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36 years later

January 22, 2009

Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Today, over 4000 children in the U.S. will be denied their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness because of a botched Supreme Court case three and a half decades ago.

I know that a lot of people don’t think that a child is a child if it’s in the womb. I used to think that too, and to an extent I can’t blame you. Media outlets, pseudo-intellectuals, and powerful individuals with vested interest have spent a lot of time and money trying to beat people over the head with that idea.

Like they once used to beat people over the head with the idea that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was justified, necessary, etc.

Consider three sources, though:

Scripture,

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you …” (Jeremiah 1:5)

Government,

“Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being – a being that is alive and is a member of the human species. There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific writings.” (Subcommittee on Separation of Powers to Senate Judiciary Committee S-158, Report, 97th Congress, 1st Session, 1981)

Academics,

“[The zygote], formed by the union of an oocyte and a sperm, is the beginning of a new human being.” (Keith L. Moore, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008. p. 2.)

Plus the horse’s mouth,

“I think we have deluded ourselves into believing that people don’t know that abortion is killing.” (Faye Wattleton, President of Planned Parenthood)

I realize that it’s easier to believe that it’s not a child. I realize that other questions will be raised – questions about food shortages, adoption issues, legal ramifications for women who seek illegal abortions. I raised that banner and I shouted those lies for a long time. Believe me, I know.

But in honor of January 22, and the 45 million children who have been tossed aside in the past 36 years, let’s take a minute to pry open our hearts. Because Hilter once rationalized the slaughter of millions with medical testimony and “common sense” arguments that pointed toward some skewed “greater good.”

Let’s consider the truth that these children are children. What would the reaction be – what would your reaction be – if we discovered that a nation was sanctioning the murder of over 4000 children every day because it was better for their economy?

We’d pray and we’d send supplies to poor mothers and we’d write to government officials and we’d start filling out adoption paperwork. So let’s do that. Let’s pray for mothers, children, legislators, doctors, nurses, and fathers. Let’s find the Crisis Pregnancy Center in our towns and drop off a trunk full of diapers. Let’s email, and let’s put our money where our mouths are and start opening our homes to these children.

And let’s keep educating ourselves. Here are some good resources:

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2009 3:26 pm

    Over the past year, I’ve begun to think that the effort to overturn Roe v Wade is misguided. That instead of changing laws, we could be working harder to change hearts by sharing the good news and love of Christ.

    I keep coming back to the Book of Galations… But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

    Against those things there is no law.

    Thank you for you invitation to pray — this cause is a most worth prayer.

  2. Lex permalink
    January 26, 2009 12:22 pm

    I went back and forth for a while, until I started to think it needs to be both/and. I agree that the Church will make greater strides in saving lives and protecting women by living the gospel. I also believe, however, that the laws of a nation that claims God need to reflect God’s laws. We’ve seen what happens to those who don’t!

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