On Sunday, December 13, Planned Parenthood tweeted a quote and link to an article entitled “Life in a Magical Land Where Abortions and Birth Control are Free and Plentiful. Here’s the tweet:
My first thought when I read this tweet was, “so, what happened to safe, legal, and rare?”. Speaking of the abortion part, of course.
Over the summer, videos displaying questionable ethics on the part of Planned Parenthood started to be released. For the next several months, there were many times that I almost took to my keyboard to write on the subject.
But I decided not to.
Truth be told, in reading that post, I’m not sure anyone would understand that abortion was actually a fairly big point of contention in the beginning of my pregnancy.
But I wasn’t comfortable going too in depth. For a couple of reasons.
Though, most people are pretty passionate about abortion and abortion rights (on either side), I still realize that it is a delicate subject.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be passionate about our beliefs, but I want to be very careful about those involved. Particularly, the women and men that have chosen abortion in the past. I would never want to place any form of shame or judgment on anyone.
So, why am I writing on the subject now?
And over a tweet, no less.
I’m not sure that I can fully answer why it is that I feel a need to write a post regarding something Planned Parenthood has said or done. Perhaps it’s because in the past I would have written out of anger and irritation. And, most likely, the people that I wouldn’t want to feel shamed or judged (I know many personally) would have felt exactly that.
But now, I feel sad.
Do we really live in a world where people want abortion to be “plentiful”?
I realize now that all of the Planned Parenthood controversy that has been going on isn’t about really about abortion or women’s rights. It’s not even about the sanctity of life.
It’s about the devaluing of children.
It’s about our lack of understanding that children are gifts – they are a blessing not a curse.
What if, instead, we imagined a magical land where new life (even in difficult circumstances) is celebrated? Where people who decided they want a van load of kids aren’t frowned upon. Where a woman or girl facing an unplanned pregnancy is empowered to do the “impossible” instead of given a way out because she’s “not ready”. Where expectant parents who feel there is no other choice are rallied behind and given a support system. A place where children are cherished as they should be.
Imagine life in a magical land where a child is seen and treated as a precious commodity rather than an inconvenience, the end of our dreams & freedom or a financial burden.
This place exists.
It exists in my heart. It exists in my family. It exists in my life.
Perhaps it exists in you.
If so, I encourage you to be a voice for children. And by that I don’t mean get your picket signs ready. I mean, do something in your world to raise the value of children in the eyes of someone else. Do something to help and encourage a struggling parent or a scared mom-to-be.
Let’s celebrate parenthood for the privilege that it is.