The Komen for the Cure/Planned Parenthood debacle combined with the Obama administration's decision to force certain religious institutions to provide birth control coverage over their objections has really gotten me thinking about life issues. I've been pro-life for as long as I remember and the idea of abortion saddens me. However, these sorts of issues seem to be taking on more urgency these days.
There are so many good resources online about various life issues that I scarcely know where to start. If reading books like unPlanned isn't enough to convince you that there's real money changing hands in the death industry of abortion, Christianity Today ran an excellent article on the influence of money in the abortion culture. On the one hand, one can see this as disheartening. However, I see it also as opportunity for the pro-life movement to learn and grow in effectiveness.
Bound 4 Life also had a rather eye-opening article up on their blog dealing with media coverage of pro-life vs. pro-abortion events[hat tip to Jessalyn from Desiring Virtue for tweeting the link.] The way in which the issue is presented has a lot of influence on how the general public views them. Since it lately seems like those of us who are pro-life are letting ourselves be painted as a small group of fringe crazies, I found this article helpful. And, by the way, I have been to the VA legislature many times - the number of pro-life sympathizers vastly outnumbers the number of pro-abortion sympathizers - but you almost never see that mentioned in the news.
We hear a lot about pro-life issues concerning the unborn, but what about after those babies are born? We as Christians are called to value God's gift of life, and it doesn't stop being a gift once that baby exits the womb. If we care only about the unborn and do not step in to support the lives of those who need it after they're born, then we are only doing part of what we are called to do. When I think of ways to help children saved from abortion, many things come to mind but adoption is certainly one of them. And this article on how adoption is Christian makes a wonderful case for it.
And then, at the other end of the life spectrum, we have that other life issue that fewer people seem willing to talk about - euthanasia. Sometimes I think we expend such energy protecting the potential new lives among us that we forget the old and the sick who need our prayers, caring and protection as well. This article about the rise of legal euthanasia in the Netherlands is not only disquieting; It also causes me worry for what might happen in this country. If we start to devalue life, might we end up in a place where we find ourselves offering euthanasia to the ill and weak whether they wish it or not?
Lots of food for thought here, I know, and it barely scratches the surface of what's out there in terms of resources to allow one to contemplate and deepen views on life issues. Have you seen any good resources on life issues out there? If so, share them in the comments!