I am a mother.
It is the most uplifting, satisfying, difficult, rewarding, important, humbling, noble, educative, and sacred thing I have ever done in my life. It is brief, but its effects are lasting.
More than anything in this life, it is what I hope to find success in. It is what will make the biggest difference in this world and it, more than anything, will say the most about me when I leave this life.
Motherhood. That beautiful, eternal, bigger-than-life creation that begets new life and is given the incredible opportunity to shape it. To sculpt it gently. To color it brilliantly and send it out into a vast world in which to contribute, to learn, to love and to create new life again. The cycle continues and is the reason we are here today. What a blessing to be a part of it.
Parenthood is a truly miraculous thing. To neglect the great responsibility that it is will result in the most disastrous consequences. The very moment a man and woman conceive a child, the responsibility to properly nurture and raise that new life begins. It is no longer a choice. There are no more "rights" to be considered, unless they include the rights of that newly-created life.
Unborn children have rights. The right to proper care in-utero. The right to be born to a mother and, where possible, a father. The right to be allowed to live and breathe and the right to be loved. And oh, how they need that love. One of the common arguments for ending unwanted pregnancies is the inability to provide proper care, a stable home, the needed structure, adequate caregiving and so forth, but there is an abundance of childless couples begging for the opportunity to provide those things for a child of their own. An abundance of love waiting to be shared. When the possibility of a good life glimmers in the future, how can we throw that away on account of "mother's rights?" When are we as a culture going to start recognizing and honoring fetus' rights? Because they have them. And aren't they as real as the rights of the mother who brought them into being?
I know the life/choice debate is very heated with strong arguments on both sides. I am not one to say there is never an appropriate time to end a pregnancy. Certainly the life and safety of the mother should be considered in every situation, especially in cases of rape or incest. But when no danger is threatening the mother, it is time to consider the unborn child. A human being, like you and me, who wants and deserves a fighting chance at life. Can we be the voice for that powerless being?
I hope to be that voice on this blog. The advocate for children born and unborn who deserve the highest care, love, guidance and protection. Like a lioness, I hope to protect these tender cubs in every way that I can, because if we do not help them, who will?
I am Mary, and I am a mother.