Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Abortion: An Assault on the Defenseless

I was blown away as I heard the statistics in this talk of how many helpless babies are aborted each year. As I look at my little boy I cannot imagine taking part in eliminating an infants life. This talk was an eye opener to me of the reality of abortion and how quickly it is turning into an option that many feel relieves them of consequences when in reality the eternal consequences will be great.

LDS Family Services is a great place to look if you are thinking of adoption.

Russell M. Nelson, “Abortion: An Assault on the Defenseless,” Ensign, Oct 2008, 32–37

As sons and daughters of God, we cherish life as a gift from Him. His eternal plan provides opportunities for His children to obtain physical bodies, to gain earthly experiences, and to realize their divine destinies as heirs of eternal life.1

With that understanding and reverence for life, we deplore the loss of life associated with warfare. The data are appalling. In World War I, more than 8 million military fatalities occurred. In World War II, more than 22 million servicemen and women died.2 Together, these two wars, covering portions of 14 years, cost the lives of at least 30 million soldiers worldwide. That figure does not include the millions of civilian casualties.

These data, however, are dwarfed by the toll of another war that claims more casualties annually than did World War I and World War II combined. Worldwide reports indicate that more than 40 million abortions are performed per year.3

This war called abortion is a war on the defenseless and the voiceless. It is a war on the unborn. This war is being waged globally. Ironically, civilized societies that have generally placed safeguards on human life have now passed laws that sanction this practice.

Why destroy a life that could bring great joy to others? There are better ways of dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. When a life is created by sinful behavior, the best way to begin personal repentance is to preserve the life of that child. To add another serious sin to a serious sin already committed only compounds the grief. Adoption is a wonderful alternative to abortion. Both the baby and the adoptive parents can be greatly blessed by the adoption of that baby into a home where the child will be lovingly nurtured and where the blessings of the gospel will be available. Adoption is an unselfish, loving decision...

To read the talk in it's entirety click on the title above.
To read the Family Proclamation click HERE.

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