“I didn’t survive so I could make everyone comfortable. I survived so I could stir things up a bit. And I have a great time doing it.”
Here, in two parts, is a wonderful speech from abortion survivor Gianna Jessen last year at Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Victoria. Australia – on the eve of the debate to decriminalize abortion in Victoria. I have a feeling she made more than a few people uncomfortable there:
“How much are you willing to take and how much are you willing to risk to speak the truth in love and graciousness and stand up and at least be willing to be hated?”
Some powerful moments occurred when Jessen pointed out the arrogance of aborting disabled unborn children and then specifically addressed all of the men in the room.
When i hear the appalling, disgusting argument that we should have abortions because the child just might be disabled – ughh, the horror that fills my heart. Ladies and gentlemen there are things that you will only be able to learn by the weakest among us. And when you snuff them out you are the one that loses, the Lord looks after them, but you are the one that will suffer forever. And what arrogance. What absolute arrogance and it has been an argument for so long in this human place that we live that the stronger should dominate the weaker – should determine who lives or dies. The arrogance of that. Don’t you realize that you cannot make your own heart beat? Don’t you realize that all the power that you think you possess, you really possess none of it. It is the mercy of God that sustains you – even when you hate Him…
I think in our misunderstanding of the way things work, we misunderstand how beautiful suffering can be. I don’t willingly sign up for it, but when it comes we forget, we forget that God is in control and God has a way of making the most miserable thing beautiful…
Men, you are made for greatness. You are made to stand up and be men. You are made to defend women and children, not stand by and turn your head when you know murder is occurring and do nothing about it. You are not made to use women and leave us alone. You are made to be kind and great and gracious and strong and to stand for something. Because, men, listen to me, I am too tired to do your job.