1) You can save a little life.
I heard this story last week. Because of a pregnant couple’s circumstances, the father of the child was considering abortion. Their life story is complicated, like most stories of this type are. Another couple (the ones telling me the story) stepped in and helped them see the simple reality of a baby and a family. A baby was born a few months ago. Nobody is regretting that ‘decision.’ On the contrary, joy would be an appropriate descriptor! I thought them courageous; they thought it was a happy responsibility to love the baby and the mom and the dad this way.
2) You can prepare a couple to stand firm.
A young couple we know learned recently they are having a child. They live outside the United States, in a place where abortion is even more common than it is here.
Women who refuse to do certain tests, or who hold the position that they will not abort even if the baby has a problem, often receive harsh criticism and pressure from doctors and nurses.
These young people don’t fear the results of the tests or the pressure from medical professionals because they know who their God is. As the Lord wills and only as the Lord wills, their baby will join us in a few months.
Yes, laws need to change. Yes, medical professionals should be oriented toward serving the most vulnerable rather than destroying them.
But right now any one of us could be called to save a little life, either by saying true things about God and children to a pregnant couple, or by preparing the next generation to stand firm. Let’s do it.
He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.