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YOUR BABY: LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION

Aren't they precious. They deserve the chance to live the life God gave them the moment they were conceived. After all, life begins at conception, as the dictionary defines conception as, "the entity formed by the unity of the male sperm and female ovum. An embryo." 

What if your unborn baby turns out to be the next President or the person who invents a cure for cancer. What if your child ends up saving your life one day. What about the great little person you have the blessing of getting to know, who will become one of your dearest friends. 

PROOF OF LIFE

Theologically speaking, the Bible sees abortion as the "shedding of innocent blood." In the Old Testament, God gave the Israelites laws to live by and one of them read:

"If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him (a fine); and he shall pay as the judges determine." Exodus 21:22

Those were laws handed down by God. He considers an unborn baby a human being. God does not approve of abortion.

Here are a few verses from Christian Answers that support this as well:

http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-abortioninthebible.html

1. Job graphically described the way God created him before he was born (Job 10:8-12). The person in the womb was not something that might become Job, but someone who was Job, just a younger version of the same man. To Isaiah, God says, "This is what the Lord says - he who made you, who formed you in the womb" (Isaiah 44:2). What each person is, not merely what he might become, was present in his mother's womb.

2. Psalm 139:13-16 paints a graphic picture of the intimate involvement of God with a preborn person. God created David's "inmost being," not at birth, but before birth. David says to his Creator, "You knit me together in my mother's womb."

3. Jacob was given prominence over his twin Esau "though not yet born" (Romans 9:11). When Rebekah was pregnant with Jacob and Esau, Scriptures says, "The babies jostled each other within her" (Genesis 25:22). The unborn are regarded as "babies" in the full sense of the term. God tells Jeremiah, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you" (Jeremiah 1:5). He could not know Jeremiah in his mother's womb unless Jeremiah, the person, was present in his mother's womb. The Creator is involved in an intimate knowing relationship not only with born people, but with unborn people.

4. In Luke 1:41,44 there are references to the unborn John the Baptist, who was at the end of his second trimester in the womb. The word, translated baby, in these verses is the Greek word brephos. It is the same word used for the already born baby Jesus (Luke 2:12, 16) and for the babies brought to Jesus to receive His blessing (Luke 18:15-17). It is also the same word used in Acts 7:19 for the newborn babies killed by Pharaoh. To the writers of the New Testament, like the Old, whether born or unborn, a baby is simply a baby. It appears that the preborn John the Baptist responded to the presence of the preborn Jesus in His mother Mary when Jesus was probably no more than ten days beyond His conception (Luke 1:41).

5. Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13).

As these points illustrate, God values an unborn baby and counts it as a human life. As the Bible text illustrates, God knew each of these people while they were still in their mothers' wombs.

He told Jeremiah, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." Think about that. Can you imagine God telling you that before you were born, he knew who you were. That' so amazing.

Therefore, when a child is aborted, it is a human being that God already assigned a life to that is being aborted. If you've had an abortion, know that God can forgive you if you ask.

From the just wondering file - The Bible verse in Exodus 21:22 says "Fruit of her womb" ...do you think that's where they got the brand name "Fruit of the loom" from (Hey, it rhymes.) Never mind, I was just asking.

Another interesting fact: sonograms have shown babies walking in the womb as young as 12 weeks.

ROE V. WADE

The woman behind Roe Vs. Wade, Norma McCorvey, is now a Christian and has lobbied to change that decision.

Here is an excerpt from gospelcom.net:

"The woman known as Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey, now a Christian and a pro-life advocate) has acknowledged that she perjured herself in her testimony. She also says she was lied to by her counsel. Supreme Court memos show that pro-abortion Supreme Court justices, knowing they had no precedent, plotted to "finesse" the issue." The ruling flew in face of scientific evidence which increasingly shows that a baby in the womb is very human. With modern technology, infants have survived at younger and younger ages if expelled early."

http://www.gospelcom.net/chi/DAILYF/2001/01/daily-01-22-2001.shtml

MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL TRAUMAS OF ABORTION

Post Abortion Syndrome  - is a real condition that affects many women who have had abortions. It leads to feelings of depression and hopelessness. Some women even feel suicidal (suicide is never the answer). There have been books authored by medical professionals on the devastating effect it has on women - one in particular was written by a nurse who used to work at an abortion clinic and now suffers from emotional problems as a result.

