In the liberal and biased media world the pro-life movement is depicted in a very negative light. Many times we are seen as religious zealots who are heartless towards the concerns of the pregnant mother. We are characterized as people who picket outside abortion clinics or courtrooms and are fueled by hatred for those that believe that abortion is a constitutional right. This is all part of an agenda to dispel what the real pro-life movement is all about. What the media doesn’t want the world to know are the countless stories of women and men who have decided to take a stand for life. Stories that are wrapped in redemption, mercy and in the grace of God that prove life is worth taking a stand for. Stories like that of my friend, Ryan Bomberger.
Ryan was conceived in rape. His mother made the courageous choice to give him life through birth and then through adoption. He was adopted into a family that not only gave him a home but nurtured him in a racially diverse family of 15 (10 adopted children and 3 biological). What is unique about Ryan’s story is that God is using his life to bring a voice to the pro-life movement. He and his wife Bethany live out their passion to value all human life through their own family. Bethany Bomberger knows the struggle of the pregnant unwed mother, as she too was single and pregnant in her late 20s. Ryan and Bethany are now proud parents to four beautiful children both through adoption and biological birth. Ryan’s life and passion for the pro-life movement is matched by how he and Bethany live out their lives. Through their organization called The Radiance Foundation and the abortion awareness initiative they created, TooManyAborted.com, they are giving a new voice to the pro-life movement.
Ryan’s story is one of countless others that speak of the redemptive message of choosing life over abortion. The media continues its misportrayal of the pro-life movement as hateful but in real life there are men and women who have lived the same experiences and can identify with those who struggle with unplanned pregnancies. People, like Ryan and Bethany, who are reaching out to pregnant women, through their SallysLambs.org outreach, celebrating adoption while cherishing and honoring birth moms. Then there are the many foundations and organizations that show compassion for pregnant women and take responsibility for their decision to choose life over abortion. The movement is not just about being anti-abortion. The pro-life movement is far more comprehensive than depicted by the media; it’s not just picket signs and legislative maneuvers. The message is not just on handwritten posters out in front of abortion clinics. It is written in the hearts of those that demonstrate how choosing life, even in the horrific circumstances of rape, can prove redemptive and beautiful after all.