On January 1, 2020, Pope Francis gave a beautiful homily on the significance of women in the world. He said, “Women are sources of life.” I don’t think this is coincidental to what is happening today, January 22, the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.
When I was in the eighth grade my Catholic School sent me and my classmates to Washington D.C. to march in the “March for Life“. I’ll admit, at the time I was probably more excited to go on a trip with my friends at the time, but everything I learned leading up to that trip will stay with me for a life time.
I believe the Pope when he says, “Women are sources of life.” Women have an incredible power to bear children. The entire process of growing a human within your body is complicated, scary, and very empowering. But it isn’t just the bearing children and giving birth that’s so empowering. It’s holding a baby, a child, in your embrace and in your heart.
Self Centered vs. Others First
The McDonalds Way
I recently watched a movie about the founder of McDonalds. It’s called Founder and whether or not the story is true, the concept of the movie leaves me in shock. I watched a story of two brothers doing everything right and well. They had values, and they trusted the world around them. These two brothers watched their hard work slip completely out of their grasp and into a self-centered man’s hand. Basically the “founder” of McDonalds stole the entire business because he wanted to do what he wanted. He wanted to be in charge of his “destiny” and he literally didn’t matter what got him to the top.
“If any of my competitors we’re drowning, I’d stick a hose in their mouth and turn on the water. It is ridiculous to call this an industry. This is not. This is rat eat rat, dog eat dog. I’ll kill ’em, and I’m going to kill ’em before they kill me. You’re talking about the American way – survival of the fittest.”
~ Ray Kroc (Founder of McDonald’s)
When I heard those words, I immediately thought of abortion. How many people in the world see a pregnancy as an obstacle getting in the way of a different life? Those who feel this way, view the baby as their competitor. In some states we are literally leaving unwanted babies who were supposed to be aborted to fend for themselves (survival of the fittest).
Putting Others First
In my opinion, the more I do for others, the better I feel about myself, and ultimately the happier I am. If you were given $5 and spent it all on yourself, how would you feel? If you were given $5 and bought something for a friend, how would you feel? There are plenty of psychological benefits to putting others’ needs ahead of your own. Make a meal for someone, let another person go ahead of you, donate to a cause, or give your child the best part of your steak, and you’ll notice a change in your body.
St. Fancis of Assissi said, “It is in giving of ourselves that we receive.” But what are we receiving? It’s joy and happiness for sure, but we’re also given that empowerment I talked of before. Having a child in your home to care for empowers parents. In my own experience, I had no idea of my own worth until I had children. I still am in awe of my capabilities as a mother of five. When I look at what I desire for my children and their futures, I see I need to be a better version of myself and there isn’t much more empowering than working on yourself to better the world and, the children, around you.
Women are a source of life… to themselves, to their families, to their friends, and to the world!
What is a Holocaust?
A Holocaust can be defined as “destruction or slaughter on a mass scale usually consumed by fire” per Webster’s Dictionary. While abortion isn’t destruction through fire, it is definitely a slaughter on a mass scale. The Jewish Holocaust is one of the most horrific events in the history of the world. We’ve all been taught about it, and we’re taught these horrible things so history doesn’t repeat itself. Yet we I believe it’s happening right now and has been ever since the landmark case of Roe v. Wade occurred.
Let me list a few parallels for you…
The Holocaust & Abortion
- Unwanted humans being killed
- Inferior and a threat to the purity of the community (or family in terms of an unwanted baby)
- Prevention of biology with hereditary disease (disabilities)
Abortion isn’t Mass Murder? Is it?
I’ll leave you to decide the answer to this question after reading this story…
There was a man named Ulrich Klopfer. He was an abortionist in the state of Indiana who kept of 2,200 “fetal remains” in his garage. He had been an abortion doctor for 40 years and had performed more than 50,000 abortions. Even more dead babies were found in a trunk of a car at a later date.
Why would someone keep those bodies? Were these trophies to prolong the fantasy of his crime? It makes me wonder how doctors, who make a living out of ending another human’s life, feel when they go home. How does that way on a person?
The China Way
For years in China it was more than frowned upon to have more than one child in a family. Parents would wish for boys so badly, that they’d leave their infant daughters to starve in the streets so they could try again. Here in American, we see that as horrific, much like the Jewish Holocaust, and yet we don’t even see how similar our mindset is to how China used to be.
Abortions were forced among women pregnant with their second child. They were dragged into abortion facilities against their will in order to enforce a law. In the U.S. women feel pressured to have abortions so they can have careers, finish college, get a fresh start, dodge the financial concern (despite the government programs), the fear of the unknown, or because the child has disabilities.
If you don’t believe the pressure is there, you’re kidding yourself. It comes from all over. Take it from me… a woman who has been asked once or twice why I want to overpopulate the world. Ask me, because a college professor showed me sympathy when I told her I was pregnant with my second child. Ask someone whose own family member told her to get on the pill so it doesn’t happen again. The pressure is there.
Some Research for You
Roe V. Wade
Do a little research on Jane Roe from the court case Roe v. Wade. Her name is actually Norma MCCorvey. Who eventually came to be a Pro-Life activist.
Late Term Abortion
Abortions performed after the 20th week of pregnancy typically require that the fetus be dismembered inside the womb so it can be removed without damaging the pregnant woman's cervix. Some gynecologists consider such methods, known as "dilation and evacuation," less than ideal because they can involve substantial blood loss and may increase the risk of lacerating the cervix, potentially undermining the woman's ability to bear children in the future. Read More at NPR
Abortions performed after 20 weeks gestation, when not done by induction of labor (which leads to fetal death due to prematurity), are most commonly performed by dilation and evacuation (D & E) procedures. These particularly gruesome surgical techniques involve crushing, dismemberment and removal of a fetal body from a woman’s uterus, mere weeks before, or even after, the fetus reaches a developmental age of potential viability outside the mother. In some cases, especially when the fetus is past the stage of viability, the abortion may involve administration of a lethal injection into the fetal heart in utero to ensure that the fetus is not pulled out alive or with the ability to survive. Read More at Charlotte Lozier Institute
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Women are a source of life
In conclusion, I want to reiterate that women are indeed a source of life, but only if we allow ourselves. Go to the website provided in the first paragraph and listen to the clip describing what the Pope said. When we treat ourselves with disrespect then others will follow suit. We must stop diminishing ourselves to becoming what others (in particularly me) desire from us. Stop trying to look like a sexual goddess and stop trying to make decisions to compete with others.
If you want to live a life worth living, it should be a difficult journey, not an easy one. It involves trusting in God and his plan for you. Aborting a child to benefit yourself for any reason, may be giving up one of God’s amazing gifts for you.