Published January 21, 2014
"Stand For Life"
Tomorrow January 22nd marks what to paraphrase a famous quotation is a day that will live in infamy. On that date in 1973, the U. S. Supreme Court issued its infamous Roe v. Wade decision that, for all practical purposes, legalized abortion on demand. In effect, the court ruled that the "right to privacy" trumped the "right to life."
How interesting it is that the Bible doesn't assert any sort of absolute "right to privacy." God, after all, knows all of our thoughts. No "private" thoughts elude His notice. (Psalm 139:2; Psalm 94:11.) But He is the same God who commanded, "You shall not murder" (Ex. 20:13). And, have no doubt, God sees abortion as murder. And He knows (and loves) every child who's been killed in this way. He had a plan for them a plan that sin aborted.
Here's a statistic that is absolutely mind-boggling abortion is now the leading cause of death in the United States! According to Christian Action News, the annual death toll from abortions is about 1,310,000. Pause to consider how staggering that number is. It's as if the every individual resident of the entire state of New Hampshire all 1,310,0001 of them would have been violently killed last year.
Operation Rescue2 provides these grim statistics about abortion in America:
Each year about 2 percent of all women ages 15-44 have an abortion.
Of the women obtaining abortions in any given year, about 47 percent of them have had at least one previous abortion.
By age 45, one third of American women will have had a least one abortion.
The U. S. has the highest abortion rate (19.4 per 1,000) of any Western industrialized nation.
Women who have never been married account for one-third of abortions in America.
Less than one percent of all abortions take place because of rape and/or incest.
Blacks comprise 13 percent of the U. S. population but account for 37 percent of all abortions.
Black women are five times more likely to abort than white women.
Operation Rescue also notes that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion merchant in the United States, has located 80 percent of its abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods, disproportionally targeting minorities for abortion. This should come as no surprise. Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger, founded the agency specifically to reduce the black population, calling them "human weeds" and worse. More blacks in the U. S. have died from abortion than from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer and heart disease combined. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by more than 25 percent.3 Abortions are to Planned Parenthood as hamburgers are to McDonald's their stock in trade. Except that taxpayers aren't subsidizing McDonald's. They we are subsidizing Planned Parenthood's bloody trade to the tune of almost half a billion (with a b') dollars one recent year.
Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry at large have strong allies these days in the federal government. Christian Action News called the Obama administration "the most rabid pro-abortion administration in U.S. history." The American Center for Law & Justice says the Obama administration has, in fact, even been hiring outspoken pro-abortion activists to promote "Obamacare."
In an October 2009 speech, President Obama told Congress that "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion..." He lied. And the matter will go to the U. S. Supreme Court in March, thanks to some Christian business people who are gutsy and principled enough to take a stand against having to pay for abortions as part of the health care law.
Enough bad news. If you're read this far, you deserve some good news. There actually are some positive indicators.
According to Operation Rescue, "Since the election of President Barack Obama, Americans have experienced a shift in how they view abortion. In the spring of 2009, several polls showed that for the first time, the majority of Americans identify themselves as "pro-life."2
Operation Rescue says a record number of abortion clinics 87 closed in 2013. That's a 12 percent decline in the number of such clinics which is down 73 percent from a high back in 1991.4 Most of this decline is due to new, hard-won legal restrictions at the state and local level.
49 percent of likely U. S. voters believe there should be a legally-imposed waiting period before a woman can get an abortion. According to Rasmussen Reports, that's up six points in just three months.5
A major rally a "March For Life" is scheduled tomorrow in Washington, DC. Many thousands of marchers from all over the country are expected to stand for life and against abortion. (Watch and observe how little coverage this will get in the leftist national media. Any coverage that does occur will have a fundamentally negative tone.)
In an unprecedented move, the Republican National Party has delayed the GOP's annual winter meeting so that members could join in that March for Life tomorrow, standing against abortion. Republicans have traditionally been pro-life ("a core principle of our party," according to chairman Reince Priebus), while Democrats, as a whole, have been staunchly pro-abortion. (They, of course, call it "women's rights." Why is the "right" to kill a child so sacred to them?)
Republicans recently introduced legislation in the Senate to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It's sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC. (Because Democrats control the Senate, chances of passage are doubtful.)
Here's some even better (and more significant) news:
Although abortion is sin, God is in the business of forgiving sin. If you've personally been involved with an abortion in any way, God will forgive you if you ask Him and you sincerely repent. In fact, He'll forgive you much more quickly and certainly more completely than you'll forgive yourself. But it's His forgiveness that will make an eternal difference for you.
At the most fundamental level, God's greatest gift is "life." It was His crowning achievement of Creation. That's why Satan and his followers are so pro-death.
In every way you can, you must take a stand for human life. It's sacred.
Note: An outstanding 5-minute video that chronicles the past 41 years in the fight for life is available online here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylD7ajPflqo&feature=player_embedded. Notice that each speaker was born during the year they talk about. The video is provided by the Texas Alliance for Life, and I recommend it.
4. Operation Rescue email, 12/23/2013.
5. Rasmussen Reports email, 1/5/2014.
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