Today marks 45 years since the devastating ruling in favor of Roe in the court case Roe vs. Wade. In remembrance of the 60,124,744 human beings who were not given the opportunity to live, we wish to highlight a reflection by one of our youth, Elizabeth Racca, as posted on Facebook on January 20th.
Guest post by high school student Elizabeth Racca:
Today started off pretty rough. I had an argument with a friend over Luke 23:28-32. This argument ended up with me very distraught and heartbroken. In the Bible, the verse said ‘…weep for your children…’ and that is quite literally what I was doing.
I immediately felt a call to go to planned parenthood and pray outside for the women and children effected by this great sadness, (as well as the men and everyone involved). I invited my sister and we went. Driving up I noticed an unusually large amount of people praying outside. Quite a beautiful sight. As my sister and I begun to pray , I noticed a couple talking to a man that I knew well, who also happened to be praying. After a few short minutes the man came up to us and said “we have had a turnaround, that young couple was going in for an abortion, and now are going down the street for an ultrasound and Christian counseling, thank you for your prayers.”
A baby was saved right before our very eyes and through our prayers. I began to tear up, it was so beautiful. I’ve gone and prayed here for years, countless number of times and I’ve only witnessed a few conversions like the one today. I began to cry tears of joy while on that sidewalk with hundreds of cars passing by, they had witnessed too in a way but they didn’t even realize it. A baby was saved! Hallelujah!
We continued to pray and I had the biggest smile on my face; I was so in awe of God. My sister and I got on our knees and continued to pray the whole time just in awe and praising God for his amazing ways. Another man came up to the group and shared his story and how beautiful it was that we were out there and we got to pray for him as well. My sister and I stood up getting ready to leave. I looked at the cars that passed by and I made eye contact with a driver and smiled. We stood there and said one last prayer before leaving and as we turned around there was the women that was in the car a minute ago. She smiled and yelled I’m pregnant. Her eyes lit up with a kind of joy that is found through Christ. Melody was her name. I thank God for Melody. She walked up to us and said I just found out I’m pregnant and I decided to pray with you guys. Thank you for what you’re doing. She embraced us and we prayed with her on the sidewalk.
God took this argument that upset me so much, that left me broken hearted and made something beautiful out of it. On the very day that we celebrate his victory through the suffering on the cross. There was a victory today. There were so many victories today. Don’t stop praying guys, there is so much power in it.
God answers us. Let’s be a voice to the voiceless.
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Thank you, Elizabeth, for standing up for and praying for women in crisis pregnancy and for their children. Let us join Elizabeth in praying for the most vulnerable members of our society, the children in the womb, and the women who find themselves in crisis.
Roe vs. Wade – what’s it all about?
The Court issued its decision on January 22, 1973, with a 7-to-2 majority vote in favor of Roe. Justices Burger, Douglas, and Stewart filed concurring opinions, and Justice White filed a dissenting opinion in which Justice Rehnquist joined. Burger’s, Douglas’s, and White’s opinions were issued along with the Court’s opinion in Doe v. Bolton (announced on the same day as Roe v. Wade). The Court deemed abortion a fundamental right under the United States Constitution, thereby subjecting all laws attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny. (Wikipedia)
In New Mexico, abortions are performed up to the ninth month of pregnancy, and is named the “late-term abortion capital of the country“.
Since that decision, there have been 60,124,744.7 abortions in the United States (at the beginning of the writing of this article). (numberofabortions.com)
Do you know someone who needs help/assistance with their unplanned pregnancy?