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We’ve heard a lot of talk and watched protests and riots these past few weeks re race, injustice, and avoidable, senseless, and unnecessary police killing of Black people.

And indeed, there are serious racial issues in the US that warrant social discussion, and change.

But the preborn are the most forgotten, marginalized human beings today.

Since Roe vs Wade (1973), abortions continue at a pace that should boggle the mind and sicken the heart of any sane, moral person. 

Abortion infanticide, a redundant phrase, is a travesty of epic proportions in the US, “nearly 2,400 every day. Ninety-eight babies every hour. About one baby every twelve seconds. Innocent human beings are dismembered, poisoned, crushed, harvested for organs, put in trash cans, and disposed of in the name of ‘women’s rights’ and ‘the right to choose.’”

Since the legalization of abortion in the U.S., more than 61 million babies have been slaughtered.

Reported abortions have been on the decrease, according to USAFactsdropping from 817,906 in 2004 to 638,169 in 2015. The plurality of abortions – about 44% – occur in the first 8 weeks of pregnancy.” This is good news. It means the US is killing about 180,000 people fewer per year than it did. Still, hundreds of thousands of lives are being snuffed out.

This happens day after day, week after week, and the church largely remains silent.”

One would think religious people, Christians in particular, would be demanding change. But “according to Pew Research, one third of evangelical protestants, sixty percent of mainline protestants, and forty eight percent of Catholics believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases.” 

The Church, the religious, and avowed Christians, are largely silent. It’s what Francis A. Schaeffer warned us about before he passed in 1984, that people in the West would trade their liberties and just about anything else for “personal peace and affluence.” As long as abortion doesn’t affect us, then it doesn’t affect us. We go along our peaceful affluent way.

I should also note that Planned Parenthood continues its masquerade, killing babies, especially minority babies, in the name of women’s health. “Black babies are aborted at a higher rate than they are born. No other race comes close to the abortion rate of Black Americans.” 

Abortion is the number one killer of African Americans in the US. This is injustice. This is racism. This is sin. 

Partial birth abortion and post-delivery or born-alive abortions continue, as does “abortion on demand.” Oregon became the first state to offer free abortions to all, including illegal aliens.

Abortion is not about women’s rights or health. Both can be thoroughly and effectively addressed without taking another person’s life, and of course babies come from somewhere, which is to say the sex in which a woman and man chose to engage – that’s where I am “pro-choice.”

Abortion is barbaric, no less so simply because we don’t see pictures of the body dismemberment or baby-in-the-womb writhing away from the suction device. 

Abortion is a direct rebuke of the fundamental constitutional value of a person’s right to Life, in this case an innocent and helpless baby. This is the quintessential definition of injustice.

Abortion is systematically and disproportionately killing Black Americans. This is the definition of racism.

Abortion ruthlessly kills human beings made in the image of God. This is sin.

Every adult who can vote should vote for candidates who support and protect life, who are consistently and without apology anti-abortion, who will work to overturn Roe vs Wade, who believe in the precious and ultimate value of Life.

If unborn lives don’t matter, no lives matter

 

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In a jarring, perhaps unwitting Orwellian comment, Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently described abortion as “life sustaining” for women. Think about it. She calls the death of an unborn child life sustaining. 

Remember "War is peace," "Freedom is slavery," "Ignorance is strength"?

George Orwell’s 1984 (pub 1949) introduced us to “Newspeak,” the propaganda language necessary to maintain the ruling Party’s power over the people, a way to limit their freedom of thought. This was primarily accomplished through “doublethink,” a “process of indoctrination whereby the subject is expected to accept as true that which is clearly false, or to simultaneously accept two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in contravention to one's own memories or sense of reality.” Doublethink is happening today.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders for Michigan pertaining to COVID-19 response applies to all elective surgeries except for abortions—which her order specifically excludes.

April 15, 2020, “The Axe Files” podcast with David Axelrod, CNN commentator and former adviser to Barack Obama, Governor Whitmer defended her decision to protect abortion clinics during the Michigan stay-at-home protocol: “We stopped elective surgeries here in Michigan. Some people have tried to say that that type of a procedure is considered the same and that’s ridiculous.”

“A woman’s healthcare, her whole future, her ability to decide if and when she starts a family is not an election, it is a fundamental to her life,” Whitmer said. “It is life sustaining and it’s something that government should not be getting in the middle of.” Meanwhile, several governors declared abortions nonessential and temporarily banned the procedures.

Governor Whitmer’s turn-of-phrase notwithstanding, no human being, at least one that’s intellectually honest, can logically define abortion as “women’s healthcare” that’s “life sustaining.” Any adult human being knows otherwise, recognizes the truth in their soul if not in their rhetoric.

