44 years ago, on Jan. 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court rendered the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand in all 50 States. The companion case to Roe was Doe v. Bolton, which made abortion legal through all 3 trimesters; meaning a mother could drive to an abortion clinic on the day she was scheduled to deliver to “terminate her pregnancy”, instead of to a hospital to deliver her child.
We decry those Germans who turned a blind eye to the Holocaust. Should the Lord tarry, some future generation will likely hold a similar opinion of those who ignore the holocaust taking place in our time and place. Over 59 million unborn children have now been killed by abortion in the US since Roe, dwarfing the Nazi Holocaust.
I need to state this unequivocally so those who disagree, understand the ground I stand on in this issue: Abortion on demand (as Roe defines) is the intentional ending of a human life. It is murder. The Supreme Court waving its judicial wand and making it legal doesn’t change the reality that the unborn are people; human beings we have an obligation to protect. The Roe decision removed the label “person” from the unborn. “Person” is a legal term, referring to an entity to whom the law applies and attributes rights under the law. Roe revoked the title of “person” from the unborn. In 1973, arguing precedence and using a legal contrivance manufactured some time before, the Court subsumed pregnancy under a “woman’s right to privacy.” The contents of her uterus were not a “person” worthy of legal protection, but a part of her body she was free to dispose of as she “chose.”
In the Court’s deliberation of Roe, they consulted medical ethicists and theologians. Because there was little unanimity among these “experts,” the judges reverted to the field they were proficient in – the law. By revoking the legal term “person” from the unborn, they condemned millions to death.
But consider this . . .
What are you today you weren’t the moment you were conceived; when sperm and ova met, when the DNA of your parents merged in that cell in your mother’s womb? Here’s what you are you weren’t then; Time! Everything you are now, you were then. All you needed was time to grow and the ingredients that growth required; food, water, protection, nurture, and experiences. But biologically, all you are now was contained in what pro-choice advocates prefer to call a zygote, embryo, or fetus. Some pro-life advocates rankle at such labels. There’s no need to. Let’s continue the sequence; zygote, embryo, fetus, infant, toddler, adolescent, young adult, middle age, senior. It’s all just stages of being human.
While abortion has become a rancorous political issue, we mustn’t allow it to be reduced to “just another” such topic. When abortion is regarded for what it really is, murder, its political dimension pales. We rightly regard the Nazi government’s consideration of the “Jewish problem” as a mere political issue absurd. Grotesquely so. Because we know by the solution Hitler and his ilk provided to the “problem” was a “Final Solution.” They also turned a profoundly moral reality into a mere political issue, and succeeded in killing millions.
Abortion isn’t a women’s-rights issue. It isn’t merely a political position. It’s far more important than that. How could murder ever be a right; a topic to toss around and discuss the merits of?
The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion on demand on January 22, 1973, didn’t REALLY change anything! It just permitted people to believe a lie. Murder is still murder even when you call it “choice.”
And the thing is, deep in their hearts, most know it. That’s why pro-abortion advocates do their best to filter the information the public is exposed to. Take for instance these recent news reports . . .
Recently in France, a film called “Dear Future Mother” was banned because it showed happy Downs Syndrome children. The ban was justified on the grounds the film might make mothers who aborted a child because of a pre-natal test indicating Downs might feel bad. [http://www.conseil-etat.fr/Actualites/Communiques/Diffusion-du-film-de-sensibilisation-a-la-trisomie-21]
In his week-day podcast The Briefing Al Mohler reported . . .
Shifting to Canada, the Washington Post reported in recent days that a judge there has barred anti-abortion bus ads that depicted fetuses. It’s not so much the what that is important here; it’s the why. Cleve Wootson, reporting for the Washington Post, writes, “As graphic anti-abortion ads go, the sign was fairly tame. The problem was the location. Although the Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) believes gruesome images of aborted fetuses can jar people into becoming abortion opponents, the organization’s ad campaign in Grande Prairie, Alberta, had no blood or gore. But the CCBR wanted to post the ads on buses in the Canadian city. That meant anyone glancing at a passing bus would see pictures of fetuses along with a phrase: ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN.’”
Now listen carefully, “City officials rejected the ad, launching a two-year court battle that pitted the CCBR’s right to freedom of expression against the city’s authority to decide what’s inappropriate to paste on the side of a municipal bus.”
The Post then reports that, “Last month, an appeals court judge ruled in the city’s favor — a decision that could guide other Canadian cities engaged in similar fights over controversial abortion ads.”
The judge in this case, was Justice C. S. Anderson of the Queen’s Bench. She said in her ruling—and this is what’s crucially important, “Expression of this kind may lead to emotional responses from the various people who make use of public transit and other users of the road, creating a hostile and uncomfortable environment.”
Notice the ruling here. It was a ruling about emotion. It was not so much a ruling about the law. It was a ruling about the fact that seeing fetuses and remember no blood, no gore, merely seeing unborn children with the phrase “Abortion Kills Children” was considered to be too emotionally distressing in order for it to be offered in terms of an ad on public transportation. (end transcript)
The text and background logic of the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 is that the unborn don’t constitute a life. A fetus is merely potential life; not a person, only a potential person. Exiting a birth canal provides some magic door granting a real life and legal personhood. The arbitrariness of this technical legality is made clear when a pregnant woman is killed in a case of vehicular manslaughter. The other driver is convicted of double-homicide. Yet his victims may have been on their way to an abortion mill where one of them was about to be legally murdered because the law says the unborn aren’t persons. This is simply insanity and reveals the social schizophrenia of our time.
Consider this: Even if we granted the Roe position that the unborn are only potential persons, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus forbade the kind of anger that if not restrained by a threat of punishment would lead to murder. [Matthew 5:21-22] In other words, He put a ban on potential murder of real life. How much more prohibited then is the real killing of potential life.
It’s been said that during the early 1940’s church-goers sang louder as the trains carting tens of thousands of Jews to death camps passed by so as not to hear the cries of despair from those headed to their doom.
Abortion is the American Holocaust. We can’t just sing louder to distract us from the abomination taking place in our land. We must speak up. We must seek to change minds and hearts.
Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds? Proverbs 24:11-12