A Choice of Convenience – Bethel Church and Ministries

A Choice of Convenience

 

In the last few years, we have become a society of convenience, doing what makes our lives easier and comfortable. We order groceries online and have them delivered right to our doorsteps. We shop from home via the Internet, and often get our orders the same or next day. We have restaurants deliver full meals to our homes, as well as pre-planned meals that we take out of the packaging and prepare. Life has become all about what is the best way to make our lives easier without sacrificing any of the comforts that we are afforded.

It would be hard to imagine that taking the life of an innocent baby by abortion would ever be considered a choice of convenience. But unfortunately, it is. The Women’s Center of Northwest Indiana sees women who feel that abortion is their best option, making that decision mostly on the matter of convenience.

The definition of convenience: the state of being able to proceed with something with little effort or difficulty. Abortion has become convenient, not just because an abortion facility is easily accessible, but our society has advertised it as a simple procedure. You can even take a pill at home to end the life of your child.

Women that come to The Women’s Center have many excuses for their decision to have an abortion. “It’s not a good time,” “I have only 3 bedrooms,” “I want more children; just not now,” “I don’t want to be a mother.” The list goes on and on. When you hear these excuses, it is hard to imagine that these are good reasons for anyone to make a life-altering decision; life-altering for them, and life-ending for their baby. It is hard for the church to really believe that abortion is mostly done out of convenience. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research organization, has cited in their questioning of women seeking abortion:

“The reasons most frequently cited were that having a child would interfere with a woman’s education, work, or ability to care for dependents (74%); that she could not afford a baby now (73%); and that she did not want to be a single mother or was having relationship problems (48%). Nearly four in 10 women said that they had completed their childbearing, and almost one-third were not ready to have a child. Fewer than 1% said that their parents’ or partners’ desire for them to have an abortion was the most important reason. Younger women often reported that they were unprepared for the transition to motherhood, while older women regularly cited responsibility to dependents.”[1]

When reading the above statistics, you can see that women are deciding to end the life of their babies for reasons that have solutions. They are not all easy solutions, but nonetheless, solutions. The Women’s Center, social services agencies, and churches have resources to help women see that abortion is not the solution to pregnancy.

One of the most common questions asked by those who are pro-life is, what can I do? There are many ways that we can help.

First, pray for an end to abortion. We know that the possibility of that is slim, but we serve a God who is all about the impossible. Pray for your local Pregnancy Medical Clinic like The Women’s Center of Northwest Indiana as they minister to real mothers making life and death decisions for their unborn babies.

Second, become educated on the issue of abortion and the effects it has on both the mother and their babies. Be aware of how abortion facilities target certain demographic areas to place their abortion clinics.

Third, financially support organizations like The Women’s Center that are standing on the frontlines every day providing services to women and families who think that abortion is the best, most convenient choice for their pregnancy. At no cost, The Women’s Center provides pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing, and counseling to help women see the value of the life they are carrying.

As a church and as Christ followers, we know that God creates every child no matter the circumstances:

“For you formed my inward parts;
   you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139-13-16 ESV)


[1] Lawrence B Finer et al., “Reasons U.S. women have abortions: quantitative and qualitative perspectives,” Perspectives on Sex and Reproductive Health, 2005 Sep; 37(3):110-8, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16150658/.