"The right created by the Court in Roe is a constitutional right of some human beings to kill other human beings." - M.S. Paulson
"When a woman has a baby in her womb, parenthood for her and the baby's father is not a choice. It's a definition." - John Piper
"Abortion is this generation's slavery. People will look back in horror & disbelief and say 'they used to kill babies in the mother's womb?!'"
As the 39th anniversary of Roe v Wade has just passed (January 22nd), I felt it was time to publish this post as I have been collecting abortion resources for the past year. Abortion is now responsible for 41% of deaths worldwide. There is seemingly no topic more divisive or emotional as abortion. Both sides are vehement in their positions with little willingness to budge or consider the other side. I have a theory on what is at the heart of this contention.
I think abortion serves as the climactic intersection for a world torn between doing things the way it wants versus the way God wants. Those with a worldview that rests on them being the center of the story have a natural abhorrence to the idea that anyone would dare tell them what to do or not to do with their body. Those with a Biblical worldview that God is Lord and Creator have a natural abhorrence to the idea that anyone would willingly murder an innocent child.
I am a pro-life Christian. I come from a family who lost a son before he was even a week old and who later adopted a daughter from South Korea. My parents grieved the loss of a child and celebrated the gift of another. I grew up learning that life is indeed precious and a gift...a gift born out of God's power and grace. What I find particularly saddening is the way pro-choice advocates have chosen to view an unborn child. They have to use a word such as "fetus" to make their argument seem less horrific yet I have never heard a pregnant woman, Christian or not, refer to her unborn child as "this fetus inside of me".
Many pro-choice advocates are outraged when a pregnant woman is killed and her baby perishes with her. They demand a stiffer punishment for the killer than if only one death had occurred. But why, if the fetus inside her is not yet a person?
Further advances in science have given us new and amazing insights to the physical appearance of an unborn child after only a few weeks. Furthermore, surgeries are now performed on a child who is still in the womb. Science continues to show us just how much of a human being resides within his or her mother. Yet, in this case, science tends to be ignored by those who are dogmatically unwavering in their position.
My hope is that God will use the following resources to open up the minds and hearts of those who believe abortion is a legitimate option. I also hope that pro-life individuals can use these resources to grow in their convictions and share this truth with others in a way that is saturated in grace and love.
Abortion has taken over 53 million lives since Roe v Wade was decided in 1973. I was born in 1972. All of those lives have been destroyed within my lifetime. There are no words to describe that tragedy.
Britt Merrick - Abortion, the Bible and a Way Forward from Reality on Vimeo.
A reader passed along this story from ScienceNews:
The remains of seven children apparently killed in a ritual, and buried beneath a 500- to 600-year-old building in Peru’s Cuzco Valley have given scientists new glimpses of the sketchily understood Inca practice of sacrificing select children in elaborate ceremonies.
The children were buried at the same time, apparently after having been killed in a sacrificial rite that honored Inca deities and promoted political unity across the far-flung empire, say anthropologist Valerie Andrushko of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and her colleagues.
Chemical analyses of the bones indicate that at least two of the children came from distant parts of the Inca realm.
The findings lend credence to the accounts of Spanish conquistadors that described how children were selected for sacrifice from all across the empire, based on their physical perfection. We shudder at such brutal backwardness.
Today, using prenatal screening, we scour the empire for children with physical imperfections and sacrifice them to ourselves.
(First Things, “While We’re at It”, January 2011, 68)
And to show just how far in the wrong direction our society is going, how about a day where a dolphin is given the legal standing of a person while an unborn child is not? Think I am kidding? Read this...
Please take 33 minutes and watch the following video:
In 2010, Planned Parenthood referred 841 women for adoptions and 329,445 for abortions:
"If 16 year old messes with turtle eggs: up to $100,000 fine and one year in
jail. If the same 16 year old aborts a baby.....she doesn't even need a permission
1/18/14 - 38 states now have fetal homicide laws, which means you can be charged with two crimes if you crash into and kill a woman on her way to an abortion clinic. But if she gets to the clinic and pays a fee, a doctor will kill her child and there will be no crime. We have lost all sanity on this issue.