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Stumbling across an annual abortion report on our State’s website, I decided to download it for future ponderance. The statistics tell a story. Stories of lives conceived and later terminated before birth. 

In fact. something must have changed in our State’s abortion laws such that the number of abortions last year rose dramatically compared to each of the ten years prior.  In years past, the number of abortions by residents of our State compared to residents of other States coming to our State for abortions was about 50-50.

This past year it was over 2:1. Meaning, two out of three abortions in our State were from out-of-state residents coming here for their abortions.  Almost 8,500 women got pregnant in other nearby states and drove hundreds of miles to our state to have their babies’ lives terminated. 

Digging a bit further, about a third of the abortions were White pregnant women, a third Black women, and a third Hispanic women terminating the lives in their wombs. 

Of the over 12,000 abortions in our state last year, about 80% were women between the ages of 20 and 35.  Of those 12,000 abortions, 10,000 of them were single women choosing to abort their babies.

Thinking about these numbers and how they relate to stories, it means there were around 12,000 men who got women pregnant which ended in abortions. 10,000 of those men got 10,000 single women pregnant. 

The statistics even accounted for abortions that were done to preserve the life of the mother or because the life of the baby was not viable. Of the over 12,000 abortions last year in our state, only one was to preserve the life of the mother and one was because the life of the baby was not viable.  In other words, virtually all of the abortions were elective. 

When something unwanted happens, emotions arise and decisions are made to escape that situation. Choices, in about 10,000 of these abortions, were because a single woman and most likely a single man decided to have sex outside of marriage. Their sexual intercourse resulted in a pregnancy that someone (the pregnant mom, the dad, or a family member) saw as a life not worth seeing come to full term.

If most of these abortions were young women in their twenties and early thirties, it’s an assumption on my part, but a reasonable one, that of those pregnancies, most were done by single warrior-aged men. 

What that State statistics report doesn’t tell us is if of the people having these 12,000 unwanted pregnancies, how many were Christians?  I’m not talking about religious people; I’m talking about people who have a meaningful relationship with Jesus. Were they some of the guys getting these single women pregnant?  We don’t know, but it’s a question worth asking. 

There seems to be a cultural shift, even amongst Jesus-following dudes to think that living with their girlfriends to save money is a good thing. Granted, inflation has skyrocketed these past few years and sharing expenses can help.  However, with all wisdom, same-gender housing goes a long way in helping the hormones from acting out on the cute Jesus-loving girl in the same apartment.

Young warrior-age men often struggle with raging hormones. They dream about sex, they fantasize about sex, and they act out about sex, whether with themselves or with a woman. Their limbic brain takes over and the next thing they know the naked woman in bed with them is now pregnant.

Yes, adoption is an excellent option compared to abortion.  I often wonder how many babies were aborted when Jesus walked the earth. 

I also wonder what Jesus would say about aborting babies.

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

We all fall in many ways. Before anyone condemns the woman getting an abortion or the guy who got her pregnant, the Gospel redemption Jesus brings is there for the asking. Jesus won’t bring that baby back but Jesus knows that child by name and extends open arms to him or her; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

I’m not sure about you, but dead babies bother me. It should. Yes, miscarriages happen, and grief over a wanted child that is lost during gestation can seem never-ending.  Dead babies taken because someone decided they were not wanted also bothers me. 

Instead of turning this into a political debate, consider the life that God says in Psalm 139 that is fearfully and wonderfully made. 

Psalm 139 gives a peek into what God thinks about life in the womb.

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For you formed my inward parts;

    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

14 

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]

Wonderful are your works;

    my soul knows it very well.

15 

My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

16 

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

    the days that were formed for me,

    when as yet there was none of them.

Since conception, God placed in each of us the desire to be seen, known, and loved. You and I long for such; so do the babies whose lives were taken.

Jesus, may you work in the hearts of men and women so that life is worth it from conception on.

Warrior On!

You can find the report at this link:

https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/29328/KS-Abortions-2022-PDF#:~:text=In%2Dstate%20collection%20of%20reports,care%20occurring%20in%20the%20state.

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of www.Mentoring-Warriors.com. Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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