Many times, we fail to understand the effect that abortion has had on our culture and in the lives of those around us. My, friend, Sarah Ankeman, pro-life apologist and President of the International Society of Women in Apologetics shares her personal story of how abortion devastated her family but how God triumphed in the end:
Why I Am Pro-Life
Many people assume that I am only pro-life because I am conservative and usually vote Republican. Or that my religious upbringing and personal beliefs tell me I am supposed to be. While both those things are true, I have other reasons for being pro-life (six to be exact): my mom, my sister, my brother, myself, my son, and my aborted sibling that I never met but will when I get to heaven. It wasn’t until I was an adult myself that my mom told me her entire testimony. She had an abortion at fifteen years old and said that when she went to get the procedure done, they told her that it was just some tissue that needed to be removed, and she said that as a fifteen-year-old that didn’t know any better, she believed them.
What they didn’t tell her was that she would have permanent scar tissue that would make her unable to have any more children. The serious side-effects are one thing they will never tell you at a Planned Parenthood clinic. She found out when she went to a doctor at age eighteen (three years later) and the doctor said there was nothing he could do but give her a hysterectomy and said that they might as well finish the job that she started at 15. She refused and went to a prayer meeting where they prayed that she would be healed. She wasn’t sure if she was healed but trusted God with her future, no matter what. Miraculously, she ended up getting pregnant again at age 23, but again, was not married and was not in a position to keep the baby. She knew, however, that she could not and would not have another abortion. She was able to carry the baby to term, and ended up giving her up for adoption. That baby grew up to be my awesome sister Kristina.
Kristina and I grew up in different homes with different families, but miraculously stayed in the same state. I found her on Myspace a few years ago, and showed my mom, who reached out to her. Kristina grew up to have an amazing life, and her adoptive family was totally blessed to have her. She works at Kaiser Permanente, helping kids and their families with counseling and therapy. I am so completely grateful my mom chose life for her because I always wanted a sister and now I have one. When people have abortions, they don’t even consider the affect it will have on future siblings who might benefit from their presence in their lives. My mom went back to the doctor who recommended her hysterectomy later on and told him that she was healed by God and able to have kids because she walked out of the clinic trusting God instead of man. That doctor stopped performing abortions and “fixing” them with hysterectomies because of my mom’s story. Turns out he was a former Catholic who was already feeling guilty about his work…
My mom met my dad a few years later, got married and had my brother. My brother was also a “mistake” conceived while my mom was on the Pill. She chose to keep him and ended up having me a few years later. When my mom found out she was pregnant with me she ended up having to go to the doctor to get her IUD removed but was told that she would probably have to terminate the pregnancy because I wouldn’t survive since I had been in there with the IUD so long. She chose to keep me anyways and I was born eight months later. God obviously wanted us to be born because in the midst of slim chances, we were all born healthy. We could have been aborted and my mom, according to current pro-choicers, had every “right” to do so.
He reached down and touched my mom to heal her (otherwise me and my siblings, and our kids, would not exist at all) and then he reached down and convinced her to choose life for us. He gave me life and so I can do nothing less than live it fully for Him.
Throughout my whole life, and especially after hearing my mom’s own story, I know that God has a purpose and a plan for everything He does. My pro-life stance does not come from me being brainwashed or preconditioned to believe a certain way. It comes from a healthy place of medical facts, Biblical truth (Jer. 1:5, 29:11-14; Psalm 139:13-16), and personal experience. God has a plan, and he chose my mom, my siblings, my son, and myself to be a part of it and given the choice I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Shouldn’t every life have the chance to be lived? Shouldn’t everyone, even the unborn, be given the choice to be a part of God’s great plan? I say yes and so should you….
You can Sarah’s full story including how raising an autistic child has strengthened her pro-life views by clicking here. Praise God for the gift of life that He has blessed her with and for His protection of all the lives that stand in harm’s way. May we be encouraged in knowing that what we do matters and that standing in the gap for the precious defenseless little ones is a honor and privilege. Let us know grow weary. Let us fight on FOR LIFE!