Being Pro-Life and Christlike-Kallie Brown

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 Today, many people who are pro-choice accuse pro-lifers of just caring about the baby. But that is simply not the case. Pro-lifers do care about the baby, and they also care about the mother and the events surrounding her pregnancy. This raises a question for the pro-life group, “How can we support the baby and the mother after she chooses not to get an abortion?” One can be pro-life and Christlike through recognizing the needs of the baby, the mother, and supporting the needs of both the baby and the mother.

One can be pro-life and Christlike by recognizing that the unborn baby is human and has human rights. First, the unborn baby is a human. The baby is distinct and different from his or her mother. They have a distinct DNA that is different from both their mother and father. God created man in His own image and formed him in the womb.Therefore, the baby is a human not just because science says so, but because God formed the baby’s life. Second, the baby is also alive. The baby is made of living cells. He or she responds to stimuli. The baby reacts to words and even music, among many other things. Luke 1: 41 says, “And it came to pass, that, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb.” The Bible proves that a baby is not just a mere organ or tissue, but rather, a living, breathing human that lives inside the mother. Third, the unborn baby also has human rights. It does not matter how one looks, all people still have the same rights to life. Some people say that because the baby does not have certain functions, they are not a person. That would mean that people with dementia, infants, toddlers, and those with mental illnesses are not persons either. While the baby does not have certain capabilities that grown humans have, it does not mean that the baby is not a person. The baby inside the mother still has the same rights to life, just as all humans do.

One can support the baby by recognizing that the baby is a human and has human rights. One can also support the mothers who choose to get or not get an abortion by encouraging her to stay strong in both her mental and physical health. But people may say that refusing the woman her “right” to abortion is wrong. The fact is, the mother’s “right” to an abortion is not based in truth. The mother does not have the right to take life away, as life is given by God. In the Declaration of Independence, the document explains that we are all given the right to life by our Creator. Yet, if amother were to get an abortion, Christians still need to respond to her with love and kindness, and support her need for Christ and her mental and physical health needs. Many mothers who choose to have an abortion become afflicted with mental health problems. Each time a woman commits an abortion, her likelihood to become afflicted with a mental health disease increases. Women who have an abortion are more likely to suffer and report depression, sadness, guilt,regret, and PTSD. The facts are incredibly clear. When a woman gets an abortion, it affects her mental health as the guilt of committing murder comes to her mind. Yet this is not the only way a woman can suffer after having an abortion. Her physical health also is harmed after having an abortion. The mother may turn to drugs and alcohol to relieve her guilt. She will also be two to six more times likely to commit suicide (Lozier). Now that the effects of what happens when a mother chooses to abort her baby are clear, we can better understand and help the mother as she struggles with guilt.

So, how can pro-lifers and Christians better see the needs and help the mother and her child? First, we need to help the mother. Most, but not all mothers who choose to get or not to get an abortion are single mothers. They needboth financial and emotional support. We can help with finances by giving to pro-life organizations, or giving the mother the means to earn money. The new mother also needs emotional support. Being a new mother and having lots of new responsibilities can weigh a person down, even if they find joy in the daily tasks. The mother may also have to work toprovide for herself and her child. For some mothers, emotional support can be talking to her or just being there for her whenever she needs help. Second, we need to help the baby. The baby’s needs are similar to the mother’s in that the baby needs financial and emotional support. The baby also needs love and care. Show both the mother and her child that you care about them. Follow the pro-life political slogan and, “love them both”.

Ultimately, when a Christian seeks to find and fulfill the needs of the mother and the child, we will be able tobetter fulfill the commandment that Christ gives us, to love others. We can recognize and stand up for the baby’s rightsto life as they are their own individual human. This enables us to come alongside the mother as she struggles with emotional and physical ailments. To pro-lifers, all life has the right to life. All life is to be protected and fought for. We need to stand strong in our beliefs and help those who need our love and support. Life is to be protected, and Christians need to be able to stand up for life and be Christlike while doing so.

Submitted by Kallie Brown