Many women who have abortions become very depressed, suicidal and are plagued with dreams about the child they aborted. Many women express regret over the decision they made to have an abortion. It's a very common story women tell after going through such an experience.

SIDE EFFECTS - STATISTICS

Physical Risks:

Breast Cancer:

The risk of breast cancer almost doubles after one abortion, and rises even further with two or more abortions.

Cervical, Ovarian, and Liver Cancer:

Women with one abortion face a 2.3 relative risk of cervial cancer, compared to non-aborted women.

Placenta Previa:

Abortion increases the risk of placenta previa in later pregnancies (a life threatening condition for both the mother and her wanted pregnancy.)  

Immediate Complications:

Approximately 10 percent of women undergoing elective abortion will suffer immediate complications of which approximately one-fifth (2 percent) are considered life threatening.

*Side effects statistics excerpt from www.family.org/pregnancy/articles/a0030193.cfm

TEEN PREGNANCY

Birth Rates-United States

13% of all US births are to teens(NCHS,2002)

Birth rates in the US are twice that of the United Kingdom, four times higher than France and Germany and 10 times greater than Japan and the Netherlands. (Women's Health Gynecology Edition, October 2001 P.299-304)

Live birth rates for Blacks and Hispanics are 3 times that of Whites

2,739 American Teens get pregnant every day.

Percentage of teen births outside of marriage has increased since 1955 to 78% in mid 90s

One in ten high school girls becomes pregnant ("Kaiser Family Foundation"; Florida Today 11/19/03)

You tell me, "Is Safe Sex Safe"? - James W. Stands MD (silver ring thing)

Sometimes teens engage in premarital sex and it leads to teen pregnancy. If you take risks by consenting to unfair requests, you are playing with your life and your future. No one's worth that. But at that age, you don't think about the moral implications and consequences even though you know you could get pregnant.

We are all responsible for our choices. We need to stop babying teenagers and adults with the it's-someone-else's-fault-I'm-in-this-situation excuse.

No doubt there are times when it will be someone else's fault - in cases like rape, or someone getting drunk, getting into a car and causing an accident that adversely affects your life through no fault of your own, but many times there are bad decisions people make that negatively affect them. Life is full of choices and consequences, also known as reaping what you sow.

Recently, I read about two young singers who got pregnant and according to press articles lied about the circumstances of the pregnancies (unwed mothers) to protect their image. I read a few people's comments and found them very disappointing. When a girl gets pregnant under those circumstances the last thing she needs is people condemning her.

Something else I would like people to bare in mind. Just because you made a choice that brought forth consequences you feel you aren't equipped to deal with, doesn't mean your life is ruined. You can recover from bad choices. No one should condemn you. God doesn't condemn you, therefore no one else should either. God extends his forgiveness and mercy if you ask and change your ways - and if you turn to Him, restoration.

Focus on getting your life back on track and not the people who would choose to condemn you, rather than offer you hope, the hope that God provides, to be emotional healed and restored.

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING HAVING AN ABORTION

In closing, I would like to implore you not to consider abortion as an option for your situation. The circumstances surrounding your pregnancy may not be what you would consider ideal, but you have a human life growing in you. A life God assigned to another human being who deserves the chance to live. God bless you.

IF YOU'VE HAD AN ABORTION

There are consequences that are associated with abortion such as physical, mental and emotional side effects, however, if you've had an abortion, God can forgive you if you ask Him, no matter how bad you think you are or how bad you feel regarding that choice. People often equate forgiveness with a feeling, but the Bible says that even if our hearts condemn us, there is hope in God. (1 Corinthians 4: 3 &4 - "So if we be believers, even if our heart condemns us of sin in general, yet having the one sign of sonship, love, we may still assure our hearts."). God bless you.


