One can hardly speak of sex without relating it to life. "And God said to them, be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth", Genesis 1:28.
Life is God's Choice-So It Must Be Ours as Well!
►1 out of every 66 deaths in the WORLD is an American abortion.
►1 out of every 4 deaths in America is an American Abortion.
►Half of the deaths in the world are from abortions.
►Abortion is the leading cause of death in the world. It kills as many people as ALL of the other causes of death combined.
►We have lost more Americans through abortions (64 times more) than we did in all of our wars (12 wars) combined.
Did You Know?
At 18-24 days, the baby's heart begins to beat? At 6 weeks brain waves begin & the baby moves & responds to touch? At 8 weeks the baby can suck his/her thumb & can feel pain? And at 2 1/2 months the baby's body is completely formed, even fingerprints? Sex between unmarried couples is as common-place as going to the grocery store. "Living together," is now accepted as "the norm". There are even some churches who do not teach or man-date any accountability by its members in such matters. This is totally contrary to the Word of God.
That being said, many unplanned pregnancies result from these circumstances and others. Unfor-tunately and sadly, the legal approval of abortion has given a seemingly easy way out. Abortion is often a first thought, rather than an extreme last resort (not that it should ever be a considertion). End the pregnancy, the inconvenience, the finan-cial burden, the wrong time in my life, the I'm too old, my boyfriend doesn't really love me or he won't want a baby, the baby has or may have a severe health defect, etc. etc. etc.-the list goes on and on.
"There are two ways to live your life; one is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein 1879-1955
Abortions are had by christians as well as the secular world. Eighty percent (80%) of women who have had abortions are sorry they made that choice. For men and women struggling with life after an abortion you may find help at: http://www.abortionchangesyou.com/
Yet, it is not truly a choice. Life is a gift from God-His choice to create each of us. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future," Jeremiah 29:11
For anyone considering abortion or who may even be scheduled for one, please watch video FIRST!
I apologize-The old link I had perpetuated the idea that the morning-after pill is good or okay. It is neither, and can also be a possible form of "abortion", as well. More than one site promoting this, actually refers to destruction of the "embryo". A fertilized egg is already the beginning of the "miracle of human life". To better understand truth about this drug, click onto the following link:
Pregnancy Centers Bethany Christian Services - Over 70 U.S. locations to help with medical care, legal aid, or even a place to live during your pregnancy. www.bethany.org Confidential counseling 24hrs a day/7days a week, 1-800-BETHANY
Birthright - Caring, non-judgemental support for girls & women distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. www.birthright.org Pregnancy Hotline 1-800-550-4900 (same # to locate Birthright office)
Carenet - Has 600 centers across the U.S. & Canada, free pregnancy tests, counseling, post abortion support and other help for men and women facing pregnancy related issues. www.care-net.org
Toll free Helpline 1-800-395-HELP (1-3800-395-4357) Business Line 1-703-478-5661
Heartbeat International - an interdenominational Christian association of life-affirming pregnancy resource centrs, medical clinics, maternity homes, and non-profi adoption agencies. They have over 760 affiliates in 48 states, Canada and 22 countries overseas. www.heartbeatinternational.org
Worldwide Directory: Lists approximately 4800 organizations and agencies providing services to individuals and families needing help due to an un- planned pregnancy or needing support following an abortion (including crisis/resource centers, adoption agencies, maternity homes & profes- sional services. 1-888-550-7577
National Life Center - Provides compassionate, non-judgemental counseling to thousands of mothers facing pregnancy & has helped save half a million babies. No call is more important than the one YOU make. Every girl or woman who calls is treated with respect, dignity, and kindness. Complete confidentiality and services are free. www.nationallifecenter.com
National Hotline Counseling 1-800-848-LOVE
The Nurturing Network - A volunteer network in 50 states and 25 nations, enabling women to know that resources are available for her to continue her pregnancy, enabling the mother to save the life of her unborn child without sacrificing her own hopes and dreams. www.nurturingnetwork.org
Phone 1-800-TNN-4MOM or 1-509-493-4026
Adoption can always be an option-Many caring couples wish to adopt a baby-see above references
7 week baby
Once the sperm and egg unite, all of the substance all of the DNA ever needed for that baby to be a person is already there. In the womb that baby, not yet mature for the outside world, already has his/her spirit. When Mary went to her cousin, Elisabeth, to tell her the wonderful news that she would be carrying the Messiah, "when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost." (Luke 1:41) Elisabeth was about 6 months pregnant with John the Baptist.
Please view the amazing video of the stages of God's miraculous creation-the gift of life-babies!!
Precious little feet of an aborted baby! Abortion is legal up to 9mos in some states!
Too graphic for this site, but if you want to know the truth or show some-
one else the truth (pictures of babies of varying ages, their actual aborted
bodies). You will see the detail of how God perfectly formed them, but then
If you or someone you know or love is considering abortion, get the physical facts, then look at the truth in God's Word-his Love letter to us. "you knit me together in my mother's womb.I am fearfully and wonderfully made," (Psalm 139:13-14 NIV)
4D Ultrasound Image of Baby in Womb. Babies as young as 11 weeks have been seen with their thumbs in their mouths. This baby started out sucking his smallest toes and gradually moves on to suck a bigger toe.
