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Last week the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion in America. The ruling has filled the news cycle since issuance and continues to do so. The world is talking about the issue of abortion and everyone has an opinion.  While I anticipated a ruling at some point, I did not expect the flood of emotion it created in me.

Those who are pro-life are rejoicing over the “victory” at the overturning of the decision.  I join them in this. Most of you know my story, once a defender of abortion rights, I now cherish life from the womb to the tomb. Every one of the decisions I have made in my life have had consequences; still do. The 1973 Roe decision affected millions of individuals and families, and the overturning of that same decision will affect many more. This is a deeply emotional subject. In 1973 we were told that abortion would be rare and safe … sadly, as history proves, it’s been anything but. Having lived on both sides of this issue, I am reminded of the many people I’ve counseled over the last decade.

I care deeply for anyone caught in a crisis. Faced with few alternatives, being terrified and feelings of hopelessness are common.  What do you say to a young woman coerced by her parents or boyfriend to have an abortion? How do you help a young man who wants to have his baby, but his girlfriend does not? I have held the hands of many women who were told to have an abortion by their parents, but in so doing, to keep the secret to themselves …and for decades they did just that — telling noone. Secrets have consequences, too … many times resulting in depression or suicide.

What do you say to a woman who had an abortion when they were young, then learned because of that abortion, they could never bear a child? Crying uncontrollably on your shoulder, those women have lost relationships, and lost any purpose for living.

There is a deep divide in this country over the issue of when life begins, rights of the unborn, and women’s rights. Despite my personal beliefs, my fervent prayer is that we as a nation become more concerned with doing what’s right for the individual and families that are hurting, than in being “right” on the matter and taking sides.

Please consider these prayer points.

  1. That this historic decision would invigorate organizations across our country to cry out like never before for revival and healing.

    2.  That pregnancy centers would be opened in local churches to care for mothers, babies, fathers, and extended families.

    3.  That children’s ministries would thrive with caring teachers filled with renewed passion to learn how to be the hands and feet of Christ.

    4.  That a powerful adoption movement would be released across the United States of America.

    5.  That a culture of life and a culture of love overtake individuals, families, churches, and cities across America.

6.   That we exhibit grace and mercy to everyone we encounter.

As a believer, I want to follow Christ’s example … to love unconditionally without judgment.

“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.”  (John 13:34-35)

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