The "Roe" of Roe v. Wade

Excerpts Prepared by Dr. Neil Chadwick

"Roe v. Wade" has been a hot topic of debate ever since the Supreme Court rendered the 1973 decision which legalized abortion. Amazing as it may seem, "Jane Roe", the plaintiff in this land mark case, subsequently renounced her former pro-abortion stance after becoming a Christian. Here are three clips referring to that story.

Who is "Jane Roe"?

by Douglas S. Wood, CNN Interactive (1998)

Anonymous no more, Norma McCorvey no longer supports abortion rights Norma McCorvey is "Jane Roe," the pseudonym she assumed to remain anonymous as the lead plaintiff in the case that legalized abortion in the United States.

Once an abortion-rights supporter, the 50-year-old McCorvey has switched sides: She's now a vocal anti-abortion activist. She has started a ministry called Roe No More to fight against abortion rights with the aim of creating a mobile counseling center for pregnant women in Dallas.

She began her association with one of the United States' most contentious and volatile sociopolitical issues in 1970, when she became the lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit filed to challenge the strict anti-abortion laws in Texas. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which handed down its controversial ruling on January 22, 1973. The decision legalized the right to an abortion in all 50 states and sparked a political debate that remains charged to this day. 

However, McCorvey, who was 21 when the case was filed and was on her third pregnancy, never had an abortion and gave birth to a girl, who was given up for adoption. McCorvey went public with her identity in the 1980s and wrote a book about her life titled "I Am Roe: My Life, Roe v. Wade, and Freedom of Choice."

In the book, McCorvey, a ninth-grade dropout, describes a tough life, explaining that she suffered physical and emotional abuse as a child, spent some time in reform school in Gainesville, Texas, and was raped as a teen-ager. She was later beaten by a husband whom she married at age 16. She also tells of her alcohol and drug abuse, and experiences with lovers of both sexes.

Her first child, Melissa, was raised by her mother; her second child was raised by the father, and the couple agreed that McCorvey would never contact her. She drifted through a series of dead-end jobs, including work as a bartender and a carnival barker. Once she went public with her story, she worked in several clinics where abortions were performed and did some public speaking, garnering publicity and a little bit of celebrity. But in 1995, it all changed.

McCorvey was working at a Dallas women's clinic when the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue moved its offices next door. Initially, McCorvey hurled insults at the protesters. The Rev. Phillip Benham, Operation Rescue's national director, described her as being "super hard-core" in her support of abortion rights. "She couldn't stand us. She hated us."

But then she and Benham struck up a relationship across the protest lines, when she would go outside to smoke. Benham, an evangelical preacher, began discussing Christianity with McCorvey. She became friendly with some of Operation Rescue's office staff, and then she accepted an invitation from the daughter of the group's office manager to attend church. That night, she converted to Christianity.

She was baptized by Benham on August 8, 1995, in a swimming pool at a Dallas home. The baptism was filmed for national television. Anti-abortion activists immediately heralded her conversion. McCorvey publicly committed her life to "serving the Lord and helping women save babies." She took a job at Operation Rescue as a computer operator and was welcomed into the anti- abortion fold.

Abortion-rights advocates were not so happy about the change of heart by the woman who symbolized a woman's right to have an abortion. Sarah Weddington, the attorney who along with Linda Coffee represented the plaintiffs, now says she would have picked a different plaintiff, who might have better represented the case.

Coffee said she and Weddington met McCorvey via another attorney who specialized in adoptions. Coffee doesn't remember McCorvey having any hesitancy about wanting an abortion. "She didn't appear to be equivocal," she said. "At the time, she preferred a safe and legal abortion."

McCorvey had made one trip to an illegal abortion clinic in Dallas that had been shut down. But now, McCorvey says she wouldn't have had an abortion, anyway, because she was too far along in her pregnancy. "I can honestly say no, I wouldn't have," she said. Advocates of banning abortion point to McCorvey as a symbol of hope.

"Norma's conversion gave us hope that the pro-life movement can and will be successful," said the Rev. Robert Schenck, general secretary of the National Clergy Council, a multidenominational group of conservative ministers.

For more reading on abortion go to http://www.webedelic.com/church/roevwadet.htm where the following article is taken from:

 

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