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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Heavy Heart

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I've really tried hard to stay away from the subject, but those of you that have been reading my blog and that read about my stance on abortion, especially during the presidential campaigns, know that I have to be true to myself. I have to be honest. I can't sit back without voicing my opinion, contradictory or not. You know me. I'm totally terrible at being "politically correct".

January 22, 2009 will be the 36th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the court's legalization of abortions in our country. As I am true to my word, I expect (and sadly know - unless our Lord intervenes with a miracle) that President-elect Obama will also be true to his, "The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing I’d do."

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is set to be signed, if Congress passes it, on January 21-22 of 2009. It's almost like a slap in the face. A celebration of sorts for the passing of Roe vs. Wade. We spend millions of dollars protecting animals, trees and the environment in our country, yet our most prized treasures, our children, are the least protected. There's something terribly wrong with that picture.

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I can't don't believe that the American people are enlightened to the drastic repercussions this act being passed will bring to them. Some, but not all, include:

1) Partial birth abortions (an abortion performed in the THIRD trimester of pregnancy!) would be legal and have no limitations.

2) Parental notification will no longer be required.

3) The number of abortions could increase by as much as 100,000 annually.

4) All hospitals and healthcare facilities, including Christian hospitals would be required to perform abortions upon request, if this Federal law is in effect. (Some U.S. Bishops have indicated they would consider closing down Catholic hospitals rather than perform abortions - more than 30% of all hospitals in the United States are Catholic.)

5) Abortions programs nationwide would compel taxpayer funding of abortions. Therefore, it will be YOU and I would be footing the bill to kill these babies. (The thought of that makes me sick to my stomach.)

We know that a child before birth can be operated on, can be tested, can cry, suck his or her thumb. The only difference between a child before birth and after birth is essentially spatial. Did you become a person just because you left the womb? No. You were a person in the womb. Geographical location does not make a person.

Father Brian Bransfield, USCCB Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis, wrote: "At the moment of conception, when the egg and sperm unite, an amazing thing happens. The genetic donation of the father and that of the mother meet. In that meeting, the father donates 23 chromosomes and the mother donates 23 chromosomes, and their union results in an absolutely new, never before seen, human being. The new embryo has a unique DNA structure. He or she is neither part of the father nor of the mother. The egg was previously a part of the mother’s body; the sperm was previously a part of the father’s body. But no more. A new human being has emerged, a vulnerable and unique self-directing self that never before was. It needs nothing but nutrition and a safe place to grow."

Is that not like the toddler or child you have running around your house? Doesn't he or she just need nutrition and a safe place to grow in order to survive?

I know there's not much I can do as one person. But at the risk of being redundant, I can continue to voice what God has so strongly put in my heart. Again, as I've reminded readers over and over, His words clear as a bell state, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." - Jeremiah. 1:5

We can't give up hope. Christ died on the cross so that we could have hope. These are His babies that are dying in this genocide. We are His body on earth. When we feel weak, remember to stand firm on His words, "Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:10 Don't allow a "controversial topic" silence you. God's word is the truth and the truth is that He and only He creates life and that life should be protected at all costs from the time of conception to natural death.

When you start questioning, "what can I do?" Ask Him to show you. Ask Him to open those doors. You'll be amazed at what you can do through His grace. "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." - Philippians. 4:13 Together, each of us can respond to God’s call with that same spirit as Samuel: “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”

In closing, I just want to share something that just came to mind. While we were having our Family Fun Night Friday night and we sat watching Horton Hears A Who, at the end of the movie when Horton was being caged up. They had taken the dust-speck that was so precious to him containing the tiny people in "Who-ville". In his agony and through tears, Horton yelled out, "A person's a person no matter how small". I had never seen the movie before, and that made my heart race and my eyes filled with tears. Yes, Horton! A person's a person no matter how small! What a wonderful lesson for my children to have learned that night!


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16 comments :

Sassy Pants Freckle Face said...

WOW! That is pretty hard to swallow~ I feel the same way you do,.esp Obama anyway, off to sign

Terynn said...

