Trusting God after Abortion

Praise God for this PostSecret – an anonymous secret sent to a website.

Abortion is a very big ordeal to go through as a woman. Obviously, I could never imagine what it’s like being a man and all. I also don’t agree with it in the majority of cases, but having said that, I would never want to judge women who have had one.

Women who are driven to aborting an unborn child often feel as if they have no other choice, due to various reasons. The strain of that must be horrendous. And I can understand why some women think that Abortion is a viable choice to end their misery and pain during a difficult time or situation.

And for this women who sent in her PostSecret, I thank God that she has come to that place where she can trust Him in the future to direct her.

I also pray for healing on that woman too; healing for the hurt she must have experienced and the aftermath of it all.

Some stats on abortion:

· One in three women in the UK have an abortion in their lifetime.

· Around 180,000 abortions a year take place in England. About 10,000 are on women from other parts of the world including Ireland, where it is illegal. 10,000 are performed in Scotland.

· Women between 20- and 24-years-old are the largest users of abortion services.

· Since being legalised under the 1967 Abortion Act, on average around one fifth of all pregnancies in the UK have ended in abortion.

· World-wide, around one quarter of pregnancies end in abortion – nearly half are illegal.

· 70,000 women world-wide die each year from back-street abortions.

· Almost 90% of abortions take place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

· Contrary to the hype, late abortions are rare. Only 1.6% of abortions in the UK happen after 20 weeks – and they need compelling reasons.

· 76% of adults in the UK are pro-choice.

· The NHS is not required by law to perform abortions.

· In England nearly a quarter of women pay for their abortions because NHS services are restricted.

· Abortion on request is the general rule in most European countries and in the US but not in the UK where the permission of two doctors is required.

(Source: The Guardian)

Some Christian Key Points to Consider (By Christian Institute)

  • Many women who have abortions later deeply regret doing so and some experience psychological problems. For many the decision to have an abortion is made under pressure and with little time for careful thought. Those who pressurise women in this way are morally responsible.
  • Adoption is a positive alternative to abortion.
  • There is no legal right to abortion on demand, though in practice many doctors permit abortions on this basis.
  • Social abortions are not permitted after 24 weeks. Parliament reduced this from 28 weeks in 1990 because it was accepted that a foetus could survive outside the womb at 24 weeks. But the age of ‘viability’ has now fallen to around 22 weeks.
  • Hadley Arkes, Professor of Jurisprudence at Amherst College, USA, has written on the ethics of abortion: “…if the proposition were put to us explicitly, as a matter of principle, we would not consider for a moment that people may have a licence to kill those who stand in the way of their education or the advancement of their careers.”
  • Professor Arkes has pointed out that strictly speaking from the point of view of an American Court “…the right to an abortion would be taken to mean the right to a dead fetus, not merely the removal of the child from the womb. After all, the prospect of giving a child up for adoption has always been present…”

The ethics that are here are very complicated, and I don’t wish to go into arguments for and against abortion. What I am highlighting in this post, however, is that it is possible to receive reconciliation and healing from abortion. And in terms of the Christian Church, we need to be ready to minister to these women who may feel broken, isolated, depressed and guilty.

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about