Governor Whitmer says it’s the woman’s “ability to decide if and when she starts a family,” and here she tips her hand. Abortion is not life sustaining; it’s really about power. It’s the power of might makes right. It’s the power of one person over another. It’s the power of life or death. But the unborn child is a life and everyone knows it no matter what they say publicly. 

May 11, 2020, Michigan coronavirus infection incidents to-date are 47,552 with 4,584 deaths. Meanwhile, in Michigan, about 19.3% of pregnancies end in abortion, and a total of 26,716 abortions in year 2017. A similar total is projected for 2020, the point being that five times as many people are being killed by abortion per year in Michigan as have died from C-19. Attempting to protect life via stay-at-home policies while allowing abortion clinics to keep operating makes no reasonable sense.

Jesus said this of Satan: “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). One of the great lies of our age is that abortion is good.

In COVID-19 response, abortion is “essential.” Abortion, we’re told, is “life sustaining.” But we know this is Orwellian doublethink, an upside-down illogic that denies creation and defies the Creator.  

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When NY enacted its full-term abortion law I was shocked but not surprised. 

When VA Governor Ralph Northam made his chilling comments about how a baby could be born, then “kept comfortable” while the mother and doctor decides its fate, I was appalled at the blithe infanticide but not surprised. 

When media and most political leaders reacted critically to the same man’s racist picture (and so did I) and ongoing dissembling while ignoring his views about violence toward children I was chagrined but not surprised.  It is noteworthy that Governor Northam apologized for the black face picture, but he defended his sickening comments about taking the life of an unwanted born-alive child, what he called a “non-viable fetus,” following a late-term (remember, the baby has been born) abortion.

When adult political leaders applaud, promote, and defend the “right” of mothers to take the lives of their born-alive child it’s not a stretch to conclude our culture is now rushing pell-mell toward immoral irrationality. If we can legally kill babies, unborn or even born, we can kill anyone “unwanted,” elderly, minorities, the religious, or just people with “wrong ideas.” 

Life and Liberty are increasingly at risk in this historically free society that valued these principles above all others. Democrats and Republicans must step up to reverse this or become a generation that future generations will condemn.  If we do not, we’re going to need to apologize to the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Mao and other historic genocidal mass murderers.  

Nothing about which I have ever written gives me more grief and despair for our culture and our grandchildren’s future than lawful infanticide in America.

The Scripture reminds us who a child is and from whence he or she comes: 

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Psalm 139:13-14).

 

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We learned this week that doctors in China have performed some 336 million known abortions since 1971 when the government first attempted to limit the size of families. I say “known” abortions because this astronomical figure does not include so-called “missing” abortions, those surreptitiously conducted by couples on their own. The total exceeds the population of all but two nations of the world: China and India.

China’s hideous and heinous abortion record involves the infamous one-child policy instituted in 1979, required abortions, forced sterilizations, and other birth control procedures impressed upon women in violation of their human rights. Lest we be smug, note that the abortion tally in the United States now stands at more than 50 million since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

If you believe, as I do, that abortion of a human fetus takes the life of not simply animate tissue or protoplasm but a unique human person, than you must regard these numbers as stratospheric immorality. This systematic infanticide dwarfs other mass murders in history, e.g. 50-75 million by China’s Mao Ze Dong, 12 million estimated in the Holocaust, 8 million in the Congo, 6 million in the gulags by Stalin. The human tragedy in all these horrific figures is beyond comprehension. Each number within these statistics represents one human being, made in the image of God, loved by God, a person eternally valuable and significant.

Abortion of this magnitude cannot but negatively affect the cultures and societies that experience it, whether dictated to a people by autocratic regimes or embraced by a people with euphemisms like “choice” in the name of sexual freedom. So many abortions have been conducted in China that even a nation of 1.3 billion people (or 315 million in the US) is now aging at a pace that’s undermining economic growth and general wellbeing. In addition, China suffers an enormous “marriage problem” because hundreds of thousands of young men in their 20s and 30s cannot find sufficient numbers of young women to become their wives (in a culture that values male children, the “one-child” is often a boy). This in turn is contributing to higher rates of crime, homosexuality, and other social problems.

Abortion is a form of killing or murder. It always has been and no cloaked phrase can hide this fact. It is as illogical as it is irrational. This is evidenced regularly when entertainment stars, many who support so-called pro-choice, appear on late night talk shows to proclaim their pregnancy and talk about “the baby.” The only difference in their expected baby and another aborted fetus is the first is wanted by the parent(s) and the latter is not. This is supposedly the “choice” involved. But whether an adult calls an embryo a baby or a (apparently not-human) fetus doesn’t change its essence. It is what it is, a unique human person whose life should be protected in the name of all that’s moral, right, and good. Governments, cultures, or societies that ignore this truth do not escape unscathed. They pay a price we may yet not fully understand.

