Thank the Lord for any victory we can get!

I found this in my notifications. It would appear that the sole remaining abortion clinic in Missouri will be shutting its doors due to state regulations. Thank the Lord, one less clinic murdering children! May this be the first, and may they all shut down in short order!

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/planned-parenthood-missouri-last-abortion-clinic-says-it-may-lose-its-license-this-week-exclusive-2019-05-28/

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Are we truly pro-life?

Stop me if this sounds a little too familiar. You are debating someone on the topic of abortion, and they accuse you of not being truly pro-life because you do not care what happens to the baby once they are born. They try to call you something like “pro-birth”, rather than “pro-life”, in an effort to make you sound like you are heartless and cruel for opposing the slaughter of children. This is an attempt at minimizing you in such a way as to render your argument null and void.

Where this argument fails, though, is that the assertion is 100% false. We genuinely do care what happens to the babies once they are born, not only because it is the humane thing, but also because it deeply benefits us as a society. It is not enough to simply be born, but one must also make it to adulthood, and become a responsible citizen of our great nation. As Lord Jesus said, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt. 22:39, KJV)

In order to bring to light the lie that is the “pro-birth” argument, I am going to point to a series of factors that highlight what it is that we, as a movement, are doing for the babies that make it to birth.

Before I do that, I want to distill our position down to a simple statement:

We oppose murder in all forms, not just the ones that society actually cares about. To that end, we speak out against abortion, as we know and understand that abortion is murder. We want women in crisis to know that their options should not include the mass slaughter of innocents, and that their lives will not end simply because they had a baby. While we do acknowledge the idea of bodily autonomy for the mother, we extend the same to the unborn as well, as this is the position that is the most consistent with our beliefs. Under that concept, the mother’s right to bodily autonomy ends where her child’s right begins. She has no right to end the life of her child.

To the end of making legalized abortion go the way of the dinosaur, various groups and organizations have undertaken various tasks involved in attaining that goal.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers

These centers are run by not-for-profit organizations that counsel women away from abortion, while offering them various types of assistance and resources. Depending on the type, they may be able to offer medical services, but typically they offer local resources such as financial assistance, child care resources, as well as assistance with adoptions should the mother so desire.

These centers, which happen to outnumber abortion clinics by a wide margin in the U.S., work tirelessly day and night to save the lives of unborn children. Their entire purpose is the prevention of mass murder, and they are doing the best they can. Sadly, the people running some of these centers have been caught using deceptive tactics, something that ought to be categorically rejected, but you should not allow that to subvert the good that those centers have done. Where misdeeds have been caught, they have been dealt with, as they should. Why lie when the truth is so much more compelling?

What these centers do, in effect, is address the economic argument that the pro-choice side keeps using as an excuse to justify their position. The idea that many women seek abortions because they could not financially hold up under the burden of raising a child on their own. Among the options offered by these centers, adoption and access to higher education are best suited to handling that issue. These are handled at little to no cost to the mother; certainly at less cost than an abortion.

The center near my house, for example, houses young women in crisis. While there, they have access to a variety of services, including a safe space for those women fleeing domestic violence. All of their needs are seen to, and they are helped with whichever services they desire. In so doing, they are saving the lives of countless children, improving the lives of mothers, and helping to reduce many of the social ills that lead to these crisis pregnancies. In all, this is the most humane option. Yet, there are those who will decry these people’s efforts because they choose not to offer or assist in abortion services. Given that, one must question which side truly has women’s best interests at heart.

Churches

At present, there are numerous church organizations that are actively involved in the pro-life movement. They participate in a variety of activities and programs geared towards preventing abortions from occurring. They go out of their way to change hearts and minds about what abortion is, and the damage it causes.

While many are involved, few are more involved than Apologia Church in Tempe, AZ. Their pastor, Jeff Durbin, is a man who knows how to put his money where his mouth is, and it shows in his congregation’s approach to curbside apologetics and the abortion issue. As this video shows, they are not afraid to make contact with young women in crisis, and offer them the help they need.

Not only do they record and upload videos such as this on YouTube, but they also run a website called endabortionnow.com. On this site, not only will you find resources necessary to equip your own ministry for the fight to save those babies, but also testimonies of women who chose life, the babies that were saved, an opportunity to partner with them, and the chance to contribute to them. All of this, so that they can ensure that those babies not only survive, but also thrive.

