Infanticide for Unrighteous Mammon

From the Associated Press:

The pregnant woman showed up at the medical center in flip-flops and in tears, after walking there to save bus fare.

Her boyfriend had lost his job, she told her doctor in Oakland, Calif., and now _ fearing harder times for her family _ she wanted to abort what would have been her fourth child.

“This was a desired pregnancy _ she’d been getting prenatal care _ but they re-evaluated expenses and decided not to continue,” said Dr. Pratima Gupta. “When I was doing the options counseling, she interrupted me halfway through, crying, and said, `Dr. Gupta, I just walked here for an hour. I’m sure of my decision.'”

Other doctors are hearing similarly wrenching tales. For many Americans, the recession is affecting their most intimate decisions about sex and family planning. Doctors and clinics are reporting that many women are choosing abortions and men are having vasectomies because they cannot afford a child.

I am so grieved over this that I don’t even know what to say. How can this be happening? Maranatha.

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; The fruit of the womb is a reward.

7 Responses to Infanticide for Unrighteous Mammon

  1. Rick March 26, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    Breaks my heart too, Denny.

  2. Stacey Duncan March 26, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    Denny,
    As heartbreaking as this is, it is absolutely true. I am the receptionist at the pregnancy resource center in Denton as well as a counselor there, and we are seeing it more and more. We have become significantly busier over these past few months, and are seeing more abortion-minded women because of the economy. If these women who are aborting only knew that there is help available for them, services that can help get them through this current time of economic instability, and people who care. Thank you for posting this, and thank you for always posting about the news that pertains to the pro-life movement.

    Stacey Duncan

  3. Russ Ware March 26, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    This is indeed heartbreaking and yet another indicator that our culture is way off the beam on this issue. From a purely practical standpoint, in a democracy such as ours, the tide cannot be turned politically until it has been turned culturally. We have our work cut out for us, and I think we, who believe in the sanctity of life, need a radical change of thought on this. Call it retooling, repentance, revival, or just a good slap in the face. This isn’t about politics anymore. That ship has sailed. At some point that ship needs to come back into harbor. But, right now we have to be about the hearts of those who go to the poles and make personal decisions in their lives. At this point is seems like the more strident our political voice and the more capital we spend there, the more we undercut our voice in the culture. I am praying for change… and it starts with us.

  4. Darius T March 26, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    That story speaks to how ingrained the narcissistic hedonism is in our culture. The girl knows it’s wrong, but she can’t see past her own physical desires and needs. THAT is what Christ came to transform: enslavement to sin with no idea how to pursue good.

  5. Brian (Another) March 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    Sadly, I know many Christians who would see this as “unfortunate” but “maybe a necessary consequence”. Stacey, I’m curious, as a counselor, how do you approach those that come to you like this? Well, I suppose they wouldn’t first go to you, though, would they?

    Breaks my heart, too.

    BTW, Stacey, are you related to Joey by some fluke of nature (I’m a fellow Dentonian)? He was going to the Men of Valor study with us. More of a rhetorical question, I think, come to think of it……

  6. Ted Weis March 26, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    May people discover that it’s in these very situations that God proves himself faithful to those who will trust in Him and the principals in His Word.

    God specializes in coming through when times looks desperate (Isaiah 36-38).

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