I've had this post ready for some time, but as the time neared I found I was having difficulty actually posting it. I had nerves, jitters, second guesses, the whole shot.
Why? Well, for several reasons, all of which revealed some fairly revolting character defects. Let's look at it....
Firstly... I like to be liked! I just do! I admit it. I can obsess morbidly over criticism for days, if not weeks. Posting about a controversial topic is a great way to get criticism and/or personal attacks... and I found myself shrinking away from it.
Secondly... I have more to lose than I did last year when I posted on this subject! I love blogging, and I now have (*gasp*) a few blog followers! How many are going to click "unsubscribe me now!" after reading a pro-life entry? (The fact that I would even consider that factor disgusts me even as I write!)
What can I say? Apparently my character needs some work. A friend of mine this past week told me how much courage it took for her to post something controversial on Facebook, knowing how it might be received. I need the same kind of courage to post about things I believe in. And, after all, as one author wrote (I don't remember who, and this is a paraphrase) - "If nobody hates you, maybe you aren't speaking enough truth." I should probably take that to heart.
And so, without further ado, here is my contribution for National Abortion Provider's Day.
As always, civil, thoughtful and kind comments/questions are always welcome. Comments that are rude, spiteful or hateful will be deleted immediately without response.
A young life
Ending in violence
A baby dying horribly
For our convenience
Whose life is unwanted – and thus disposable –
Because her conception
Was not perfectly planned
A baby with birth defects
“Sorry, baby – We only wanted you
If you were healthy and normal.
We’ll try again for a better baby later.”
A baby with fatal anomalies
Dying - not at peace in its mother’s arms
Hearing a whispered “We love you, sweetie; go with God.” -
But an end of coldness, fear, and pain
And a careless disposal of its precious tiny body
In a hospital’s biowaste trashcan
The biggest abuse
Against the world’s women
And their little ones
The greatest tragedy mankind has ever wrought