I didn’t hear an announcement from the White House about moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem yesterday. It is possible they were just testing the waters to see what the reactions would be, politics is an interesting and tricky game. There was a lot written in international news on the subject.
It might interest you to know that Congress passed a bill called the Jerusalem Embassy Act on October 1, 1995 which authorized moving the embassy to Jerusalem to properly recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel. This was done during the Clinton administration, and he didn’t follow through with it. President Bush didn’t follow through with it, and of course Obama wasn’t going to do so. President Trump is indicating that this is going to happen. We will be watching this closely and keeping you informed. As I said yesterday, I believe this would be a great move.
On Saturday we had the big rally in Washington with tens of thousands of women marching the the nations Capital, and in other large cities in America. There were even marches in cities around the world. There is information about this group on their website. They planned this date quite some time ahead to protest the new administration.
What I find interesting is that the chief exclusive sponsor for this march was Planned Parenthood. There were some other groups that jumped on board to say that they support abortion. The cry was “human rights,” and “the rights of women.” The right they were pushing was the right of women to kill their babies.
I want to share something that I have had in my files for some time. It is the testimony of regrets of women who have had abortions. It is a bit dated, but the realities are still the same today. Allowing women to kill their children because they are inconvenient is not right, even if it is legal. Man’s laws don’t dictate righteousness, and the standard is righteousness. Morality is a moving target. It is whatever a society will accept. When a society accepts a standard that is against God’s, it is still sin. It is evil and destructive.
These testimonies were published in the Daily Mail, a major British newspaper, on the 12th of September, 2007. The government in England was debating not allowing abortions after 13 weeks because science was showing what we already knew in our hearts, that it is a baby. Unfortunately, they did not vote to limit abortions.
This debate prompted women to come out and talk about their abortions. As hard as what these women said is to hear, I think we need to hear it.
Sarah Giles, 27, works in sales for a computer company. She lives with her boyfriend, Mike, 29, an estate agent, in Northampton. She says:
Seeing the fetus on the scan – which you have to have before they will carry out the procedure – was unbearably moving. It was two years ago and I haven’t been the same since.
I had a general anesthetic, but when I came round I was lying on a recliner chair surrounded by the other girls in the waiting room, many of them sobbing hysterically. It was like a scene from hell. There was pop music blasting out from the office, and the staff were chatting loudly, ignoring us. All I could think was: “Get me out of here.”
After an hour, I was allowed to go home. My boyfriend drove me back as I sobbed helplessly. I was bleeding heavily, and two days later I was still in pain and bleeding.
A month after the abortion, I went to my GP to get antidepressants. I couldn’t sleep – I felt awful.
Today, I still have a huge sense of loss and feel that we did the wrong thing. Mike and I are still together, although the abortion nearly split us up.
I hope that one day we’ll get married and have children together – but I will never forget. Even today, I see pregnant women or happy young mothers with their babies and think: “That could have been me. It makes me cry.
It is good that in England they require the scan before they can have an abortion. I want you to hear the anguish in the words of these women’s testimony.
Sarah Fry, 27, is an import clerk at Heathrow Airport. She lives in Stanwell, Middlesex, with her boyfriend Martin, 30, a prison officer, and their daughter, Tayla, five weeks. Sarah says:
The abortion laws should be changed so that it’s more difficult to have one. I was 18 when I went to my doctor and asked for an abortion. I’d only been with my boyfriend for a month. No obstacles were put in my way, and the whole process was so incredibly quick and smooth that I never really had the chance to think if it was something I really wanted to go through with.
My abortion haunted me for years afterwards. I split up with the boyfriend I’d been with then, but when I met Martin and we started trying for children it took almost a year for me to conceive.
Then, at seven weeks, I had a miscarriage. I tried not to think about the abortion, but in January 2006, when we lost another baby at seven weeks, I was inconsolable.
In fact, I suffered two more miscarriages before getting pregnant with Tayla in December 2006.
When she was born in August of this year, I was thrilled – but when I look at her I sometimes think of the pregnancy I terminated.
Doctors haven’t confirmed a link between my abortion nine years ago and the subsequent miscarriages, but I can’t help but wonder if they’re connected – and inside I do sometimes blame myself.
Varria Russellwhite, 34, is an education officer for a charity. She lives with her husband and their three children aged seven, five and one in Sheffield. Varria had an abortion nine years ago at the age of 24. She says:
I booked an appointment with my GP for the following day. The three days waiting for the test results were the longest in my life, and when it came back positive I burst into tears.
Having an abortion was the last thing on my mind. All I could think of was how I would tell my parents and the father of my child.
I told Martin first. It was a massive relief that he would stand by me, and that night I told my family. I could barely get the words out – I was so disappointed with myself.
The next day, I booked an abortion at Leicester General Hospital, by which time I would be 12 weeks pregnant.
But on the morning I was supposed to be at the hospital, I froze. Every part of my body was saying no, so I cancelled.
I thought I’d be happy at my decision, but then my career dreams started to creep back and a month later I rebooked. I was 17 weeks pregnant when I finally went through with it.
I was given a pill and then a pessary the following day, which induced a miscarriage. I was not prepared for what followed. After eight hours I gave birth to a small but fully formed baby.
As I watched the nurse carry it away in a pool of blood, I felt so hollow at the waste of a life. I could clean the mess off me, but couldn’t wash the guilt from my mind.
Sue Hulbert, 45, a science teacher from Leeds, had an abortion in 2000. She has two children aged 16 and 12. She says:
I decided to book an abortion. I was 14 weeks pregnant. The ten days leading up to it were terrifying. I couldn’t sleep, and I was irritable all the time, trying not to think about what I was going to do.
Alan drove me to the hospital and I cried all the way there. As the nurse explained how they would put me under anesthetic while they sucked the baby out, I was shaking.
Seeing how distressed I was, she told me: “I’m going to give you an hour to have a think about whether you really want this.”
I cried non-stop for that hour but I couldn’t find the words to say no, so I went through with it.
When I came to, I felt devastated about what I had done and immediately regretted it. I went home with this aching, empty feeling.
Alan didn’t wait long before cutting his ties with me and I fell into a deep depression. It took me so long to get out of bed each morning because I had to imagine I was dressing and feeding my lost baby. I gave him a name, Patrick.
One night, I wrote letters to my family and friends and took an overdose of antidepressants. But it wasn’t enough – and the next day I was woken by the phone. It was Alan, who realized I could barely speak and called an ambulance.
With counselling, things gradually got better. Not a day goes by, though, when I don’t regret my abortion.
Do you hear the pain these women are suffering? Abortions are not just murder, they are abuse to the hearts of women. They have to carry the burden of guilt for having killed their baby for the rest of their lives.
Abortion is a terrible sin and our nation is accepting it as normal. We must stand against this horrible sin that is a greet blight on our nation. We must work to educate those around us to the evil of abortion, and do all we can to stop it.
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