This past week we saw three news items that caused us to ponder the sometimes painful realities of a child growing in the womb.
One sad story came from an already-established, albeit fledgling, Hollywood movie actress who disclosed, through tears during a television interview, that she recently had a miscarriage.
Lindsay Lohan, famous for her run-ins with the law and her many stints in addiction rehab programs, is only 27 years old, but because of her early success and excess in Hollywood, she is often the target of ridicule and abuse by critics and the American public.
Lohan’s miscarriage has obviously been a painful experience for her. But perhaps through this suffering she can find ways to reconcile her life through the loss of her child. Even a baby so tiny has a role to play in God’s plan.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic we learned about 23-year-old Josie Cunningham—an aspiring young actress who has not had a miscarriage, but who plans to abort her child in order to pursue her dreams of fame and fortune. According to Cunningham:
I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now. . . . An abortion will further my career. This time next year I won’t have a baby. Instead, I’ll be famous, driving a bright pink Range Rover and buying a big house. Nothing will get in my way.
These callous words come straight from the mouth of a woman who has delusions of becoming the next big star on a British reality television show—delusions that prompt her to believe that murdering her baby is an acceptable thing to do. She got it into her head that, if she remained pregnant, she would remain an unknown nobody with nothing to show for it but a baby.
Because Cunningham went public with her plans, the show’s producers dropped her like a hot potato to avert any potential controversy, thereby thwarting this young woman’s plans for fame and fortune after all.
Lastly, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton announced her pregnancy; or rather Hillary Clinton used the announcement as a political PR opportunity.
In response to this, New York Post columnist Kyle Smith wrote a scathing piece which, as far as I can tell, was the first-ever opinion slam on a preborn baby by anyone in the press industry.
In terrific satirical fashion, Smith basically foretold the future of this child in Chelsea Clinton’s womb IF she follows in her grandparents’ and parents’ footsteps. I hope Chelsea Clinton can actually benefit by this backhanded, yet clever, advice.
How interesting that, on one end of the world, we see a woman who has the fame and money but who laments the loss of her baby, while on the other end, we see a woman willing to kill her own child for that fame and fortune the first woman already has. And we see yet another child who may become a pawn in a political game.
This is what our culture has created. We value things and status over human beings. It is this attitude that teaches us that we must continue to fight to change this culture of death.
In conclusion, we have the tale of three mothers and their three children. Two are still in the safety of their mother’s wombs, while the third is praying for his or her mother in heaven. Let us pray for them all.*
Rey Flores is the director of outreach for American Life League and can be contacted at RFlores@all.org.
*As of yesterday, reports state that Josie Cunningham has postponed the abortion. Please continue to pray that she will see the value of the life growing inside of her.