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Letter to the editor: Abortion takes a life

To the editor:

"Life, for me, is what happens in the everyday world." So said a letter to the editor dated November 10, 2018. The writer went on to explain his view; that "life does not begin when a sperm fertilizes an egg, that abortion is not the taking of a human life."

I beg to differ.

If abortion is not the taking of a human life, why is it considered murder if a pregnant woman is killed? Why is it ok for a woman to procure an abortion, but should she give birth naturally, then kill the newborn, it becomes murder?

I fear that we are sliding down a slippery slope.

No one is saying that, should a woman find herself pregnant, that she must raise that child. There are wonderful adoption programs available that can help those who wish to adopt a baby that one can turn to. To give that baby a chance at life, who knows? He or she may grow up to find that cure for an incurable disease, become a world leader, or may grow up to be the one who only seeks to better the world.

I am all for women choosing "life." Am I some religious nut who will protest in front of an abortion clinic? No. I feel that, for me, it's a waste of time to do that, time that can be better spent living out the Gospel life set before us by Jesus Christ. Living out this Gospel life means we "love others as much as we love ourselves, and love God as much as we love our neighbor." To deny another life, even when it is the merest whisper of life within the womb, means we have taken Jesus' words and rejected them.

How is it that scientists rejoice when life may be discovered on Mars, yet a baby is nothing more than a choice that can be kept or tossed at any moment? I fully understand the agony that exists when realizing this unintended situation, but having options that are fully thought out erases that sense of fear.

Almost three years ago, a friend of mine told me she was 14 weeks pregnant, too far along, in her opinion, to have an abortion. I listened without judgment, but I also prayed for her and her unborn baby. I told her that I would help her in any way to make her world safe for this new life. I made sure to choose my words carefully, to promote in subtle ways, that this was not the "oh my God, I can't DO this!" test of life for her, but rather, something that would prove wonderful.

She had left a bad situation with a significant other, and on the rebound, had taken up with someone she wasn't sure of yet, thus....this new life within her. "Baby steps," I told her a few weeks later. "Just take it one day at a time. There, but for the grace of God, go I."

"Grace?" she asked.

"Yes, grace. By grace, you are healed. It says so in the Bible."

"Grace," she replied with a look of wonder. "If it is a girl, I think I shall name her Grace."

Grace is now almost two years old. I get photos of this adorable little girl with the feisty personality all the time. Her mother is so enamored with this child! Grace with a kitten! Grace in the pumpkin patch! Grace now getting ready for her second Christmas!

Ah, Christmas! Yet another time when a young, unwed woman found herself unexpectedly pregnant and unsure of what the future would hold for her as well, yet knowing that God would see her through. She too, gave birth to a wonderful child. His legacy still lives on to this day.

Diane Baum,