At the beginning of my second trimester of one of my pregnancies I started bleeding. Although it soon stopped, medical tests were run that brought up a quandry of heart breaking possibilities. I was informed of abortion options. Heartbroken as I was that I was most likely bringing a fragile life into the world, abortion was not an option. Had I chosen abortion, my son would not be here today! Although my son was born 6 weeks early, he was in fine condition and has been a powerhouse of energy, liveliness, and information!
When I was in high school I was assigned to take a sociology class where we had to team up with a classmate to present information on assigned topics. My friend and I were assigned the topic of abortion. Being pro-life, and knowing that most likely most of my public school classmates and teacher might not be, I wasn't certain how to handle this challenge. I went to my school library and found a book (which I now forget the title of) but it was full of statistics and case histories of abortion. My friend approved the book and let me do the presentation because she did not feel comfortable with this topic. At the end of class the teacher surveyed the class as to their opinion of abortion. All said that the facts and case histories from the book opened their eyes to the cruel reality of abortion. They were against it. So, with real life numbers and human stories, I swayed my friends to choose life.
Women who undergo abortions are at high risk of infection and puncture wounds from the procedure. Women who have abortions are at a higher risk for breast cancer. Many women who have had abortions later decide to have a baby, but can't due to side effects from having had the abortion. In short, there is lots of misinformation out there about abortions.
The most common misinformation about abortions is the illogical concept that the baby in the womb is merely a blob of tissue. Geraldine Lux Flanagan's book, Beginning Life, is beautifully illustrated with actual photography of babies from day one of conception. Just because we do not see something does not mean it does not exist. Let the photography tell the story of life. I had my kids read this at their dialectic level of study for our unit on the 1970's, since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973.
Another great book to read is about the real Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade. Won by Love by Norma McCorvey shares her story of becoming the Jane Roe for the 1973 court case that legalized abortion.
Over the years Covey attended numerous pro-choice movements, but was consistently met with rudeness by the organizers and the lawyers who had first represented her. Covey even went to work in an abortion clinic. Covey was angry at how she was rudely ignored at huge events that celebrated Roe v. Wade.
While she fought for recognition from the pro-choice movement, she had her own struggles with the pro-life movement, especially when a pro-life clinic opened next door to the very abortion clinic she worked at. Over time Covey was drawn to and overwhelmed by the love that reached out to her from the pro-life workers. At first Covey talked potential clients who called her abortion clinic out of having abortions and told them they really needed to talk to the pro-life people next door, and proceeded to give the client the pro-life phone number. Finally she walked out of the abortion clinic, became a Christian, and now speaks for life. Incidentally some of her co-workers at the abortion clinic joined her in embracing life!
In the book Covey details the horrid description of abortion clinic practices, including the abortion procedure that tears the baby apart limb by limb.
Another informative book has been written by Charles Swindoll, Sanctity of Life: The Inescapable Issue, which includes a forward by Dr. James C. Dobson. (You can read it on-line here.) In this book Swindoll shares about how pro-lifers reach out and help women with unwanted pregnancies. For example, Swindoll shares how he and his wife took into their own home, unwed mothers who needed a safe place to live. Swindoll also shares much Scripture about the preciousness of life, ideas for what can be done to help, and more.
Today there is lots of help available for those considering abortion and for those emotionally healing from abortion. There are many people out there who want to help. They will help provide resources (a haven, a job, baby clothes, love, support, etc...) so that one can choose either to keep their baby or put their baby up for adoption. There are many ladies who wish they could carry a pregnancy to term, whose arms are ready to love a baby.
One great ministry is called Save the Stork, which has a classy mobile unit that drives around various cities to care provide ultra-sounds and other helps for those who have unwanted pregnancies. Of course the goal is to save the life of the baby, while also meeting whatever needs the woman needs.