Women who accept their help find themselves lacking for nothing. One woman they helped had twin girls, and said she didn’t have to buy a single box of diapers for them for the first year. She said that they had been given such a tremendous amount of supplies that her babies needed nothing! Even at the age of two, they were still set. Again, does that sound like we uncaring of the babies we save?

Lobbying

Another way that we express our caring for women and their babies is by seeking to influence law makers, ensuring that they pass laws which ensure the best outcome for all people, not just a select few. For example, studies have shown that children who come from traditional families enjoy the most success, and that is what we champion: the traditional family.

According to the Brookings Institute, the three main things one must do to avoid poverty is:

  1. At least finish high school
  2. Get a full time job
  3. Wait until at least the age of 21 before getting married and having children

This study also suggests that approximately 98% of all people who follow these three main steps will move from poverty into the Middle Class. Granted, they also admit that there are other things one can do to make this move happen, but these are the three main ones. The more you do beyond those three things, the better your chances of success, so why stop there?

While researching for this blog post, I came across a study entitled, “The impact of family structure on the health of children” by Jane Anderson. While the main thrust of the study centered around the long-term effects of divorce on children, she made a couple of statements in the abstract that caught my attention.

“Nearly three decades of research evaluating the impact of family structure on the health and well-being of children demonstrates that children living with their married, biological parents consistently have better physical, emotional, and academic well-being…The best scientific literature to date suggests that, with the exception of parents faced with unresolvable marital violence, children fare better when parents work at maintaining the marriage. Consequently, society should make every effort to support healthy marriages and to discourage married couples from divorcing.”

Conclusion

When you look at the Left vs. Right paradigm, what you find is a study in contrasts. While the Right is actively fighting for the things that science and the Bible both say is actually good for our society, the Left is standing in open opposition to it.

Abortion is unquestionably murder, with the abortion industry actively, and unashamedly, engaged in the wanton slaughter of thousands of innocent babies every day. The pro-life movement has taken the position of consistancy by opposing murder in all forms, and seeking to reverse the socioeconomic conditions which make abortion seem favorable to women in crisis. In other words, we are seeking to solve or minimize the problem.

Contrast that with the pro-choice movement, who actively encourage women to make the unilateral decision to allow someone (a doctor) to slaughter their baby within their own womb. They also disparage, minimize, and seeks to remove the father from the equation, thereby rendering him moot and powerless. This takes the assertion that the pro-life movement is somehow uncaring, and turns on its head. We need to ask the ourselves, which is truly the uncaring side?

Reference:

Three Simple Rules Poor Teens Should Follow to Join the Middle Class

Anderson J. (2014). The impact of family structure on the health of children: Effects of divorce. The Linacre quarterly, 81(4), 378–387. doi:10.1179/0024363914Z.00000000087

When Ugliness Prevails

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/pennsylvania-state-representative-harasses-a-peaceful-pro-life-activist/

I will begin by saying that I abhor ugliness, no matter which cause you stand for. In every movement, there are followers who help and followers who hinder. This article clearly shows what happens when a hindrance is allowed free reign and some authority. In all honesty, I find myself torn by this story for a variety of reasons.

On one hand, as these are our opponents, a hindrance for them is a help for us. On the other, it angers me to see good people verbally harassed and harangued for living as their beliefs dictate. While I am aware that Jesus said we would be hated for following Him, it still offends me on a very visceral level to hear of an elderly woman being verbally abused. My Southern roots chafe at any disrespect directed towards an elder, especially when it comes in the form of bullying.

As if that was not enough, the man committing this horrendously disrespectful act chose to do so while livestreaming the entire thing. Why does the Left feel the need to have witnesses their acts of unbridled stupidity? One can only hope that his constituents remember this come next election, and choose to fire him. When last I checked, bullying the elderly does not count as overly virtuous behavior. Then again, the Left does seem to have abandoned their own manners as of late, so this might actually get him reelected. One can hope that this will not be the case.

The fact of the matter is that we are locked in a struggle for lives and souls. We want to prevent the shedding of innocent blood, no matter the circumstances. It is for this reason that we are unable to compromise on this issue, as compromise leads to what we have been fighting against, namely the shedding of innocent blood.

