We didn't know

11 Feb, 2016 | South Asia
Ellyn S
28 women squeezed into the small room, wrapping their blankets around them to ward off the evening chill. Mostly they sat on the mud-packed floor or straw mats; a few found some chairs. As the film began, the excited chatter quieted and those who continued to talk were shushed by those that wanted to hear. It was a film about abortion and the biblical perspective.

In this remote part of South Asia, many women—even those watching the film—had made the trip to a doctor to learn the sex of their baby and to abort it if it were a girl. The local law prohibits doctors from sharing the sex of a foetus with parents to prevent this from happen­ing, but people living close to a neighbouring country can simply travel there.

When the movie ended, the room was filled with moist eyes and sniffling.

One of the women who had showed the film stood up. She and her friend were part of an OM team that lives in remote villages for up to a year, teaching about basic hygiene and sani­tation, teaching adult literacy classes, and many other community work projects.

That night, the team members led the women in a discussion about what they had seen. For many it was the first time they had heard that a foetus was alive in the womb, that aborting a foetus meant killing it, and that the procedure left women feeling a sense of loss and guilt. The women cried as they talked, many of them sharing from their own personal experiences.

“Why hadn’t the doctor given them more information?” “Why didn’t their government educate them about it in school?” “What other option was there?” The pain and sorrow was tangible as women posed these difficult questions.

One of the OM members shared about God’s love and forgiveness--that He knows us and every decision we make and still loves us. She challenged the women to take this information and pass it on to their daughters and friends, anyone who would listen, and to tell others that God values women and their unborn daughters and wants them to know Him.

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