We’ve been lied to

Ok, so I spent a little time in research to find out whether or not legalizing abortions has kept women safer. Because, while I do not like the option of abortion, I do agree with several commentators on my Facebook page that people will get them regardless of whether they are legal or not. And I don’t want women unduly harmed.

Basically, I learned that it is true that a lower percentage of women die from abortions now. At least, that seems to be the case. It is difficult to track because now that abortion is legal, it is no longer listed as a cause of death on a woman’s death certificate, like it was when abortion was illegal.

However, because there are so many more women getting abortions now that it is legal, the percent of the population of women in the US dying from abortions is higher than it was before abortion was legal.

Also there is no difference in the amount of complications caused by abortion before or after legalization because 90% of abortions before legalization were performed by medical professionals. The “Back Alley Abortion” term comes from the fact that women entered the medical facility from the alley, to keep their identity secret.

So, legalizing abortion has not made abortion safer for women.

Like several other friends wrote on my Facebook page, we need to work together as women to support each other to keep each other from getting into situations that would lead to an abortion.

This is not about shaming anyone who has had an abortion. This is about working together to find health and healing for all women. Let’s not be lied to any longer!

Not healthy

I am truly tired of women’s health being equated to access to abortions. That is not women’s health. It is a quick fix to true women’s health problems such as abusive men, mental illness, drug abuse, lack of discipline to name a few.

Abortion just destroys “evidence” of the true problem and creates several new women’s health problems: possible physical complications from the abortion, depression, other PTSD-like symptoms, and so on.

Here is a link that compiles research on the psychological effects of abortion on women.)

I so appreciate that so many want to protect women. But allowing abortion is not protecting women – it is a lie that perpetuates harm against them. It makes it easier for men to prey on them, it makes it easier for women themselves to justify destructive behavior and it leaves emotional scars that we don’t seem willing to acknowledge.

True health is a lot harder and will take a lot more effort on all of our parts. Dealing with the “evidence” of unhealthy choices will also be more taxing. But isn’t that what we want our nation to be known for? Taking on the tough problems in the most compassionate, life-giving way possible, no matter the cost?

That’s what has made me proud to live here in the USA. I am guessing that is true of you, as well.

Cheat Codes

While listening to my son go on about how he had watched a video on how to conquer a particular level of his game, the thought came to me:

God gives us the cheat codes. For Life.

“Call upon me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

Oh, and then there is always the Bible!

For a dear friend who is struggling

I ran across this new song by Jasmine Murray on several of the Christian radio stations in our area. I wasn’t able to find a video to share, but here are the lyrics:

Fearless

I wake up

I feel it

Those fears are back again

Can’t shake them

Can’t make them

Ever fade

Ever end

Am I good enough

Do I measure up

Feels like a war I can’t win

But I wasn’t given the spirit of fear

I was given the power of love

Everything I’ve been fighting against

I’m gonna lift it up

I wanna be fearless

No holding back

No backing down

Fearless

Because I believe You’re with me now

Bring on the unknown

Lead me and I’ll go

Come set me free

God, I want to be

Fearless (I want to be)

Fearless (I want to be)

These mountains

These giants

Will fall at a single word

In Your name

In Your strength

I’m more than a conqueror

I won’t be afraid

I won’t be afraid

I’ll call on Your name

I’ll walk out in faith

Publishing: Fair Trade Global Songs/Jasmine Murray Publishing/Be Inspiring (BMI) (admin. by Music Services, Inc.); Meaux Jeaux Music / Da Bears Da Bears Da Bears Music (SESAC) (admin. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com)

Writer(s): Jasmine Murray; Jeff Pardo

Be fearless!