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We are a 'Christian' nation. And, we are killing our unborn. We need to unite to stop this.

What strategies should we take?

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Being a former fetus myself, I am strongly opposed to abortion. Everything happens for a reason. If God brings someone into this kind of situation there is a plan and a reason. There are so many alternatives to this cruel, barbaric procedure. Many people have not been blessed with children and long to be a parent, whereas others take it for granted and terminate the pregnancy. When you are young your parents teach you to stand up for people smaller than yourself and to speak up for those that don't have a voice. These unborn children have no voice, who is going to speak up for them? I think part of the problem is that when women find themselves in situations like this they believe this is there only alternative. There needs to be a campaign to make adoption more readily available to pregnant mothers. Adoption is the better choice but most new mother-to-be's are scared and don't know how to put their baby up for adoption so they opt for abortion. I think if information about adoption was as easy to obtain as information about abortion there would be a drastic swing in the number of abortion in the country. 21% of women have abortions because they do not want to be a parent right now ( www.pregnantpause.org). That does not mean that they do not want the baby to live, they just are not ready to take care of it right now.
I think the best strategies are to a) not support people or groups who think abortion is ok, and b) educate youth on pregnancy and what it really means to be a parent. Why not bring a real baby into the classroom and have the students take care of it?!

I saw a video on YouTube awhile ago about partial birth abortion, and it's something I can't forget it's so horrible. In my mind, there is no difference between abortion and murder. An unborn baby is still a human being, and thus has the same rights as any other human being. If we don't stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves, what have we come to?

I can understand the minds of mothers who get abortions, but what about all those women who can't get pregnant who would love to adopt a baby? There are other options out there, it's just that abortion seems like the easy way out to people that find themselves in that situation.

Also, I'm sure that for people that have had abortions, it is a very emotional experience that they have to live with for the rest of their lives. Before someone has an abortion, I think they should have to, or be encouraged to, attend mandatory therapy to prep them for the emotional aspect of having an abortion.
Tiffany mentions that when young we are taught to stick up for those smaller than ourselves. I wonder what would happen if we taught young women that the fetus is a child much smaller than themselves. Often these gals are frightened and thinking of themselves. Some are so young that a baby seems almost abstract until it is born and in their arms. They make the choice that seems best at the time. Wonder what would happen if they realized that they needed to be thinking of someone else?
We also need to get the church involved. I have been surprised that there are people who attend Christian churches who are pro choice. I am also surprised when i people respond that abortion isn't there ministry...many of the same people who will not stand for life by prayer groups - writing letters/phone calls are now raising a their voices quite loudly over the economy. I digress we need to get the church united in taking a stand for life -I believe then we can influence our community and government. I also am praying for Crises Pregnancy Center in my community. I believe that as other members of the body of Christ join me then we could move forward in seeing this become a reality. Of course none of this can be done without God. I believe we need to corporately repent of the sin of abortion in our nation. And for that to happen we need the Holy Spirit to speak to all our hearts and minds on this issue. I have heard others try to lead the body in corporate fasting and repentance but somehow I still don't see that happen. Many are quoting 11 Chronicles 7:14 - many are crying out for repentance...not sure what is going on...
The other thing is that keeping up on all that is going on concerning abortion is quite difficult to keep up on-
FOCA, then FOCA piecemeal, Mexico, the UN, partial birth, Born Alive(infanticide), embryonic stem cell, parental notification, abortion legislation stating that abortion do not have to be performed by a dr,..
The enemy will try to wear us down and while I believe that we need to keep active writing letters and phone calls to our reps.
I agree with what has been posted already...we need to get personal -support and encourage adoption- support and encourage those parents who make the decision to keep the baby but need financial and emotional help...help the parents so that they continue their education(or training so the can find employment that is sufficient to meet basic needs for raising a child)-support for basic needs -
For those who have had an abortion we need to let them know that Jesus forgives all who call upon His name.
We need to welcome them into the body of Christ just as we would anyone else...for we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. I want the government to stop legislating abortion but I believe that the church to be the ones to reach out and support those who are struggling with pregnancy. I believe that the Church has let the government do what the church has been called to do for too long. We need to be caring for the poor, the orphan and the widow. The church needs to seek the Lord and inquire why so many Christians are pro choice...I include those who say they are pro life but it is a woman's right to choose..well then you are pro choice...I believe that judgment begins in the house of the Lord...
I believe to make people aware of what actually goes on during a post-partial abortion. WE need to explain to people every where the total procedures in the death of innocent babies. People are also misinformed about what happens to the baby parts once they have been murdered..They are sold..I have a few articals proving this fact and if the public is made aware in much detail, I think that in the majority vote, we can put a stop to this innocent bloodshed of dear Children, and then to pray. Everyone come together and have certain days held just to pray to end Abortions all over the USA. Have announcemments, TV ads, Public awareness of like for three days All Christians alike to band together, maybe a major march in Washington and storm the gates of the Whitehouse and the gates of hell, to let our voices be heard and to stop the devil who is behind this satanic evil act....
Now here is where I stand on this issue, I am 26 and have three children, my wife is 25 we were young when our oldest was born. Abortion was never a topic we discussed.
So as for age I think that is an excuse.

