March 07, 2006

A Step Forward, Not Back

All hail the legislature of South Dakota!

Today I was speaking with my oldest son about his tax refund. He's anxiously awaiting for Uncle Sam to give him back some of his withholdings. I had a flashback to myself, 20 years ago, looking for some extra cash and remembering that I had a tax refund coming to me. I was planning on using that money to pay for an abortion. Seventeen, scared and desperate, looking for an easy answer to a problem. That's the typical reaction of a pregnant teenager and it is only by the grace of God that I changed my mind.

Society and government has set age limitations upon drinking, smoking, driving, tatooing, voting, movie viewing; and other 'ing' words. Why would anyone believe that the mind of a girl, anywhere between the ages of 13 and 18, could make a responsible decision? A decision that can, and most likely will, affect the rest of her life?

I know that the South Dakota decision on abortion spans beyond age limitations, and even the 'rape and incest' scenario. But I am thrilled that a state government has finally stood up and said "No, no more killing." This is a serious issue that is far too often overlooked. Overlooked by a society that doesn't care enough to truly educate young women and the decisions they're making. Overlooked by an industry that feeds upon the revenue abortions create. Overlooked by feminist who purport to protect women, but instead insure their killings in clinics across this land every year. Overlooked by political parties in order to buy votes. The blood of those babies lie on these peoples hands.

I told my son about that plan I had and saw a horrific look on his face. The only thing I could say was "Aren't you glad your mother chose life?" The corners of his mouth came up and I knew that he learned something important today. He set off to take care of some chores and I just sat there. Sat there thanking God that I had that boy. That I wasn't curled up in the fetal position in a dark room dying on the inside because I had murdered my own child. There are many mistakes that I've made in my life, but praise God that's not one of them.

Every decision we make has a consequence. Make it a good one.

Cross-posted at Better Left Said aka Not A Desperate Housewife

Posted by Stacy at March 7, 2006 11:41 PM