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The Pros and Cons of Abortion

Making a decision about abortion? How can God help?

abortion information, making a decision about abortionAs you (or a friend) reluctantly approaches all the abortion information, you are likely to come across the pros and cons of abortion. You will read about the "right to have" an abortion versus the "wrong in having" an abortion.

However, no matter what your political persuasion, it always comes down to a very intimate, personal decision that no woman makes without some degree of emotional trauma. All of the options -- abortion, or raising the baby, or allowing another family to adopt the baby -- can carry emotional pain and personal sacrifice.

What you usually don't find in any abortion information, either pro or con, is a clear statement of what God offers you in the midst of your pain and confusion.

You see, God is larger than our confined spaces and limited views. He sees situations from the vantage point of what he can do for those who will turn to him. This is God’s heart: "The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made."1

When the Bible says that God is "good to all; he has compassion on all he has made," that means he is able to be good to both, to be compassionate to both you and the baby. You may feel that you are in a trapped, polarized position. Either you can be compassionate to yourself, given all your circumstances, and have the abortion; or you can be compassionate to the baby, allowing it to be born. Yet God says he is "good to all; he has compassion on all he has made." He must have solutions we don't see. If you will look to him to provide, he is capable of meeting your needs and the baby's needs.

It is God's character to respond to those who will turn to him and obey him. "The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing."2 If you will look to God, he offers to meet your needs.

Would God really come through? Consider this: "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him."3 Fear him? It means to reverence Him. To acknowledge that he is rightfully God, and not ourselves. "He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them."

Will God really hear your prayer if you seek to follow him? Yes. "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."4

Is it hard to do what is right? Yes, often! And it might require a lot. But you are not totally on your own. If all the work, all the effort, all future for your life remained solely on your shoulders, then often doing what it right seems impossible. But God says we are not alone. We are not isolated in this world. He is so strong, so capable. "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's might hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."5

In the midst of tiring debates on the pros and cons of abortion, God is there, asking you, in the midst of your turmoil, to turn to him, that he may show his compassion on all that he has made. God wants you to know he wants to bear this with you, guide you, provide for you. Have you ever begun a relationship with God? To find out how to know God in a personal way, go here.

God often meets our needs through people who want to help. For support in your pregnancy, please check out these sites: Option Line, Heartbeat International, Birthright.

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(1) Psalms 145:8-9 (2) Psalms 145:15-16 (3) Psalms 145:18-19 (4) 1 Peter 3:12 (5) 1 Peter 5:5-7

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