Letter to the Editor

No unwanted babies

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dear Editor,

"I have an idea for you pro-lifers out there. Instead of protesting outside of a legal abortion clinic, why don't you go inside the clinic? Each young lady that walks in the clinic, with the intention of having an abortion, I want you to tell her that it's not necessary. Because you are there to sign papers stating your intention to adopt and care for the unborn child. Assure her that you will love and nurture that child for the rest of its life. Also, tell her that she has nothing to worry about, because you will also be handling all of her medical bills during the pregnancy. If you don't want to do all of those things, then perhaps you should stay the hell out of her business."

The above quote popped up on my Facebook feed, written anonymously as an angry protest against pro-life supporters. Regardless of who wrote it and their motivations behind it, it made a monumental impact on me because I believe 110 percent that this is exactly what we should be doing.

"They're terrified of being a mother." "They don't have the resources." "It will ruin their life." "They don't have any other option."

Whatever reasons these expectant mothers have for getting an abortion, it does not matter. Do you hear me? It does not matter. We need to fight for them just as much as we fight for the baby they're carrying. They are hurting and broken humans. If we are going to make our voices heard in the issue of abortion, it is absolutely imperative that we make our actions felt. Jesus calls us to be His hands and feet, not His voice of judgement.

There is a great need in our country; abortion is an incredibly heated and volatile subject. Adoption is a big part of the answer. Don't get me wrong, adoption is hard. Believe me, I have front row seats. But it is so, so crucial. And it is so, so worth it. It is a chance to be a physical representation of Jesus' love both for the unborn baby but also for a mother that is scared, broken, and lost. The potential is staggering.

This issue is incredibly close to my heart. My baby sister could have been aborted. She brings our family and everyone she meets such joy, life, and blessing, and if not for adoption she might not be alive. That is terrifying. How many lives have we lost, how much joy could have been ours, how much pain could have been avoided? It's impossible to know, but it is heartbreaking to contemplate. Enough is enough. It is time for us to step up and do something about it.

As a community, we can rally together to help make a difference. There are countless ways to get involved; even if you yourself are not called to adopt, being aware of and supporting those around you that are in the process of adopting is vital to their journey.

"There are no unwanted children. Just unfound families."

National Adoption Center

Taylar Hegwood,

Culbertson, Neb.

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  • This is a good article, So often, people do nothing to alleviate the underlying causes of abortion. Christian are notorious for having that lack of true sincerity. They do little. They are very noisy though.

    -- Posted by bob s on Fri, Feb 24, 2017, at 12:22 PM
  • Great article. AMEN!! I l have mentioned this to some of my family members who are against abortion but none of them were willing to adopt or pay for the child. They are not a human being yet anyway.

    -- Posted by salamat on Thu, Mar 2, 2017, at 3:28 PM
  • Taylor, good article,

    As you well know, adoption is a very difficult endeavor and one well worth the effort. I hear the Pro Choice argument on a regular basis touting that it's no one else's business.... The expectant mother (parents) are hurting and scared, BUT the truth is, these hurting and scared parents to be are among the majority of people that have unexpected pregnancies.... However, I'm not sure unexpected is the correct description. If one goes through a procreative act..... One SHOULD expect procreation, if one chooses to drink and drive, they are instinctively aware of the results that may occur that might disrupt their lives AND someone else's life as well. Should those people get an easy out card or are they also expected to be accountable for their actions? A life inside the womb or outside is still a life and the harm on them should not be slighed simply due to another's choice by having a good time with little consideration of others.

    There are many wanting parents out there that would gladly adopt, to end a life due to inconvenience of your actions shouldn't be up for debate. Don't do something that could endanger another.... Pretty simple I think.

    -- Posted by Nick Mercy on Thu, Mar 9, 2017, at 1:40 PM
  • well written Taylar.

    -- Posted by quick13 on Thu, Mar 9, 2017, at 6:23 PM
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