Yet another reason why we must fight for the unborn


Abortion does not save lives. It ends them. 55 million over the past 40 years to be precise.

But that irrefutable fact didn’t stop MSNBC host Toure Neblett this past week from thanking God that abortion is legal, and that in some ways it saved his life.

Just how did it save his life? you’re probably wondering.

I’ll let Mr Neblett explain:

15 years [ago]I was in a committed relationship with a woman who I knew was just not the one. She also knew it probably wasn’t going to work out and then she got pregnant, and I was terrified.

I knew [we]were not going to be able to form a lasting family. She decided it was best to have an abortion and days later she did, we did, and in some ways that choice saved my life

Mr Neblett went on to say he was not smart enough or man enough to raise a child at that time, so he would have destroyed three lives had this woman given birth to their child. “I thank God,” he concluded, “that when I fell into a bad situation, abortion was there to save me.”

Mr. Neblett does a nice job of putting a cheery spin on a decision no one should be proud of. But what he should have said is “Look, I treated this woman as an object in order to satisfy my sexual desires. I knew full well I might end up becoming a father, but I did it anyway. What I am truly thankful for is a handful of Supreme Court justices whose decision on a court case 40 years ago allowed me to weasel my way out of taking responsibility for my actions.”

What’s curious about Mr. Neblett’s decision to thank God is that doing so contradicts everything we know about God. Didn’t God tell us not to kill one another? Didn’t Christ say there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another? Didn’t Christ also say that when we take care of the unwanted, the poor and the neglected, we are actually taking care of Him? And didn’t Christ say “he who seeks to save his life will surely lose it”?

If Mr. Neblett was truly a family man (as he later assures his viewers he is), then why didn’t he give up his child for adoption? Why not allow this “unwanted” child to live in a household where it would be cared for? Wouldn’t that be better than denying it the gift of life all together?

The mother of Ryan Bomberger seemed to think so.

In 1970, Ryan’s biological mother was raped. Despite her pain, she chose life and decided to give him up for adoption. He was taken in by a loving, Christian family of 15 and has gone on to do many amazing things, including raising a family of his own and winning an Emmy. But what I imagine he is most proud of is his work with The Radiance Foundation, an organization he founded with his wife Bethany. The Radiance Foundation is an organization that seeks to affirm the intrinsic value of each and every person, including “unwanted” and unplanned pregnancies like the one his mother had in 1970 and the one Mr. Neblett had 15 years ago.

Here’s a brief video about Ryan’s fascinating life

As previously mentioned, Ryan is active in the pro-life movement. Just the other day he appeared on MSNBC to discuss the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade. It’s definitely worth watching.

If you’re interested in learning more about The Radiance Foundation, I encourage you to visit their website. Bravo, Ryan. Bravo. You’ve given us just one more reason to continue the fight for the unborn.

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Stephen Kokx is a freelance writer and adjunct professor of political science living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has previously worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Peace and Justice. His writing on religion, politics and Catholic social teaching has appeared in a number of outlets, including Crisis Magazine, The American Thinker and his hometown paper The Grand Rapids Press. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, and is a graduate of Aquinas College and Loyola University Chicago. Follow Stephen on twitter @StephenKokx

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