Feed the Children
I’ve lately noticed a trend among people who want to keep elective abortions legal in America. To those of us who are pro-life, they ask, “How many starving children have you fed today?” In this month of October, dedicated to respecting life, I’m sharing here my answer to that question.
You, who are pro-choice, hear pro-lifers say that we want to stop elective abortions in order to save the lives of children. So you ask us how many starving children we have fed today.
I don’t know how many I’ve fed.
I give ten percent of my income to charities that help impoverished families. I try to support candidates for public office who are in favor of WIC programs, Medicaid for children, expanded access to daycare, as well as the right to life. (Yes, it’s extremely difficult to find such a candidate.) Wanting to help feed needy children in any way that I can, I give every year to my state food bank; I asked the guests of my sister’s baby shower to bring baby food donations for an organization that helps mothers transition from homelessness; I co-ran an awareness campaign to support a local crisis pregnancy center; and I pray daily for parents and children in need.
None of this ends global poverty, of course. Not even local poverty. My little monetary donations certainly don’t bring an end to poverty in the lives of those who receive them. I am only one person and I, like every person on the planet, can only do so much, yet could do more. I’m little. But I try. I try to give hope to the hopeless, food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, and loving care to those in need. It saddens and upsets me that I can’t do nearly enough.
I assume, because your question voices concern about children who are at risk of death by starvation, that you are also concerned about children who are at risk of death by violent dismemberment or lethal injection. Right?
Do you try to help children whose lives are going to be terminated and the desperate women who don’t see any other choice but to prevent their children from seeing the light of day? Or do you find it easier to deny the humanity of a fetus and the long term effects on a woman who has suffered an abortion?
Lest we quibble over the term “children,” allow me to remind you that I am my parents’ child. Although I am entering the “middle age” of human development, I have always been their child — as a blastocyst, embryo, fetus, neonate, adolescent, and adult — and I will always be their child, even if they should be deceased and I a geriatric. The stages of human development are the stages of human development, they are not about how you develop into a human but about how you develop into each stage of being a human.
I regard every human being as worthy of continued life, in every stage of development and in every walk of life. You don’t need to be rich, beautiful, kind, law-abiding, talking, or walking for me to champion your right to live. I am pro-life.
I will respect and protect you, in the little ways that I can. I may be little, but I know how to love unconditionally, without prejudice. Do you?
© 2019 Christina Chase
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Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog and have written a book: It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.
You are Truly a saint Christina who keeps on inspiring so many people and I’m one of them
love you Christina
We are all saints in progress! I know that my progression is slow, and that I often take two steps backward for every one step forward. Through God’s grace, and by encouraging and supporting one another, we can become the people that God created us to be. Thank you for your encouragement, love, and prayers!
The postman came while I was reading this, bringing a letter from one of the charities we support, that helps street children in Africa. So, no, I cannot say how many children I feed. The other question is ‘how is abortion a feminist issue when so many girls are aborted because the parents want, or are pressured to want boys?
I’m afraid arguing from first principles is going out of favour, but well done for being clear without being shrill.
Thank you for reflecting with me and for the encouragement! Yes, more than half of abortions result in the deaths of females. (How can we call abortion “safe?”)
Knowing that you’re across the pond in merry old England, I thought I would share something with you about the word shrill, as I’m not sure it has the same connotation where you are. Here in America, the word “shrill” is often used by opponents of female candidates for government offices. I’ve never heard it used to describe male candidates, not even by those who are fiercely opposed to them. When men speak excitedly and loudly about an issue, they are passionate, maybe vehement. When women speak excitedly and loudly about an issue, they are shrill. I’m glad that I didn’t come across as shrill in any meaning of the word! 🙂
God bless you for the help that you give to those in need — you and I, and all who faithfully support charities, know that it is a blessing to be able to give, and a joy to be generous. (May God forgive me for all of the times when I’m less generous than I could be.)
We must Save all the children, because they are a Gift from God Almighty. How can you even think of saying No to the King Of Glory. Everything we have is from God. When will you realize that it is true. Time to think about it and Pray on it. 🙏🏻🌈
Thank you for reflecting with me. Pax Christi