Blessed with two beautiful children, now 16 and 21 years old, this approaching Mother’s Day brings many reasons for me to pause and thank my Lord and Savior for blessing me with the responsibility of motherhood.

On the heels of such absurd remarks this week from an Alabama lawmaker who, and I quote, with nothing taken out of context, stated ‘Kill them now or kill them later’, my heart filled with great sadness as I listened to his ghastly explanation of why he supports abortion.

At first I was infuriated as I listened to him talk about how some kids are  brought into this world unwanted and unloved. Then immediately I was overcome with so much sorrow thinking about this ‘culture of death’ that has been initiated by planned parenthood practices.

Back in January I watched in disbelief as people cheered and celebrated New York passing its new late term abortion law. Cheering and celebrating and proclaiming victory for a bill that makes it legal for doctors and other health care professionals, such as midwives and physician assistants, to perform abortions up until birth for any reason in the state of New York. Cheering and celebrating? Are you kidding me? This is what people are celebrating?

My heart aches.

This Mother’s Day I can’t help but think that for every life that will be lost to this inhumane law, there is most likely a woman who either cannot get pregnant or has lost a baby of her own.

As I listened to this Alabama lawmaker I grieved for these women and all those who have suffered the tragic loss of a child, or experience a miscarriage, or are living with infertility.

My heart aches because his remarks were a slap in the face to so many families who have experienced great loss.

My heart aches for all the families who have lost a child to an accident or an untimely death.

My heart aches for all the couples who are battling infertility.

I think about all the parents I know who have raised a child with a disability. Everyone of them will tell you the reward far outweighs the challenges and sacrifices because they realize just how blessed they are to have these children in their lives.

This Mother’s Day, I think about all the sacrifices my mom made for me. There is simply no way I can ever really thank her or repay her for all she has done for me. I love her more than words can describe.

As for my children, I can only hope and pray that they will continue to value life as I have as they make their way in this world that seems to devalue life at every level.

Every child is a gift and being a mom has been and will always be my greatest gift from God. Just sayin'.

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