Thank moth­ers for choos­ing life

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

As we are ap­proach­ing Mother’s Day, we should look at moth­ers from a Chris­tian world view and see how they fit into God’s plan for mankind.

God has given women the in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity of con­tin­u­ing the hu­man race by hav­ing chil­dren. Some women may not be able to have chil­dren, some may choose not to, and others may choose to have one, two, etc. How­ever, there is a re­spon­si­bil­ity that goes with that op­por­tu­nity. In Luke 12:48, Je­sus said, “From ev­ery­one who has been given much, much will be re­quired.” Re­gard­less of the cir­cum­stances of how a woman be­came preg­nant, God will hold each woman ac­count­able for how she cared for the child in her womb.

On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court de­cided that what is grow­ing in a preg­nant woman’s womb isn’t a child, but a blob of tis­sue like ton­sils that can be cut out and dis­carded. They is­sued the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton de­ci­sions that gave each preg­nant woman (some­times a teenager) the au­thor­ity to de­cide whether to con­tinue the preg­nancy and give birth or to have an abor­tion and end that child’s life.

With the ex­cep­tion of chil­dren born to women who didn’t have ac­cess to an abor­tion, ev­ery­one in the U.S. born af­ter that date is a re­sult of a pro-life de­ci­sion by the mother. Be­cause of those de­ci­sions, many baby girls and baby boys were and are be­ing born with the op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow up and be­come moth­ers and fa­thers. Also, many peo­ple have the op­por­tu­nity to be fa­thers, grand­par­ents, un­cles, aunts, broth­ers and sis­ters, etc.

We should cer­tainly honor all moth­ers, but es­pe­cially those who be­came moth­ers af­ter the Supreme Court de­ci­sions. They not only chose life for the child in their womb, but many have taken on the dif­fi­cult task of rais­ing right­eous chil­dren in an in­creas­ing sin­ful world. They deser ve our re­spect, our prayers and all the help we can give them. Robert Boudreaux, Wal­dorf

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