Recently the Ministry of health released shocking statistics. According to the data over 465,000 unsafe abortions were carried out in the year 2012. It therefore means that over 500,000 abortions were carried out in one year if you were to factor the ‘safe’ abortions. We are a population of forty million; this translates to murder of 1.25% of the population. This is genocide by all means. Why is the United Nations not raising a hue on these unwarranted cold blood murders? Interestingly the conscious of many was not even aroused. It seemed like the same old tired news which we already knew.
Within a week of the release of these shocking statistics, we are back to our usual lives. We have all ‘accepted and moved on’. None of our politicians, who are quick to comment, even on the most mundane things, have found any reason to even make a statement. Is the situation this bad? Is our conscious as a country not pricked when such shocking revelations are made?
Our society is unforgiving to say the least. The society would rather turn a blind eye to someone who is sexually active even outside the marriage setup, as long as they don’t get pregnant. Most churches would only consider excommunicating a member for adultery or fornication if there is ‘evidence’ that such a thing happened, and what better evidence than a pregnancy. If there is no pregnancy to show, most people would turn a blind eye to the vice and claim that they have no evidence to prove it happened.So most people actually live in sin – as long as she doesn’t get pregnant.
Having known many married couples who have been looking for an opportunity to be parents for many years and yet someone who has received God’s blessings and is able to conceive almost ‘effortlessly’ and carry the pregnancy to term and yet goes ahead to carry out the abortion to avoid the societal stigma of being a single mother is quite shocking. If a child is conceived as a result of an illicit relationship, should that child be accepted in the society? Why such a child should be forced to suffer the prejudice of how he or she was conceived for something that he had no control of.
None of us chose how we were conceived and born. Things happened and we were brought up to this world. Some of us had parents as we grew up, others were orphaned at birth, while others have been brought up by one of the parents either due to death or desertion of the other parent, yet because someone gave us a chance to actualize our potential – we are who we are today for that.
When my son asked my why the mothers of those 500,000 children had to kill them, I didn’t have an answer. I could see a look on his face wondering if such a fate would befall him even at a later stage. He could not comprehend this news. He was wondering why the mothers would not have given the children to a children’s home or someone else to take care of them instead of killing them. Maybe it’s time we started being responsive and supportive to those among us who find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy. Appreciating that the child is innocent can go a long way in helping the said mother overcome that prejudice.
The pain that will forever haunt her after carrying out the abortion is not worth a dime. For one whose uterus got ruptured in the process of procuring an abortion, the reality that she will never conceive will forever haunt her. Support and appreciate the single mothers who chose to carry their pregnancy to term and give birth to their baby and risk getting rejection from the father of the baby. They are our heroes today, let’s honor them and appreciate them for making tough decisions under extremely unfriendly circumstances. Even when this happened when one is a Christian, we need to help such women who are bold enough to reconcile with God and bring up their children in confidence.