Now, I have shared my view on this with many forum members which is I please hold the stones. I am not Pro Choice, however I am Anti-Judge. I feel as a man that I have no right to tell any woman (other then my wife) that what she feels is wrong. Now I do feel that it is WRONG!

I think the main reason abortion is becoming more "cultural acceptable" is because too many people see a single mother with 2 children and make a comment like " my tax money is taking care of those kids" That is a problem as well for another thread.(this happens WAY WAY too much in tioga county) Instead of looking and saying wow she is doing a good job .
The second biggest reason is GUYS!! Yes I said it, guys are ready to play but then will run away when they hear those three words! This alone can lead to woman making quick and irrational decisions.
I am starting a new discussion for the post above.

Here it is... http://kingdominsight.ning.com/forum/topics/is-it-wrong-to-tell-som...

Mike M said:
Now here is where I stand on this issue, I am 26 and have three children, my wife is 25 we were young when our oldest was born. Abortion was never a topic we discussed.
So as for age I think that is an excuse.

Now, I have shared my view on this with many forum members which is I please hold the stones. I am not Pro Choice, however I am Anti-Judge. I feel as a man that I have no right to tell any woman (other then my wife) that what she feels is wrong. Now I do feel that it is WRONG!

I think the main reason abortion is becoming more "cultural acceptable" is because too many people see a single mother with 2 children and make a comment like " my tax money is taking care of those kids" That is a problem as well for another thread.(this happens WAY WAY too much in tioga county) Instead of looking and saying wow she is doing a good job .
The second biggest reason is GUYS!! Yes I said it, guys are ready to play but then will run away when they hear those three words! This alone can lead to woman making quick and irrational decisions.
"What strategies should we take? "
I will be bold here and say it is not enough to tell others that abortion is wrong. It is not enough to insure laws protect the unborn. It is not enough to educate and council teens or expectant mothers. It is NOT ENOUGH.

As the Body of Christ, what are we doing AFTER we do these things? How are we intending to CARE FOR THESE CHILDREN whose lives we (rightfully) deem as worthy of protecting?

Challenges facing domestic orphans in the U.S.
• • 65% of foster children have 1 or more siblings
• • Only 30% of siblings live together in foster care
• • Foster children often bounce between 2 to 6 homes per year
• • Each year 20,000 domestic orphans “age out” of the U.S. foster care system at 18

3+ years after “aging out” in the U.S.
• • Up to 60% have experienced homelessness
• • 40+% of U.S. prison population spent time in foster care(estimate)
Adoption in the U.S.
• More than one-third of Americans have seriously considered adopting, but no more than 2% have actually adopted.
• Only 4 percent of families with children (1.7 million households) contain adopted children.
• 118,000 U.S. children were waiting to be adopted in September 2004. (72,000 had been waiting for 2+ years)
• On average, children waiting for adoption have been in foster care for 43.8 months, almost four years.

Staggering isn't it?

It's time for us to put our money/time/prayers where our mouth is. We must mobilize the Body of Christ on behalf of orphans. Especially since we DO believe every child is born with a purpose that has been ordained by God. Especially since they cannot care for themselves. Especially because we are CALLED by Christ to do his work on earth.

Do you sponsor a child? Give time or money to an orphan organization or home? Foster children? Adopt orphans?

If you are pro-life and do not do any of these things, I challenge you today to get envolved. Everyone can do something and through Christ, we can do all things.

