Like much of the world, I'm waiting for news that Kate has given birth to a future king or queen of England. Not that I reeeeally care a great deal, but I'm curious to know whether it's a girl or a boy. I pray he or she is healthy and lives a good, productive life.
But it hasn't escaped me that every news media outlet in the world is referring to Kate and Will's offspring as a "baby." Even when we first learned they were expecting, magazines declared "A Baby for Will and Kate!" Royal baby this. Royal baby that.
A baby, huh?
Yet when abortion is being discussed, suddenly it becomes a fetus. A mass of cells. It certainly is NOT a baby. The past few weeks as Texas decided whether or not to pass a bill protecting babies after 20 weeks gestation -- which we did, and I'm so proud of our state! -- reminded us how divided we are over two words: baby vs fetus.
But Kate and Will are most definitely having a baby. Not a fetus.
This week I read an article that literally brought me to tears. It was about a young woman in Chicago who died last year after a botched abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility. The details of her death were hidden from the media and her family for months, even after they requested full copies of the autopsy. This woman died from internal bleeding when her uterus was torn. But as sad as I feel for her, because she made the worst choice possible when she walked into that clinic, the part that brought me to tears was what happened to her baby.
"D&E abortions involve dismembering the baby in the womb and removing the pieces with forceps."
Let those words sink in for a moment. Especially if you insist on being pro-abortion. Dismembering. Pieces.
It makes me sick to my stomach.
The baby -- and yes, it was a baby! -- was 16 weeks along. This is what she or he looked like at the time:
Tiny? Yes. Wonderfully formed? Yes! He was growing toenails on his wee little toes that week. Her heart was pumping 25 quarts of blood a day throughout her developing body. This is about the time a mother will feel the fluttering of her baby's movements. A time that should bring joy that comes with knowing a miracle is taking place within the secret place of your body. No matter how that baby was conceived, it is no less a miracle.
Now imagine those tiny arms and legs being ripped from that baby's body. Imagine its head being torn from its torso. All that blood its little heart was pumping spills into the mother's uterus, a place that is meant to protect a growing baby from the dangers of the world.
The pieces of the baby are removed from the womb and thrown into the garbage.
It is unfathomable to me that abortion -- what I just described as well as even more horrific procedures in late pregnancy -- is touted as a woman's right. A right! Even a Constitutional right, according to some.
God help us!
I wish Kate and Will all the best as they welcome their very wanted and already loved baby into the world.
Every child should be so blessed.
This week's Prayer Shout-Out Countries are:
USA, Russia, Vietnam, Philippines, Spain, France, Malaysia, Ukraine, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Israel, Germany, Portugal, Saudi Arabia