When Pregnancy Was Not Planned – Every Choice Has Loss
In this first quarter of 2021, God is sending profoundly more women and men to Pregnancy Resources in the midst of an unplanned pregnancy. These parents are actively planning or seriously considering terminating pregnancy. Many of these moms & dads are married (or in a long-term, monogamous relationship) and already are parenting other small children. Financial stressors, employment uncertainty, relationship struggles, a missing or lacking emotional support network, and the current demands of parenthood are common reasons why these parents often find themselves seriously considering abortion. It’s not uncommon to hear moms and dads in these complicated circumstances say, “abortion is my ONLY choice”.
Pregnancy Resources provides medically accurate abortion education and options information to every client that comes through our doors for a pregnancy test or ultrasound. We believe that knowledge is power, and every woman and man should make informed decisions regarding the pregnancy. We know that when parents understand what abortion is and when they see life on the ultrasound screen, they are much more likely to choose life for their pre-born child. We also acknowledge that every pregnancy decision involves loss:
- For the mom who continues the pregnancy and chooses to parent this child – there is a loss of every possibility that existed before the pregnancy and the creation of this new human life occurred. Life has been protected, and hope remains.
- For the mom who continues the pregnancy and chooses to place this child in the arms of a loving forever family – there is the loss of the daily experience of parenting this child. Life has been protected, and hope remains.
- For the mom who terminates the pregnancy with abortion – the life of this pre-born child is lost. For the post abortive mother and father there can be emotional loss, spiritual struggle, and long-term trauma. But with Jesus, there is always hope, freedom, and forgiveness available for all.
Be COURAGOUS AND MERCIFUL. Don’t let your sister or brother, your daughter or son, your neighbor, or your friend believe the lie that they have “no choice.” Speak up for her/his sake and for the sake of the pre-born child.
It is compassionate to recognize when moms and dads facing an unplanned pregnancy are in complicated and difficult situations. It is merciful to acknowledge that each pregnancy choice carries unique loss. It is life changing to be able to ask questions like “what is the loss you can live with when you look yourself in the mirror every day” or “what is the loss that protects this little human growing inside you, and best meets your needs right now”?
It is true: every choice involves loss, but life can still be protected and there can still be hope.