Next week, in Washington D.C., the March for Life will be held on the national mall. The theme this year is ‘love saves lives,’ and because of the promises in God’s word, and my personal experience, I have no doubt this is true. Love includes all races, religions, and political affiliations. The Bible is clear that this kind of love begins with God’s plan and intention for every human being he creates. In Psalm 139:13, David exclaims “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (NLT). God’s love for each person begins before they come out of the womb, and his design for each life is carefully thought out. In Jeremiah 1:5, God revealed that he knew us before we were fully formed in our mother’s womb, and prior to our birth, he set us apart and appointed us for a purpose. Ever since the passage of Roe v. Wade, society has increasingly tried to deny this truth, by using deception to entice young women to believe that they are only aborting non-viable cells. I know from the story of my sister’s life, that this is not the truth.
My 23-year-old sister is a registered nurse, who has an immense heart, full of compassion and a desire to serve those in need. She also has a passion for life. Countless people have shared with me their stories of how they have been moved by her kindness and sensitivity to their needs during a time of distress. No one would guess that her life began when she and her identical twin were emergently delivered at the 27th gestational week. Prior to their delivery, my mom began experiencing contractions during the 19th week of this pregnancy. She was immediately placed on strict bed rest in the hospital setting. The doctors told my mother that the probability that the babies would survive to viability was dismal. Others might have chosen to abort the babies after hearing this disheartening prognosis. Not my mom. She chose to love these babies and fight for their lives.
Due to an excessive amount of repeated amniotic fluid build-up, one twin was pinned against the wall of the womb, while the other twin floated in an abnormal amount of fluid. When the amniotic fluid reached a certain level, my mom would go into labor. Consequently, a procedure known as an amniotic reduction was performed 15 times before the twins reached 27 weeks. During this procedure, a three-and-a-half-inch needle was introduced into the womb. As the doctor would conduct this procedure, an ultrasound was performed simultaneously, so that the doctor could guide the needle to the exact location necessary to drain the fluid. My mom was able to see the response of both babies each time the needle was introduced. Twin A would raise her arm and bat at the needle, as if to defend herself and twin B from an unknown intruder. This response was not a one-time fluke. This baby girl engaged in this defense mechanism each time the needle was introduced.
Twelve hours after their 27-week delivery, Christy Nicole, twin A, passed away. God used this baby in mighty ways even while she was in the womb to protect and comfort her twin sister. She beautifully fulfilled God’s purpose for her life. After three and half months and six major surgeries, my other sister Brianna Marie, twin B, was released to go home. For the next six years, many people worked with Brianna to help her overcome various difficult challenges she faced from being premature. Today, she is a beautiful woman who has exceeded all the doctor’s expectations. Her passion for life inspires those she cares for, as she encourages and reminds them that their life is worth fighting for.
I am so grateful that my mom chose life, as so many other’s lives would not be the same without God’s purpose being fulfilled through Brianna’s life. I march for life because in many states, my sisters could have been legally aborted at 27 weeks gestation. It is my hope and desire that through the powerful stories and testimonies shared at the March for Life event, my generation will see the intrinsic value, purpose, and love God has for each life. The most loving option is to choose life. I am sure Brianna would agree.
Why I March
The annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. represents a movement. A national movement that seeks to confirm the fact that every individual, born or unborn, has indescribable value that cannot and will not be duplicated! As Christians, we affirm that the unalienable right to life embedded in the foundation of this nation and given by God extends to the unborn. Mankind is meant to individually proclaim the image of God through their unique creation! The act of abortion destroys God’s most direct avenue for revealing His character to us. We look no further than Genesis chapter one for evidence that God intended each one of us to be his image bearers.
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV)
This simple message is what gives profound importance to me personally as I travel to Washington for the March for Life in 2018. In the decades since the detestable decision of Roe v. Wade more than 60 million abortions have taken place in the United States, let that sink in. In OUR nation, innocent lives are continually being terminated, dwarfing the most appalling genocides in human history! This overwhelming reality defies rational comprehension and must serve to sustain the fire of the pro-life movement in America. We cannot stand idly by while allowing our nation to choose the wrong side of history! The March for Life serves as a bold statement to OUR nation and the world that legalized abortion will not remain the status quo!
It is a privilege to be able to represent Colorado Christian University, the Centennial Institute, and our campus’ Students for Life chapter! It is truly unique to be a part of these institutions that seek to advocate for the sanctity of life so passionately! I firmly believe that students such as ours are being equipped to fight for life like never before in a society so diametrically opposed to the sanctity of life and the rights of the unborn. America is truly in need of a cultural transformation that re-directs the moral compass of society when considering the value of each life. My hope is that the March for Life and the associated events during the weekend will serve to bolster our ability as students to become more effective pro-life advocates and to begin to transform our culture!
“All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was LIFE and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:3-4, emphasis mine) We, as His people, as Christians, have a job to protect that God-given LIFE – especially in regards to human life.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to be attending and participating in the March For Life in Washington D.C. this January. I see participating in this march as an amazing opportunity to go out and stand up for something I strongly believe in. My beliefs have developed from my family life where I am the oldest of nine children and, as I was being raised in such a large family, my parents instilled in me a value and love for children and infants. They taught me that it is not up to us to decide how many children we should have, and who those children should be, but that we need to trust the Lord for the children He desires for our family. I have taken my parent’s teaching to heart and I now see it as being vitally important to fight for those beliefs, and to fight for the lives of those that the Lord has created but who can’t speak for themselves.
As I have thought about my reasons for wanting to personally attend the March For Life, I have realized that, while it is good to be in support of the March, it is important for me to be willing to go and be one of those individual faces standing for life. Even though my presence may just be another number in the statistics, I don’t want someone else to be standing for my beliefs when I can and should be standing myself. It is no longer enough to hide behind others and be supporting life. It is instead time for me to stand up and actually give voice to the young, the old, the handicapped, the critically ill, and the unborn – those who all have a God-given right to life, and whose lives God will use to His glory in accordance with His will.
God has challenged me and all people who follow him in Proverbs 31:8 saying,”Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.” God also says to the prophet Isaiah,””Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I (Isaiah) said, “Here I am! Send me.”” (Isaiah 6:8) I desire to respond to the Lord in the same way, in response to the call to save those who cannot speak for themselves. So by going to this March, and standing for and encouraging others to stand for life, I want to and get to say “Here I am Lord, send me!” This year, He is sending me – and I hope and pray that I can be a voice for the voiceless, and that I might be able to work to make a change in this nation and the world in understanding the priceless value of LIFE!