Please pray not only for the unborn, but for the un-wanted. Step out, make a difference. Show Christ to the world by caring for these children, the world is certainly watching us.

There are so many organizations (Domestic and International) out there supporting this type of ministry as well as many churches who support specific ministries in their area. If you want more info, please PM me and I will be happy to provide resources.
Mo said:
"What strategies should we take? "
I will be bold here and say it is not enough to tell others that abortion is wrong. It is not enough to insure laws protect the unborn. It is not enough to educate and council teens or expectant mothers. It is NOT ENOUGH.

As the Body of Christ, what are we doing AFTER we do these things? How are we intending to CARE FOR THESE CHILDREN whose lives we (rightfully) deem as worthy of protecting?

Challenges facing domestic orphans in the U.S.
• • 65% of foster children have 1 or more siblings
• • Only 30% of siblings live together in foster care
• • Foster children often bounce between 2 to 6 homes per year
• • Each year 20,000 domestic orphans “age out” of the U.S. foster care system at 18

3+ years after “aging out” in the U.S.
• • Up to 60% have experienced homelessness
• • 40+% of U.S. prison population spent time in foster care(estimate)
Adoption in the U.S.
• More than one-third of Americans have seriously considered adopting, but no more than 2% have actually adopted.
• Only 4 percent of families with children (1.7 million households) contain adopted children.
• 118,000 U.S. children were waiting to be adopted in September 2004. (72,000 had been waiting for 2+ years)
• On average, children waiting for adoption have been in foster care for 43.8 months, almost four years.

Staggering isn't it?

It's time for us to put our money/time/prayers where our mouth is. We must mobilize the Body of Christ on behalf of orphans. Especially since we DO believe every child is born with a purpose that has been ordained by God. Especially since they cannot care for themselves. Especially because we are CALLED by Christ to do his work on earth.

Do you sponsor a child? Give time or money to an orphan organization or home? Foster children? Adopt orphans?

If you are pro-life and do not do any of these things, I challenge you today to get envolved. Everyone can do something and through Christ, we can do all things.

Please pray not only for the unborn, but for the un-wanted. Step out, make a difference. Show Christ to the world by caring for these children, the world is certainly watching us.

There are so many organizations (Domestic and International) out there supporting this type of ministry as well as many churches who support specific ministries in their area. If you want more info, please PM me and I will be happy to provide resources.

Mo!
What a great response. You are so right. I am hoping through our regional effort to gain renewed strength -- that the body in our region can tackle some of these things!!!! Thanks for sharing!
Without actually going back and reading the opinion of the SCOTUS, I think it's safe to say the following.
In the 5 to 4 decision (I believe that's correct), it was concluded that a woman has a/the right to choose what she feels is best for her.
Believe it or not, I agree.
What I DO NOT agree with, is the courts negligence to declare that a womans "rights" do not trump the rights of another's right to life, liberty, and pursuit have happiness.
To me, therein lies the problem.
I'm of the opinion that if we could get the courts to rule that the "reach" of a persons rights do not extend to the point of denying or comprimising the rights of others; ending abortions would be well within the realm of becoming a reality.
Howard Sherman said:
Without actually going back and reading the opinion of the SCOTUS, I think it's safe to say the following.
In the 5 to 4 decision (I believe that's correct), it was concluded that a woman has a/the right to choose what she feels is best for her.
Believe it or not, I agree.
What I DO NOT agree with, is the courts negligence to declare that a womans "rights" do not trump the rights of another's right to life, liberty, and pursuit have happiness.
To me, therein lies the problem.
I'm of the opinion that if we could get the courts to rule that the "reach" of a persons rights do not extend to the point of denying or comprimising the rights of others; ending abortions would be well within the realm of becoming a reality.

Howard,
You are so right. Yes, we all have rights. Where those rights become a problem is when they over take the rights of others. Now, on days like today -- I just sit back and think about this. How is it that in America, where people are so concerned for 'life' -- like the life of a tree or an endangered insect -- that we can allow such disregard for the lives of our babies. At times, it seems almost unreal that women go in every day and end the lives of their babies. Legally. It is so brutal. And, again, it is legal. Unreal.
Simple....strategy is 'active prayer'. Not just prayer without action....if we know someone, we pray but we also cover them with God's love in action. 'Active prayer' changes things, and moves mountains. Even the mountain called abortion.

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