“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” -Psalm 139:13-14

As I read through the adoption paperwork, my eyes suddenly stopped on one sentence.  I started to get a knot in my stomach and found it hard to breath.  “When Ms. Lin* found out she was pregnant, it was illegal to do an abortion surgery since the fetus was too old.”  I looked down at the little boy, with deep brown eyes and thick black hair, that I held in my arms.  My heart pounded faster as the reality of that sentence came over me.  I thanked God for watching over and protecting this child, even before his first breath.

Those words on that paperwork still haunt me today.  They were written about my son.  He was the world to me, and before he was even born someone had considered him not worthy of life.  I vividly remember the first time I held Keaton and the immediate bond I had with him.  The same bond I had with my other six children the moment I held them.  There is no difference between holding your biological or adopted child for the first time.  They are such a part of you at that very moment and it is a perfect picture of unconditional love.  There is no greater example of God’s love for us and how He adopted us into His family than the adoption of a child.

It is hard to even think about what our lives would have been like if Keaton had not been a part of our family.  All the love, joy, laughter, and memories we would have missed out on.  I think of all the other precious children who never got a chance at life because it was ended before birth.  My heart breaks, knowing that there are so many families out there who would have loved and adopted these children, if only they had not been aborted.  Life is always the best choice.

If God creates a child in his mother’s womb, it should not even be an option for someone to end that life.  That is not a choice that anyone should ever be given.  I fully understand that there are many circumstances in which a birth mother cannot take care of the child.  I have traveled that world and have seen these situations firsthand.  I know that there are circumstances in the United States that prevent biological mothers from being able to keep their babies.  But, there is not one situation in which it is ever okay to kill a baby, never.  Abortion is outright murder.  Each baby is created in God’s own image, with plans and a purpose for their life.  No one should ever think they have authority over God to end a life that He so intricately created.  What someone might consider a burden or an inconvenience to them, might be someone else’s greatest blessing.

I am thankful, every single day, for the time our family had with Keaton.  I cannot even imagine how awful it would have been if his life would have been ended before birth.  God had wonderful plans for Keaton’s life, as He does for each and every child He creates.  I think of the huge impact Keaton had on our family, relatives, friends, and everyone he met.  I know that Keaton fulfilled exactly what God had planned for him to do during his short time here on earth.  Despite Keaton’s complex medical needs, he had so much joy in his heart and always had a smile on his face.  He taught us life lessons that no one else every could have.  His life mattered and was so important.  Now, his little legacy lives on through Keaton’s Angel Homes and the special needs children who will know that each one of them are a precious gift from God.  Adoption, not abortion, is always the best choice.

*Name changed for confidentiality