Many young women, like Angela in this TV/Video message (Click on the right to view the My Child video) have tried to solve an unwanted pregnancy by trying to kill their unborn child. Most young women know their choice to abort is not right, but they are afraid. Angela was afraid. She was pregnant and alone. She could not imagine life as a single parent at the age of sixteen. Angela was afraid of what her parents would do to her if they found out she was pregnant. It was fear that drove Angela to arrange for the abortion.
The Real Issue: A Spiritual Perspective
The decision to abort is really a decision about the value of human life. What makes a human being valuable? Who should determine whether a human being has a right to live? Why should one value life? Angela in the TV/Video message didn’t really know how precious life was until after she almost lost her life and her baby’s life as well. The unborn are precious because it is God who made them and not we ourselves. (Psalm 100:3) (Genesis 1:27) (Colossians 1:16) All life belongs to God. God knew you even before you were born. His hands shaped you and formed you skillfully for His purpose. (Job 10:8-12) (Psalm 139:13-16) (Isaiah 49:1) (Ephesians 1:3-4) Your life, and the life of an unborn child, is precious not because the world or people consider you valuable or beneficial, but because God considers you precious. God created you and has a wonderful and specific role for you to play in society. (Ephesians 2:10) Remember, God created life and God alone has the right to take life. (1 Samuel 2:6) (Ezekiel 18:4) Fear clouds our judgment. It often leads us to make decisions we later regret. Information helps us make good decisions. This Web site provides help and information for teens and young adults who face the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy or know someone who is in this crisis. You will find information about alternative courses of action you can take and the consequences of each alternative so that you can make a decision you can live with. If any of the following questions apply to your situation, click below to find answers to guide your decision: – What is the first thing I should do when I find out I am pregnant? – If you are a young man who has impregnated a girl, what are your responsibilities? – My friends say having an abortion is the easiest option. What actually happens during an abortion? – What are some possible consequences or effects of abortion? – What are my options if I choose not to have an abortion? – What are the spiritual considerations of abortion? You may be facing a major change in your future, but your life is not finished. With careful thought and help, opportunities still lie ahead. Make a wise choice and you will make a difference!
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