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Many of us at this point have seen the countless posts on social media about the recent abortion law passed in New York State.
As a mama and a Christian, I know with everything in me that it is wrong. It is murder.
Life begins at conception, days before a positive pregnancy test is even possible. Cells have life and start dividing on the first day of life (conception).
A baby’s heart beats at just 18 days from conception, with the baby’s unique blood type and DNA. This is between 2-3 weeks in pregnancy; Weeks before a positive HcG hormone pregnancy test is even possible, which is generally between 4-6 weeks. This is all before or at the earliest time which you can hear the heartbeat by ultrasound, usually between 5-6 weeks.
Then at 28 days from conception, a baby has eyes, ears, and even a tongue! Brain waves can be detected and fingers and toes are developing at 42 days. This all happens before 7 weeks of pregnancy.
All are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and are known by Him from the very moment of conception (Psalm 139:13). He is the Author of Life.
Going on: At 8 weeks, all organs are functioning. At 9 weeks, your baby has individual fingerprints, unique and one-of-a-kind. At 10 weeks a baby can feel pain. At 12 weeks, a growing baby can smile in the womb! (Source here)
And one day, each of us will have to answer for our words and lives and choices. (Ecclesiastes 12:14)
How did we speak for the voiceless and vulnerable? How did we live out our convictions and our faith? How did we abide by Jesus’ words, in the mundane everyday, yet especially in moments of crisis? How did we come alongside others who need a hand, a kind word, a listening ear, to know they aren’t alone?
Yet rather than be at odds with others, let’s come alongside them. How can we bring change in our community?
Complaining and pointing out all the wrong on social media will only do so much. (In fact, very little. Just don’t! Advocate for what you believe, but be kind!)
How can we ACT on our beliefs, with full faith and grace for all involved?
Here are ten action steps we can take:
- Volunteer and donate necessities at a local crisis pregnancy resource center and spread awareness of these resources
- Donate necessities to a local women’s and children’s shelter or maternity home and spread awareness of these resources
- Write to your senator and district representatives about the necessity of these resources and funding needed
- Sign a petition.
- Attend a March for Life
- Consider becoming a foster parent or adopting, stepping into those places that give opportunities and life to others. Share about this in your local community!
- If you can’t foster or adopt, advocate for and support those who do!
- Pray for all involved: the mamas and their families, the unborn babies, the pregnancy resource centers, the women and family shelters, the foster and adoptive families, the ones who write the legislature in government, PRAY for the people.
- Be a friend to all. To all you meet online, and in person. You have no idea what battles and decisions they may be facing.
- Speak the truth in love, not condemnation.
The woman reading your social media post about the cost of diapers? She may be wondering if she can financially support a child on her own.
The woman in the checkout line behind you, hiding the pregnancy test under her jacket? She may be single, carefree, and about to graduate from college with a job lined up, not sure where to turn to.
The woman who came to class or work in the clothes from yesterday, eyes red and hair messy? She may have found out the news the day before, got into a fight with her significant other or family, and was kicked out and cut off, with nowhere else to turn, sleeping in her car… feeling hopeless.
Bitter words create tension, are divisive. Bitter words turn people away, and may cause the very thing you are trying to prevent. (This goes for *any* situation or topic)
Don’t be bitter. Don’t spread hate. Don’t be mean, or put others down, just to get a point across. (No matter how admirable or true or biblical that point in itself is. Actions speak louder than words, after all).
Be kind, be a friend, be a neighbor.
Find a way to get involved and spread love and awareness and support.
Become the hands and feet of Jesus in a world that desperately needs Him.
The reason this or any crisis exists is because we live in a fallen world.
Long ago and across time, ever since The Fall that occurred in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3), humans have decided that we know better than the Creator of the universe and life as we know it. And humans choose over and again to put themselves in the place of God. We all do. His word is twisted by the enemy, and ignored. Did God really say…? Sin is unavoidable in this life (Romans 7).
But Jesus Christ came for us, to redeem this broken world (Galatians 1:4) We are all broken in various ways – there is no place for judgement of others’ brokenness in the Body of Christ (church).
And the best way to share our faith and hope and love with others is by action.
Be the hands and feet of Jesus, the church in action, rather than debate what to do on Facebook.
Come alongside mamas in their pain and confusion and journey, share your testimony, share your why, and love them hard.
And you may want to respond with, But what are you doing to this end? I mean, great, you can write, but words don’t mean anything if they aren’t followed by action!
And you know what, you have every reason to ask that. And I have an answer!
I am absolutely blessed with the opportunity to start work at a local pregnancy resource center and join the team as a doula-in-training.
I, along with 7 (as of this moment) other mamas will be walking through DONA International training to become a Birth Doula, and join the team to work in ministry to serve the community in Longview. The training will start in March!
Each of us will have a number of mamas we walk alongside in every step of their pregnancy and birth and postpartum.
We will be working closely with a DONA trainer, then getting our requirements and studies and papers completed in partnership with the clients and team at the pregnancy resource center.
This new leaf of the pregnancy resource center ministry will be life changing, as it will give mamas in need a friend and helper in pregnancy and birth if she lost hers and is single and alone.
A doula comes alongside; She gives her resources and support in labor and postpartum, to empower her to not fear birth and motherhood, and give her tools and education she needs to thrive.
Having doulas on staff at a pregnancy resource center for each mama who chooses life for her babe, in every step of her journey, tells her that she will not walk alone. She has a friend who will love her hard and be there for her every step of the way, in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
The battle doesn’t end at the decision to say yes to the growing babe. The work still needs to be done to support the mamas in need, the mamas we are reaching and loving who choose life. There is no better person for this role than a doula. This is in their job description! Doula literally means “mother’s helper!”
Doulas are life-changing support in pregnancy and labor, are your voice and advocate and help at arguably your most vulnerable time in life: when giving birth.
If you truly want to make a positive change?
Advocate for doulas to join the team at your local pregnancy resource center.
Advocate for a new pregnancy resource center to open in your community.
Spread the word and volunteer there, too.
Even better? Come alongside the mama in need in whatever capacity you are able to.
Let’s take this off the internet and into the streets and our communities. Let’s become the hands and feet of Jesus in a world that so desperately needs His love.
~Katherine Newsom writes at Simple Natural Mama
If you aren’t familiar with the role of a doula, ask! Comment below! I’ll be writing articles about doulas and birth to come, and your questions may give me ideas!