If you’re a woman, what would you do if someone raped and impregnated you? As a girl growing up, I found some security in the thought if I were ever so attacked, I could get an abortion. If you’re a man and wonder how women feel about pregnancy, consider watching this documentary. Really, if you live in a country where abortion is legal and you are exposed to sexual encounters, please watch this movie!
The Voice of John comes from the heart of Maryann Lawhon, who as a young nurse came across a newborn dying in a dirty utility room. In a panic, she ran for help but was told that the baby had been intentionally aborted and that it was all legal. (This occurred just after Roe vs. Wade in 1977, America). Let me quote from the makers of the movie, River-Song Productions: “After being reprimanded for bringing this revelation to staff’s attention, and against instruction to ‘do nothing’, she held the infant, baptized him and declared ‘I name you John. I will tell the world what I saw here today. I will be your voice.’” Maryann held the baby until he died, and now—thirty-six years later—she has now fulfilled her promise.
The Voice of John “presents a forensic examination into the Pro-Life movement since 1973. It exposes the truth behind abortion and euthanasia from the perspectives of the doctors, nurses, clergy and politicians who are responsible for it as well those who oppose it.”
Much of the movie follows the stories of four women facing challenging pregnancies and how they dealt with them:
*A young woman who was raped
*A young woman who inadvertently got pregnant as a result of casual sex
*The sixteen-year-old (Julia Holcomb), live-in girlfriend of Stephen Tyler (had to look this guy up, as I’d never heard of him, but he’s a 72-year-old rock star also known as “The Demon of Screamin'”)
*An older couple, who were advised to abort their child because he would likely be born with multiple birth defects
The movie was deeply disturbing but also most inspiring . . . like the best of medicine. I should explain to you that after Alan and I were married and I expressed my opinion (that I’d have an abortion if I were ever raped as an option going forward), he very soberly told me that if I ever got raped and became pregnant, he would want me to keep the baby. I was shocked, but it was the beginning of a change in my opinion about abortion.
Alan’s conviction (and mine) only became deeper when he had to observe an abortion as part of his medical school training in 1979. If you think about it, a baby is not “just a part” of the mother (like an organ or a limb); the baby is a completely different person who has been planted within the mother. The baby has different DNA, may have different gender, is a different age, and will have an entirely unique set of characteristics and personality traits, gifts, abilities, and brain. Mothers are asked to share their lives with infants until those offspring are nurished and able to continue growing outside the protection of the womb. But, from the time of conception, each child is a distinct being entirely separate from the mother, even though they cannot survive without their mother.
After Alan graduated from medical school and started practicing medicine, he came home one day feeling very distraught. One of his new patients was an elderly woman who was struggling with depression and remorse over having had an abortion some 60+ years before. There may be a few women out there who never look back, but my guess is that aborting a child leaves most women with a permanent wound in her heart.
If you are a young woman considering having an abortion to make your life simpler and easier, please consider watching The Voice of John before making your decision. (Another excellent movie on the subject is UnPlanned. The link to my review can be found here: https://kathrynwarmstrong.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/unplanned/).
If you’ve had an abortion and are feeling regrets, The Voice of John is also a voice of comfort to all who may be mourning. Jesus died for our sins—all of them, no matter what they are—and He will forgive us for anything if we repent and entrust our lives to Him! It’s never too late to allow his grace to regenerate us and fill us with joy and peace!
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John . . . the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord‘” (John 1:6,23).
If you’re not familiar with John the Baptist or Jesus, here is a wonderful introduction to both from the Bible: “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said” (John 1:6-23).