Unfortunately, too many in this debate seem to think that we ought to compromise, and quickly become frustrated and angry when we refuse. I mean, not to put too fine a point on it, but we do not have a national debate on the legality of rape, domestic violence, slavery, and all but this form of murder. These are all a given, so why is it that this one form of murder is to be tolerated? Because the baby’s existence might be rough, or causes an inconvenience to someone?

Sadly, this story is indicative of the lack of civility that has become all too endemic in this country. When I was a child, disagreement meant screaming, yelling, throwing things, and violence. Since when are we supposed to do that as grown adults? At what point did it become acceptable for people to express disagreement through verbal assaults in public?

Truth be told, the entire Left has an image problem. They claim to be tolerant, then continue to demonstrate the worst forms of intolerance since Hitler’s Brown Shirts in 1930’s Germany. Sadly, they will always seek to justify their childish behavior through emotional smoke and mirrors, attempting to shift blame for their behavior onto anyone who dares to disagree with them.

I was treated to an example the other day, in quite the most amusing fashion. I stumbled upon a Relativist who had a rather interesting response to my disagreement.

Now, I will admit that my responses were less than diplomatic, but I also confess to having a low tolerance for intentional ignorance or stupidity. It is a failing of mine, one I have been working on for some time. (I am having a bit more success with limiting my use of foul language, but that is a topic for another time) In the meantime, I was honest and direct with the guy and he fell apart at the first hint of criticism, which is lamentable given that there is a fine art to disagreement, and it seems to be dying off.

Anyway, folks, I just felt the need to share this story. It truly grieves me to hear of people who feel the need to be abusive of those they oppose.

Missouri Abortion Law Challenged

My wife brought this story to my attention yesterday, and I knew that I had to write about it. If you claim to be Christian, and pro-choice, a position that will never cease to baffle me, then this is something that I think might bring the whole issue more into focus for you. You are literally standing on the same side as Satan. In standing for unrestricted access to abortion, you are siding with the enemies of the Almighty God you claim to follow, and find nothing odd about it.

Consider the following, in the State of Missouri the law requires a three day waiting period for an abortion. The law also requires that someone seeking an abortion must be given the opportunity to see an ultrasound of the baby, must be given the opportunity to hear the baby’s heartbeat, and must be given literature that states that human life begins at conception. The obvious intent, of course, is to discourage women from having an abortion, or at the very least, allow them to make a fully informed decision. Sadly, this means that many women will have no excuse when they must stand before the Lord, and answer for shedding innocent blood.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/satanic-temple-challenges-missouri-abortion-law-62308538

In the case presented here, what we have is a situation where a member of a Satanic temple has challenged the law, claiming that it violates her religious freedom because she neither wanted the literature, the doppler/ultrasound, nor the waiting period. Let me say this again. A worshiper of SATAN wants to change Missouri law so that it would be easier for her to murder her unborn baby.

Have any of you ever wondered at the odd turn of events when Satanists and Christians might stand on the same side of an issue?! If I’m not mistaken, Scripture has a lot to say about this, and the basic message is: DON’T!!! How much clearer can this be? If it is something that Satanists want so badly they’re going to fight it out in open court, then it is something we ought to be fighting against! Rather than backing their play, the Children of Almighty God ought to be in there facing off against them!!!

Not only did Jesus speak to this, but so did Paul, James, Peter, and all the rest. Consider 2 Corinthians 6:14,

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

What does it mean to be yoked with someone? It means to be in relationship with them, to be bound to them, to have common cause with them. This applies just as much in marriage relationships as it does in championing a political cause; in this case, a cause in which people wish to murder the weakest among us in the name of Satan! How far have we fallen as a society when Satan no longer feels the need to hide his activities?! Now, I am neither making things up, nor am I imagining things. These people genuinely worship Satan, and I don’t mean in the metaphorical sense, as they claim. I mean in the literal, they-have-knowingly-forsaken-Almighty-God sense. What does God say about people like them? Isaiah 5:20, KJV,

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Does this mean that we cannot be friends with unbelievers? No. What it means is that we must avoid any entanglements with people who would lead us away from God, and this includes supporting any political ideologies that violate the Laws of God. What it also means is that the Lord has something in mind for those who make a free-will, conscious decision to defy Him at every turn. You do not want to get caught in the crossfire when that happens, and it will.

