker for whom “abortion at 11 wasn’t a choice; it was her life.

We still live in a world that doesn’t value women as independent, beloved, precious children of God. God has given us agency but some seek to take that agency from us. And yes, we humans sometimes (often?) make poor decisions. And also God is gracious and God loves even the shamed and blamed among us.

What does it mean to be Pro-Life today? We need to read scripture through that lens. And we need to pray for divine guidance. And we need to remember that everyone reading this loves someone who has had an abortion. And we need to remember that loving the unborn more than the born is not okay.

PS This.

Image is an Associated Press photo from 2005.

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