Preborn Baby’s Kick Stops Fame-Seeking Model from Having Abortion
By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
People do daring, outrageous, and sometimes certainly morally reprehensible things to gain fame. All it takes is a few minutes of channel surfing to observe the sorts of scandalous, salacious, and shocking shenanigans fame-seekers will seek out in order to win some money, attract a Facebook following, and become a household name – for a night at least.
Recently, a 24-year old aspiring glamour model from England proved that people are capable of doing even unthinkably cold-hearted things just to earn a brief stint in the spotlight.
Josie Cunningham, a 23 year-old aspiring model in England, unashamedly announced her desire to have an abortion just so she could star on the reality TV show, Big Brother. Understandably, her decision elicited a furious reaction from the Twitterverse and even pro-choicers. Most of the “feedback,” so to speak, to and about Ms. Cunningham is too obscene to be quoted verbatim, but one man’s words adequately sum up the general public’s opinion, namely that her choice is a “new low for humanity.”
Thankfully, Ms. Cunningham experienced a change of heart that sprang from a flutter in her stomach. . .
When she felt her baby kick for the first time, Ms. Cunningham began to doubt whether what she was planning was the right thing. Then later, when she saw the ultrasound, she rejected the abortion and fled the clinic in tears.
“I just couldn’t do it,” the young mother of two told The Sunday Mirror. “I really thought I would be able to, but I couldn’t. I’d felt the baby kick for the first time. . . and I couldn’t get that feeling out of my head. It was like the baby was telling me not to go through with it.
“I was in the taxi driving to the clinic and felt physically sick. I was shaking. When the driver told me we were a minute away, I burst into tears. I wanted to throw myself out of the moving car to get away. I had my hands on my bump, and I had the strongest feeling I couldn’t let anyone take my baby away. As soon as I realized I was going to keep the baby, I felt happy – like a weight lifted.”
Ms. Cunningham also addressed the backlash she received from the public and the claim that her experience was all a publicity stunt.
“Hundreds of people I’d never met me told me I was a vile, evil human being but I didn’t care. Some said I deserved to be murdered, and others threatened to throw acid in my face. Some of the things they were saying were far more sick than my choice to have a termination.
“But, I kept telling myself I must be doing something right because at least everyone knew my name. I had 13,000 Twitter followers overnight. I didn’t care if they hated me. People are going to hate me, so at least I was getting famous in the process.”
Miraculously, Josie’s once-greedy and indefatigable drive to become a celebrity has taken a back seat to the anticipation of her new baby, due in October. But, the fact that she came so close to going through with an abortion for the sake of fame is undoubtedly a troubling sign of the times in which we live. That the sanctity of human life, more specifically a life made in God’s image, can so readily be sacrificed for a reality show or anything else, speaks of society’s desperate need for the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ.
When people are taught and shown how “fearfully” and how “wonderfully” made they are, and that that we all are intimately loved by a Maker who has known us since before He laid the foundations of the world, they can better understand that there is nothing more valuable and more precious to fight for than an innocent newborn child of God.
Fame surely is fleeting, especially when compared to a child.
Sources: LifeNews.com, 04/28/14, and The Sunday Mirror, 04/26/14.
Editor’s Note: Diana Anderson-Tyler is the author of Creation House’s Fit for Faith: A Christian Woman’s Guide to Total Fitness and Perfect Fit: Weekly Wisdom and Workouts for Women of Faith and Fitness. Her popular website can be found at www.fit4faith.com, and she is the owner and a coach at CrossFit 925. Diana can be reached on Twitter.
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