Couple Runs Online Fundraiser to Pay for Abortion
The House passed legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation stands little chance of becoming law, as President Barack Obama is unlikely to sign it but still, I believe the bill is important.
I believe that the bill has essentially changed the conversation on abortion and I don't mean just politically, although politically it has certainly done that. The pro-lifers running for office now have something to make the pro-abort politicians look like extremists about. For years, pro-lifers have been harassed by the media about abortion in cases of rape or incest or their stance on the morning after pill. It was a way to marginalize them.
It's just good strategy for pro-lifers to force a conversation on the extreme nature of the positions of pro-abortion politicians who are forced to defend abortion even up to the moment of birth. Not that the media will hammer this point home as their overlords in the Democrat party will tell them, "this is not the abortion debate you're looking for." And they'll gleefully scamper away to return back to questions of rape or incest.
But to be honest, I don't care much about the politics. In as much as I do care it's because this political bill focuses the national conversation back onto the humanity of the unborn. And if we're going to have any success in restoring some sense of the sacredness of life into our legal system we first have to admit the humanity of the unborn. But we're very far from that right now. Very very far.
Just yesterday I noticed an online fundraising campaign for an abortion. It was removed after the couple had raised over $2,000 to fund their abortion. Their plea on the online site "You Caring" has been removed though it was up as of last night. A number of Facebook accounts and Catherine Adair's Twitter account still link to it. The snippet read:
Support for Jordan and Eric's Family On April 27th, we excitedly went in for our first ultrasound to learn the sex of our second child. While we were there, we received some heartbreaking news: our child was showing strong indications of spina bifida. We immediately made an...
YouCaring.com states as its mission that "Kindness is powerful. We’re the leader in free online fundraising. We focus on compassionate crowdfunding, providing free fundraising and support to humanitarian causes."
I emailed YouCaring.com and their spokesperson told me that "it looks like that campaign was suspended by the campaign organizer."
The scary truth might just be that they raised enough money for the abortion. I don't know. Until the procuring of abortion ceases being seen as a humanitarian cause, I'm afraid we're lost as a culture. And make no mistake, that's how abortion is viewed by many. How often have we heard as death as the solution to a painful or just different than the norm life. How many times have we heard that death if preferable to life?
On a macro level, Planned Parenthood is the recipient of millions in government funding. Catholic charities are being shut out of consideration for funding for their refusal to provide or refer for abortion services. Catholic institutions are being forced to provide insurance coverage for abortifacients. Their refusal to do so inspired the president to say it was "not fair." Any pro-life legislation is often labeled as "anti-women" while the side opting for the body count is labeled "compassionate."
It's an upside down world. But as Christians we knew that already. We know it's a fallen world. We know that nobody gets to carry the cross downhill. It's always uphill. Look, the decision to abort is a decision not to love. It is an avoidance of the cross. It is a decision to prize something else over the life of a unique human being worthy and deserving of love. We can discuss it as an economics issue or a political one but at it's heart, abortion is an issue of morality. Until we all accept that all human beings are miracles who possess souls touched by God I fear we are lost.
I went to my son's little league game the other day. I saw a young boy make a catch that he (or anyone else in the entire park) expected him to make. But he did. The best part is that he didn't even know he had the ball in his glove. The kid actually turned around thinking it went past him. And then he looked in his mitt and saw it, grinned, and began the most awkward dance of joy you've ever seen. It was beautiful. His teammates all ran to him and jumped around him like he'd won the World Series. They were losing by eight or nine runs (I lost count) and there was only one out but everyone just watched them. For a few seconds nobody told them to get back to their positions. All the parents laughed and clapped. One mom even cried.
And I wondered to myself how anyone could ever doubt the beauty of humanity, how anyone could argue that life itself is just a big colossal accident. Humanity is not a hiccup in the cosmic nothingness. We are intended. We are loved. Life is a gift and we should work to make ourselves into gifts for others. Take away the politics and economics, until we view each other as miracles, we are lost. Only in Christ, are we found.