Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pro Life Rally

We had a pro life rally in our city last weekend.  My husband and I had gone 3 years ago but hadn't made it since so we took the kids up in the rain.  It lasts about an hour of prayer and speakers then a march down the street.  It was really hard with the kids, of course, they didn't care about the speakers and Luke was pretty bored.  Oh, and no bathrooms so we had to go across the street to Nordstrom so Luke could pee.  But overall it was amazing.  It is so awesome to hear the speakers talk about abortion. 
I remember one in particular speaker (the only one I really heard) saying that abortion degrades motherhood.  And that in our society motherhood isn't valued as much as it should be.  I very much agree with that.  Sometimes I feel that people see me as just a stay at home mom when really being able to stay at home and take care of my children is such a blessing.  It is so important and I feel so blessed, sometimes people don't see that.
I really could go on and on about how I feel about abortion.  When I was a baby my mother gave me up for adoption because she was a teenager and couldn't care for me the way she knew someone else could.  What a selfless act.  I'm so grateful to her.  I know that a lot of people argue that some people couldn't take care of children, but I feel there is a great need to help these mothers who are lost and feel there is nothing else.  I would much rather have my tax dollars going to women's shelters than to planned parenthood (which thankfully isn't anymore). And women who have gone through this need help and healing, and we need to help them too.
And I know people say that it should be the mother's choice, but what about the baby?  A poor small baby with no choice, left up to her mother to give life and to care.  It makes me so sad. 

Then we were on the way back from the march a man started yelling at me and my husband.  He yelled F you prolifers!!  (really nice in front of small children right?)  So we talked to him for a while.  He was so greatly concerned with abortion, in fact it brought tears to his eyes.  He talked to us about how sometimes the situation is so bad and there is no money to raise a child.  I could see into his eyes that maybe he has been in this situation, I saw his heart in pain.  We talked for a while saying how we need to do more to help people who find themselves in this terrible tragic situation and help them.  He agreed.  He apologized for yelling at us and was very nice saying goodbye.  I prayed for him today but I should keep praying for him.  He seemed so hurt.
We'll probably go next year.  It was so empowering.   

“If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people to not kill each other? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.”
-Mother Teresa 

1 comment:

Lisa C said...

That just sounds like a great experience, and I'm so impressed that you guys were able to calmly talk to that man. I think people don't realize this isn't just a black and white issue, it's complicated. But there are solutions that don't have to involve death.

I love that Mother Teresa quote, by the way. Oh, and about motherhood. I am so grateful I was raised in an environment and religion where motherhood is valued very deeply. There is no more important job on earth. It is so sad that many women don't recognize this, or they feel pressure or judgment from the world that they aren't doing "enough" simply because they are busy raising the next generation, perhaps even tomorrow's leaders.