Pro-life Song & Video: Stand up for Life

Pro-Life Song & Video: Stand up for Life

Uploaded on Apr 19, 2009

I wrote this song when I was 16. Now that I am older, married, and pregnant with our first child I have been moved and inspired to record it and finally get it out to the public. I have always been Pro-Life, but having this tiny miracle growing inside me has really made an impact on my heart, and I am convinced that if most people knew the truth about their unborn baby and the horror of abortions and how they are performed, they wouldnt think twice about letting their baby live.

“The Dream Of This Child” ProLife Song and Video with Abortion Facts and Development of the Unborn Baby.
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LYRICS:
The Dream Of This Child
Music & Lyrics ©Cheri DeGruccio

She will be beautiful, long golden hair
a heart that finds hope through the darkest despair
Shell be a mother, gentle and wise
they will see love when they look in her eyes
That is the dream of this child
that she can believe for a while

But shell never fall in love
Shell never see a sunrise
Look in her mothers eyes
From her her life has been torn
This day will be her last
Shell never get past
Being unborn

He will be handsome, tall dark and strong
Someone to turn to when lifes going wrong
Hell be a father, stand proud and tall
Gentle protector, leader of all
That is the dream of this child
That he can believe for a while

But hell never fall in love
Hell never see a sunrise
Look in his mothers eyes
From him his life has been torn
This day will be his last
Hell never get past
Being unborn

Unless we open up their eyes
And let them hear our voice
Its a child not a choice

Theyll never fall in love
Theyll never see a sunrise
Look in eachothers eyes
From them their life has been torn
This day will be their last

Will this day be their last
Will they get past
Being unborn

Catholics Must Stand Up Against the Intrinsic Evil of Abortion

Published on Feb 11, 2014

The evil of abortion is one of the greatest in the world today.

“Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary” (Pope Benedict XVI).

Most women remember forever the moment they know they are pregnant. It’s a time of excitement, anticipation and nervousness. The reality of a new, unique person developing day by day, minute by minute within the womb gives new meaning to everything else.

Expectant moms and dads face a wonderful world of unknowns: What will our infant look like? Will he or she be good at music or sports? And then comes the joy of seeing the baby in amazing detail through an ultrasound image.

Unplanned or crisis pregnancies, however, often set off a very different chain reaction. Initial disbelief gives way to fear, then panic. In desperation, women may make decisions that go against their instincts, but that seem like the only option.

Pressure to have an abortion can come from a boyfriend or parent who wants to erase a “problem;” from a culture that downplays the significance of unborn life; from laws that make abortion seem justifiable. These can persuade a woman in crisis to make a choice she may regret forever.

“As a teenager I assumed abortion was necessary for women to attain their educational career goals,” writes Michaelene Jenkins in Voices of Women Who Mourn, a publication of Feminists for Life. “When I became pregnant at 18 I thought about having an abortion. I also considered adoption, but my boyfriend said he would kick me out if I didn’t have an abortion.”

“I turned to my employer for advice. She agreed that abortion was the only logical option and offered to arrange one,” says Jenkins. “The promised solution – really the only option presented to me – wasn’t the end of my nightmare, but only the beginning. I was completely unprepared for the emotional fallout after the abortion.”

Michaelene Jenkins spiraled downward into self-destructive behavior and thoughts of suicide before seeking help and healing. Unfortunately, her story is common. But there are reasons to hope.

Saying ‘Yes’ to life

Over the past decade, pro-life attitudes in the United States have been on the rise. A 2009 Gallup Poll found that 51 percent of Americans are pro-life compared to 42 percent who call themselves “pro-choice,” representing a significant shift” toward pro-life views, according to the pollsters. Abortion statistics are still sobering:

  • Close to 50 million babies have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion in 1973, according to the national Right to Life Committee.
  • Nearly half of all women seeking abortion have had at least one previous abortion.
  • An estimated 93 percent of all abortions are done for elective, non-medical reasons.

But there are hopeful statistics as well:

  • After peaking at 1.6 million abortions in 1990, the number of abortions performed annually in the United States had declined, approaching levels of the 1970s, according to both the Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute.
  • An estimated 1.2 million abortions were performed nationwide in 2005, an 8 percent decline from 2000.

Behind the statistics are real women struggling to do the right thing under difficult circumstances. With the help of pro-life organizations, crisis pregnancy centers and other support services, many realize that they have options and can choose life.

Chris Bell, founder and executive director of Good Counsel Homes for homeless pregnant women, has seen first-hand the courage and determination of young women who refuse to settle for abortion. Half of these women have already had at least one abortion. Facing yet another crisis pregnancy, they opt to choose life, despite the sacrifices, the struggles and the emotional and physical upheaval.

