We suddenly feel forced to choose between opposing positions.
We may not have the words to describe our position, but we long for a way to talk about it that isn’t limited by these two positions. this question and the conversations that follow are often polarizing, and divisive, even among Christians.
But this is more than just a polarizing conversation.
There are real lives at stake.
The political platforms frame the debate in a way that makes us feel that we must advocate for either the needs of the woman or the needs of the child. This makes us feel we have to choose between being Pro-Woman OR Pro-Child.
But when we align with this mentality, we find ourselves believing a message of scarcity, instead of asking God to give us a creative solution based on His abundant wisdom and provision. When We have an either/or mentality, it actually limits our Christian influence in our culture.
How does this either/or stance affect our ability to serve women facing unplanned pregnancy?
• 1 in 4 women will have an abortion before age 40.
• 52% of women attend church and have had abortions say that no one at their church knew about their abortion.
• 51% of women agree that churches do not have ministries that are prepared to discuss options for women facing unplanned pregnancy.
This is a problem!
Many women experience shame and isolation when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Because of this, They feel that their only choice is between abortion, or overwhelming struggle as a mom.
Unfortunately, many women don’t turn to their local church for help with their decision, because they don’t see it as a safe place.
Why is this happening?
Churches can find themselves stuck in the middle of the polarizing debate, feeling tension about how to approach the issue of abortion in a Gospel-centered way.
Churches then become limited in their ability to come alongside women as they make decisions about unplanned pregnancy.
a better way.
ProGrace is creating a third option in the abortion debate, so that Christians can have a grace-centered, non-political way to respond to the issue.
Because once we do, our local churches will be safe places to host communities where both women and children can thrive, during and after unplanned pregnancy.
And those communities are what can bring God’s hope – and his answer – to ultimately shift the abortion issue.