Children Should Be Taken From Their Pro-Choice Mothers (!)

On today’s episode of Useless Things Christians Say to Win Likes and Retweets From Strangers Online: Samantha D. is this close to saying children should be abducted from their mothers over their political views. Abducted and placed in our already overburdened, messed up, and underfunded foster care system, I presume? I’m guessing pro-choice fathers simply don’t exist in her world, since she specified only mothers.

I decided to do some incredibly lazy, probably very incorrect research to determine how many children this could be, because what she said was so stupid I’m actually struggling to believe she thought of this, typed it out, and posted it. Online. For others to read. But not ironically.

Anyway.

According to pew research center, 59% of Americans support abortion. So let’s say 50% of women, and therefore 50% of mothers, are pro-choice (this doesn’t count the fact some may only be pro-choice in certain instances, not generally i.e. the mother’s life is in danger, the mother is a child herself, or the pregnancy is a result of rape/incest). According to the census, in 2009 there were around 85 million mothers. That number has no doubt increased as it’s 2022 but whatever. Halving that leaves us with like 42.5 million mothers who are pro-choice in America alone. The average household has 2.5 kids, so let’s just assume all 42.5 million mothers had 2 kids. Sam here is advocating for the government to kidnap some 85 million kids from their homes because of their mother’s views. Mind you, she’s not even advocating that mothers who’ve had abortions have their children taken away from them, but merely those who are pro-choice.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but kidnapping children from their mothers over their political views is what sounds psychotic to me. Unless she plans on adopting all of these kids, which is still psychotic but if so, I’ll gladly start a GoFundMe for her so she can feed these 80 million children.

The abortion debate leaves no room for dialogue that could lead to any sort of meaningful changes in regards to what both sides want. Generally, if someone sincerely believes a fetus is not alive, there’s no point in trying to convince them otherwise. Taking into consideration the treatment of women throughout history, of course those whom are pro-life seem awful, cruel, and oppressive, wanting to strip women of their autonomy, voice, and ability exist in society as something other than “Earthen vessels”, which is dehumanizing. On the flip side, if one sincerely believes an unborn child is a living being that can feel and is aware of what’s happening to it, those whom are pro-choice seem awful, reckless, and murderous, killing innocent children merely because they view them as an inconvenience. Consequently, neither side can ever have any meaningful conversation about how to prevent women from getting pregnant, or how we can support women who do end up with unwanted pregnancies, because they view the world through entirely different lenses. When your worldview vastly contradicts someone else’s, there’s no way to agree to disagree, and there is no middle ground, because the other side will only be content if they get the opposite of what you want.

Which brings me to my problem with Christians. Certainly there are Christian groups who focus on aiding mothers, but the majority of Christians treat being pro-life as the most important moral issue in the entire Bible, while simultaneously putting forth the bare minimum effort in actually resolving the issue. Evangelicals generally are the loudest and most outraged about everything without lifting a finger to resolve a single thing they’re mad about. They seem to spend more time talking about problems, than even praying about them. It’s become a dangerous, lazy form of Christianity that has mistaken the triumph of a political party, or certain political views, as a triumph for the kingdom of God. Particularly when these political parties do nothing but promote culture wars and encourage division. Just because a politician is pro-life, doesn’t make them Christian.

Banning abortion is like putting a band-aid on gangrene. We may no longer see the problem but there’s still a festering, dying limb beneath all that gauze that needs to be addressed. And not addressed using caricatures and logical fallacies like deliberately finding the most obtuse, wealthy liberal women who say things like “I’d have 547543895439 abortions at 36 weeks pregnant after feeling my child kicking in the womb and if they were still alive after that, I’d strangle it to death with my bare hands and bathe in their blood” to prove a point, when these sort of individuals with their blasé attitudes constitute a minuet portion of women whom get abortions, or support them. That or saying nonsense like “How can U claim to care about children dying because of Gun Violence when u overlook abortion” which I’ve yet to find any scripture where Jesus used this sort of logic for anything but I digress. It’s possible to want children to not have to worry about getting shot-up in school and also be pro-life.

The issues that often cause abortion (lack of healthcare, lack of access to birth control, lack of sex education, lack of support, be it emotional or financial, among other things) will exist with or without heartbeat bills, yet I’m sure many Christians felt some sort of accomplishment at the Supreme court overturning Roe despite it achieving nothing. But again, this is where Christians ought to stop engaging in culture wars and step up. Jesus preached, sure, but He healed the sick, ate with sinners, and protected the vulnerable. He didn’t endlessly rail against the government and sin. In fact He barely had much to say about the government being far too busy actually helping people, instead of complaining online in the synagogues.

