After 35 years and 37 million babies aborted, where do we stand?

Tue, 01/13/2009 - 4:17pm
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Since the now infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade in 1973, over 37 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States.

Fifty-two percent of women obtaining abortions in the U.S. are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 32 percent of all abortions; teenagers obtain 20 percent.

These are only some of the statistics that reveal the extent to which abortion has become in many, if not most instances, an accepted form of birth control.

Actually, according to The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood’s Family Planning Perspectives, 93 percent of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e., the child is unwanted or inconvenient).

“These justices probably had no idea that they were unleashing a struggle for the soul of the nation.” These words by Robert George capture the magnitude of the moral, spiritual, and social blight of abortion on demand.

The following is a brief summary of various aspects of “a struggle for the soul” of our nation. This is presented not so much as a cohesive essay but a kind of anthology of statements from both pro-choice and pro-life advocates.

“The issue of abortion is not about whether life starts at conception. There are convincing arguments either way. The issue is which carries more weight: the life that may be in the embryo, or the life and needs of the woman in whose body that embryo was conceived?” (an ordained United Church of Christ pastor).

Never mind that the life in the womb is defenseless and has no choice. Where is the outcry against “shedding innocent blood”?

“Nobody has complete ownership of his or her body – or else they could make it a receptacle for heroin, ride motorcycles without helmets or sell their kidneys to the highest bidder.” (Jim Wooten, AJC).

A narcissistic culture trumpets alleged rights to do with one’s body as they please. Who bestowed this right upon them? Does not the fetus have some rights?

“The only distinction between the death of that unborn child and the death of a child after its birth is that the unborn child is not yet known by others to the extent the child born alive soon comes to be known. A miscarriage, like any other natural death, is a tragedy marked by loss and grief. An abortion, like any other taking of human life, is an act of moral treachery.” (Albert Mohler).

The pro-abortion community stands in embarrassing silence in the presence of this reality.

“Life begins with the mother’s decision.” (presidential candidate Wesley Clark, 2004).

This argument often used by those in the pro-choice movement betrays a horrifying world view, namely, that “the baby is not alive until the mother exerts an act of will.” By this standard infanticide is not far behind. Thankfully, the presidential candidate who said this did not gain political traction.

“In fact I challenge you to publish two photographs side by side: one of this ‘child’ outside the womb and another of a ‘fetus’ inside the womb both at 23 or 24 weeks, with a caption that says something like: ‘We at the Star Tribune regard the termination of the preemie as manslaughter and the termination of the fetus as the personal choice of the mother.’” Pastor John Piper wrote these words in an open letter to the Minneapolis Star Tribune which endorsed abortion in a lead editorial.

“No doubt abortions spring from mixed motives. But the will to abort invariably involves an attitude toward life. Abortions are accepted because life is cheap: if it is inconvenient to bear a child to full term, destroy it; if the child will not be what we would desire, kill it. Most abortions take place because humans do not choose to be inconvenienced. Or to be deprived. Or to permit a handicapped child to live. And this, so evangelicals affirm, is a dangerous attitude that society for its own protection does not dare permit a person to act upon. Society has the duty to protect itself against actions that would destroy it. Human life is sacred, since every man, woman, and child is made in God’s image.” (Editorial in Christianity Today, 1982)

“ ‘The first thing I’d do as President,’ Barack Obama told Planned Parenthood in 2007, ‘is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.’ The bill would remove almost all state and federal restrictions on abortion.” (Christianity Today, January 2009). This is a chilling prospect. Let us pray that the president elect will change his mind.

Where does all this bring us? We are being told that evangelicals under age 35 don’t have the same fire in their belly regarding the issue of legalized abortion that older evangelicals have. This may very well be true.

As Christians, whether young or old, we must recommit ourselves to the righteous cause of ending the evil of abortion on demand in our society. Here are a few things we can do now.

Pray that God will afflict the conscience of pro-abortionists in that they will uphold the value of human life in the womb. Pray that no bill will be signed by the new president that will remove state and federal restrictions on abortion. Encourage and support pregnancy care centers that are attempting to protect the lives of the unborn.

Bible-believing local churches must provide an environment of compassion for unwed mothers and serve as a social conscience for the protection of the unborn. Christians must refuse to cast their ballots on election-day for candidates who are not pro-life.

This is not all that can be done, but if churches would be true to God’s Word, boldly proclaim God’s eternal truth, and be known for their authentic Christianity, a culture of life would displace a culture of death.

Dr. Howard E. Dial, pastor

Berachah Bible Church

Fayette County, Ga.

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Submitted by PTC Avenger on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 9:15am.

Vienna, Jan 11, 2009 - The chemist who made a key discovery leading to the invention of the birth control pill has written a commentary calling demographic decline in Europe a “horror scenario” and a “catastrophe” brought on in part by the pill’s invention.

Dr. Carl Djerassi, now 85 years old, was one of three researchers whose formulation of the synthetic progestagen Norethisterone marked a key step in the creation of the first oral contraceptive pill, the Guardian reports.

In a personal commentary in the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, Djerassi said his invention is partly to blame for demographic imbalance in Europe. On the continent, he argued, there is now “no connection at all between sexuality and reproduction.”

“This divide in Catholic Austria, a country which has on average 1.4 children per family, is now complete,” he wrote.

Djerassi described families who had decided against reproduction as “wanting to enjoy their schnitzels while leaving the rest of the world to get on with it.”

The fall in the birth rate, he claimed, was an “epidemic” far worse but less highlighted than obesity. In his view, young Austrians who fail to procreate are committing national suicide.

If it is not possible to reverse the demographic decline, an “intelligent immigration policy” will be necessary, Djerassi said.

According to the Guardian, Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn told Austrian TV that Pope Paul VI had predicted the pill would cause a dramatic fall in the birth rate.

“Somebody above suspicion like Carl Djerassi ... is saying that each family has to produce three children to maintain population levels, but we’re far away from that,” the cardinal said.

In other words, white Europeans are being outbred.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 1:09pm.

What a shame that more women and men here in our own Country haven't learned about birth control and used it. Even here locally, we see examples of "Baby Factories", women downloading one every year, usually with no mention of a father(s).

Submitted by jevank on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 8:36am.

This isn’t a matter of control over one’s body. It is an issue of control over what can happen medically over one’s body.

If women do not deserve these rights, then I’m sure, Pastor Dial, that you would agree that any man who impregnates a woman who is not his wife should be medically castrated.

Oh, but wait. That would be using Christianity to dictate to men and taking away their God-given right to “be fruitful, and multiply.”

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 12:21am.

Democrats believe in abortion. They want their rights.

What is the problem?

After listening to their plans and policies, we need to let them make their own choices. Let's stay out of their way. How many more liberals do we need?

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 8:19am.

As long as they are preventing more little liberals from being born, I am fine with that. Another 35 years and there won't be enough of them left to vote in a clueless socialist like they just did.

It is a perverted version of survival of the fittest.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 8:53am.

Let's let the "theory of evolution" work for us. Ditto on the gay issue.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 12:09am.

"We are being told that evangelicals under age 35 don’t have the same fire in their belly regarding the issue of legalized abortion that older evangelicals have.

Really?! That is some of the best news I've heard lately in regards to the anti-choice fundie crowd. Thanks for passing that along, pastor.

Submitted by jimsells on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 10:56pm.

The killing of an innocent child in the womb is no less a sin because it is done legally.

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