Thursday, January 24, 2008

Human life

As the anniversary of Roe v. Wade passed this week, it sent my brain reeling back to college.
One Tuesday night I was sitting in the Baptist Campus Ministries worship service when I felt an overwhelming urge to pray for a friend of mine. I thought to myself that I would do so — after the meeting. I tried to push the feeling aside but could not.
I stepped out into the entranceway trying to figure out what was going on.
I went to a room we had set aside for prayer and began to lift this friend up. I don't know how long I prayed.
I called and left a message for my friend and began to pray again.
Later, when I talked to her about that night, she shared with me a story of heartache that still deeply influences me today.
When she was in high school she got involved sexually with a fellow classmate. She conceived a child and had an abortion. For years (it had probably been about four years) afterwards, that decision created an emotional roller coaster for her. It influenced her self esteem, her relationship with others.
I don't know where this woman is now, but I still pray for her. Having an abortion is not as easy as the doctors and clinics make it out to be. They don't warn of the lasting effects on a person.
Please pray for more awareness about what happens during and after an abortion.
Please also check out these other blogs about sanctity of human life:
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