Millions now living will never be born

A plastic baby in a plastic stroller

MILLIONS of babies now in the wombs of their mothers will never be born. They will not get a chance to see or to know their own parents or to enjoy their genetic and legal inheritance. They will be dispossessed of everything. Why? Primarily because they have come into existence without being wanted and those who do not want them will decide to get rid of them. The execution of this decision is called abortion."

Although many countries do not have accurate statistics on abortions, there is evidence that millions of “legal” and illegal abortions take place in the world every year.

The World Health Organization estimates that there are about 40 to 50 million abortions per year that is approximately 125,000 abortions per day.

Just imagine the number abortions in just the past three years is larger than the hundred million people killed in all the wars of the last century.

Reasons for abortions

In developing lands, poverty, sickness and overpopulation are prime factors in the desire for abortions.

But in more technically advanced lands, individual circumstances are the major consideration in wanting abortions.

It may be physical weakness, dislike for children, fear of delivery, overage, under-age, rape, infidelity of either mate, education setback, unknown father or several possible fathers, pressure from parents, shame and the like.

However, the problem of unwanted pregnancies is not solved simply by legalizing abortion.

Abortion is not just another form of contraceptive.

It is a delicate operation on the human body, which requires hospital beds, skilled surgeons, nursing staffs, medical treatment, instruments and, of course, money.

Who are most affected?

In most counties, women under 20 years of age account for about a third of all abortions, especially school-age girls.

The journal Adolescence notes :

School-age girls who become pregnant come from all socio-economic classes and from both public and private schools. All races, all faiths, and all parts of the country, rural and urban, are represented.” 

As for the reason why birth rates are higher among girls from poor or minority families, the Journal of Marriage and the Family says:

White and higher S[ocio] E[conomic] S[tatus] girls more often have abortions.

The so-called sexual revolution has lead to promiscuity and early sexual awakening among youths causing a tremendous increase of unwanted pregnancies.

This, too, has increased the demand for making it easier to get abortions.

Consider the following example,

He seemed like something out of a fairy tale,” a young woman we will call Sharon recalls bitterly. “He used to tell me all the time that he loved me and that if a girlfriend of his ever got pregnant, he would never leave her.” One day Sharon visited her doctor to check out what she thought was appendicitis; it turned out that she was three months pregnant. “I called my boyfriend immediately,” Sharon recalls. His reaction? “You have to get an abortion! Just get rid of it!” 

The fairy tale had become a nightmare.

Other major reasons for this may include: a loosening of family and religious ties; the huge rise in the number of broken families and divorces; and this world’s growing emphasis on sex and sexual freedom.

Can anything be done to reduce abortions?

Is offering contraception the answer? Despite what you have heard to the contrary, no method of contraception is foolproof.

Unwanted pregnancies often result even when contraceptives are used. According to the organization Planned Parenthood, condoms fail to prevent pregnancy 12 percent of the time.

Science News” observes:

Probably the best solution to the teen pregnancy epidemic . . . is the strengthening of family life, . . . since those girls who get pregnant usually come from homes where sexual values and guidance are lacking.” 

How can this be done?

Successful parents often comment on how much time they spend listening to their children. They know what is going on in their children’s lives.

For example, Karen made a point of working in the kitchen in the afternoons. In this way, when her daughters came home, they could talk with her about what had happened in school during the day.

On the other hand, Erline used to wait for her daughters when they came home at night and listen to them relate all they had done. “If something needed correcting,” she said, “I could take care of that later. But I would never have known about it if I hadn’t listened.”

She kept this communication open through her daughters’ school years and through their courtships.

Such time spent with your children can save many heartaches later on.

But what if your children are not very talkative?

 If they aren't, you might ask yourself, ‘Are they merely quiet by nature, or are they afraid to reveal matters to me because of the way I reacted in the past?

Can I rebuild their confidence by making special efforts now to show my interest in them? Can I make it easier for them to bring up small things now and perhaps more serious ones later?’

In view of the barrage of sexual material that surrounds them, do you sometimes wonder if you will even know how to teach them?

Just as your parents influenced your life by the way they lived, so your example powerfully affects the lives of your children.

It reveals a great deal about how much you love them and about the kind of people you want them to be.

If, however, your children know that your early life was not exemplary, you should be sure that they know why you changed.

It is not just that you are older but that you have found a better set of standards by which to live, by profiting from your experience.

So if education in morals and life is to be successful, it has to begin at home.

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