For You From The Word
Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice. (Proverbs 20:18, NLT)
For You To Think About
Former abortion clinic workers describe they are trained to counsel pregnant women by assuming that the woman knows what she wants and has already made a decision to terminate. These counselors are taught to couch their language so as not to “scare” women and prevent them from completing the procedure.
Yet so many times it is thorough, compassionate pregnancy counseling allows a woman a true choice. If you or someone you know faces an unplanned pregnancy, be sure to connect with a pregnancy counselor who asks these questions and offers this information.
- The counselor refers to your “baby,” “fetus,” or “embryo.” This language humanizes the pregnancy. Skewed counseling simply refers to “the tissue,” “the products of conception,” or “the contents of the uterus.”
- The counselor explains fetal development. She will show you pictures of what your baby looks like at your current phase of pregnancy.
- The counselor offers a translator to you if you do not speak English.
- The counselor meets with you privately, not only for confidentiality but also for your protection. (An abusive partner or overbearing family member who is part of the counseling may coerce a woman into the procedure … a procedure that is allegedly “a choice.”)
- The counselor explains choices including the adoption option, maternity homes, and birthing centers.
- The counselor asks if you have questions … if you want to talk about your decision … if you need anything or any help.
A pregnant woman is in a very vulnerable position. Often confused and afraid, she is at the cusp of making momentous life decisions. Objective, caring pregnancy counseling can make a difference for her not only in the moment, but for the rest of her life.
For You To Pray
Touch the lives of pregnancy counselors. Give them wisdom and courage to share complete information. Let the hearts of the women they counsel be open to Your guidance.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.