After a long silence, hello again. Below, I shared a portion of a webinar from Heartbeat International.
In a fascinating new webinar sponsored by Heartbeat International and the Charlotte Lozier Institute, CLI adjunct scholar Dr. Elizabeth Johnson gave a fascinating presentation on induced abortion and the subsequent risk of pre-term birth. In her talk, Dr. Johnson describes the serious public health concerns associated with pre-term birth and discusses the growing body of research on the topic as it relates to both clinical practice and a woman’s informed consent.
Pre-term birth is one of the most significant challenges facing the field of obstetrics and a serious public health issue. Pre-term birth is associated with substantial problems for families including significant infant mortality and morbidity, parental stressors, and financial burdens.
In the past few years, an ever-increasing number of studies have demonstrated that elective abortions in the first and second trimester are associated with an increased risk of subsequent spontaneous pre-term birth. A 2012 study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynacology, which looked at 26 years of birth data, showed that a single induced abortion increased a woman’s risk of having a premature baby by 37%.
I want to remind everyone, life is sacred. I care as much about the women who abort as the babies killed. When the lives of our children are ended by abortion, their mothers risk physical and emotional damage as well. This is scientific and psychological fact. Not something you have to believe just because it’s written in my or someone else’s post.
I’m a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, and because of that, all my posts and concerns about abortion are directed towards our Creator’s thoughts according to scripture, and God’s great love for us. I cannot and will not separate my beliefs from Father God.
He designed each of us with a specific purpose which includes being born and living at a specific time, “for such a time as this”. Esther 4:14 “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (ESV)
In the bible’s book of Esther, we read about an evil plan to destroy the Jews by a man named Haman. Haman held great authority in King Xerxes’ court and by lying to the king about the Jewish people, Haman convinced him to destroy the Jews. The king agreed to Haman’s plan, not knowing his beautiful queen Esther was a Jew. Esther had kept her Jewish heritage a secret from her husband.
In the verse above, Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, reminded queen Esther that she needed to serve God, before man. Esther decreed three days of fasting and prayer for all the Jewish people, herself, and her handmaidens.
Read the book of Esther. She stood strong for her countrymen, putting God first, above her own life.
We were all born “for such a time as this”. Everyone has a part to do in preserving life. Don’t let the lies of misinformed or purposely evil-intentioned people prevail in convincing you otherwise. Seek the truth. Ask God to reveal His truth about our lives. He’ll answer you.
I was reminded to stand strong for life after re-reading a three-year old email from a family member who basically wrote me out of her life when I began to speak out about abortion in this blog. I shed some fresh tears as I read it again, but in the end, the only effect it had was to remind me I did the right thing writing about the terrible truth of abortion for the mothers and the babies.
I hope this post causes you to think about life, all life, yours included.
You were born for such a time as this . . .