By: Tom Stevens, President and CEO, Pro-Life Union
Once in a while, a little navel gazing is important. Consider your own belly button! Early in your life, there was an umbilical cord extending from your abdomen to the placenta in your mother’s womb. It’s how you were nourished. When you were born, it was cut, and eventually you were left with the belly button reminder of where you spent the beginning stages of your life.
“Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works. My soul also you knew full well; nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret, when I was fashioned…” (Psalm 139:13-15).
You were a distinct, unique human during your time in your mother’s womb—a completely separate person from your mom, though living and developing within her. Even as you rapidly grew, the pattern for your whole self (your DNA) had been there since conception. Out of the 7 billion people in the world, there never has been, or will be, another you. You were, and are, so precious. You are fearfully, wonderfully made.
There have been, and will be, bumps in the road. Real devastation, difficulties, and heartache are part of every life; some people certainly experience more severe tragedies and lifelong struggles than others. But your precious life is worth it. Sometimes the bad things that happen can be shocking, confusing, and cause us great questioning—but is that a reason to end a life prematurely? When we are being formed in the womb, we have a right to protection, safety and life. Throughout our lives and even at the end of life— because of the importance, sanctity and inviolability of human life—we don’t possess a right to end our own life or someone else’s too soon, do we?
It’s unfathomable that more than 15,000 precious unborn babies are losing their lives each year at abortion centers in Greater Philadelphia. They don’t even have belly buttons yet, but are precious, unique, and fully human, though not fully formed. Certainly those precious ones in their mother’s womb have a right to life. Don’t they?
This is why the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia uses hope and love for families to serve and accompany others by offering education, alternatives, outreach and public witness to eliminate the perceived need for abortion and euthanasia. We hope you’ll educate yourself. Think about it. Pray about it. Got a question? Want to talk? Visit prolifeunion.org and use our online chat, send us an email, or give me a call.
Become involved in your church’s respect life activities, in the Pro-Life Union or other groups’ activities, and in 40 Days for Life. Attend the first-ever PA March for Life on May 18, 2020. No time to lose; take action now.
(Article published in the Pro-Life Union’s October 2019 Respect Life Month newsletter update.)