My conversion from pro-choice to pro-life...
by Erin Olson on February 9th, 2012

Disclaimer: This topic is very controversial. However, my prayer is that my writing is portrayed not as a sign of judgment, condemnation or hate, but rather written out of pure love and obedience.
Recently after a heated discussion about abortion, I retreated to the solitude of my prayer closet. I cried out to God about why in the world was I a part of that conversation and how was I to handle the outcome of that conversation. I was frustrated, sad and felt completely alone. It was at that moment that a scripture was dropped on my heart – Ezekiel 2:7. Admittedly, I cannot quote the book of Ezekiel. I grabbed my Bible and flipped it open and read it, “You must give them my messages whether they listen or not. But they won’t listen, for they are completely rebellious.” (NLT) It was as if God himself was there wiping my tears from my face, holding my hand and gently assuring me that what I was doing was what He has called me to do. I couldn’t stop reading at just that passage so I continued on. In Chapter 3, God tells Ezekiel that he isn’t sending him into a land that doesn’t know his language so they, and he, can’t use that as an excuse for understanding. He also assures Ezekiel that He made Ezekiel with the same hard-heart and forehead as the rest of them so don’t be afraid. Then, this next verse stopped me in my tracks, “If I warn the wicked, saying, ‘You are under the penalty of death,’ but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. And I will hold you responsible for their deaths. If you warn them and they refuse to repent and keep on sinning, they will die for their sins. But you will have saved yourself because you obeyed me.” (Ezekiel 3:18-19)

Now, I don’t know about you, but that is heavy anyway you look at it. And, I learned early on in my Christian walk that fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. I have a very real respect and fear of God. When He speaks, I better listen, not just for my own sake, but for the sake of others as well. So here goes.

I haven’t always been pro-life. In fact, a higher percentage of my life has been pro-choice and/or indifferent. However, I want to share a glimpse of my journey with you about my conversion from pro-choice to pro-life.

I have never personally faced the choice of aborting a baby nor do I (at least not to my knowledge) personally know anyone that has made that choice. But what I have faced is the sorrow of miscarriage. The complete disappointment and sadness that comes from losing a baby, not of my own will, that is growing inside of my body. That baby, no matter the gestational period, was very real to me and I have a sincere, hopeful anticipation of a reunion in heaven someday. I have also had the blessing of birthing three beautiful and healthy babies. I have gotten to see them take their first breath, cry for the first time, sleep on my chest, nurse for the first time, snuggle, grow, laugh, crawl, walk, cry some more, speak and love. Losing them now would be tough because I have had the opportunity to know them, but losing a fetus never affords a person of that opportunity.



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God is gracious in that He gives each one of us free will – the ability to choose right or wrong. However, each choice results in a consequence whether we like to think it does or not. But ultimately, God always wants us to choose life. He gave us His son so that we may each have the opportunity to have life. God always chooses life not death. We, on the other hand, quite often choose death over life because of our stubbornness and rebelliousness.

In 2011 alone, many sources report that there were 20-40 million abortions conducted worldwide. Can you imagine? The number is hard to exact because it is hard to track legal versus illegal abortions and obviously some countries report data more than others. If God is the Creator of all things, then what does that make the person who chooses to de-create God’s creation that was made in His image? Once the fetus is aborted, God cannot recreate that exact image – there has been only one immaculate conception, Jesus – unless He chooses to do so for a point.

Many will argue that abortion, and the right to choose, is just a symptom of a much larger problem. And I say, “Yes, it is.” It goes back to the choice thing. If we continually go about our business making our own choices without affirming God’s hand in this world, then yes, our symptoms will only get worse. A couple days ago, the book of Amos was laid on my heart – Chapter 2 to be exact - “Three Messages of Judgment Against Israel.” These were serious prophetic warnings from God to the Israelites who were too wrapped up in their own world to listen. Sounds a lot like the world today.

What does this all mean? Well, for one dear Christians, we cannot stand around spouting hate and condemnation. Instead, we need to be available to pick up the pieces. We need to be available to cover the uncovered and love the unloved. Think there are too many “unwanted” children in foster care or orphanages? Then become one who wants them. Don’t think that it is someone else’s job, worry or calling. We are all called to care for orphans – “caring for orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27). We don’t know why God creates a life, but we do know that He has a purpose for all life. Find a way to serve women who are facing this difficult decision. Better yet, serve where the pregnancy rates are highest to share the Gospel with them so they too may experience the value of life and God’s purpose for each one of them. Help them understand what good and bad choices look like - read the Bible with them.


I am pro-life because I value life. I value the innocent life of a child waiting to be born. They are not created the minute they are birthed from the womb or by a certain gestation period determined by man. They are created and grown in the safety of a mother’s womb just like a caterpillar wraps itself in a cocoon and comes out a beautiful butterfly. This is God’s design not ours.
I am pro-life because I value the life I get to live everyday here on Earth and the eternal life that I have been graciously offered through the sacrifice of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I am pro-life because I am absolutely overwhelmed with grief when I read obituaries and hear of people losing loved ones and the question of where that person will spend eternity is on my heart. It really isn’t always the case that their loved one is watching over them in heaven. They never knew or accepted God here on this Earth so why would He prepare a place for them in heaven?

There is only one way to receive life – and the Way is Christ (John 14:6). As your heart begins to soften, your eyes will see new light.


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