Being Pro Life, Really
Talking this morning with a friend about what really being pro-life looks like. As many smart people have noted, it warrants a conversation far broader than "how to make sure babies aren't intentionally killed before they are born." I'm fully on board with that goal, but we run the risk of gross hypocrisy when we stop there.
It seems to me that if we're against the quick fix (abortion), we need to be fully invested in the long, difficult solutions. The face-to-face, in the trenches ones.
For babies, that means supporting in utero health. Providing comprehensive maternal care, including mental health services and help for addiction. Many of us who parent children exposed in utero to drugs and alcohol will tell you that keeping these babies alive to be able to be born is just the beginning.
For moms, that means sitting across from moms who didn't plan to be, affirming their worth and asking in every way we can how we can help. We can't both demonize the mom who chooses abortion and the mom who doesn't. Shame and judgment have no place here - they certainly never did for Jesus, and they accomplish the opposite. We stomp our feet and declare "NOT THAT SOLUTION" but offer nothing but cute pics of babies and, if we're really trying, votes.
And for kiddos who made it to birth but whose families can't safely care for them (for a time or forever), that means signing up, showing up, offering our best. There are over 100,000 kids ready to be adopted at this moment in the US (which is close to free in most states), and over 400,000 kids in foster care. They made it to birth. Now what?
It's time, y'all. Channel that sorrow, frustration, anger, and desperation into action.
What's the plan to restore the babies, and the moms, and the children, and the families, and the people God loves? WE ARE. You, and me, with our imperfections and limitations and fears and opinions and political stances. There is no easy fix. There is something better - the opportunity to love each other with our very lives.
Want to know more about how to help? Let me know.