On February 18th, 2010, the FBI and detectives from
the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
raided the Women’s Medical Society,
a clinic in West Philadelphia.
What they found was unthinkable…
SEE THIS LINK TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES COLUMN DATED 4/5/13:
↓ – MY TAKE ON IT
A Step in the WRONG direction and it saddens me… (I am a very passionate Pro-Lifer and it is NOT my intention to judge anyone for past choices, so I do not care to open this up for debate. Instead, I am simply sharing my opinion with my friends on FB- most of you know me well enough to understand my intent)
** A quote from this article states, “… the morning-after pill should be available to females of all ages, on the shelf at any convenience store, just like aspirin or condoms,” said plaintiff Annie Tummino, coordinator for the National Women’s Liberation group. “Women and girls should have the absolute right to control our bodies without having to ask a doctor or a pharmacist for permission.” **
This is the remark that popped into my head upon reading that quote (I must admit a bit “heated”): “Maybe, if they practice more “control of their bodies,” they wouldn’t have to use that pill. I guess, if the government thinks it necessary to ENABLE our pre-teens and teens to get sucked into society’s views of “sex” today, then why don’t we just stick the pills in a PEZ dispenser and hand them out in the lunch room in elementary schools and give them all a good talkin’ to…like –“HEY! Lookie here… do whatever you like, as early as you like, and whenever you like… because YOU WILL NEVER have to pay the consequences! There’s a magic pill out there that will fix all your problems after having pre-marital sex!”
Ok– so, after my snarky initial reaction passed, I am mindful of the impact that such a small step might have on our teens. I believe that enabling our teens with regard to contraception, to me, is the same as sanctioning pre-marital sex as a valid practice. Whether it is handing out condoms at prom, or making the morning after pill available for kids who are looking for a Band-Aid for their bad choices from the night before at the local 7-11 store – I feel they are open invitations to rely on things as an easy out, instead of understanding temptation and doing the right thing.
There is a true call to Holiness in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 (NIV) – which says– “3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;”
I struggle every day in my own walk with Christ on a VERY personal level. I HOPE that through a LIFETIME of Christian teaching and God using me to lead my children, I will be able to explain to them how to handle themselves when the pressures of the world are coming crashing down upon them, instead of following a false notion that no matter what their actions- there is always an easy fix.
I pray that each of you will become convicted to also spend time teaching your children the importance of honoring their own bodies and not making hasty decisions that will change their futures forever or possibly hinder the life of an innocent unborn child.
Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) – “13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW:
When you don’t understand something, of course it is harder to make an informed decision. I would like to outline some sound information for you below that you may use or give to someone who may be thinking of having an abortion. I never understood the entire process of an abortion, and always thought… well it must just be some “magical” pill that allows a woman to forget she was ever pregnant. That is not the case.
According the Planned Parenthood website, they offer several types of abortions. Depending on how far a woman is in her gestation, they may end a pregnancy a number of different ways. Planned Parenthood classified them on their website to include “The Abortion Pill,” and “In-clinic Abortions.” I will go into more detail in my next blog about In-clinic Abortions (which will be VERY eye-opening), but for now I would like to give you some information on “the pill.”
The Abortion Pill (another term for the medication- Mifepristone) is a pill, which can be taken all the way up to 63 days (9 weeks) after a woman’s last period. By 9 weeks your baby is starting to look less like a lima bean and more like a person. Nerves are forming to be capable of sending messages to the brain. Little fingers and toes have formed, and it is possible to hear that little heartbeat on a monitor. After 9 weeks pregnancy, a woman might be referred to the process of having an in-clinic abortion. The medication abortion is a two-step process and some women do not realize they must visit the abortion clinic twice to receive the necessary medications to remove the baby from their body.
This abortion pill blocks any action of progesterone from sustaining a pregnancy. Progesterone is necessary to a woman’s body in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. If you were to take such a pill, the uterus would change/break down, the cervix softens and opens, and the baby is detached from the mother internally. The abortion pill is then combined with a medication called Misoprostol (at your second visit). This medication takes the baby and the other uterine contents and “dumps” them. Heavy cramps and heavy bleeding combine with large blood clots and large “globs” of tissue may be difficult to expel. What most women do not realize is that this process may take up to days or weeks to stop the bleeding. Many women also experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, fever, dizziness, or other side effects.
As mentioned above, the “pill” abortion is available up to 9 weeks into your pregnancy. At 9 weeks pregnant, your baby looks like THIS:
That sweet child inside isn’t expecting to be flushed away and disposed of. This little baby is warm, comfortable, and trusting it’s mother to keep it safe and is utterly innocent. A mother’s body is naturally responsible for supporting her child and enduring whatever she must to keep her child safe and secure. Please think twice before ever going against that natural instinct to protect and love your child, no matter the circumstances. If that means giving birth and placing your child up for adoption, where he or she might find a loving family to care for them, then please do it!