Bell says the single greatest obstacle they face in carrying their pregnancies to term is pressure to consider abortion from people in position of leadership and trust. When he asks the mothers at Good Counsel Homes if they were told to have an abortion, the answer is a unanimous “Yes.”

“I tell people if they remember only one thing it’s to go home and share with one other person there are places where any pregnant mother can go regardless of her situation,” adds Bell. “That makes you part of a life chain that may save a life.”

Changing hearts and minds

Many see abortion as a right, a choice, and, increasingly, a medical procedure like any other. Messages about reproductive “freedom,” “access” to care, and other euphemisms mask abortion’s reality. People are desensitized to what’s at stake: a unique human life. In the early days of the pro-life movement, a popular bumper sticker read: “Abortion stops a beating heart.” Now we know that’s true, yet abortion remains not only a legal option but, in many circles, a morally acceptable one.

Today the pro-life movement needs to remind people that every life, even one conceived under difficult circumstances, deserves a chance.

“It’s harder and harder to deny the humanity of the unborn because of science and advances in medicine to save babies born far too early or to care for babies still in the womb,” says Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communications for the Pro-Life Secretariat of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We want to help people see the uniqueness of human life and to make that connection not only in their minds but in their hearts and in their commitment to the unborn.”

McQuade supports efforts to change legislation because “laws shape hearts and minds.” She recalls a woman who didn’t feel right about having an abortion, but since the Supreme Court said it was legal, thought “it must be okay.”

“The law contributed to the erosion of people’s sensibilities on life,” she said. The U.S. bishops have laid out a plan to take up Pope John Paul II’s challenge to “raise up a great campaign in support of life.” The main points are public information and education; pastoral care; public policy; and prayer and worship.

“We need to invite people into the beautiful vision of human life, to help them see that human life has dignity,” she added.

That means a total pro-life effort that’s more than preventing abortion. It’s about our responsibility as individuals and as a community to nurture and support all human life – the unborn and newborn child, the mother and the family. The challenge, then, is how to look after the total physical, mental and spiritual needs of women in need and to support them in nurturing healthy children and families.

Picking up the pieces

Women who choose abortion from fear that they have nowhere to turn think they are solving a problem. They often realize, too late, that abortion is not the answer. Wracked with guilt, some lash out at themselves through destructive behavior. Others suffer silently.

“I thought I was crazy. I seemed to be the only one who was having trouble with my abortion. Now I know I am not alone. It is such a relief to know others experience the same things I am going through: the grief, shame, and guilt. I always thought I was the only one feeling those things. I feel hope for the first time,” says a woman named Kathy on the website of Lumina, a post-abortion program for women and men.

Although women bear the greatest suffering in the wake of abortion, it’s becoming more evident that others – boyfriends or husbands, parents and other family members – are also affected.

“We are getting a deeper understanding as to how much abortion affects men, certainly the fathers. There is brokenness to the core of the human person,” said Deirdre McQuade of the USCCB’s Pro-Life Secretariat.

“There are all sorts of questions that people are suffering with silently,” She says. All those who participate in abortion need healing – not only the woman, but the friend who drove her to the clinic, the parent or boyfriend who provided the money, the clinic workers who assisted. “For people’s hearts and minds to embrace the truth, a deep healing is needed in this culture among the people involved in abortion,” she said.

Programs exist to help people heal the emotional and spiritual scars of abortion. Anyone wanting to take the first step can contact one of these organizations:

  • Project Rachel, a network of professional counselors and support programs for those suffering after an abortion: www.hopeafterabortion.com
  • Lumina, post-abortion support and healing for men and women; www.postabortionhelp.org or call 1-977-LUMINA-1
  • The national Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and healing (NOPARH), a referral service for those seeking help after abortion: www.noparh.org or call 1-800-5WE-CARE
  • Men and Abortion, focuses on helping men heal after abortion: www.menandabortion.info

Foster a culture of life

How can we change hearts, minds and laws? Simple actions can have a great impact:

  • Pray for those who consider abortion, for those who have had abortions, for legislators and judges and all in leadership positions who influence decitions on abortions.
  • Get involved in the pro-life movement on a grassroots level – be aware of pending legislation; send letters or emails to your legislators; bring speakers to your church.
  • Raise awareness about alternatives to abortion. Spread the news about crisis pregnancy centers and support groups that assist new parents through donations of time and much – needed items, like diapers, formula and baby equipment.
  • Visit websites like www.free2chooselife.org for more tips on how to become part of a chain that can save lives.

It was You who formed my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In Your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. (Psalm 139:13-14, 16)

(Source: Christopher Notes 521, The Christophers, 5 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004; Tel: 888-298-4050; Email: [email protected]).

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