I can remember as a young girl taking part in pro-life events. My mother taught me very early the importance of human life from conception to natural death. At that time abortion was just a word to me. Something I knew
to be wrong, but also very foreign.
As I grew older and went to college and beyond it became more real. Not only have I heard the first hand stories of women who have suffered
one, I also have heard the stories of those who have been saved. In fact, I live with 3 people, my oldest children, whose mothers could have chosen abortion, but instead chose life. They have brought new clarity to my life, day in and day out,
of what is thrown away everyday. Life!
This past Sunday, our family was taking part in Life Chain. This is a peaceful, prayerful way for people to make a statement in public
that they believe abortion to be wrong. Cities across the nation participate each year in this event and have for many many years. Participants hold signs along public roads and pray quietly for an hour. You can imagine this display brings
sounds of encouragement, as well as disagreement. As I snapped a picture of Cecelia holding the sign “Adoption the Loving Option,” my mind was brought back to a picture her birth mother, Beth, had shown me years before. A picture of
her holding the same sign over 20 years ago. Like mother, like daughter.
Beth did not know as she stood in Life Chain those many years ago that the word adoption would take on new
and powerful meaning in her life. But the seeds planted by that event and others like it, opened her heart to the idea of adoption being a loving choice for her daughter. Now, all these years later, her daughter is holding the same sign.
Cecelia’s life is a living witness to the gift of adoption.
People can be afraid to talk about abortion with their children, but this is a mistake in my opinion. Our children
must be formed to know right and wrong. They do not need to know the gory details, but they can understand the concept that the baby in the womb has a life, and that life has dignity. Sowing these seeds of understanding may in time serve them in
a time of unplanned pregnancy, or in that of a friend whom they can help and serve.
Beth’s parents and grandparents laid the groundwork that helped lead up to her being able to chose
adoption for her daughter. For that, I will be forever grateful. I will strive to imitate their example and instill the same values in my own children that may one day save the life of my grandchild, great grandchild, or great great grandchild.
Life is precious. God grant us the courage to defend the smallest among us. JMJ