Ed Vasicek

This past week marked another anniversary of the famous Roe v. Wade decision.

Central Indiana, like much of America, is divided over the issue of abortion. There are a variety of arguments used by both camps. I am personally convinced abortion is wrong and that human life is sacred from the point of conception until death. I know many readers agree with my stance, others strongly disagree, while others are not committed to a position.

Abortion is admittedly a charged issue, and some women who choose abortion do so because they are confused or in a desperate situation. Pregnancy includes (usually) two persons united — the mom and the baby. But it is important to consider both parties.

I admit that all this is easy for me to say; I sit comfortably in my easy chair. That’s why I appreciate caring guidance centers, like Living Alternatives and Birthright. They offer help beyond the easy chair, guidance for where the rubber meets the road.

Although I could take this column in a variety of directions, I would like for us to consider some famous people who were almost aborted — or might have been a good candidate for abortion. They represent perhaps millions of Americans who are lesser known, but whose mothers chose life even though the moms were tempted to consider abortion.

Let’s start off with Justin Bieber, whose mom, Pattie Mallette, considered aborting him. According to NationalPost.com, “Pattie Mallette’s position on abortion is clear: Had she not converted to Christianity before getting pregnant as a teen, her pop star phenom son Justin Bieber would have never been born.”

The article continues, “Ms. Mallette is executive producer of the short film, ‘Crescendo,’ which carries a strong pro-life message and will be screened in pregnancy centers across the United States, and if their goal is met, around the world.”

Another famous person who could have been (illegally) aborted was Steve Jobs, founder of Apple and one of America’s true greats. According to rebelcircus.com, “An interview with Steve Jobs for his biography reveals that Steve was almost a victim of an abortion. He states ‘I wanted to meet her [my natural mother] mostly to see if she was OK and to thank her, because I’m glad I didn’t end up as an abortion. She was 23 and she went through a lot to have me.” In today’s climate with legal abortion available, one wonders if Jobs would have survived.

Tim Tebow’s mother was advised to abort him. According to USA Today, when an ad from Focus on the Family aired in 2010, “The … ad, featuring college football star Tim Tebow, didn’t mention abortion. But it reminded people that Tim Tebow’s mother, Pam Tebow, was advised to abort him. And that made some people very angry.”

Andrea Bocelli, the blind opera singer, will wow just about anybody with his amazing voice. According the UK Telegraph, Bocelli “... interrupted a concert to recount the story of a pregnant woman [who] was admitted to hospital with appendicitis.

“‘The doctors had to apply some ice on her stomach and when the treatments ended the doctors suggested that she abort the child,’ said the singer.

“‘They told her it was the best solution because the baby would be born with some disability.

“‘But the young brave wife decided not to abort, and the child was born,’ he said.

“‘That woman was my mother, and I was the child.’”

True, most babies delivered from abortion are not celebrities or creative geniuses. But they become adult children, moms and dads, police officers, surgeons, repair our furnaces, deliver our mail, and roof our houses. Human potential is amazing, human life is precious.

Ed Vasicek is pastor of Kokomo’s Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at edvasicek@gmail.com

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