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The Texas Alliance for Life has produced a powerful five-minute video rehearsing the history of the pro-life movement: My Generation Will End Abortion

Each woman speaking, including the very young, represent a year in the history of the pro-life movement since the legalization of abortion through Roe v. Wade (January 22, 1973).

And as they (and we) recommit to the sanctity of life,

  • may we remember that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12).
  • may we “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Eph. 6:13).
  • may we pray and engage in this “fight for life” resting and laboring in the truth, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts” (Zech. 4:6).

In the providential mercy of God, might their refrain, “my generation will end abortion,” be true.

Abortion is Murder

Greg Strand – October 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Mark Driscoll affirms the sanctity of life. In a recent writing he affirms life over against abortion, which he rightly calls murder. Moreover, he refers to this egregious act of murder against the youngest and most vulnerable of humanity as “America’s great denial.”

Driscoll asks, “What do 55 million people have in common?”

Both science and Scripture are absolutely clear that life begins at conception. Taking a human life is murder, by definition, which makes abortion a murderous act.

Consider this: On December 5, John Andrew Welden will be sentenced after pleading guilty in the murder of his unborn baby. Welden’s girlfriend, Remee Jo Lee, was six weeks pregnant when he gave her an abortion pill and told her it was antibiotics.

Welden was prosecuted for violating the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Believe it or not, federal legislation forbids the murder of an unborn baby—except in the 55 million instances when it doesn’t. And a father can be convicted of murdering his unborn child without the mother’s consent, but if a woman decides to end her pregnancy against the wishes of the father, that’s her right to choose.

Choose murder? Can’t follow all of the logic? Perhaps that’s because it’s illogical.

Consider once again: “federal legislation forbids the murder of an unborn baby—except in the 55 million instances when it doesn’t.”

It is illogical.

It is murder.

Kirsten Powers writing a “Column” in the USA Today under the title “Philadelphia abortion clinic horror” begins her article in the following way:

Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations?

It’s not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell’s former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart.

As noted on Summit Ministries blog,

Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is accused of killing seven born-alive babies (many more actually died — hundreds more) and one grown woman in his abortion clinic. Testimony from former employees in recent days has included descriptions of literal beheadings, as Gosnell and his staff rushed from room to room using scissors to sever the spinal cords of minute-old infants. One woman died at the hands of his ill-equipped, unqualified medical staff. Jars of severed baby feet served as macabre decorations at Gosnell’s office, some have said.

Joe Carter has given a brief overview of this murderer and the grisly ways in which he and his staff treated women and murdered babies. Trevin Wax does a similar thing while addressing reasons why the media has said nothing about it.  Another has also pointed out the silence of media, which is appalling. As one noted, “The dead babies. The exploited women. The racism. The numerous governmental failures. It just is insanely newsworthy.”

There has also been a 21 minute documentary,“3801 Lancaster,” exposing Kermit Gosnell by explaining the horrific acts committed against women and children at this abortuary, the Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society, and the cover-up by state and local oversight agencies. It is almost beyond belief! Please be discerning before you watch this as it contains graphic pictures of aborted babies and tragic testimonies from some of those who were abused. It is not necessarily something everyone should watch or hear, but some must. It is factual and these atrocities cannot and should not be hidden, particularly since we hear nothing from the media.

For regular updates on the court proceedings, Andrée Seu Peterson has been writing summaries.

On the one hand, this silence of the media ought not to surprise us. It reflects the culture in which we live where they will promote their agenda and, often, attack Christians and Christianity. But on the other hand, we can be grateful that this sort of barbarism committed against humanity, specifically exploiting those who may be considered marginal and most needy, still offends consciences. Unlike the silence of the media, we must not to be silent. In love and with justice, we will stand with and for those fellow image bearers, and we will stand, in love and with justice, against those who exploit them for their own gain.

Lord, have mercy!

 

January 22, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Doe v. Bolton was another law also passed that day –  lesser known but not of lesser importance – which made abortion legal after viability based upon the “‘health’ of the mother”.

Since this date, more than 55 million unborn babies have been murdered/killed/aborted. Today one of the most common surgical procedures performed on adults in our country is abortion. And every one of these “procedures” performed on women results in a death of an unborn child, the weakest and most vulnerable that ought to receive the greatest support and protection.

America has often been a world leader in upholding the dignity of fellow human beings (there have certainly been grave and tragic exceptions, e.g. slavery). Tragically, in this instance the law has gone contrary to the very fabric of what has made the U.S. a great and good nation (consisting of power and resources, and doing good to others, generally speaking): no legal protection is given to the unborn at any stage of development.

