By Shelby Parker
As she sat on the cold, crinkled paper, all she heard was: “Ma’am, your baby has a chromosome disorder called Trisomy 13 and will not live long enough to be born alive.” As my mom sat pondering what to do, she looked at my dad with tears filling her eyes. In that moment, she knew God wanted her to carry this baby to term. As my parents struggled with the fact that they may lose their baby boy, they knew they were following God’s word. Because they believed God to be in control of all, they were gifted with Samuel Isaac Parker on June 13, 1998. The Lord gifts those who trust in Him. My parents held tight to their precious gift of heaven. My brother Samuel passed away one month after his birth on July 13. If you talked to my mom today, she would tell you she would not trade that one month for anything. Although the world portrays abortions as the right way to deal with a problem, God shows that many people are harmed by this choice. Saint John Paul II wrote: “The new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are unconditionally pro-life, who will proclaim, celebrate, and serve the gospel of life in every situation.”
A young woman with the choice to abort a baby that God gifted her faces the ultimate decision of whether or not she will trust in God’s sovereignty. According to God’s word, all of life is sacred; babies are lives created by God regardless of the circumstances surrounding their conception. Although cultural norms support and even applaud a woman’s right to an abortion, God’s word clearly states in Psalm 139:13-14 that He creates our inmost beings as He knits life together in a mother’s womb. Therefore, a woman who chooses to abort a child either does not know the truths of God’s word or does not accept His word as the foundation for her life. Either way, God views abortion as sin; however, every sin is the same in His eyes. The consequences may vary, but God views all sin as bad, yet forgives the disobedient. As a student I am unconditionally pro-life because I choose to base my belief system on the authority of God’s word instead of cultural mandates. Sex out of marriage and the abortion of a baby are the same to God, but the consequences one has to live with are very different. In the moment, a girl might believe abortion is the right way to hide her mistake, but the long-term effect will be much worse. The abortion of a baby has horrible effects on a woman, for this act can lead to depression, drugs, alcohol abuse, and many more things that are harmful to a young woman. God says in Psalm 127:3: “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” No matter how the baby was conceived, God says that that child is a gift and to kill that gift is a crime unto God’s will.
Abortion will only cause doubt and harm to the young woman who has killed one of God’s little lambs. Exodus 20:13 is a well-known verse: “You shall not murder.” I stand on the truth that I am to proclaim that any life is worth saving, but I believe people have twisted the meaning of Exodus 20:13 that murder is only killing a person without right. This verse applies to every aspect of life, even a preborn child of God, and God still has a plan for the small baby in the womb. When the whole world is against the belief of being pro-life, standing firm on the belief of saving every baby becomes harder and harder. But as high school students we have the power of proclaiming this to the generations to follow so that we do not live out the same lies of the generations ahead of us.
Everyone is created in the image of God to be a disciple for the Lord, but some people divert from this path. The baby inside the mother’s womb is created by God; therefore, He has a plan laid out for that child. In Jeremiah 1:4-5 God states: “Now the Word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’” The Lord is a good God and will not lead you astray. So, when a young girl conceives a child, He already has a plan for the baby and the mother. Growing up as a little lamb of God, I desire to serve Him in everything that I do.
Abortion is not what God wants for anyone. Some women want an abortion because they do not think they are mature enough or they do not know how to raise a baby alone. But in my mom’s situation, the doctor asked if she wanted an abortion due to an issue of the baby’s health. No matter the circumstances, I believe every woman should birth the baby God gifted her. Although many Christians claim to be pro-life, many who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy are tempted to follow the world’s mandate rather than God’s word. This is why it is important to base our belief system on God’s word so that we have His truth to guide us in times of crisis in order to be unconditionally pro-life.
Shelby Parker won an honorable mention in Category 2 of CLSP and IEW's Pro-Life Essay Contest.