 

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Abortion is not a pleasant subject. But it remains a reality in American culture and, for that matter, cultures around the world. Since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in America beginning in 1973, we’ve lost an entire generation of our posterity to this egregious practice.

While specifically Christian perspectives on abortion have been repeatedly and oft-times vociferously articulated, “the Christian view” of abortion is difficult to ascertain, primarily because people—including Christians—disagree on how to interpret the Bible. One can find pro-life Christians, pro-choice Christians, and a most interesting creature, a pro-life Christian who gets or supports someone getting an abortion “because the circumstances warrant it.”

I will never forget my wife’s comments years ago when we were expecting our first of eventually four children in our family. I had said to her that if a doctor told me her life was at risk and the only way to save her was to take the child, then I’d tell the doctor to take the child. My wife absolutely and categorically disagreed and made me promise that if we ever faced such a difficult decision we’d not harm the child and thus depend upon the Lord’s providence for the final results for her life and the child’s. I was admitting that I held to a belief, but my love for her might cause me to violate that belief. She said our belief and our trust in God mattered more than our love. Amazing woman. She was right.

I believe abortion is morally wrong and spiritually and emotionally damaging to the mother. Abortion is a medical procedure that jettisons an unborn human being from its place in the womb, ending the unborn’s possibility of survival. In other words, abortion takes life.

It is always fascinating to me to hear pregnant actresses interviewed on television talk shows, talking excitedly about “my baby.” Even the hosts use this term. The unborn is a baby. It’s human life. It’s alive. Because the actress and her husband or partner want a child, she is carrying a baby to full term. If they did not want a child, the baby somehow mysteriously becomes “a fetus,” something abstract and therefore abject. So goes the word-games we play in order to give wiggle room to do what we want to do when we want to do it.

Thankfully, the rate of abortion is not as high as it once was. But abortion is still commonly practiced among all ethnic and racial groups in America. It is, as it always has been, a form of cultural suicide.

 

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South Dakota’s new law banning abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother appeals to my theology and my philosophy even if my instinct for realpolitik questions the strategy. Governor Mike Rounds signed the bill earlier this week, setting up a showdown with Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations that may take the pitched battle all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

According to a FOX news poll this week, 83% of Americans defend abortion rights if a pregnancy places the mother’s life at risk. Some 62% still think abortion should be a legal choice if the mother’s mental health is at risk (How does one define mental health?). The poll revealed that about 49% of Americans say they are pro-choice and 41% say they are pro-life.

So, given the tenuousness of American outlook on the subject, while my pro-life perspective applauds South Dakota’s new law, I wonder whether this all or nothing approach is the best way to chip away at abortion “rights.” Going for the political juggler may appeal to the idealists and ideologues among us, but it may not get us the result we ultimately want. I especially don’t want a re-energized pro-choice movement.

Recently I’ve been a little encouraged, primarily because the pro-choice movement is discouraged. In an article entitled “Reality Check for ‘Roe,’” in its March 6, 2006 issue, Newsweek reported that about two out of three Americans favor some kind of restrictions on abortion. And the same article written by Martha Brant and Evan Thomas actually stated that, lo and behold, “anecdotal evidence is growing that women have moral qualms about any abortion, even if they feel compelled to have one.”

In a nod to the morally clueless, Brant and Thomas quote abortion clinic operator Peg Johnston for noting that her patients were using words like “killing” and “babies.” Johnston said, “I started really tuning in to my patients and I realized, ‘She really feels that way.” Did you get that? Johnston is actually perplexed maybe amazed that a mother believes she is carrying a baby and that abortion is killing. Johnston needs to catch up with the times. Even Hillary Clinton is now calling abortion a “tragic choice,” so the pro-abortion movement is on a bit of a defensive.

Abortion is a tragic choice. It’s tragic because it does not have to happen and because a human life is snuffed out. It’s a choice because individuals are making a conscious decision to do something their moral center tells them is wrong.

Our culture has tried euphemisms—it’s a fetus. We’ve tried straw woman arguments—it must be legalized so we can stop back alley coat hanger abortions. We’ve argued abortion is about privacy and a woman’s right to choose—it’s about men and women not owning their moral responsibilities to abstain from sex that leads to pregnancy, or to take appropriate birth control steps to prevent pregnancy, or to assume parental obligations their actions have produced—or should I say reproduced?

So, yes, my pro-life wishes are encouraged, and I salute the South Dakota pols who had the political will to do what they did. I hope it works.

 

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