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I am a renegade.
Yes, as an inhabitant of Greenwich Village in New York City, and defender of the unborn, I am considered a renegade.
It’s not the most popular position to take, as a young woman living in heart of Manhattan, but nevertheless, I am a prolife millennial.
The prolife movement has been making headlines recently — although, one would never know, because the mainstream media refuses to give airtime to the prolife agenda. BUT, yesterday was a huge day: Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump declared January 22 as the National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Yes, on the 47th anniversary of Roe v Wade, and on the eve of the National Right to Life March on Washington, Trump made that bold declaration.
I mean, check out the powerhouse opening paragraph of the proclamation:
Every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value. Although each journey is different, no life is without worth or is inconsequential; the rights of all people must be defended. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our Nation proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage, from conception to natural death.
I mean, wow. I’m standing and cheering, are you?
One of the things I really hate about this issue is how divisive it is. I mean, people feel so passionately about the pro-life/pro-abortion issue that they won’t even hear the other side. You get labeled one way, and then – bam – all of a sudden you’re the enemy, and everything you think, say, and believe, becomes tainted. Tarnished. Seen through the lens of either “barbaric” or “close-minded.”
So tonight, I wanted to share why I’m prolife.
Because, with the Right to Life March happening this weekend, and the Women’s March having just concluded this past weekend (which was shockingly low in attendance)…I think it’s important to look beyond the shock-jock signs and slogans, and actually have a meaningful conversation.
I live my life very differently than, say, your average millennial New Yorker. Not because I’m special or have discovered the key to Pandora’s Box — but rather, the life I am living, is a second chance.
I was gambling my life away during my anorexia, twelve years ago. That broken, 78 pound girl was literally at death’s door. I mean, when I went to inpatient, I had to sleep at the nurses station for the first two weeks so they could monitor my heart overnight, for fear it would go into cardiac arrest. I was playing with fire.
And since then, and adopting recovery, every morning I wake up, I thank God for the generous gift of a second chance He gave me. And I try to live my life through that lens, recognizing the miracle of life, and the beauty within it.
But you see, reading that, sure — it sounds like it was just a walk in the park. Some perfectly gift-wrapped Tiffany’s box that I merely opened one day and *poof,* I “adopted recovery” and had this complete 180 life change.
That could not be further from the truth. During my anorexia, I would have never said that I was trying to throw my life away, but my actions communicated just that. My destructive behaviors stemmed from the all-consuming lie, that I was unworthy of love. I believed this to my core — enough to literally die for.
To go from that basement of rock bottom, to a free and fulfilling life — it was not some magic wand, Cinderella moment.
No – it was a grueling process of letting God’s truth replace that lie that had driven me to that point of demise.
And it all boiled down to this one truth: that my life had worth, and value.
Not because of anything I did. Not because of a performance, or merit, or something that I achieved to earn that worth, but because I was made in God’s image and likeness, by an incomprehensibly loving Father.
That was the foundation of my recovery, that I have clung to ever since that momentous day my life turned around, twelve years ago.
And that is why I am prolife. Because if God can look at that broken, destructive girl, knocking at death’s door, and see her worth and value and dignity as His daughter — then who am I not to extend that same mercy and love to the child in the womb? The elderly in a nursing home? The homeless? The person with a disability?
Human life is not disposable. And I can only say that after nearly throwing mine away. I took the gift that was my life, and abused it, despised it, spat on it, and pillaged any and all hope. So only having nearly lost it, do I now know how truly precious it is.
At that rock bottom moment, although I didn’t fully believe it, I had to cling to what I knew: that God keeps His promises.
And if He says I have worth, then I was going to throw that truth my last chip. I had exhausted all the other options — He was my last and final option.
I’m not here to try and change minds or alter opinions. But rather, to just share this perspective.
The news stories are full of signs with “My Body, My Choice,” “P*$$* Power” and “Shout Your Abortion.” Sadly, those are much more flashy, and appealing to the masses to get behind.
But what about “Shout Your Worth.” It is a life altering, truly liberating mindset that not only changed my life, but saved it.
Consider me paying it forward, to the lives that cannot speak up for themselves, to shout their worth, too.
So this weekend, I will be saying a prayer for those marching in the Right to Life Rally in Washington. But moreso, for those hearing about it — that their hearts may be softened to the idea of worth for all life — from conception to natural death.
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“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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