I read the mission statement of the UNFPA today after reading about President Obama’s decision to rescind the Mexico City Policy (a previous policy that said any NGOs receiving U.S. Federal dollars could not perform abortions in other countries) and restore United States financial support to the UNFPA [bold-italics added by me]:
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
UNFPA because everyone counts.
What sticks out to me is the claim to encure that every pregnancy is wanted. How can that be done honorably and with integrity? I’m going to play the devil’s advocate and argue that this is virtually impossible.
Wanted by whom? It could be argued that there is someone who wants the newborn that will be disregarded by the natural mother. Parents unable to naturally give birth to babys wait for newborns to adopt them. Taking the anti-abortion side, I’d also argue that the baby wants the pregnancy. Would you have wanted to be disregarded?
With all the talk about social justice these days, shouldn’t we be investing in the justice of the unborn, rather than merely preventing births? If the government is going to spend money to “care” for women by providing them abortions if they merely don’t want their baby, or for the inevitable rape victim, I’m going to stand up and say that we should invest it instead for helping women through pregnancy and into adoptive families! Why not brainstorm about how we can support women through a difficult pregnancy and support a transition of the baby into families that want a baby that is not their own? Spend money in a caring way, Obama, please! These women have no idea how abortion will affect their lives! Let’s also spend money in family education, in ads through popular media that inform children what a loving family looks like so that they know if their family is hurting and where they can get help. Come on, people, let’s do some good, not harm.
Finally, what about women that get pregnant for a myriad of reasons except to have a baby? I know some women personally who have gotten pregnant to hang on to their man, to feel validated, to feel loved, to feel secure, to feel wanted. What about addressing the needs of women so that they don’t sleep with scavengers? These problems start at home for these girls and need to be addressed at the family level. Fathers need to be attentive to their wives lovingly so children feel secure. Fathers need to be attentive to their children so that they feel secure in love. Orphans need to be adopted and cherished.
Writing this furthers my heart toward adoption with my wife, even though we are fully capable to have a child. I ask myself as I write this that given God’s heart toward orphans and unwanted children (a smattering of the Bible below), shouldn’t I as a married, follower of Jesus take at least one orphan into my home and make them welcome as one of my own? That is the echo of the Father’s adoption of me into his own. How can I not?
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:17,18)
At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, 29 so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. (Deuteronomy 14:28,29)
Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice (Deuteronomy 24:17)
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. (Psalm 10:14)
You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more. (Psalm 10:17)
Granted, this is not a complete expository article on Justice in the Bible, nor of orphan treatment of Old and New Testament Jews and Christians. There are many more examples to cite. I’m just looking into a few really poignant examples. It should be noted on a tangent that the Deuteronomy examples also make statements about giving justice to foreign peoples.