It is because of this that I have, on more than one occasion, turned my back on longtime friends, and even family, for the sake of my God. Jesus said in Matthew 10:37-39,

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Too many people, in behaving in a manner that they think is more Christ-like, are compromising the Gospel Truth that they are charged with sharing with the world. The end result is that they will find themselves compromised and in a position where they must choose between their God, and His Enemy. In Matthew 10:28, Jesus speaks to just how far we must be willing to go to follow Him,

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

To make things a bit more clear, consider Matthew 7:21-23,

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Now, let us bring this entire message together. We are COMMANDED to love God with all our hearts, our minds, and our spirits. We are COMMANDED to chuck it all in, and follow Him, even if it means that the world hates us, curses us, and seeks to kill us. We are COMMANDED to oppose that which God opposes, and support that which God supports, and He has NEVER been ambiguous about ANY of this. We need only pick up a Bible, and see what it is that God loves, and what He hates, and take our cues from that. Yet, some would ignore these facts, and stand in support of people who dedicate their lives to doing what God hates and what Satan loves! What exactly is it that we are missing here?! How did we, as a society, get to the point where we turn a blind eye to the wanton, murderous sacrifice of babies, and still have the temerity to call ourselves civilized?!

Here is my challenge to you, the pro-choice Christian. You have a decision to make, and neutrality is not an option. Do you wish to BE a Christian, to follow the commands of your Almighty God, or do you wish to turn your back on Him, and become a friend to the world? Take your time, choose wisely, this is literally for all of the marbles.

Some Thoughts on Unplanned

Last night, my wife and I took the opportunity to attend a pre-screening of the new movie, “Unplanned”. For those who don’t know, this movie tells the story of former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, and how she went from pro-choice to pro-life.

A few thoughts. First, this movie doesn’t deserve one bit of the R rating it was given, though I definitely think the makers of this movie ought to regard that as a badge of honor. They made a movie that was so clean, it made most TV shows from the 50’s and 60’s look like the trash we find today, and still managed to pick up an R rating. That is nothing short of impressive.

Second, the production value of the movie was surprisingly good for Pure Flix. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pure Flix and what they do, but they are not attracting the same caliber of actor as Hollywood. Given the blatantly satanic nature of virtually everything Hollywood and the music industry produces, I would suggest that is a good thing.

Third, when the movie was over and we came out, there were representatives from several pro-life organizations waiting to speak with us and share information. Included in that was information regarding a “Declaration of Life” that Focus on the Family is inviting people to sign. This declaration will later be presented to Congress.

Here is the text, in case any are curious:

A Declaration for Life

As our nation nears the terrible milestone of 50 years of legalized abortion—an era that has robbed an estimated 60 million Americans of their very right to life—we lament the extermination of an entire generation of talent, productivity, and potential. Now we face aggressive efforts to even expand this tragic practice. This is not progressive or compassionate; it is madness. Therefore …

WE PROCLAIM that abortion at any stage of development represents the taking of a human life. Science, reason, and common sense attest to this. Because this is true, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must extend to babies in the womb just as much as to every other citizen.

WE EMBRACE the indisputable scientific reality that life in the womb is worthy of protection from the moment of conception. The same DNA and genetic markers that testify to our uniqueness at birth are also present when we are conceived. Life in the womb is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Sacred scripture and prenatal science both proclaim this.

WE DECLARE that legalized abortion is wholly incompatible with the virtues of compassion, freedom, and equality that characterize a healthy and just society. As state legislatures expand abortion up to the moment of birth and some leaders advocate outright infanticide, our culture’s decades-long embrace of legalized abortion has reached a tragic new low point.

THEREFORE, as concerned citizens, we are reinforcing our commitment to speak up on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. It is imperative that churches, individuals, and communities—people of faith and all people of goodwill—work together to end this tragedy.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, do hereby affirm our commitment to: 1) advocate for pro-life legislation at the state level, including a ban on late-term abortions and those targeting babies on the basis of disability, sex or race; 2) promote the end of government funding of the abortion industry; 3) vote for candidates who respect the sanctity of life; 4) urge the appointment of constitutionalist judges who will protect the fundamental right to life; 5) support both women in unplanned pregnancies and their babies through the good work of Pregnancy Resource Centers; 6) encourage and promote the beauty of adoption; and 7) pray fervently for a nationwide reawakening to the value and sanctity of every human life.

