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Life Matters

Posted: January 23, 2013 in Values
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Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court’s legalization of abortion on demand.  Since that fateful day, over 55 million unborn children have had their lives snuffed out prematurely –  55 million!  That is nine times the number of Jews murdered during the Holocaust in World War II.  We rightly despise what happened to the Jews then, yet we turn our heads at nine times that number murdered to date in our own country.  That is more than 3000 deaths per day every day of the year.  Every second of every day another 2-3 innocent lives are willfully taken.  The terrorist attacks on the U. S. on September 11, 2001 killed fewer than are killed every day in America through abortion. Take a few minutes and watch the video below to see just how large the number 55 million is compared to the population of the United States.

This is unthinkable in a so-called “civilized” society.  It is unimaginable for a people who claim to care about children.  It is the ultimate hypocrisy for a president who surrounds himself with children while signing gun control legislation, saying “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try,” and who yet supports every pro-abortion initiative that presents itself.  He may take an oath of office with his hand on two Bibles, but he scoffs at its teachings and wags his finger at the face of God who is its author by supporting legislation and funding that kills innocent children made in God’s image.

I unapologetically believe abortion to be the greatest sin and crime of our time.  The fact that it is legal does not mean that it is morally right – not by a long shot.  It is against natural law, against God’s law, and against any reasonable sense of human morality and decency.  It can only be defended by those who choose to blind themselves to the obvious truth that human life is in that womb.

I do not understand how anyone – male or female – can come to the conclusion that what is growing in the womb is mere fetal tissue when it has a beating heart and will indisputably result in a precious child in a matter of months.  I do not understand how anyone can claim they value choice and yet murder the most innocent and dependent of victims who obviously have no choice in the matter.  Apparently, the only real choice they care about is their own.  I do not understand a society that sits by and allows 1.2 million such deaths per year, and I sure don’t understand Christians and churches who ignore this annual holocaust.  For that matter, I don’t understand how anyone, regardless of faith, can allow it.

Others brighter and calmer than me have written articles and books that attempt to avoid emotionally charged language.  If you want to read those, then I invite you to explore the resources linked at the end of this post.  I do not believe, however, that it is always the right and necessary path to strip emotion from issues, especially when it is the deliberate murder of 55 million children we’re talking about.  We should be angry about that!  We should be emotional about that!  God help us if we are not!

Those who fail to take a stand against evil are complicit in its occurrence.  I will fight against this tragedy in word and deed and I plead with other like-minded individuals to do the same.  For many years I have taken with me into the voting booth resources from the Kentucky Right to Life Association – an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee – to help guide voting decisions.  I have given away hundreds of copies of Randy Alcorn’s book Why Pro-Life?  I will donate time and talents and money to the cause.  The selfishness, irresponsibility and decadent, godless immorality that promotes and encourages abortions must be confronted with every ounce of strength and with every resource available from those who genuinely care about children and their unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

When will those who mourn at the loss of whales, seals, spotted owls and the tiniest of animal and plant species similarly mourn for the loss of young children who are of infinitely greater worth than any other species or part of nature?  When will society realize that one’s control over one’s own body does not extend to killing the innocent life of another?  When will the false rationalizations of removing “unwanted” children give way to the realization that through adoption those very wanted children can be placed in the loving arms of parents eager to adopt them?  What will it take for some to see the horror?  Will abortionists have to start using guns in their killing in order for some to object?  When will Christians and churches and other concerned individuals take action to intervene in the lives of scared, frightened women unsure of which path to take, counseling them and nurturing them and guiding them down a redemptive path that does not result in the death of a child and in the woman’s own emotional scarring for life?

How long will Americans tolerate hundreds of millions of tax dollars annually going to organizations like Planned Parenthood, the number one source of abortions in the country with about one million deaths to its shame in just the past three years?  How long will we buy the lie that those funds do not contribute to abortions when the primary service they provide is abortion and not other services such as contraceptive distribution and breast exams?  How long will we overlook the racist history of this organization’s founder Margaret Sanger and the long, dark shadows of that past that still reach to the disproportionate quantity of inner city locations with predominantly minority populations, contributing to the grotesque disproportion of minority abortions compared to white abortions?

