Life is considered to be a gift of God and subject to His dominion; mankind is its steward. Because we are made in the very image of God (Gen. 1:26-27), the shedding of innocent blood is absolutely forbidden.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. – Psalm 139:13-16
“Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father´s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being´s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.” —Mother Teresa
Roe v. Wade
In 1970 a Texas woman became pregnant and decided to fight the anti-abortion legislation of her state. Using the pseudonym Jane Roe, she took Henry Wade, the Dallas district attorney, to court. The case eventually went to the Supreme Court in January, 1973, and is now the renown Roe vs. Wade case.
For the first time the U.S. Supreme Court created a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers with scarcely any reason or authority for its action and has led to the destruction of more than 56 million precious babies.
This ruling implicitly permitted abortion on demand at every stage of pregnancy. Its judgment inhibited all regulation of abortion during the first three months of pregnancy, and during the second and third trimesters regulated it only in relation to the mother’s physical or mental health.
The number of legal abortions in the United States in 1969 was less than 20,000. This year more than one and a half million unborn babies will be aborted. That is 4,250 today, 177 this hour, and three since you began reading this page.
Those babies will never know their mothers or fathers; and whatever they could have been, whatever God had in store for them, and whatever joy they may have brought or known, will never come to pass.
Since Roe, an activist judiciary propelled by special interest groups using the courts to remake the social order has rendered opinions or laid the groundwork for an assault on the primacy of the family, a revision of the nature of economic and social liberty, and assault on the sanctity of life, and an abandonment of the rule of law itself. These activist judges have pushed their godless battle over infanticide, euthanasia, fetal experimentation, RU-486, and the so-called “right to die” and physician assisted suicide – all of which attack the sanctity and value of life.
Over the past forty two years, abortion has ended the respect Americans once had for human life. Not only has this loss of respect had a profound impact on the euthanasia and health care debate, but I believe it has also led us down a slippery slope of all sorts of debauchery and has an impact on crime: if ending human life is acceptable before birth, why isn’t it acceptable afterwards?
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Abortion is not merely a poor choice or ethically unwise; it is sinful. The Christian ought to actively expose and oppose it as a moral stain on our country. In a democracy where citizens have the right to vote on its laws and leaders, Christian citizens should by all means participate in the political process. God, help us not to be neglectful of our duty to speak out boldly on something so important!
On March 6, 1860, presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln said:
“What we want, and all we want, is to have with us the men who think slavery is wrong. But those who say they hate slavery, and are opposed to it, but yet act with the Democratic party – where are they? Let us apply a few tests. You say you think slavery is wrong, but you denounce all attempts to restrain it. Is there anything else you think is wrong you are not willing to deal with as wrong? Why are you so careful, so tender of this one and no other? You will not let us do a single thing as if it was wrong! We must not call it wrong in the Slave States because it is there; we must not call it wrong in politics because that is bringing morality into politics, and we must not call it wrong in the pulpit because that is bringing politics into religion; we must not bring it into the Tract Society or the other societies, because those are unsuitable places, and there is no single place, according to you, where this wrong thing can properly be called wrong.”
Substitute the word “abortion” for the word “slavery” and we have the debate raging today.