Abortion…I was there in the beginning. Part 2 by Betty L. Arthurs
Looking back over 40 years later, it seems impossible doesn’t it that I, happily pregnant, was helping to care for, along with other pregnant co-workers, mothers killing their babies?
John finished his studies in May and found a temporary job so I could quit working.
We were waiting for a teaching position to open up in Wilson, NY. Julie and I played for many long hours as my due date in June drew near. What a relief to not work and have time to rest. But one day I stopped feeling life in our baby, something was not right. Frantic, we rushed to my obstetrician who confirmed that our baby had died. In a few days I delivered Christopher Lee, always an active little guy, with the umbilical cord
wrapped around his neck. He was so perfect, so beautiful. There were no ultra-sounds in those days to warn of such a danger. And I was in the hospital where I had worked and where they killed babies. Only God and his love sustained us through those days of grief.
A short poem I love comes from a greeting card:
Trust God when dark days assail thee,
Trust Him when thy faith is small,
Trust Him when to simply trust Him,
Is the hardest thing of all.
John did get the teaching position and we moved back home to Niagara Falls country. In a few years another precious boy was born, Robbie, and we eventually moved to Arizona. Through the years we became active in pro-life causes. I have held the hands and prayed with women in church and at spiritual retreats who were held captive in the bondage of depression and shame over the abortions they had…God’s forgiveness was there and they learned to forgive themselves.
We didn’t know God was orchestrating an amazing event. The event was the birth of a boy, our first grandchild, adopted by our daughter Julie and her husband Mike, named Kyle Christopher. We’ve been forever grateful his birth mother chose life for him. Now Kyle is married and he and Rachel are expecting their first baby, a girl. We treasure the years with our children and eight grandchildren, showing us the circle of life fashioned by God brings healing and hope.
Yes, I was there in the beginning and I pray America will wake up and reject the culture of death abortion brings. Will you pray too?
Betty, this is so strong! I’m praying that it will change the life of at least one person who reads it. Thank you for being so vulnerable.
Thanks, Donna, for your support and prayers.
Though I am of a different opinion on the issue, I admire the candour of your post. Cheers.
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Thanks, Marquessa for your comment. Cheers back at you.
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You have been a blessing to many people in person, and here you bless us with your writing. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Anne…you are a blessing too.
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It is unfortunate that so many people in our country do not recognize abortion for what it is: the genocide of the most innocent of all. Thank you, Betty, for being a champion of the unborn.
Thanks Andrea for your comments. Reproductive rights for women seems to be the clarion call of the abortionists, but I say, what about the rights of pre-born women? God help us speak up for all the innocent who can’t speak for themselves.
Betty, your heart felt post on what you experienced years ago I pray will touch many lives and change the hearts of those who don’t know the truth. Change our hearts, as a nation, God.
Thanks, Judy…together, we can make a difference as we speak up for our precious women and their babies. Crisis Pregnancy Centers are there to offer free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, nonjudgemental counseling and help for the whole family.
It’s interesting how much less we talk about what actually happens to a baby/fetus when an abortion is performed. I’d forgotten the horrific details until I read your post and remembered. Praying for peace and wisdom for all women, whatever their opinion, whatever their past.
Thanks Kitty for your comments. Blessings on you, Betty
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Had an abortion? Forgiveness is yours through God’s love. Take His gift and walk on through the storms in your life because we don’t condemn you, we forgive, but must speak out to preserve precious life.