For the past month, there’s been numerous reports about the “Me-Too” movement. Not familiar with it? Women who have been subject to past inappropriate sexual behavior, harassment, and possibly crimes come forward to bring these misdeeds into the light. First one comes forward, giving others the courage to come forward. No one is exempt from these scandals – from media moguls, reporters, or politicians. I guess you could say these women have found their “voice.” The movement is just getting started, but appears to be gaining speed. I hope this movement follows the purpose intended and teaches us to treat every individual with respect and value.
There’s another reason I’m interested in the “Me-Too” movement – especially if it helps find its way to give those women coerced into abortion a voice. Many women face pressure to choose abortion, whether from boyfriends, friends, family, or employers. As many as 64% of abortions (there are over 1,000,000 abortions performed in the U.S. alone annually) involve some form of coercion. Certain industries, like elite athletics and the entertainment industry, are especially prone to coerced abortion, because the gift of a child is seen as a potentially career-ending setback. While there are many stories of women courageously choosing Life in these difficult circumstances, there are many women who fall victim to the pressure of others and the predatory abortion industry.
As more women speak out against coerced abortion, hopefully women facing crisis pregnancies will know that they do have a choice. The abortion industry brands abortion businesses as “pro-choice,” but as these stories and statistics illustrate, nothing could be further from the truth. If abortion is the only option presented to a woman in crisis, she is not free to choose. Offering love and support for both the mother and child gives women real options in a crisis. If you have been the victim of this type of coercion and need help, reach out to a local pregnancy resource center who will give you the truth about all of your options.
In many of the instances of the Me-Too movement it’s hard to discern who is to blame. If accusations are true, the perpetrators need to be held accountable and removed from any offices of power. If the accusations are proved to be false, then the truth needs to be told so a person’s good name can be saved. Will you join me in praying for all concerned who have been the subject of these allegations? A light needs to be shown in the dark corners of these issues so change to our culture can result. Future generations of men and women are counting on it.
Job 12:22 “He reveals mysteries from the darkness and brings the deep darkness into light.”