Until that day comes, we will continue to push back against the culture of death. This is the moment we unite with one voice and proclaim, “No more.”

We are pro-life.

My sincere hope is that so many will sign it that people have to sit up and take notice. I also hope that so many people go to see this movie that there is standing room only.

Here is the link:

https://focusonthefamily.webconnex.com/co-new-york-abortion-response?visitorid=fcb3b1b6-28ca-4033-b0a1-c5eb374c1385&extra_data=%7B%7D

The Continued Depravity of Our Time

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20, KJV

I am writing this on the heels of the blog post I have just shared. When I read through that post, I could not shake the feeling that there was more that needed to be said. In an effort to draw out what that might be, I went and visited the website for the #shoutyourabortion! movement, and was not disappointed. (https://shoutyourabortion.com/#the-movement) There they were, happily showing me what more needed to be said.

I’ll begin with a statement made right on the website, “Abortion is normal. Our stories are ours to tell. This is not a debate.” Let’s take a moment and just unpack that one statement, shall we?

First, the overall tone is one of defiance and a bit of fear. The person who came up with this line was seeking to create a rallying cry, a statement that everyone could rally behind, and find courage in the idea that there is strength in numbers. Anyone familiar with Texas history would know what this is, given that the forces under Santa Ana were defeated under the rallying cry of, “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!”.

Used properly, these cries become an amazingly unifying force, even bringing rivals together to fight for a common goal. For Pro-Lifers, one example would be, “End Abortion Now”, and it’s a statement I stand firmly behind. This statement is one that Pro-Lifers of many stripes can get behind, whether they are Christian, Jew, or Atheist, it is a shared goal.

When used incorrectly, you have examples like this, in which people are being asked to stand behind something so morally reprehensible that it brings to mind Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and Communist China. In other words, it brings to mind mass-murder and genocide, all of which Hitler, Stalin, and Mao worked very hard to justify through some of the same means.

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, estimates show that there have been an excess of 60 million abortions performed in the U.S.; a number that doesn’t take into account the number of chemically induced abortions. That is a number that Pharmacists for Life International estimates to be roughly 250 million! (http://www.pfli.org, and http://checkyourfact.com/2018/07/03/fact-check-60-million-abortions/)

When those figures are combined, that number reaches an astonishing 310 million abortions! For comparison, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that our current population is somewhere north of 321 million people, with a difference of approximately 11 million people! Try to wrap your head around that, 310 million babies killed! That is a number that is comparable to the entire population of our country!

This number actually dwarfs the number of people murdered by their own governments, an act known as Democide, in the 20th Century! Estimates place the total number killed by the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pohl Pot, and Castro at approximately 120 million, and our nation alone has managed to eclipse that number by nearly 100 million people! Good Lord, forgive us for sitting on our hands and allowing the slaughter of innocents to take place right under our own noses.

Next, we tackle the statement, “Abortion is normal”. Really? Well, if it were actually normal, then they would not have felt the need to make such a statement. In effect, they are saying that murder is normal. Abortion is murder, so their logic dictates that murder is normal, right? When last I checked, there is nothing normal about murder, and this certainly does not change this fact.

According to Embryology texts, each zygote produced at the moment of conception is a unique and individual human being, separate and genetically distinct. Thus, the Pro-Life assertion that an embryo, or a fetus, is a human being is a position backed by both the Bible, and science. Taken together, that can be counted as a certainty.

Now, Merriam-Webster defines murder as, “the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought.” The Bible holds a similar definition, in that one must be justified in the taking of a human life, or else it is murder. In Exodus 20:13, for example, there is the clear command to not commit murder. The word used, ratzak (Strong’s H7523), translates as “murder”.

Taking both points and bringing them together, we can show that:

1. Unborn children are in fact human beings, and deserving of human rights, by extension.

2. That murder is the unjustified taking of a human life. As no one can come up with any form of legal or moral justification for an abortion, then abortion is murder.

3. That our civilization, when you count up the number of all abortions carried out in all Western nations since the first time a nation decriminalized abortion, is guilty of facilitating and/or carrying out the worst campaign of mass-murder in history; to the tune of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people murdered.

More than 300 million in our nation alone, and that is only an estimate. What makes it worse is that our birth rate is already in the basement. In order to maintain a viable population, as well as to maintain our cultural integrity, there is a hard minimum of children born per woman, and we are falling far short of it.

