When I was in nursing school in the 1970s, our class received a lecture from people in support of abortion. I was reprimanded by my instructors for inciting violent reactions by asking the questions, “how can you justify taking a life, regardless the age.” I did not apologize and I told the instructor that this was my belief and she would have to deal with it.
I don’t remember what happened afterwards, but not much. I do remember writing a paper on eugenic methods of reproduction. I sure wish I’d kept that paper. Pack rat that I am with my writings, you’d think that I would have kept the one paper that still has relevance today. I remember putting my heart and soul into the studies, and discovering some very interesting information. In 1975, NO information was available on the status of cloning at that time. Based on research into artificial insemination, which was presented to the world as a done deal, I proposed that cloning would be handled in the same manner–which in fact it was. It would be many years, and with the absolute minimum released to the public, that Dolly the sheep was presented as a clone.
But one of the issues that my paper did not consider, because it was way before my time, was multifetal pregnancy reduction–a procedure frequently used these days due to new and more advanced methods of infertility treatments. In these procedures, one or more “fetuses” is removed from the womb, to give the remaining fetus(es) a better chance of survival. One could argue that this is not really abortion, since the goal is to assure life… but a life existed and a life is taken. But what I did conclude in my paper was that since little had been done in the moral and ethical areas relating to eugenic methods of reproduction, we were leaving open a huge area that would affect people’s lives for generations to come, psychologically, physically, and ethically. I received a decent grade for my paper, with controversial remarks from different teachers debating the pros and cons of what I’d written!
I have a friend who is the survivor of an accidental multifetal reduction (it was supposed to be an abortion, but was performed at a time when the doctors could not accurately know there twins in the womb, hence my friend survived). My friend has residual memories from that traumatic event.
Today I had to refuse some work, because editing the paper would have made me a partner in disseminating information about a procedure I strongly question, the results of which are not assured, and which is the fruit of a man-made solution to an age-old problem: infertility.
As I considered my stand, I also realized, while some people may be upset with me, my job, most likely is not in danger. And then I became aware of something else: If I had taken this stand at work in America I most likely would have lost my job. So much for freedom in America where nurses and doctors are facing loss of jobs and even their careers for taking an anti-abortion stand. And as I pondered that, I realized this change in America did not happen overnight. I remember being taught ZPG (zero population growth) in grade school in the early 1960s. The brain washing was already beginning in my generation!
Where is the hope in all this?
For those of you who made a decision to reduce or abort: God’s forgiveness and grace is still there to carry you through the loss of those children.
I am 100% convinced that each aborted baby, for whatever reason, is now with God. As it is written:
Psa. 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
Gen. 25:23 And the LORD said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.”
Judg. 13:7 but he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’”
Ruth 1:11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands?
Job 31:15 Did not he who made me in the womb make him?
And did not one fashion us in the womb?
Psa. 17:14 from men by your hand, O LORD,
from men of the world whose portion is in this life.
You fill their womb with treasure;
they are satisfied with children,
and they leave their abundance to their infants.
Eccl. 11:5 ¶ As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
Is. 44:2 Thus says the LORD who made you,
who formed you from the womb and will help you:
Fear not, O Jacob my servant,
Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
Jer. 1:5 ¶ “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jer. 20:17 because he did not kill me in the womb;
so my mother would have been my grave,
and her womb forever great.
May these verses be a comfort and a hope to each of us, and a reminder that YOU are a precious gift of God for as long as He gives you life.