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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.
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.