Today was filled with sober joy. This afternoon, we had our first glimpse into Lauren’s womb to see our little child! This picture is a model of the precise size, weight, dimensions, and general appearance of a ten week old baby in front of a picture of our ten week old baby! Though you might expect a tadpole-like blob of cells, this is not a tadpole, this is 100% baby and we are filled with awe and wonder at the gift of our child!
However, today also marks the 40 year anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America. Since then, over 50 million babies have been forcefully aborted from the womb. In current years, at least 1.2 million babies are aborted annually.
Here is what particularly stings my heart: According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 26.8 percent of all abortions occur at or later than ten weeks.
That means that over 324,000 babies as old or older than our child pictured above are aborted every year (that’s over 887 every day). These are babies who, just like our own, are jumping around in the womb with beating hearts and waving hands. About this period in the womb, Scripture testifies, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalms 139:13) What this means is that God is a father, personally forming these children.
This is my child. My heart burns with jealousy over anyone who would want to hurt my ten week old child. How much more does God feel; He who is gently knitting this life? We are compelled to mourning at the deaths of 26 children in Newtown, but compared to abortion, we are left breathless.
We, humans are experts at denial. But just because we can’t see this ten week old child without a sonogram does not make this child any less alive.