We often complain about our work; yet in all labor there is profit. That's what the Good Book says anyway. In all labor. Say, could that include labor--as in labor and delivery? Is there profit in that kind of labor?
Think about it. What could be more profitable than delivering a new life? A new life that, with tender nurturing, could grow up to become a lover of what is right and good . . . a poet, pastor, possibly a doctor, or President of the United States?
It seems in recent years many have considered children a liability rather than an asset and a blessing. On the other hand, ask women who are not able to conceive and most will tell you they'd give anything to have a child. Adoption agencies maintain long lists of people waiting for a baby they can call their own.
Which begs the question: with all those people wanting children, why is abortion even an issue? As a pregnancy care center staff person, I spoke with hundreds of women who had unplanned pregnancies. Though no one wanted to abort, many considered it their only option: they were scared and looking for the quickest way out of their dilemma.
Considering it is no longer the shameful situation it used to be to have a child "out of wedlock," I have two questions for you:
- How can we encourage a woman who has an unwanted pregnancy to carry her baby to term, and
- How can we help her whether she decides to keep her baby or relinquish it for adoption?