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January 20, 2008

You Can Make a Difference

      January seems to be a month dedicated to many things.  It is in January that we have the Christian Unity week.  We have National Migration Week and National Vocation Awareness Week.  All of these are very important to Christian believers.  To insure that we have a full month of awareness, January is also Respect Life Month.  We are not expected to pick and choose from this list of Christian sponsored events.  We are fully expected to participate fully in the life of the church with prayer as well as making an effort to become more fully informed on all of these matters.

    This week we will pray in a special way for Christian Unity.  We are also kicking off the Spiritual Adoption program in relation to Respect Life.  Last week we received a flyer from the Birthright organization. This group helps young and not so young expectant mothers who would have great difficulty making the choice of keeping their child if it were not for the support given them by Birthright.  This is a group that we sponsor to the degree that we are able.  The flyer included a short article written by one of their volunteers.  It is a real experience that helps shed light on “choice” vs. life.                                              Lorette P. Nault

    I am a product of the 1960's. . .it was a time of micro mini-skirts for girls and long curly hair for boys; a time of LSD clouded brains and newly-available birth control pills.  We were a rebellious generation, and although we didn’t have a clue about life, we knew that our parents’s life was not the life we wanted for ourselves.  We thought we knew better and our parents knew nothing!   (Wow! What a new concept!)

    It didn’t take long for me to get caught up in the feminist culture of the 60's I married the first man who asked me and ended up in an abusive marriage.  I divorced three years later, rejected the religious values of my birth family, and set my goals on changing the world, at least my little corner of it.  That quest led me to an organization helping victims of domestic violence and survivors of rape, where I worked as a volunteer on their crisis line, directing women to services that could provide food, shelter and safety.  Abortion clinics were on my resource list.

    I bought into all the rhetoric about “choice.”  It was my body and my decision whether or not to carry a child and besides it was only “tissue” in th early stages of pregnancy, not really a baby.  I don’t know when I thought that “tissue” became a living human being, and it never occurred to me to ask the question, but then why would I?  The answer might have interfered with my objective - women’s rights at all cost, even if that cost was a baby’s life.  
    
    After fifteen years of feminism, I rediscovered my church and my faith.  Through that experience, I gained a factual understanding about life in the womb and realized that ending life was not about choice, but about convenience.  As a volunteer for Birthright, I’ve been given a second chance.  I’ll never know how many children may have died because I encouraged and made available information about abortion.  What I do know is that today I can make a difference in the lives of those children whose mothers have chosen life.     - Anonymous