We have also noticed that the Horton movie (and book) reminds us of the fight to end abortion. I think the line, "A person's a person, no matter how small" rings true in that manner for those who follow Christ. Keep it before us, Ohilda, especially if you know you are called. It will help us all keep it before the Lord's throne. Bless you, warriorgirl!

Sherri said...

Oh my. I have a pit in my stomach.

What is God going to do with us? I can't believe that our daughters will be able to get abortions without our consent, yet we have to physically go to their schools to give them Tylenol when they need it.

unreal

sherri

Tami said...

My heart is so heavy over this.....will go over and sign right after writting this.

Very well said, Ohilda.

Tami

day by day said...

This has also been heavy on my heart, Ohilda. I just signed the petition and will help spread the word.

Darcy said...

What a fallen world in which we live. Thank you for being such a bright light for Jesus Ohilda. Miss talking with you. Too many busy kids. Happy Chinese New Year.
Darcy Brynley's Mama

sara said...

I could not say it any better than you Ohilda! Can I have your permission to copy this entire post over to my blog? I don't want to just link it.

Let me know!!

thanks for being true to what God has placed in your heart!!

He And Me + 3 said...

I am so disraught over this...I can't even imagine how it is breaking God's heart. Thank you for posting this.

Amy said...

I've said it before, O... That you don't shy away from the tough (controversial) topics and state your heart is one of the things I love and admire so much about you. Keep on being true to Him by following your heart.

Much Love and Big Hugs,
Ame

sara said...

ohilda, when I take the button and put it on my side bar, it shows up HUGE. how do I make it smaller? sarawbowyerATmsnDOTcom

Jewels of My Heart said...

I am sitting hear trying to find the words...
they simply won't come... Thank you for refusing to bow down to the god of political correctness... Thank you for sharing the truth... for finding the words to express what is in so many of our hearts. Thank you for standing in the gap for the precious babies...
and thank you for including the Word of God in your post. I admit, sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by the darkness in this world... Thank You my Sister in Christ Jesus for speaking the Word of God. May we hold fast to His promises... may we hold fast to Jesus.
God bless the children...

a corgi said...

as soon as I leave this comment,I'll go over and sign it; I totally agree 100% with what you said; it saddens me with what will happen next week when our president-elect becomes our president; my only consolation is these precious babies do go straight to the Lord

I live in California; our recent election there was a measure on the ballot that parents would have to be notified if their under 18 year old daughters would be having an abortion; the measure failed; 52% to 48% if I remember correctly; it was the second (or perhaps third time)they had tried to get it on the ballot for parents to be notified. I can't believe why people would vote against parents being notified on such a traumatic event like this. I got called when my kids were under 18 to give them an aspirin at school but they can go and get an abortion without permission/notification. something is wrong with that.

keep speaking up; I'm right there with you

betty

Charlliesweb said...

I passed a church the other day and loved their sign, it said: You were Pro-Life on your birthday, what changed your mind?

Smilingsal said...

I put the button on my sidebar and signed the petition.

Anonymous said...

I am not in favor of abortion, even though I have been through it. I suffer every day because of it. If you have never been faced with the reality of a prognosis from an ultrasound tech "incompatible with life", you are told. Another word you had never heard before, "anecephaly". Your baby will die, either before birth or shortly after. Please do not judge - you have no right even if you have been through a horrible prognosis after loving your baby for 4 months. I had a right to decide if my two little boys would have to watch their brother die. My husband and I had the right to decide if we wanted to risk having a 3rd c-section. I will be honest there wasn't enough information,the doctors basically tell you "this is what is best..." and your head and heart are so heavy you can not even function properly. My heart has been broken, my faith scarred; but this was the beginning of our journey to bring our daughter home from China. I know God lead us to her and I will be forever grateful. I will also forever be changed - for my baby boy mattered and I wish there was some way to honor him.

Mom To Six said...

Dear Anonymous,

I just wanted to write back and thank you for your comment and your candidness. I feel the pain in your words and I wanted you to know that you are in no way being judged.

I will pray that the Lord fill your heart with peace in knowing that your sweet boy is whole now in Jesus' arms. May God continue to bless you on your journey to your daughter.

Feel free to email me privately if you wish.

Blessings,

Ohilda

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