Handmade for Life has just marked it's 1st anniversary as an online community of pro-life artists! The number ONE is a very exciting number. However, I find the number 106 to be even more exciting. To date, HFL boasts 106 professional artist/crafters standing up in word and deed for the unborn.
Handmade for Life consists almost entirely (but not exclusively) of artists who have online shops at Etsy. Word seems to travel quickly there! While Etsy is a great opportunity for creative professionals , it is much like art communities everywhere in that pervasive anti-life expression seems to find an easy forum. I have heard the opinion that pro-aborts on Etsy are simply more vocal and that there is also a large element that support the cause of life. It is certainly heartening to see the hundred who have gathered in our small community just in the course of one year.
I'll be taking time over the next few weeks to introduce each of our artists on this blog. I hope that you will bookmark or follow so that you won't miss any.
To Handmade for Life members: Please contact me on Etsy or via the HFL email (right sidebar) with any information about your work or pro-life activities that you would like to share.
UPDATE: As I was preparing to publish this post, I received information about our 9th member this month. I'll cap off the post with a nod to Hand Maid Creations , our newest member. It's great to have you here as our 107th!
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People rise to the occasion during tragedy. We bond in our grief and extend past our comfort levels to serve those in extreme need. We have seen it in instances like the terrorist attacks on 9/11. We are seeing it now with the relief effort in Haiti. Haiti has brought us together in our grief and January has been a month of mourning and a month of action. But tomorrow, on January 22nd, we remember and grieve for a tragedy that is far greater than the one in Haiti or 9/11.
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that unborn American children do not share the same fundamental right to life as children who are born. They are property, chattel, things to be used and broken and discarded at will. We already had a choice about whether or not we wished to kill our children. Roe v. Wade simply eliminated the criminal penalty for the act.
The people of Haiti are suffering a natural disaster of catastrophic proportions. Ours is a manmade horror; where mothers allow men to torture and dismantle and burn their offspring within their very wombs. Children are murdered. Women are wounded. Many women have died along with their babies from legal abortions. We have been weeping and suffering for the Haitian people. Why are we so cold to our own?
There should not be a day that goes by when we do not consider the horror of what abortion is. There should not be a day when we are not on our knees begging the Lord to free us from this scourge and to protect the children. We should force ourselves to look at it. Be willing to speak the truth to a nation of people that has it's fingers in it's ears. Do we love enough to do this?
Although the people of Haiti still cling tenuously to their anti-abortion laws , abortion is still a common practice. As long ago as 1999, it was reported that roughly 7% of all pregnancies in Haiti ended in abortions. According to the Population Research Institute , Haiti has long been the target of aggressive population control tactics and funding. Circumvention of the law is possible when humanitarian aid agencies (such as USAID ) manipulate terminology such as "reproductive health". American tax dollars have been in Haiti for years helping the mothers to murder their own children in conditions that should even upset the pro-aborts. The people of that nation have long been afflicted by suffering and poverty and we are only now weeping for them?
Tomorrow is a day of prayer and fasting , of mourning and weeping, of regret and recommitment, of solidarity and promise. Let us continue to help those who are in immediate need around the world. Let us also remember the catastrophic and bloody mess that Americans have on their hands. It is sanitized homicide. Hidden. We do not have to see it if we do not choose to see it. Please commit yourself to opening yourself up to that pain. Authentic love is willing to suffer. Let us suffer for the little ones and fight for their lives. Let us open our hearts to the families who are burdened by the pain of this scourge and reach out to the women who walk alone and silently in their grief.
If you have not seen what abortion really is, see it here .
If you do not want to look, look anyway .
If you have had an abortion, know that you are not alone in your pain. Go here to listen to others who have found healing.
(The beautiful photo above is from the EWTN home page)