I was brought to tears, I pointed at the t.v. screen and cried out,
"That could have been me!"
I had subscribed to Ms. Magazine
not long after it came out in 1971.
My senior year of high school I missed my period, and not long afterwards, I drove out of town to the nearest Planned Parenthood.
But I couldn't get an abortion in state because my parents would have had to be notified.
Along with my boyfriend, an out-of-state trip was planned – under the guise of a college visit.
The night before we were scheduled to take that trip, my grandmother asked if I were pregnant (a mystery as to why she asked me that, except the good hand of God was upon my unborn child and me!), and my family offered support whatever I ended up choosing.
Not long afterwards, she and I visited an ob/gyn, and I can't explain this, except once again it was the grace of God protecting my unborn daughter and myself through the words of that doctor, since I ended up opting to have the baby out of fear of the pain of the abortion procedure!
Several months later, after a not-so-fun time of extended labor, I held my daughter and looked at her, and wondered how I could ever have aborted her.
A few years later I moved to Madison (a.k.a. - "78 square miles surrounded by reality") and ended up joining the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.).
I signed up to be part of the Reproductive Rights Task Force.
One of the things we did was to sit in the student union and write letters to Congressmen and Senators to "Keep Abortion Legal."
I also wore a coat hanger necklace, the reminder of "Never Again" to back-alley abortions that had allegedly killed thousands of women.
I even went to the N.O.W. National Convention that fall.
(That was the road trip I was on, the night I was praying to God, which I described in my testimony here
Then by the grace of God, I was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Not long afterwards, I went to a monthly N.O.W. meeting and explained I'd become a Christian. I told the women there I didn't know if I could remain involved with the group.
I continued reading the Bible and soon realized I couldn't continue to support abortion rights as I had.
My friends, the world remains in darkness, under the rule of the god of the world, the evil one.
As Christians, let's never forget that:
... we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).
And let's pray that Sandra Fluke and other women like her would have their eyes opened as God graciously opened mine. II Corinthians 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Here's a little video introduction to Trip Lee's song, "Beautiful Life," followed by the song itself.
Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.