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This week was the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade case that was decided by the Supreme Court on Jan. 22, 1973. Since then, Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe” in the case) has admitted that the whole case was built on a lie (her pregnancy was not the result of rape as she claimed at the time) and has become a leading voice in the pro-life community. Since then, ultrasound technology has advanced to the point that mothers can now see their pre-born child with such clarity that the answer to the question “when does life begin?” is obvious to anyone with eyes. Since then, the dramatically negative physical and psychological impact on women who have exercised their “right to choose” has been well-documented, as has the dreadful conditions and often criminal activity inside many abortion clinics. Since then, over 55,000,000 (that’s million) babies have been legally killed.
In a sane world, those facts alone would rouse our country from its satanic 40-year slumber and cause people of good will from all sides of the political and religious spectrum to denounce abortion for the unmitigated evil that it is and demand a change in the law of the land.
But, alas, we do not live in a sane world.
Whereas Thomas Jefferson stated, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good governance,” many of our politicians and pundits openly speak of the ‘right’ to kill one’s baby as if it were a good thing. In fact, the Center for Reproductive Rights, an organization dedicated to keeping abortion legal, produced a video featuring a well-known actor to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade that can only be described as repulsive.
Further, as Eric Metaxes pointed out on a recent Breakpoint radio program, influential groups at the United Nations are continually seeking to have abortion declared as –if you can believe this – an international human right. And yet it is Christians who are supposed to be the ones foisting their ‘radical’ views on people.
Truly, as a nation we are proving again and again the truth found in Proverbs 4:19, “The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.”
Theodore Roosevelt said it this way, "The fool who has not sense to discriminate between what is good and what is bad is well nigh as dangerous as the man who does discriminate and yet chooses the bad."
I believe the prophet Isaiah spoke of this time in history when he wrote, “ How terrible it will be for people who call good things bad and bad things good, who think darkness is light and light is darkness.”
A few years ago, as we were heading out the door for a meeting at church on a Sunday evening, I overheard our then-10-year-old daughter telling her then-9 year-old brother (in her best parental tone) “Chase, put the football back!” In no uncertain certain terms, she wanted to make it clear to her brother that he shouldn’t bring his football along to the meeting. In case you didn’t know it, younger brothers do not like to be bossed around by their older sisters so I knew an argument was about to ensue. I quickly stepped in and told my daughter not to be so bossy. She replied (without the slightest hint of a smile), “I’m not being bossy; I’m just telling him what to do!”
When I gently pointed out to her that, in fact, telling her brother what to do was the very definition of being bossy, she realized that she was, indeed, guilty as charged. Fortunately, we were all able to laugh about her self-contradictory statement, and good humor was restored to the family unit.
A recent news item reminded me that it isn’t just my daughter who doesn’t always seem to understand the meanings of the words she speaks. At last week's signing of "executive actions" designed to combat gun violence in America, President Obama, flanked by schoolchildren, said, "...when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now."
Now, certainly our schoolchildren are vulnerable to all sorts of things (not the least of which is the liberal propaganda being pedaled in many schools, but that’s a whole different column), and I’m not in any way trying to diminish the tragedy at the Sandy Hook elementary school that prompted the President’s comments. However, I am simply pointing out that, on average, the equivalent of 150 Sandy Hooks is happening legally every single day in America. While we rightfully mourn the loss of the 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, Conn., where is the concern for the over 3,300 children who are killed every day by abortion?
When President Obama said that we must act now to protect “the most vulnerable among us”, I (for once) actually agreed with what the he said, although not with what he meant. Who is more vulnerable than a child in the womb?
While even the most favorable estimates of the new gun laws the President has proposed only suggest that deaths will be reduced by 7500 per year, that is less than the number of children that are killed every three days in their mother’s womb.
But, sadly, that fact (nor the ones at the beginning of this column) will be covered in the media. Neither will the March for Life that will happen today in Washington, DC, which is regularly the largest public demonstration every year in our country.
The reality is, the facts regarding abortion haven’t changed in the last 40 years, though as I noted previously, the advancements in ultrasound technology have made some of them more obvious. The arguments on either side haven’t changed either. In fact, three columns that were printed in The Courier-Journal just this week written by ACLU of Kentucky officials show the complete bankruptcy of pro-abortion arguments.
As always, the issue comes down to what you believe about God. During the big dust up a couple of years ago over a pro-life Super Bowl commercial featuring Tim Tebow and his mother, Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, condemned the ad as "extraordinarily offensive and demeaning" because, in her words, “It is offensive to hold one way out as being a superior way over everybody else's."
And that is the real issue, isn’t it? Any discussion of the topic necessarily brings up the possibility that abortion could actually be ‘wrong’.
As Cal Thomas wrote this week, “The growing secularization of America has also contributed mightily to the cheapening of human life. If there is no Creator, Who made us and endowed us with a right to live, and if we are mere evolutionary accidents without purpose, direction or destination, then we might as well eat, drink, and be merry and abort at will.”
In other words, if an unborn baby is not alive or not human, abortion would simply be just another elective surgery. But if an unborn baby is a living human created by God, then abortion is clearly murder and no rational person could be for it.
When Ronald Reagan was asked why he wasn’t pro-choice, he quipped, “Well, I happen to notice that everyone who is pro-choice has already been born.”
I noticed the same thing. And like my well-meaning daughter, I don’t mean to be bossy; I’m just telling you how it is.
Chuck Souder is on staff at Shelby Christian Church. If you have questions or comments for Chuck, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org