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The Value of Children

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The CBMW website posted an article today that was a good reminder to me about the difference between how society views children and how the Bible views them. Abortion is the result of a society that does not value children or the honor of being parents. Rachel Jankovic writes:

Everywhere you go, people want to talk about your children. Why you shouldn’t have had them, how you could have prevented them, and why they would never do what you have done. They want to make sure you know that you won’t be smiling anymore when they are teenagers. All this at the grocery store, in line, while your children listen.

The truth is that years ago, before this generation of mothers was even born, our society decided where children rank in the list of important things. When abortion was legalized, we wrote it into law.

Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get. In fact, children rate below your desire to sit around and pick your toes, if that is what you want to do. Below everything. Children are the last thing you should ever spend your time doing.

She continues:

Christian mothers carry their children in hostile territory. When you are in public with them, you are standing with, and defending, the objects of cultural dislike. You are publicly testifying that you value what God values, and that you refuse to value what the world values. You stand with the defenseless and in front of the needy. You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another—and laying down your life for another represents the gospel.

Our culture is simply afraid of death. Laying down your own life, in any way, is terrifying. Strangely, it is that fear that drives the abortion industry: fear that your dreams will die, that your future will die, that your freedom will die—and trying to escape that death by running into the arms of death.

Her words describe the battle scene on the sidewalk as parents who boldly bring their children out to plead with mothers, who are prepared to kill their own children, are mocked by the clinic escorts. And we expect the sidewalk to be a hostile environment for those of us who value life, but as Ms Jankovic writes, everywhere is hostile territory for those who value children. Her entire post is worth reading and you can find it here.

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  1. Ken

    On what experience is any of this based? I LOVE children. Just this morning on the bus, a mother and child were struggling to maintain and I helped with the stroller and distracted the child when Momma had to pay the driver. Children are revered in our society. They are the carriers of our genes and literally our future. When people becoma grandparents, they stop using the calendar to mark months, or even the year, and use their grandbabies birthdays and age to mark time. Show me where any distain and disrespect for mother and child exists? I would venture a $100 bill that it is where danger lurks for that child that people may cast a stray eye at you, momma.

    You know, maybe, some place like the clinic sidewalk. This is the focal point of the most contentious, radically extreme social debate inflaming America. And you bring your child there? SERIOUSLY? If “Sam” would have pulled out his firearm and started shooting escorts this past weekend, do you really want your kids to be dodging bullets?

    And escorts DO NOT mock you or your children. We are hyper-aware of children on the sidewalk and have specific and extrordinary procedures in place to protect and shield those babies from harm.

    I am sick and tired of you folks painting a bull’s eye on our back! True, we do not agree on much. But we are NOT the enemy. If we went away, abortion would still be a reality. We do not step on your message. We do not prevent you from preaching your spiel. We only ask that you do it from at least two feet from the client (seriously, where else do you invade peoples’ space like you do on that sidewalk, Katy?). And when a client or companion asks you to leave them alone or stop talking or to get out of their face, RESPECT their wishes!

    I am trying to grow my understanding of your point of view and truly appreciate the passion and commitment to your cause. I also know that there are some folks that need, want and seek out your version of unintended pregnancy care. What I do not get, what I cannot abide, is why you focus so much hatred and judgmental bile, and (frankly) blantant LIES on us as escorts. If we were the marauding band of baby hating “deathscorts” you portray us to be, wouldn’t we be barking at folks going into AWC about the evils of pregnancy and the dangers of childbirth? Show me a picture of that EVER happening, and I will quit escorting.

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  2. Lauren

    Hey Ken, some of your comments have made it sound like you do not love children. They are in summary in the “Open Letter to Ken” post (link below) and include comments where you state that mothers should have the right to kill their 2 or 3 year olds:
    http://speakfortheunborn.com/?p=684

    Here are two of the things you have said that have stood out the most to us:

    “Women get to decide when, if, and how often they will be mothers quite simply because they can. Unborn babies do not have an inherent right to life because they are dependent on their mothers for that life and as I stated, women can decide to terminate that pregnancy whenever they want. Is it contradictory that we do not allow mothers to “terminate” their two or three year olds? Yes, it is.”

    “As I said before, the fetus is a living human being. But it is dependent on the mother for that life and if momma says no, momma says no. Greater medical, legal and religious minds than ours have decided that this is the way it ought to be, so I yield to their knowledge and wisedom. Also, as I previously offended, human life just ain’t precious to me.”

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  3. Ken

    I find it odd and a little disconnected that a Christian would accuse someone of being wrong or an argument flawed when it contains contradictory beliefs. Virgin Births? Walking on Water? Turning water to wine? Bodily assumpiton into a spiritual world? Mary and Joseph never having anymore children? Jesus never having sexual relations his whole life? And do NOT get me started on the Xtian Side Hug.

    And we have a very different definition of precious. Life isn’t rare and our species isn’t dying off anytime soon, barring some cataclysmic event. Loving babies and children isn’t what you say, anyway. It is what you do! Where is all this save the babies crap when school lunch programs, day-care assistance, and single-payer health care coverage is being voted on? George Carlin said it best (I’ll edit for your sensbilities) “Pre-born? You’re Precious. Pre-school? You’re Screwed!”

    But you miss the entire point of my post. Escorts are not the enemy. Yet we are increasingly coming under fire from hyper-aggressive and violent protesters threatening everything from our jobs to our very lives. Even the previosly gentle men from your church in yellow vest have taken to shoving petite females out of the way and bullying senior citizens.

    IBC used to be different. You were reasonible and approached the sidewalk with compassion, compromise and willingness to act within the law. But something happened shortly after Brandy left – not sure if that is a coincidence or new leadership – but it was pallpable. You all seem to have fallen under the umbrella tactics of the Catholics. You want to come out with overwhelming numbers and use physical intimidation and overpowering speed to hurt the escorts.

    And like I said – Why? We could all go away and abortion is still going to be a reality. It will just be a much more violent sidewalk as already stressed out folks have no one there supporting them and they lash out. Ask Mary. Ask Donna. Both have gotten throttled and punched by companions and/or clients recently. Ask Andrew what happen when a combat marine flew out of the clinic and shoved him so hard across the sidewalk he almost went into the street.

    And then ask them who was the first to calm and de-escalate those situation by putting bodies into the center of the conflict. Yeah, guess what? It wasn’t any of you onward Xtian soldiers willing to sacrifice bodies for your beliefs. It was us heathen, pagan, athiest, baby-hating, violence provoking escorts.

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