There has always been much debate on when life begins in a human being. When does a person become a person? Some say it is when a baby takes its first breath. Some say it is when the embryo starts to develop and some say it is when the sperm unites with the egg. Everyone has their own opinion when dealing with this issue. Why am I writing about this? Sanctity of Life is now being recognized all over the world and given a time to honor and respect life. Every year an invitation is extended to come to our church to recognize, reflect and remember life of others. From the unborn, handicapped and to the elderly we respect life.
I also educate people about birth control and pregnancy. Many women who are Christians respect the issue of life and most agree in Biblical sense that life begins upon conception. Pregnancy defined is the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus. Once conceived the fertilized egg will travel down the fallopian tubes and attach itself to the uterine wall. Once there the cells will continue to multiply or divide until a zygote forms into looking like a small being. It’s heart will start beating after 21 days in which this is the stage most women will think or know she could be pregnant. The baby will continue to grow until born. Pregnancy can be prevented if sperm does not reach the egg. This is the issue. Birth control should prevent fertilization. What happens to most women and consumers we are uneducated on how birth control devices really work. Devices such as condoms prevent the uniting thus prevents conception and pregnancy. However, if you carefully study out the rest of the world of birth control you will find out different. I am not against birth control, I just think people should know the difference before choosing.
The most common is the Birth Control Pill. (also other forms of releasing hormones – patch, Dep. shot etc) The ideal behind the pill created in the early 1960’s was to introduce hormones into a woman’s body to keep her from releasing an egg, therefore preventing pregnancy or conception. Sounds easy doesn’t it. What resulted in long-term, side effects was severe and dangerous so to continue making this great scientific method therefore they reduce the hormones. The mucus results also in thickens in hopes the sperm cannot reach the egg if released. What the pharmacy companies won’t tell you is that preventing the egg from releasing is only half of the story. The egg in fact does sometimes release and fertilization does occur. The hormones in fact cause an unhealthy and hostile enviroment on the uterine walls making the united cells, (the early stage of conception,) from attaching to the walls of the uterus, thus preventing their terms pregnancy. The studies if you want to research, state this happens at least twice a year for women who take the pill. So does this mean millions of women believe the lie that conception has never taken place and therefore they are preventing pregnancy by killing the potential life the first couple of days after fertilization? We should be told the facts before hand. As Christians if we truly believe life or the term, “pregnancy” defined is upon sperm uniting with egg then we should educate ourselves on what these methods actually do. Will God hold us accountable for destroying the early stages of life?
Let us look at the IUD. The Intrauterine Uterine Device is a small T structure inserted and left inside the uterus. The birth control method of stating it prevents sperm from getting to egg. Although not always 100% accurate on the statement, what it can also do is it continues to float and removes, scrapes the uterine walls. Can you guess what happens to a new conceived egg that has implanted into the wall and growing? It is scraped off and discarded through menstruation, thus preventing life to continue to grow. Pregnancy has already taken place yet the dividing cell of the early pregnancy stage never gets to grow. Pregnancy is not prevented just discarded as an inconvenience or as a form of so called birth control. The doctor’s never tell you all the facts but if you ask they will tell you that it could be a possibility. Take a look at this photo… I think it is sad to know many women have no clue to what they are doing which makes me very sad. We are taught to trust our Doctor or health provider. Just take a look at some of the information you can find on the internet.
If we look at the term birth control it is defined: limiting the number of children born, A way for men and women to prevent pregnancy. Methods for women include birth control pills, condoms, vaginal spermicide, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and more. The term itself makes us believe it prevents pregnancy but if the term pregnancy itself is defined from conception then terminating the conceived pregnancy would be an abortifacient.
An abortifacient is a substance that induces abortion and defined is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo, resulting in or caused by its death. If an abortifacient is stated as above that would conclude any birth control device that terminates “pregnancy” would be considered as abortion.
Abortions are legal and also show much controversy. However the statistics show one out of five women have had an abortion by the time of forty-five years of age. I volunteered for a crisis pregnancy for over two years and informed pregnant women about abortion procedures and encouraged and prayed for her to make decisions that promoted life. The deeply rooted and engrained turmoil from an abortion decision affects a woman who has went through this ordeal whether they agree, admit or know. I also tell women about PAS, Post Abortion Syndrome. The long-term effects of an abortion in which a woman deals with even years later can be a time of depression and grief in which she has hidden. I also teach a class on this, helping those who want to be healed from a past decision of abortion. It can benefit a woman spiritually, emotionally and mentally by allowing her to grieve and uncover a hidden secret. The sessions are completely confidential. Women who are facing an unwanted pregnancy do not think about long-term effects but only a way to solve a problem or interruption of their lifestyle or in some cases of emergency conditions.
I hope in some way that readers who may stumble across this blog is enlightened and challenged. We as Christians need to stand up for the loss of life and pray to end this disturbing news. As people who respect the elderly, the handicapped and the unborn, we will continue to pray for God to have mercy and make awareness through educating and offering healing guidance in past decisions.
The question I ask you the reader is when do you think life begins? Should we be allowed to terminate life out of ignorance?
Prayer: Lord, I want people to know you in a greater sense of knowing you give life. I never want to take the life you give us for granted or abuse it. I thank you for life. Help me to help others heal from a decision of their past so they may know you in your healing virtue and peace. In Jesus Name. Amen
Job 10:10 You guided my conception and formed me in the womb.
Isaiah 44:2 This is what the LORD says–he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: