By Dave Andrusko
Like many of you, along with contributing to National Right to Life, I also donate to women-helping centers. One of my daughters is the President of the Board of one of these life-affirming alternatives to abortion in Virginia which makes the linkage even more personal.
I was reading their monthly email newsletter and was struck by the truth that no matter how deeply pro-lifers might be immersed in the battle between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death, we (meaning, in this case, me) can easily miss something that is hugely important.
I read the wonderfully encouraging news of babies saved. And then this further insight: “at least five of our moms who had previously had abortions chose life for their new pregnancies.”
Pro-lifers are overjoyed that the number of abortions, the abortion rate, and the abortion ratio are at the lowest numbers since Roe v. Wade opened the floodgates. Buried in that encouraging news, however, is that roughly 60% of the little ones lost to abortion were repeats, meaning their mother had already undergone at least one prior abortion.
I wouldn’t pretend to make global generalizations about repeat abortions. The reasons why a woman would have another abortion are enormously complex, as anyone who has worked at a crisis pregnancy center/woman helping center will quickly tell you.
But you can say with confidence that there will be a tipping point, where the decision for life or death will be made–a hinge, if you will. Something as “small” as the assurance that she will have a car seat for her new baby, or a stock of diapers, or a few sets of clothes for a newborn can–and do–make all the difference in the world.
This is quadruply true if the woman (or girl) also has living children.
Many churches periodically conduct a drive to collect just such items. Kudos and gratitude to all those who generosity helps women and girls in extreme distress, particularly the saintly volunteers at women helping centers.
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