For a developed country, that number is 2.1, according to the NIH. The NIH also states that the birth rate in our country is presently 1.74 for native born Americans. At this point, our saving grace is immigration from countries with traditionally higher birth rates than ours, as they are making up for our shortfall. What this means is that native-born people in this country stand a very good chance at being completely replaced in the foreseeable future. This is not a racial thing, either. It applies all across the board, white, black, asian, Native, etc.

Next, the assertion that their stories are theirs to tell. Well, I can hardly argue with this point. They say that confession is good for the soul, and telling one’s story can be a form of confession if they have committed a crime. As these women are guilty of murdering their own children, telling their stories could count as a confession.

I’m sure God is all ears, so let it out. Confess your sins to the Lord, repent before Him, and change your life. Oh, you are proud of what you did? Well, that counts as a whole other matter, does it not? He has had no small amount to say about the unrepentant, and it does not bode well for the people in this movement.

Finally, we come to “This is not a debate”. When someone is holding a position they absolutely believe in 100%, they will not worry a moment over a challenge to their position. For example, if you were to read back through my posts, you will note that I not only invite dissenting voices, but pledge to respond to critics first. Why? I am not afraid of being wrong, and am 100% convinced of my position.

Contrast this with the statement found on this website. They do not wish to discuss or debate, which leads one to wonder if they are not aware on some level that they are 100% wrong. Only pride and/or shame would make someone hide from Truth, which is why pride is the deadliest of sins. For the people in this movement, can anyone guess which motivator is the driving force behind their unwillingness to hear a single dissenting voice?

Reblog: Why The #ShoutYourAbortion Movement Is Total Garbage (Avid Pro-Lifer) — The Imperfect Momma

Here is a post I came across yesterday, from Holly Marsh over at Imperfect Momma. It’s well-written and thought out. Pop on over, check out the post, and pay close attention to what she has to say. This #shoutyourabortion! movement is something we need to address because they are trying to convince people that murdering your pre-born babies is acceptable and desirable. Give her post a read, and find ways to combat these people and their ghoulish message! Thank you.

Estimated Reading Time: 14 Minutes Thank you #shoutyourabortion! Your movement has made it cool to have an abortion, something to be “proud” of because having an abortion is progressive and brave (apparently).

via Why The #ShoutYourAbortion Movement Is Total Garbage (Avid Pro-Lifer) — The Imperfect Momma

Nightmares are Dreams, Too

I am not angry, I am furious. Here we are, scarcely two months into the new year, and I am already beyond horrified. How can we, as a supposedly civilized society, ever come under the mistaken impression that the wanton slaughter of unborn babies is somehow acceptable? Granted, we have been doing it for some time, but this is the closest we have come towards actually legalizing infanticide, and some are already pushing for that as well. (https://jme.bmj.com/content/39/5/261.full) How can we, as a supposedly civilized society, be able to justify before our God and our own conscience the horrendous mass-murder of our most helpless members as a common good? As I have stated before, abortion is murder, and this is just seeking to make things worse

Unless you have been under a rock this whole time, you are most likely aware of the bill recently passed in New York state, which makes abortion legal all the way up to the moment of birth, removes restrictions on who can perform an abortion, and also does away with their Fetal Victim laws, removing legal protections for all unborn babies. Note that that ghoul of a governor, Andrew Cuomo, actually lit up the 9-11 memorial pink in celebration of the passage of this bill. (It brings to mind the fact that Hitler’s horrific crimes began with thunderous applause and roars of approval)

Not only has Gov. Cuomo done this, but he has done this in direct contravention of his own supposed Catholic faith. Yes, the Catholic Church’s official doctrinal position is that life begins at conception, and is worthy of all of the protections and rights contained therein, which means that they regard abortion as immoral and unacceptable. Whether you are Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant, you ought to be able recognize when someone has chosen to follow the world instead of their God.

Yet, Gov. Cuomo seems to think he knows better than his own Church. Sadly, the Cardinal responsible for him (Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York) has very little he can do, given that excommunication is only used in cases where it might bring about a change of heart, and it’s clear that Gov. Cuomo simply has none. What is the point of excommunication if it will not have the desired effect?