Circling back to my sister in Christ, Prolife_Sam is posting generally useless pick-me energy type stuff on Twitter instead of actually doing something. Like I doubt she’s fostering any kids or volunteering/donating at whatever the equivalent of AvaCare is where she lives. Sam is like many Evangelicals more concerned with spouting off useless “hot takes” to win the applause of man whilst doing nothing to resolve the issues they’re talking. Approximately zero pro-choice individuals read that tweet and went, “well gosh golly gee, you’ve changed my entire view on abortion by threatening to kidnap my children. I am now pro-life!”

Faith without works is dead. Instead of using their faith and platforms to work towards solutions that eliminate the problems that plague society, Christians like Sam sit around feeling morally superior for not partaking in certain activities as if that makes them any less of a sinner than everyone else. Furthermore, Amos 5: 21-24 says, “I hate, I despise your feasts and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; … Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps, I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like and everlasting flowing stream.” (ESV)

Christianity shouldn’t simply be synonymous with pro-life, marches, and signs advocating for the unborn, but for supporting mothers around them in whatever ways they can, even if it’s something as simple as offering to watch someone’s kids for a night, or cooking them a few meals. Care about the children who have been born and advocate for their safety just as hard as you do for the unborn. Push for laws that don’t simply ban abortion, but provide better access to affordable healthcare, paid sick leave, maternity leave, and flexible working hours so mothers don’t have to feel as if they’re choosing between having a kid and being one pay-check away from homelessness. Rather than wait for the limb to die, prevent the wound that caused the gangrene in the first place.

Apparently Pro-choice Christians Don’t Exist

@thehannahleeyoder

There is no such thing as pro choice Christians! The mockery of Christianity needs to cease! #prochoicechristian #prolifechristian #prolife4life

♬ Prochoice is not of God because God is light – Hannahlee Yoder

I generally like Hannah Lee Yoder, because she’s like always chaotic energy, her kids are cute, and she’s very transparent online instead of curating a happy, life-is-great-when-you-love-Jesus-and-lick-your-husbands-feet 90% of these sort of SAHM type accounts do. Also, regardless of whether or not I personally agree with what someone says, I appreciate those who boldly say whatever despite knowing they’ll get backlash online for it.

That said, my sister in Christ believes one can’t be a pro-choice Christian, which has she read the Bible? Specifically, the gospels? Nowhere does it say “x type of Christians aren’t Christians” other than to warn against false prophets using Christianity for their own gain and not to further the kingdom of God. There is literally one stipulation for being a Christian.

Romans 10: 9-10 says, “…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (NKJV). John 3:16 says that, “whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

One can indeed be pro-choice and a Christian if they believe that Christ died for their sins and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. There are no good works, or lack thereof, that can get us into Heaven. If there were, Jesus wouldn’t have needed to die and our faith is worthless.

This isn’t a pro-choice post. I’m pro-life but until I see the church at large caring as much about those outside the womb as they do the unborn, abortion, will never be the deal-breaker for me that it is to many Christians. I’ve found no Biblical basis to believe God cares more about the unborn than anyone else. And while it is true that once one becomes a Christian, there is an obligation to not only accept Jesus as our Savior, but as our Lord as well, what those like Hannah intentionally ignore is that many pro-choice Christians aren’t pro-choice, rather they prefer to not merely focus on banning abortion but on why they happen and how to prevent them entirely. However, these conversations usually involve advocating for things like universal healthcare, flexible working hours for mothers, a year of paid maternity/paternity leave, and living wages which those like Hannah (as a Trump supporter) believe are socialism and stripping away our freedoms.

Hers is yet another useless post on abortion that’s more concerned with looking holy, than doing anything to actually bring about righteousness. How about making a video urging her followers to donate to organizations like AVA Care (or whatever her local equivalent is) which provide free pregnancy care for expecting mothers? She’s always talking about wanting a lot of kids – how about fostering now or considering adoption? There are an abundance of children without homes who would love a safe, caring environment like the one she could provide.

But of course, that would actually involve doing something and not just being holier-than-thou online about it.

Hannah Lee Yoder is correct on one point though, we will indeed stand before a holy God one day and have to answer for our sins. I have a feeling on that day, many a Christian will be reminded of the passage in Amos 5:23, where God says, “Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” Or, in laymen’s terms, if you really cared so much, quit giving it lip service and do something about it.

Christians really ought to stop making noisy, outraged “hot takes” on social media for the sake of garnering spiritual wanking points among conservatives, and instead pray, read the Bible, and do something practical about the issues that grieve them. We are His hands and feet, not the government. It’s up to us as Christians to ensure justice for the most vulnerable of us happens. If abortion is truly an issue that breaks your heart, be willing to inconvenience yourselves to do what’s right.

Jesus didn’t spend all his time preaching on Tik Tok in the synagogues, He healed the sick, comforted those who were hurting, fed those who were hungry, and hung out with sinners as friends. As Christians, maybe, just maybe, we can learn a few things from His example and try doing the same.