I think my favorite Sunday of the year is this Sunday. It is when the sanctity of life Sunday meets Martin Luther King day... Two of my most impassioned subjects in life. My kids, both birth and adopted, have beautiful stories to tell regarding the value of their life in the face of what society said was not worth saving. The statistics say that most families faced with the impending birth of a child who is going to have a disability will not choose life for that baby. Madeline Murray O'hare who had much influence in the abortion rights movement, had a plan to eliminate the African American population in our country by encouraging abortions--knowing that many African American adults were living in poverty and the poorest of the Americans would be the most likely to seek an abortion.
I thank each of the birth mothers of our adopted children for choosing life despite what our society says. "How could you give up a child?" Those words must sting everytime one of the kids' birthmoms hear that. I pray for them and thank God that he helped them to be strong enough to go against the mainstream and choose life.
My birthday often lands on the Sanctity of life Sunday or on the Martin Luther King Holiday. This year it is on MLK day. I, too, have a story to tell regarding my own birth. My family lived in Ohio, away from extended family, when my mother became pregnant with me. There were already five other children in the family and just a few years earlier, my mother had a difficult pregnancy when carrying my sister.
My mother developed a blood clot in her leg that was life threatening. The doctors advised her to have an abortion. My mother was adament that she would not abort even though she spoke to the priest and he said it was admissable because of the threat to the life of the mother and baby. My mother was faced with the reality that she and I could both die if she continued with the pregnancy and she would leave five young children behind.
So, my whole family moved back to Minnesota. My mother had plans for what extended relatives would help take the childcare responsibilities. My birth went much better than expected and we both survived without any long term issues.
Twenty eight years later, I found myself in a doctors office with a doctor telling me that we should consider "termination" of the pregnancy because our daugther, McKenna, had a serious born birth "defect" and would not have any "quality" of life. She would not suck or swallow or ever live on her own. She most likely would die in utero. We choose life on that day and have never looked back except to give thanks for the incredible gift our daughter has been to us over the years.
It is 16 years later and we have committed our lives to putting action to our words as we support our belief in the sanctity of all life. Each of us who believe passionately in right to life need to consider their role in supporting the cause--there are so many ways that we can help. If we are truly doing our part sacrificially, maybe someone will listen to the message we share.
I just want my life to proclaim that all life is of value...no matter what the situation...