Prevailing Against Abortion

Luke 1: 39-56
Zep 3: 14-18a/ Isa 12

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
(Luke 1:42)

For all abortions men performed
All the angels in heaven mourn;
May all – by God’s will be transformed -
Rejoice for every baby born!

In those days Mary set out and travelled to a hilly town of Judah to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? For behold, when your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! He has looked upon His servant’s lowliness, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name. From age to age His mercy extends to those who fear Him. He has performed mighty deeds with His arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as He spoke to our fathers.” Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months, and then returned to her home. (Lk.1:39-56)


Mary travelled a great distance to visit her older cousin Elizabeth. She wasted no time because she could not contain her joy, knowing that both of them were greatly blessed by the Lord, both principals in God’s great salvation plan. But upon reaching the house of Zechariah, and greeting her cousin, a strange thing happened. The six-month old baby in Elizabeth’s womb leapt with joy. Elizabeth and her unborn child, John, were even happier than Mary. Why? Because they were in the presence of the Almighty, the promised Redeemer of the world, the King of kings. Yes, a mere fetus just a few days old, but nonetheless a Presence that the babe in Elizabeth’s womb (through the Holy Spirit’s power), recognized as the reason for its existence and purpose. We recall that the angel Gabriel told Zechariah that John the Baptist would be filled with the Holy Spirit even while in his mother’s womb (Lk 1:15). This meant that he would be God’s messenger “preparing the way before Him” (Mal.3:1) even while still in the womb by jumping with joy in the presence of his Messiah.

This brings a strong case against those who profess that a fetus a few days or weeks old is not yet a human being. This encounter between the baby (John the Baptist) in Elizabeth’s womb and Jesus, the Word made flesh newly conceived in Mary’s womb is biblical proof that at the moment of conception, the life growing in the mother’s womb is a sacred creation of God, a person He has destined to be born for a purpose.

We once had a helper who was impregnated by her boyfriend (whom she eventually married), and being her family’s breadwinner, our helper was pressured by her mother to have her baby aborted. The boyfriend also tried to convince her, and even made her take some pills to terminate the pregnancy. When we learned about her predicament, my wife strongly reasoned against her family’s plan, convincing her that abortion is a very grave sin that she would regret all her life. Reason and grace prevailed, and fortunately the baby boy was born healthy without any deformity. Every time our helper paid us a visit, the little boy would run to my wife and embrace her legs. It was as if he wanted to express his gratitude to her for being given a chance to live.

Dear God, may Your message of life convince all women, whatever circumstances are prevailing in their lives that what has been conceived in their wombs is Your sacred creation, and has the basic right to be born. Amen.

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