Teen Pregnancy

Appeals Court Lets Trump Administration Keep Blocking Undocumented Teen’s Abortion [Opinion]

Convenience: Its a way of life for all of us. To many, it seems to be an appanage that is abused and misused. In some things, it is a necessary choice. But, when the choice is the life or death of a child, the convenient choice is not the right choice.

In 2015, a total of 229,715 babies were born to women aged 15-19 years, for a birth rate of 22.3 per 1,000 women in this age group. Take into consideration the amount of undocumented teen pregnancies there are outside of the United States. The teen, named “Jane Doe” is only 17 years old. It’s alarming to me that a judge would grant a child, of 17 years, the responsibility of choosing life or death on behalf of another child’s life. When I recall being 17, my understanding was not to a place where I even knew the magnitude of life, let alone could make a decision for one I hadn’t met yet. It seems to me that the value of life has literally been reduced to a decision. There is no inherent consideration for the life that has been created, nor any thought of what God’s purpose is for that tiny heartbeat.

The Psalmist David wrote, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.” Without consulting the One who made us, can we really make an informed decision? Can our human minds really understand the greater purpose the Father has for each and every one of His children, no matter how they were brought into the world? I will never understand the mindset of anyone who has never had a hand in creating a life, think that they can process the purpose and destiny of a life that doesn’t even belong to them. Our lives are not our own and we weren’t designed to make those kinds of choices. If the Lord Himself created man out of the dust of the ground and breathed him into life, there is no way that an embryo doesn’t matter to the Kingdom.

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7

This young girl is like so many others; who feel trapped and confused and alone. In this case, what should have take place is an opportunity for someone to show her the value of the child growing inside of her. By giving her all of the facts, she then, can make a more informed decision. But, because she’s an undocumented immigrant, she is denied that right simply because she isn’t a native of this country. Instead, a judge, who is well aware of the possible medical and emotional repercussions, allowed her to do something she may regret for the rest of her life. Abortion is not a right, it (for the most part) is a unfortunate symptom of our sin conscious world. Millions upon millions of young women and girls are forced to have abortions instead of being given the right to learn about what they are doing before she steps foot in the community clinic.

As this story is still unfolding, my hope is the her sponsor is the one who does what the judge did not; give her a right to be educated. Utilizing all of your resources and consulting the Giver of life, can help prevent the slew of “convenience” abortions we see far too often in society today. No woman should be shamed into taking a life that isn’t hers. No woman should be convinced that the death of an unknown life is always the best choice for her. And no woman should have access to this country and not be given a chance to know about the purpose growing inside of her. Every single life matters to the Father and when we understand that, we’ll change an entire generation for the better.

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