Historically speaking, infanticide was an accepted practice amongst even the most civilized of nations. The Greeks, Romans, nearly everyone practiced it; even on this side of the globe it was practiced by many of the Native tribes. It wasn’t unheard of for people to abandon their unwanted babies to the elements. They regarded it as an act of mercy!

When Christianity began to appear, one of the things Christians were known for was the practice of rescuing abandoned newborns and raising them as their own. These people would go out at night, seek out the babies that their pagan neighbors had tossed out with the trash, and give them loving homes in the arms of parents who would bring them up knowing and loving the Lord Jesus Christ. Where the worst of humanity was on full display, there were the Christians to show the best of God’s qualities and nature.

This brings up an essential question. What happened? In a time when Christians were being persecuted, hunted, and discriminated against, they were showing what it looks like to be led by the Spirit of God. Now, too many professing Christians seem content to sit on their hands and do nothing, if not outright support the mass slaughter of babies that their ancestors would have died trying to protect! Shame on them, shame on us all. How dare we consider ourselves civilized and Children of God when there are those amongst us who tarnish and mar the image of God, turning us into a mindless caricature of what we are supposed to be?! This is what we are commanded to fight against, and we have a collective case of “cat got your tongue”?!

We are commanded, COMMANDED, by the Lord, to speak up for the poor, the oppressed, and to protect the innocent from the wicked! We are directly commanded to defend the innocent from slaughter, and we have people today who claim the mantle of Christian, celebrating new laws that make it easier to do exactly what we ought to be fighting against! How dare we?!

The politicians who passed this law, and any others like it (currently being considered in Vermont and Virginia), have hands dripping in innocent blood. Those celebrating along with them, supporting this effort, have hands dripping in innocent blood, too. They are no better than people like Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. They are mass-murdering, genocidal maniacs, and the people of their states gave them a job! As if that was not bad enough, they will likely do it again when next these monsters are up for reelection.

In all, I am reminded of something Thomas Jefferson said, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” Words cannot express how true these words are, and how much we have to answer for as a people.

Let’s Call it What it is: Murder

Introduction

Fewer topics have caused more controversy, debate, and/or vitriol than the topic of abortion. Whether you are pro-choice, or pro-life, it is a fair bet that you have very strong feelings about it, and you probably aren’t very shy about sharing them.

As I have stated before, I am pro-life. In this post, my intention is to present my side of the topic, my own personal corner of the war of words that is known as the abortion debate.

As always, if you are thin-skinned and need a safe space when faced with opposition, you are likely going to be very unhappy in the next few minutes. Please note that I do not care, as I will be using strong, politically incorrect language throughout this post. I refuse to sugarcoat things, folks.

Before I go any further, allow me the opportunity to knock aside one common argument; that is the idea that my gender somehow precludes me from expressing an opinion on this topic. If that’s your argument, move on. I have neither the time, patience, or inclination for such nonsense.

The truth is, at conception, a human child is a 50/50 mix of their parent’s genetics. That means that both mother and father contribute equally to that child’s genetic makeup. As such, barring any mitigating circumstances, they should both have an equal say in the future of that child. (To all feminists, sorry, not sorry)

As this post continues, I will be presenting my reasoned arguments in support of the pro-life movement. My hope is that you, the reader, will take something away from this.

As always, I happily invite open dissent into my comment section. If you disagree with me on any, or all points, I most definitely want to hear from you. In fact, I will reply to dissenting comments first. Without further ado, I present my argument against abortion.

My Conclusion

I will be as succinct as I can be, abortion is not just murder, it is the willful and deliberate shedding of innocent blood, and an utter abomination. It is disgusting, horrifying, and inhumane. What’s more, those who support and encourage the practice are guilty of being complicit in a decades-long campaign of mass-murder that has claimed the lives of millions of the most vulnerable and defenseless members of our species. Tragedy is not a strong enough word to describe it, not by a long shot.

That those who support this practice are absolutely horrible human beings is without question, in much the same way as the people living close enough to Auschwitz were horrible human beings; in other words, they knew what was going on, but chose to keep silent. Silence is compliance, people. However, it goes beyond that. None of this addresses the people who actively participate in this bloodbath.

I am, of course, referring to the mothers, Doctors, Nurses, Medical Assistants, receptionists, everyone. This list even includes the construction crews who built, maintain, and renovate/remodel the facilities used to perform abortions. All of these people have blood on their hands, and darkness in their heart’s. They have, in effect, completely abandoned their humanity.

