Identifying with her uncertain future

"Uncertain future" from JFA's Art of Life Exhibit.

This panel from JFA's Art of Life Exhibit features "La ofrenda" ("The offering") by Mexican painter Saturnino Herrán (1913).  It may not be possible to know exactly what is pictured here, but since the marigold is a flower frequently associated with death in some Latin American and Hispanic cultures, this may be a funeral procession.  We can imagine that the woman and children pictured may be grappling with an uncertain future after the death of a husband and father.

Let's consider the woman who finds herself pregnant unexpectedly.  Many times she is facing a very uncertain future.  Will I be able to care for this baby?  What will happen to my prospects for a career or even my prospects to be able to eat and provide for myself if I give birth to a baby?  Will I be able to handle the pains of labor?  Will I be able to find a loving adoptive couple to care for this baby if I am not able?  Will I lose my scholarship and then be forced to work in menial jobs for the rest of my life because I had to abandon my education?  Will I be dependent on others instead of being able to care for myself?  Will my friends abandon me?  Will the father of this baby stick around or will he just move on because I'm no longer desirable to him?

Unless we've been in a situation of unplanned pregnancy, it may be difficult for us to identify with these sorts of feelings that a woman faces when she finds herself pregnant unexpectedly.  But we must try to identify with her and understand how difficult it is from her perspective to think about carrying the child to term and giving birth.  Do you agree that it is helpful to give attention to these fears a woman has when she faces the uncertain future a pregnancy presents to her?  How should this change the way in which we discuss abortion?  Do you agree with the panel above that makes the claim that facing an uncertain future is better than killing a child by abortion? 

(For more information about the painting, including a link to a high resolution image of the painting, see JFA's Art of Life Exhibit page.)

Recent and Upcoming Events - March, April, May

Please pray with us that God will cause hearts and minds to change as a result of conversations created by our staff members, volunteers, and audience members at recent and upcoming events (partial list):

OH — 3/24-25 — Mason/Wilmington — Interactive Workshops — Catherine Wurts

TX — 3/29 — Austin — Interactive Workshop at Austin Oaks Church — Jeremy Gorr, Jon Wagner

OK — 4/2-3 — Stillwater – Interactive Workshop and Kiosk Outreach at OSU

KS — 4/11 — Wichita – Survey Outreach at WSU

CO — 4/21-23 — Denver/Fort Collins – Seminars to Prepare Volunteers for CSU Outreach

CA — 4/22 — Irvine – Presentation at SFLA California Leadership Summit — Steve Wagner

CO — 4/24-26 — Fort Collins – Large Exhibit Outreach at CSU (Three Days)

CA — 5/21-23 — Los Angeles — Seminar and Kiosk Outreach (Two Days) at UCLA

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Featured Resource to Equip Yourself - April

“What Are the Facts?” is JFA’s easy-to-use resource for answering common questions about how many abortions happen at which stages of pregnancy for which reasons, as well as questions about abortion procedures and the legality of abortion.  This handy summary will both increase your knowledge of the facts and help you find common ground early in your conversations with pro-choice advocates.  JFA intentionally cites neutral or pro-choice sources for the claims made in “What Are the Facts?” to help you share information without putting unnecessary stumbling blocks into the conversation. 

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Featured Conversation Starter - April

We encourage you to use the post, “Is this common surgery helpful or harmful?” to start a conversation.  This post features an informational video from in which former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino explains in medical terms the most common abortion procedure, a first-trimester aspiration (D&C) abortion.  Dr. Levatino performed over 1,200 abortions before coming to the conclusion that “killing a baby at any stage of pregnancy is wrong.”  To view the video and share it on social media, see the links to the post below.  Remember, the goal of our conversation starters is to help an average pro-life advocate to create a conversation about abortion in a natural, less-awkward way.  If you use this conversation starter, please let us know how it goes!

Share the Post and Video: Twitter (@7conversations) ; JFA Blog ("Start the Conversation")

About the Making Abortion Unthinkable with JFA Resource Bulletin

For friends of JFA who ask, “What can I do to make abortion unthinkable?” this resource bulletin offers some answers.  Beyond supporting JFA financially, which enables JFA’s trainers and volunteers to create conversations that make abortion unthinkable at JFA’s events, you can PRAY for the conversations the JFA community is creating (including your own), PREPARE for conversations, and START conversations.