There’s a powerful lesson to be learned looking at the flipside of the abortion debate. I can say that I was blessed to not have been aborted, and though it may be a small thing, you would not be reading this blog, I would not have had an impact in my church and work, and every life I touch would not have been touched by me. I’m not a celebrity or someone famous, but I am a father in this world with children that would not be here without me.
This is something that was brought to my mind by Julia Gorin’s latest OpinionJournal article. For her, the story is much more grim. In Soviet Russia, it was not uncommon to have two children and abort the rest. She states that many women have had double digit abortions and thought nothing of it. If you had more than two, then you’d schedule an abortion.
Except for the rare instance like hers. Her mother was talked out of it by someone in the clinic who sensed a tinge of hesitation and kicked her mother out of the clinic. Both she and her husband were to have been the third abortion for their moms. These parents could not see what would lie ahead though– nearly one in three couples in Russia (by her estimation) outlive what offspring they have.
The other downside to this trend (besides the killing, of course) is the fact that parents find themselves without a close family member, and no support. Instead of having many blessings, they have few. Instead of having the impact they could have, they limit themselves. Children become a commodity they can live without and that they can manage only what everyone else has.
I see this to some degree here in America as well. Doctors ask after you’ve had your first or second “are you done” or “you do know how to prevent this from happening” or “we have to discuss what method of birth control you will be using.” I don’t think it’s nefarious, though I guess if I were a conspiracy theorist… I mean, you have the biggest impact on the world through your children and those that you lead to Christ. Your kids are your legacy, and the more you have the more impact you have through what you would consider your mundane life.
You also do not know what talents God has given to your child. It’s true that God can accomplish His work no matter who’s available, but He could have blessed the parents through the child that they chose to abort.
I wonder what it will be like in Heaven when we are shown the impact of the lives that never got to be on the Earth, breathing the air, and what they would do in this world.