Newborns do not smile until 4-6 weeks after birth, but babies in the womb do - perhaps because the womb is warm, comfortable and shielded from loud noise and bright light.
Proven by ultrasound technology, a baby, indeed, does react to intents of harm when intruding, vicious, threatening instruments are prodded against and into the placental sac for abortion. Very rapid heartbeat, frantic, irregular movement has been witnessed by the baby, as well as a view of an outright "scream" from the precious baby's open mouth, in a state of panic and terror (The Silent Scream/You Tube documents an ultrasound abortion). Then depending upon how old this tiny child is, it is either vacuumed to pieces, torn apart, burned with saline solution or delivered feet first-then actually killed with scissors in the back of the skull before the head is delivered (so that it cannot take its first breath). Evidence shows that babies can and do feel pain anywhere from 6-9wks of age in utero, because they do have enough formation of a nervous system.
The entire issue of a baby's pain in utero continues to be controversial-more for the anti-life groups than anyone else! Taken from the website:
"Those who work full-time in neonatal intensive care units dedicated to helping premature infants recognize how these "preemies" readily respond to painful stimuli. Surgeons routinely anaesthetize premature babies before they undergo operations. Children delivered as early as 21 weeks can have an audible cry. Some doctors believe that such distress can be felt even as early as 12 weeks. If you stick a pin into the palm of a baby in utero who is eight weeks old, she will withdraw from this painful stimulus. In fact, such a baby will open her mouth in utero as though she were crying and carry out initial exhalation movements and other breath-type movements. Recent imaging studies have corroborated this "fetal homologue" of infant crying in the womb following painful or noxious stimuli."
You may be thinking these details are not neces-secary, but they really are-because so many people are fooled, lied to, the truth hidden about what they are about to do and let "be done" to their child. Someone has to speak up boldly for those whose scream we cannot hear. The Lord says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge," (Hosea 4:6).
Sometimes truth is ugly; often when it is evil! But the pain and guilt. and knowing you can never go back-after an abortion, is even uglier.
God can and will forgive us if we ask him in true sincerity, but it would be far better to not have to ever go down that road.
If you or someone you know is the victim of an abortion, there is grace. "For where sin abounds, grace abounds much more," (Romans 5:20). It is God's love that holds us, and by his grace (un-merited/undeserved favor), we are forgiven! He did not love you more before the abortion, nor does he now love you less after the abortion. He loves you the same everyday-and always. He will never stop loving you. He wants you to come in sorrow and repentance before him and he WILL forgive you. However, you NEED to accept his forgiveness, and forgive yourself, as well.
Even if you never repent and never love the Lord back, he will still love you. But who would want to reject or separate themselves from his all encom-passing love?
And...about that precious baby or babies, that are not with you this day--they are in Heaven waiting for your reunion. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord," 2 Corinthians 5:8. Their precious souls returned to our glorious maker, our loving Heavenly Father!
An amazing book that may give great comfort to anyone who is an abortion-victim, in any sense, is "6 Big Big Big Angels" by Mary Jo Pennington The story of 4 1/2 yr. old, Victoris, who in 2003, fell from 9 feet to concrete below and was unharmed. 6 Big Big Big Angels caught her and brought her to safety. She tells how she was taken to heaven, visited God's throne and even sat on his lap. She also describes what becomes of aborted babies in vivid detail. The book is written by her grandmother, as related by Victoria. It will touch your heart and give you assurance and hope.
There is so much potential, so much joy, so much wonder in these tiny precious lives God has form-ed, God has planned. We may make mistakes but God does not. He can take our errors and turn them into miracles.
The Smell of Rain
Baby Lu's Amazing Survival Story
A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. She was still groggy from surgery. Her husband, David, held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news. That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver couple's new daughter, Dana Lu Blessing.
At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature.
Still, the doctor's soft words dropped like bombs. "I don't think she's going to make it," he said, as kindly as he could.
"There's only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one."
Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Dana would likely face if she survived.
She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on.
"No! No!" was all Diana could say. She and David, with their 5-year-old sonDustin,had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four.
Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away.
But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Dana's under-developed nervous system was essentially 'raw', the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn'teven cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Dana struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl. There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger.
But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there. At last, when Dana turned two months old. her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time.
And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero, Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted.
Five years later, Dana was a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an un-quenchable zest for life.
She showed no signs whatso-ever of any mental or physical impairment. She was simply everything a little girl can be, and more.
But that happy ending is far from the end of her story! One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Dana was in the bleachers of a local ball park where her brother Dustin's baseball team was practicing. As always, Dana was chattering non-stop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby, when she suddenly fell silent. Hug-ging her arms across her chest, little Dana asked, "Do you smell that?" Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied, "Yes, it smells like rain." Dana closed her eyes and again asked, "Do you smell that?"
Once again, her mother replied, "Yes, I think we're about to get wet. It smells like rain." Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, "No, it smells like Him."
"It smells like God, when you lay your head on His chest." Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Dana happily hopped down to play with the other children. Before the rains came, her daughter's words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along.
During those long days and nights of her first two months of life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Dana on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.