By David Morgan
"Babies are the joy of life," said a Philadelphia area woman.
Like an expert "umpire," she made a good call. Infant silly expressions and chuckles drive their "fans" to smile! Lately though, who is really "rooting" for these "rookies" ...............when they are unborn? Expectant mothers and fathers can "step up to bat" for their unborn child in love. They can view their baby's development, a "sprint" with ultrasound live video. Also they can "walk" through/scroll to "First trimester growth and development benchmarks" in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia website (https://www.chop.edu/conditions-diseases/first-trimester).
There they can study the "play by play" of events. By 4 weeks the heart is beating like the "rhythm of music in the stands." By 8 weeks these young ones are well formed, displaying fingers and toes, moving around like "running the bases." And in 12 weeks they are totally formed, just like the rest of us "players" at life, but smaller, in their own "little league." They are such lovable "stars," with their own unique DNA like a "special name and number" on each "jersey." They are waiting "on deck" to be born. However, many politicians, writers and cartoonists want lots of them "locked out of the park!" Plus Planned Parenthood, throws a "big curve ball" by not offering up much parenthood at all.
Checking "stats" in their latest annual report (https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/facts-figures/annual-report) 383,460 abortions were performed versus only 8,775 prenatal visits and a mere 1,940 adoption referrals. (page 27)
It is time to "take a swing" at the $633.4 million (of our hard earned tax payments page 30) going to Planned Parenthood, and "line drive" it over to life promoting health centers. Politicians who fund unrestricted abortion at taxpayer expense should be "thrown out when they are off base" by voters. A woman may give birth to a babe like the renowned "Babe Ruth" of baseball's early days. The American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists https://aaplog.org/ has "scouted out" the mom's risks of abortion physically as well as emotionally, even in future pregnancies. AAPLOG also has a statement about the "team approach" to saving the lives of both mother and unborn child: Premature Delivery is Not Induced Abortion – Prolife OBGYNS – AAPLOG – American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Delivery of a baby, like "delivery of a pitch" has a better outcome than the "balk" known as abortion. Like refreshing food at the "snack stand," there is help for women by women in pregnancy resource centers. The phrase "loving them both" is "in play". The needs of the total person including counseling (even for abortion grief) and personal provisions can be addressed or met in "out of the park home run" wonderful ways! Many centers "coach" and help until the child is 5 years old, with no tax dollars accepted from inflationary government spending. One of the most celebrated holidays, Christmas, began with Christ's birth; involving traveling with effort like mounting the "stadium stairs." It was like a "rain delay," an inconvenient time to give birth to baby Savior, yet it brought "good news for all people." Luke 2: 10-11 in Bible. Dedicated love is needed from the start, the "singing of the national anthem" time, leading with big effort to lullabies sung. For parents the first sight, like the start of "opening day" should be Baby's ultrasound picture, followed by a lifetime of photos with smiles among family, in places of worship, in school and maybe on the "team!"