Around our country a lot of discussion about “reproductive rights” and what should and should not be legal in regard to abortion has consumed our screens. Currently, we can’t open social media, or watch the news, without hearing about this topic. 

While many are choosing to speak up at this time, this is an issue that has been going on for years. 

Working in the “life arena” for more than a decade, I get to have a healthy discussion about the right to life regularly, at least once a week. 

Along the way, I have learned a few things about people and how to interact with those who believe differently than I do. Although I don’t always get it right, I have found the response should always be out of love. 

Through all of the discussions and debates I have read over the last month, the theme seems to be the same — blaming the other side for something horrible. If we put our arguments aside for a moment, we might actually see humanity, and we are all valued the same by our Creator. 

In following the second greatest commandment Jesus gave, “loving our neighbor as we love ourselves,” we will be able to have healthy, purposeful discussion rather than hurtful arguments about such a sensitive topic (and other difficult topics that come up in discussion).  We are making some positive life changes in our state with the governor signing the heartbeat bill (thank you, Gov. Parson), but there is still more work to be done. 

My hope is that we can all find ways to help women make healthy choices for themselves and their baby’s future. That we can break negative cycles, be supportive and offer assistance where needed. 

I believe that God has a plan for any human life that is created regardless of how he or she was conceived. And, that plan may be grand or it may seem small to us, but there is still a plan and a purpose.

I don’t look to change any minds or hearts through an article. I do, however, hope that we can come together and offer love and hope to those faced with a crisis situation such as an unplanned pregnancy, letting her know she doesn’t have to walk through it alone. 

Sometimes, all it takes to save a life is letting someone know you will be there with them and for them. And know this — you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are valuable — every life is valuable.

 

Amanda Patterson is the director of Alpha House Pregnancy Resource Center in Bolivar.

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