January is National Right to Life Month.
If you have read much of my blog or have known me for longer than 24 hours you most likely are well aware that one of my passions is LIFE! I believe that all human life is a precious gift from God to be more highly valued than riches, possessions, personal pleasure or pursuits. I believe that every human being has the “right” to life – no matter their size, their level of development, their environment or their degree of dependency.
Do you believe that?
* Size – Are bigger people more human or more valuable than smaller people? Is a baby born at full term weighing 7lb 11 oz more human than the one born in the room next door at 26 weeks gestation weighing 1lb 6oz? For my dear friend who delivered her baby at 15 weeks and held in the palm of her hand a tiny yet perfectly formed little baby boy and saw his perfect little hands, toes, eye brows and tiny little finger nails- she can tell you that her tiny baby was valuable and human.
Level of Development– Certainly we do not want to live in an elitist society that says only people with a certain level of development are human and valuable? Are you at a higher development level – physically, emotionally and mentally – now than when you were 5 or 15 or even 25 for that matter. I certainly am. And as I age, I realize that in many ways my development will actually start deteriorating (especially in the physical arena) – does that mean I am less valuable or human? Level of Development does not make a life valuable. No matter what our level of development, no matter what our disabilities, we have the right to life.
Environment – Does where we live determine our right to life or our value as a human being? I have lived –
- under my parents 14 “roofs” (in seven different cities, in four states)
- in a dorm room at UOP
- in two different apartments and a rental home
- in my own home (well ok, really the banks home)
….and in my mothers womb! I have been a valuable human being with the right to life in each and everyone of those places. Why would anyone suggest that an 8 inch trip down the birth canal somehow makes you human?
Degree of Dependency – Dependency is irrelevant to value in human beings. My 21 month old precious baby boy (I refuse to call him a toddler yet) is completely dependant on others to sustain his life. My 19 year old amazing daughter is completely dependant on insulin to stay alive. Someday I just might be completely dependant on my children due to the loss of my health or ability to work t0 provide for my needs – will that make me not valuable or have the right to life? In many ways we are all dependant on someone or something to sustain our life. And for those of us who have others depending on us to sustain their lives….are we not morally and ethically responsible to provide that need?
Bottom Line – Why is it ok to end the life of a baby before they are born?
My passion for life is not something I just talk about – it is something I have actively lived out by –
- praying, praying & praying
- sharing my passion for the unborn with young people for the past 25 years
- teaching & training those same young people to defend the rights of the unborn
- having the privilege of being able to “rescue” a teenager literally right from out of an abortionists hands (her beautiful daughter is now 20 years old & living a wonderful life!)
- being arrested & going to jail for peaceful civil disobedience while protesting abortion (no signs, no words,no threats)
- being personally open to every life the Lord wants to bless us with – at any age, under any circumstances, at any time
- being willing to adopt any baby (no, not just a “perfect” baby) that a mother is unable to raise for whatever reason (really! If you know of someone with a “unwanted” pregnancy we would love to raise their baby in our loving home)
- having an “open home” policy for anyone in a crisis pregnancy (or any other crisis for that matter)
- donating baby clothes, diapers and money to the Pregnancy Help Center in Stockton
- participating in fund raisers for Pregnancy Crisis Centers
- teaching, training, influencing and inspiring my own seven children to be actively pro-life
- and this past Saturday our entire family participated for the first time (but not the last!) in the Walk for Life in San Francisco with over 30,000 others who are taking a stand for the right to life for the unborn.
These type of events help to solidify your and your children’s convictions in every way – from the inspirational speakers, the testimonies from women who regret their abortions, the warm, wonderful & diverse fellowship with fellow walkers and even listening to the angry protesters rhetoric ignites passion & purpose.
My eldest daughter, Michelle, participated in the March for Life in Washington DC two days prior to our event (and I have to say I am one proud Mommy – she has been passed the baton & is running with it!)
She got to hear incredible “right on” speakers like Pastor Luke Robinson –
If you too believe in the right to life for the unborn, I would ask you today….what are you doing to “talk the talk” AND “walk the walk”? Together we can – stop the killing of innocent life.
* The SLED acronym was learned from Scott Klusendorf one of the best defenders of life in our country!(www.prolifetraining.com)