Lawrence H. Tribe, professor at Harvard Law School, an abortion-rights defender, accurately stated that the abortion question is a black and white issue because it consists of a “clash of absolutes.” Tribe’s attempted solution to ameliorate the differences or avoid pitting one absolute against another failed. Though he failed in his attempted solution, he understands the heart of this issue, which is why it will not go away for Evangelicals.

In a recent sermon (7 minute excerpt), David Platt gets to the heart of the abortion debate by focusing on the “most important question in the abortion debate”: is what is in the womb from conception a person? Platt states that this brings every other question into perspective.

Platt answers the question in the affirmative:

The womb contains a person formed in the image of God.

He follows this with two important implications regarding one’s answer:

  • If the unborn is not human, no justification for abortion is necessary.
  • If the unborn is human, no justification for abortion is adequate.

Al Mohler explains why the abortion issue will not go away for those committed to the sanctity of life (“Forty Years After Roe, Human Dignity Hangs in the Balance”).

  1. First, the radical character of Roe – overthrowing abortion laws in 49 states – galvanized pro-life forces. The judicial imposition of abortion on demand, virtually without restriction until the third trimester, produced both shock and outrage among those who believe that the unborn child has an inalienable right to life.
  2. Second, Roe also had the effect, surely unforeseen by the Supreme Court, of bringing millions of evangelical Christians into the fight on behalf of the unborn. Prior to Roe, even many evangelicals believed that abortion was a Roman Catholic issue.
  3. Third, the death spiral of abortion simply defies adequate calculation. Over a million abortions are performed in America each year. Reports last year indicated that over 40% of all pregnancies in New York end in abortion, a rate that increases to almost 60% of pregnancies among African-American women.
  4. Fourth, abortion has proved to be exactly what pro-life activists warned it would be: a deadly threat to human dignity that would target specific populations. Prenatal testing has produced a deadly reality for unborn babies considered less than acceptable by their parents.
  5. Fifth, powerful imaging technologies now allow a look inside the womb, a privilege unknown to previous generations. That window has transformed the equation, as millions of parents have seen their unborn children and witnessed the miracle of life.

Many of the young of this generation are pro-life, which we celebrate. They are the ones who look around and see only images of the 55 million with whom they would have lived life, shaped culture and made history. Mohler notes this, and then concludes by emphasizing the importance of affirming that every human being is created in the image of God, from conception to death.

The greatest advances made by the pro-life movement have been made among the young, the generation that has known the death toll from Roe v. Wade all their lives. More evidence that the abortion issue will not simply go away.

Nevertheless, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land and abortion on demand remains a constant. Since Roe more than 55 million unborn Americans have been aborted, and the nation is more concerned about economics than the sanctity of human life. We have much ground to recover, but the only foundation for a recovery of human dignity is an affirmation of the fact that every single human being is made in God’s image and is of sacred worth from the moment of fertilization until natural death.

Lord, have mercy.

Pro-life Gains, Abortions Decline

Greg Strand – December 4, 2012 Leave a comment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in its most recent update (November 23, 2012) a decrease in the number of abortions performed in 2009, the most recent statistics, and also for the decade.

Based on the results, there was a 5% decrease in abortions from 2008-2009, “representing the largest single year decrease for the entire period of analysis.” Additionally, “the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased . . . to the lowest levels for 2000-2009.”

Results: A total of 784,507 abortions were reported to CDC for 2009. Of these abortions, 772,630 (98.5%) were from the 45 reporting areas that provided data every year during 2000–2009. Among these same 45 reporting areas, the abortion rate for 2009 was 15.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 227 abortions per 1,000 live births. Compared with 2008, the total number and rate of reported abortions for 2009 decreased 5%, representing the largest single year decrease for the entire period of analysis. The abortion ratio decreased 2%. From 2000 to 2009, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 6%, 7%, and 8%, respectively, to the lowest levels for 2000–2009.

Interpretation: Among the 45 areas that reported data every year during 2000–2009, the gradual decrease that had occurred during previous decades in the total number and rate of reported abortions continued through 2005, whereas year-to-year variation from 2006 to 2008 resulted in no net change during this later period. However, the change from 2008 to 2009 for both the total number of abortions and the abortion rate was the largest single year decrease during 2000–2009, and all three measures of abortion (total numbers, rates, and ratios) decreased to the lowest level observed during this period.

This is good news and provides much for which to be thankful. Take time to thank the Lord for this decrease. But there is much that yet needs to be done. Taking one life of an unborn infant in abortion is one too many!

What are you doing to support the pro-life cause? What can or should you be doing?