Paper Doll – Guiltless One
My Thoughts, as a Christian, on Abortion
by Joanne Troppello
There are approximately 40-50 million abortions every year worldwide. That number correlates to an average of 125,000 abortions per day. As I stare at the two open screens on my laptop—one of a Word document for this article and the other data I researched about this subject, my heart breaks over all those babies that never got the chance to live.
As someone who has experienced three miscarriages—and the pain of those losses—it’s difficult for me to fathom how all those babies can be aborted, yet my husband and I haven’t been able to conceive a child to full-term, to hold in our arms and love.
When I first heard about the abortion procedure in high school, my heart broke and I wrote two poems. One was more graphic about the procedure, which I’m not including here. I think that poem was more for me to simply share my frustrations on the page.
The other one I called Paper Doll – Guiltless One, which is included below.
you didn’t ask to die.
Like a paper doll,
you can never give life a try.
Why didn’t she think
how you would feel?
She’s tossed your life away,
like a broken wheel.
What you were supposed to be,
we’ll never know.
You’ll never be able
to live your life and grow.
Couldn’t she foresee,
or really understand
how her heart would soar,
when she’d hold your tiny hand?
© Joanne Troppello
Christian View on Abortion
It is difficult for me to understand how a Christian can be pro-choice. I am strongly pro-life and know that God has “fearfully and wonderfully made” us.
1. God Created Us
God created us in His image. He gave life and Exodus 20:6 commands God’s people, “You shall not murder.” I believe that abortion is murder. It’s taking a life. Plain and simple.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! – Psalm 139:12-17 (NKJV)
2. Do Not Judge
In today’s polarized climate, it is so easy to judge others who don’t believe the same way we do, and those we think are sinning. However, as Christians, we are told to love our enemies and not judge others.
But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. – Luke 6:35-37 (NKJV)
This is especially true with regard to a woman who has had an abortion. I believe it was wrong that she aborted her child. However, it is not my place as a Christian to judge her. Her sin is between her and the Lord, just like mine is. God is a God of redemption. He sent Jesus to die for all the world (John 3:16) because He loves everyone and always seeks for people to be redeemed through Jesus’s blood.
3. Help Where You Can
About seven years ago, my husband and I went to a Pro-Life march in Washington, D.C. It was also a time for praying for the unborn and asking God’s forgiveness for us as a nation for aborted babies.
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! – Galatians 5:13-15 (NKJV)
As much as you are able, voice your opinion on the subject and share your pro-life views with others. Yes, this is a polarizing topic, but always remain civil and try to see the other person’s point of view. If you have the time and resources, attend the next March for Life event in Washington, D.C. on January 29, 2021.
Consider volunteering at a local Crisis Pregnancy Center or join a prayer group praying outside a Planned Parenthood Center. Just remember, that judgement should never enter your heart or be voiced through your words. As Christians, we are called to love others; especially our “enemies”.
My husband and I are looking into adoption. That is where we feel we could help—giving a child in foster care a home—and are praying for God’s provision and perfect timing.
This may be a dicey question, but I’m asking it. What are your thoughts on abortion?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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