Published January 27, 2015

Paul's Epistle...
"Lives Matter"

How's your imagination? Here's an exercise for you.

Imagine, if you can, that everyone in these 16 states – Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Hawaii, Idaho, West Virginia, Nebraska, New Mexico and Nevada – would suddenly disappear! Vanish! The entire population! Gone!

Now image that the entire population of Canada – not just a province or two – but the entire population of Canada were also to disappear! Also completely gone!

My point? If you were to total up the populations of those 16 states and the entire nation of Canada, it would, according to the latest available government estimates, come to a little more than 55 million. That's huge! That's unthinkable! So many lives – gone!

But 55 million is the number of children who have been killed by abortionists in the United States since the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision 42 years ago legalizing abortion. 55 million lives — gone!

We recoil in horror at the online photos of headless corpses strewn about the streets in the Middle East and Africa, victims, for the most part, of Islamic terrorists. But what about the mutilated bodies of babies, hacked apart each day in the USA, with the government's consent, by abortionists, and dismissively consigned to bio-waste dumpsters?

It's a huge business. Abortionists get rich quick. And, through government support for the nation's leading abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, you, as a taxpayer, are helping pay for it. May God forgive us.

(A recent Knights of Columbus-Marist poll found that 68 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions, funding which has significantly increased under the present administration. And I heard on the radio just this morning on the way to the office that President Obama has again promised to veto anything Congress sends him that would reduce abortions.)

In strictly human terms, can you imagine the positive impact some 55 million Americans, who today would be age 42 or younger, would have on the American economy? How many scientists, how many evangelists, how many doctors, how many pastors, how many Godly teachers would there be today — had they not been denied life? And, ironically, the taxes they'd pay would help cut the nation's monumental debt. Lives really do matter! In so many ways!

But the economy is the least aspect this issue. A Pew Research Center study noted that 49 percent of Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong. There's a strong religious component, too, as Pew found that 75 percent of white evangelical Protestants said that having an abortion is morally wrong. That's about three times as many as the "unchurched" who feel that way.

That's what people think. So, what does God think (which is what really matters anyway)?

Can there be any doubt? God abhors abortion. Abortion is, after all, murder – and we know what God thinks about that (Exodus 20:13). God is the One who gives life in the first place (Acts 17:25). The Creator is still creating — He creates each unique new individual life. He knits us together in the womb, "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:13-14). He has a plan for each person, as He did for Isaiah, who said the "Lord formed me from the womb to be His servant" (Isaiah 49:5). Our God is so big that I believe He mourns each and every individual son or daughter who dies in this way. (I can't even begin to imagine God-sized mourning.)1

All of that would certainly seem to indicate that an individual's life begins at conception. "We know that, from the moment of conception, a baby has all of its DNA that it needs for the rest of its life," says Jeanne Monahan-Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. The child "has everything inherent that it will need for later on. Really, the only difference [between the pre-born and adults] is in size and development."2

Interestingly, this very concept – that life, personhood, begins at conception – if accepted, would completely negate all pro-abortion laws. Who says so? None other than the U. S. Supreme Court. Where? In the very decision that created the current mess – the Roe v. Wade decision.

In that decision, the court wrote, "If...personhood [for the unborn] is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment [to the U. S. Constitution]..."3

Wait... What?  Why haven't you heard about this before? Because strong pro-abortion political and media forces don't want you to hear about it. It could wipe out – abort – the lucrative abortion business.

How? Well, this part of the Supreme Court's ruling, taken at face value, could be read to indicate that the Court itself was saying, "Look, here's a way to solve this question. Congress, if you choose to declare personhood to begin at conception, then do so – and this abortion ruling will be moot." But for 42 years, Congress has lacked the political resolve to do this. And, to our shame, Christians have apparently not done nearly enough to convince them to do it.

Martin Luther King, Jr., said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."  This matters!  Today's Congress is more likely to pass pro-life legislation than any Congress in many years. But, because the opponents of such legislation are so powerful and vocal, Congress needs to hear encouragement directly, personally from you on this (literally) life-and-death issue. And they need it today.

- Paul

1. Although abortion, as murder, is a sin, God, through His grace, is in the business of forgiving sinners who truly repent. That's to encourage anyone reading this who may have had an abortion-related experience. God will forgive (see 1 John 1:9).
2. Quoted in the Christian Post, Friday, Jan 23, 2015.
3. Roe v. Wade [410 US 113 at 156-7].

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