Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 10:32:23 AM
Awareness is raised for many good, important causes. Trying to stop the spread of AIDS. Promoting racial equality and harmony. Ending world hunger.
Yet they all stem from one core cause: life. They are attempting to sustain and improve the quality of life for people.
If I could dedicate a month to raising awareness, it would be for the sanctity of human life. Every stage of life should be respected. The beginning of life is just as important as any other point in a person’s life.
How can someone feel compassion toward children who have cancer but feel nothing for the innocent unborn babies that are killed every day through abortion? Terminally ill children who are given the chance to have one of their dreams come true may wish for a day with a celebrity or a pony or a trip to the zoo.
A unborn baby’s wish is simple: a chance at life.
Life is a basic human right. The right to life is a global issue that encompasses all countries yet it is a deeply personal, local issue for every woman and family involved. “About one in five pregnancies worldwide end in abortion.”1 Forced abortions in China due to the one child policy have sparked outrage and horror yet massive amounts of abortions are happening in our own country. In some countries, the percentage of girls aborted is much larger than the number of boys who are aborted. People easily denounce this as wrong. Yet is it not wrong to abort 90% of unborn babies who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome in America?
Life is precious. It is not something to be taken lightly or destroyed heartlessly.
Thankfully, there are organizations that take a stand for life. There are five local pregnancy resource centers (PRC) where I live which help 8,000 women and unborn babies every year. They provide free pregnancy tests, comprehensive peer counseling, free ultrasounds, practical help, referrals, and real hope to those facing unplanned pregnancies. PRC hosts an annual walkathon, “Steps for Life”, to raise money since they are a non-profit organization. I have participated for twelve years and raised over $10,000. It is a great opportunity to share with friends and relatives about PRC’s mission and the importance of life. On the national level, there is the March for Life2. The National Right to Life3 is a wonderful organization that spreads awareness, fighting for the rights of those who can’t speak up for themselves. 180, an award-winning documentary4, can be viewed online for free and has led many to reconsider their views on abortion.
Life deserves its own awareness month. Maybe then people would stop to think about its value. Maybe they would treasure their own lives and the lives of others. Maybe people would be more willing to sacrifice for others. And maybe-just maybe-by cultivating a high regard for life, some of the other difficult issues we face will begin to fade away. It starts now. One. Life. At. A. Time.