In any abortion discussion, some are quick to try to carve out exceptions to opposition, so let me briefly address these.  Some may ask, “What about in cases of rape, incest, deformity, or to save the life of the mother?”  For me, it is inexcusable to punish a child by death for the sins of it’s parent, so I do not buy the rape or incest exceptions as valid.  In such cases, adoption is preferred if the parents do not want to keep the child.  In no instance should a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome or other abnormalities be cause to squelch a life that may result in great blessing and joy and learning for many.  In the unfortunate circumstance that multiple qualified medical doctors agree that carrying a child to term is very likely to endanger the life of the mother, then I leave that decision in the hands of that mother and father to do as they see fit, understanding that they may with great mourning decide to assure the life of the mother by aborting the child.  Still, even in that circumstance, some remarkable parents have risked their own lives for the sake of the child.

This issue has polarized the country for four decades and will likely continue.  Somehow, in the midst of the extreme emotions present on both sides of the issue, we must promote education and basic morality.  We must do so in decent and honorable ways, showing genuine compassion for those who disagree, but never forgetting our role as advocate for those silent voices who cannot speak for themselves.  We must work tirelessly for the cause and for the yet unborn.  We must let the many millions around us who have had abortions know that what they have done in the past is not an unpardonable sin, but that it can be forgiven by a God who loves them and who tells them in response to repentance and faith “go and sin no more.”

For those who have not followed the story of the original “Jane Roe” of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, her real name is Norma McCorvey.  Over twenty years after the court decision, she became a Christian and wrote in her 1998 book Won by Love the following: “It’s as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth — that’s a baby!  I felt crushed under the truth of this realization.  I had to face up to the awful reality.  Abortion wasn’t about ‘products of conception’.  It wasn’t about ‘missed periods’.  It was about children being killed in their mother’s wombs.  All those years I was wrong.  Signing that affidavit, I was wrong.  Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong.  No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff.  Abortion — at any point — was wrong.  It was so clear.  Painfully clear.

People disagree on this issue because they give priority to different sets of values.  They live by conflicting absolutes.  My hope and prayer and what I will work toward is the day when more will give highest priority to that most basic value of all – the gift of and right to life.

For further reading (far less emotional than my comments above), please, please, for the sake of 55 million children and counting, read, view and explore the following:

I went to the Kentucky Humane Society today to meet a dog named Angel.  She came from Laurel County, KY where her owner and the owner’s daughter were killed in a March tornado.  Angel and her three canine companions were chained to trees during the tornado and survived.  The other dogs have found homes, but Angel has not.  She’s timid and mostly afraid of men and other dogs her size or larger.  They aren’t sure how she would be with small children.  Cumulatively, as a three-year-old, she has a lot of strikes against her when it comes to being adopted.

There wasn’t much of a chance I’d end up taking her home today for several reasons, but I wanted to meet her and show her some kindness anyway.  She’s had a rough year.  While there, I also spent time visiting and talking to the other 60 or so puppies and adult dogs up for adoption.  I can’t tell you how many I would bring home today if I had the time, space and money to do so.

Only someone with unlimited resources would be able to extend help to all who need it, and I’m not just referring to animals.  There are so many human needs in the world from our own neighborhoods to the other side of the globe and everywhere in between.  None of us can help all we would like to assist, so we have to make tough choices, saying “yes” to some and a difficult “no” to others.

That’s one reason why it’s so important to give highest priority to the life of other human beings.  Yes, it’s great to save a whale or a seal or a rain forest or a homeless dog or cat.  How much more important, though, is it to make a substantive difference in and possibly save the life of another human being?  People are the most important living creatures on this earth.  I hope others agree and that our actions, giving and voting reflect that respect for human life – born and unborn.

Leap year lesson #253 is You can’t save the world, so be wise in who or what you help.