God knows there was reason enough to have an abortion. The condition between Ashley, the girl my grandson Aaron married, and the little boy she was carrying in her womb became toxic. There is a name for it, but I don't know what it is. They never thought of that though, because they wanted the baby. The doctors took him at 24 weeks weighing one and 1/2 pounds and put him in an incubator where he would stay for the next three months. He was so tiny Aaron could slip his wedding band over the little guy’s hand and slide it up his arm to his shoulder.
Aaron is stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he is learning to fly helicopters. Ashley would spend much of those three months near the Birmingham hospital to be near little Aiden. It was an anxious three months for all of us, but now their little boy weighs 14 pounds and is doing fine. He is a handsome little boy, and although both Aaron and Ashley have brown eyes, it appears he is going to have the bluish gray eyes of the Bowyers.
It was hard for my Janie to bear children because she was so small and the first child weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz. with the second one weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz. Dr. Glendening cautioned her about the third child because he had to do some repair on Janie after the second one. She was determined though to have a third one so the doctor took our Stevie at the end of eight months and told Janie he should definitely be the last one. I can still remember seeing Janie lying there in the hospital bed after each birth with the baby in her arms and a proud, tired smile on her face. I was never more proud of her, or loved her more, than at those times.
It's hard for me to believe that we have come to the place in this country where we can, with little or no remorse, kill a child in the womb or kill it after it is partially born. I know there are times when an abortion is necessary for good reason, but using abortion for birth control is not reason enough. Childbirth is one of God's miracles and I pity the woman who has an abortion just to get rid of something she doesn't want. If a man and woman love each other there can never be an occasion that binds them together more closely than the birth of one of their children.
There is no doubt in my mind that God looks upon abortion as the murder of an innocent child, and Jesus said “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” at a time when others would have held them back. Jesus loves the little children and what do you suppose he will have in store for those murder them? They can't hide from Him, and I can't think of anything in this world that would be worse than the wrath they will face. I’m afraid God will have no mercy on them.
Taxpayers have sat on their hands and held their tongues while the right to pray during different public occasions has been taken away. Other religious rights have also been denied the majority because of a few, and I am certain the day will come when we will all pay for it. Perhaps that day has already come. I guess we'll all know soon enough. The fact is, however, that none of the losses we have allowed pertaining to religion even remotely compares to allowing our government to financially support abortion. The person who cannot see that casual abortion is wrong in every way, is either blind to what is right in the eyes of God or just doesn't care what God thinks.
I'm not presenting myself as someone who has never done anything wrong. God knows that I have done many things in my life that are wrong. All of us have, and there are many things I have done in my life that I wish I had a chance to go back and correct, but none of us get that chance. That's one of the sad things in this life, we never get a chance to go back and change anything we have done. We can only atone for it, and that we will in one way or another. What we can do is to use the lessons of life, and try to do better.
Abortion is one of those things that all God-fearing people are against. If we think it is not as bad to murder a helpless baby in the womb as it is to murder our fellow man we are sadly mistaken. We have slipped downhill a long way from the ideals this country was founded upon, and we seem to keep slipping further all of the time. The teachers in the halls of higher learning are teaching our young people much that is wrong, and our elected leaders are leading us where we should not go. None of us shall escape the punishment when our country does what is wrong, and only blind unconscionable fools can believe abortion is not wrong.
• Joe Bowyer is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached through the newspaper at firstname.lastname@example.org.