You are not alone!

Published 9:48 am Thursday, April 28, 2016

To the Editor:

I am saddened by a particular method of death: abortion. I don’t want to think about the fact that in my future it is highly possible that a child in my lineage will never see the light of day because of the choice my child, grandchild, or great grandchild will make concerning abortion.

I can only really imagine the cause behind the tough decisions made to have abortions. I cannot deny the fear a girl or boy may have in looking at their present and being fearful of what their decision of physical intimacy will look like to their future, to their parents, to their friends, and to the general world. How confusing, hurt, desperate, and hopeless a girl may feel after being raped and finding out the child she is carrying is the result of a horror taking place and/or has taken place in her life that she wishes she could simply forget. There are so many perspective emotions and angles that people can look at when it comes to the decision to have an abortion.

However, I challenge anyone reading this to think of the perspective of the child whose life literally gets ripped apart. What words and emotions would you say to your embryonic self?

Would you argue for your mother’s right to choose ending yours? Would you support the notion that your conception has a totally different origin than, shall we say, a Bald Eagle whose sacred symbolism means that killing our national bird would constitute fines amounting to $250,000 and even imprisonment.

With abortion cost being anywhere from $300­$1000 depending on location, I would say your life, our life, is not worth much. So you say it is the right of a woman to choose to abort the life inside of her, where is the choice of the child? So a fetus is not a human; Then what are you? Oh, so it’s not the fault of the girl if she got raped. Does that mean the life in her IS at fault?

So many questions can be pondered and arguments ensued in the face of abortion. My thoughts are, in regards to anything, where am I gauging my sense of morality? Who is right? Who is wrong? How do you know? My morality, my sense of right and wrong, spawns from the one I call Abba, Father, who tells me to love Him and love others. No theory can argue the foundational basis of love.

God is love. What would love do? What would UNCONDITIONAL love do? Not the love portrayed in fairy tales or on the latest episode real housewives of wherever. God is love and abortion simply is not love. It’s just not. Search the Word of God. Look in the scriptures yourself; look with OPEN eyes, not the eyes that has been shaped by the mainstream culture. Search because undoubtedly there is in everyone and imparted longing for the One that IS LOVE UNCONDITIONAL.

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, considering abortion, or have had an abortion, please consider visiting the Pregnancy Care Center of Ahoskie located at 217 W. Church Street (252-862-4777). You are not alone. At the PCCOA, there are advocates waiting to assist you, support you, and be your guide to resources you may need.

Amber Smith