By now, I am sure some are looking at this, and seeing the usual “anti-choice” vitriol, and they would be right. However, there is always more to the story. What I have presented, thus far, is my conclusions. From here on out, it is time to present the “why” of those conclusions. As I am a Christian, I’ll start with the document that is the most important to me: the Bible.

Scriptural Justification

Motivation Matters

In Amos 1:13, we find, “Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border.” In other words, He took issue with their greed, violence, and their wanton shedding of innocent blood.

We must see to the defenseless

In Phillipians 2:4, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” We are commanded to look out for each other, to care for one another. This is important because we often face harsh criticism when we speak out against evil.

Similarly, we are also commanded to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Proverbs 31:8, “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.”

According to the Barnes’ Notes commentaries, Proverbs 31:8 says, “In contrast with the two besetting sins of Eastern monarchs stands their one great duty, to give help to those who had no other helper.

Such as are appointed to destruction- literally, “children of bereavement”, with the sense, either, as in the text, of those “destined to be bereaved of life or goods”, or “bereaved or fatherless children”.” In other words, we are obligated to speak out for those who do not have a voice, regardless of how we personally feel. It is mandated by God.

The unborn are people, too

In the Book of Exodus, God directly confers personhood on unborn children when He says, “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

23 And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,

24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” Exodus 21:22-25

What this means is, if two men are fighting, and they accidentally manage to injure a pregnant woman during the fight, thereby causing her to go into labor, then they are liable to her husband.

If the baby comes, and is uninjured, then the one who hurts the woman takes whichever punishment her husband decrees. However, if harm does come to the unborn child, then the perpetrator will suffer the exact same injury, even unto death. This is where personhood is conferred.

If that child were not considered a human, then the punishments involved would likely have been monetary. Yet, the full weight of the law is called upon anyone who causes harm to an unborn child, even if it means executing the perpetrator as one would do for murder.

Similarly, Psalm 139:13-15 continues the theme of personhood, “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.”

The going theme is that not a one of us was made without God’s knowledge.

Consciousness of the Unborn

Many might not know that John the Baptist was also Jesus’ cousin. The story of John the Baptist goes a long way towards establishing that unborn babies are conscious. “And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” Luke 1:41-44

Children a Reward From God

Each child born is a blessing, regardless of the circumstance. Psalm 127:3-5, “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” 

Does this mean that children won’t be born into awful circumstances? Absolutely not. However, we as a society should do what we can to mitigate that.

Scientific Justification

Some on the pro-choice side of the argument like to claim that science has settled the issue, and an embryo is nothing more than an unconscious clump of cells without any value but that which is given by the mother. (See the phenomenon of Fetal Victim Laws) I have had pro-choice supporters tell me that a human embryo is not alive and not a human. Thankfully, Embryology texts teach different.

For example, “Although life is a continuous process, fertilization (which, incidentally is not a “moment”) is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is formed when the chromosomes of the male and female pronuclei blend in the oocyte.” -O’Rahilly and Müller, “Human Embryology and Teratology”, 3rd Ed., 8

Note that the phrasing is “genetically distinct human organism”. This means that each and every baby is a genetically distinct human. Are they completely dependent upon their mother’s body for their existence? Yes, but this does not mean that they are part of their mother.

At no point does the mother have four hands, four feet, two heads, two brains, etc. This means that the baby is an individual growing inside their mother.

This is further borne out by Dr. Bradley Patton, in “Human Embryology”, 3rd Ed., when he states, “The formation, maturation and meeting of a male and female sex cell are all preliminary to their actual union into a combined cell, or zygote, which definitely marks the beginning of a new individual.”

Even some on the pro-choice side have admitted that an unborn human child is in fact a human being. For example, David Boonin in “A Defense of Abortion” writes, “Perhaps the most straightforward relation between you and me on the one hand and every human fetus on the other is this: All are living members of the same species, homo sapiens. A human fetus after all is simply a human being at a very early stage in his or her development.”

In “Common Ground and Uncommon Conversations”, Stephen Wagner makes my next point very plain. “Why are sexism and racism wrong? Isn’t it because they pick out a surface difference (gender or skin color) and ignore the underlying similarity all of us share? We should treat women and men, African-Americans and Whites, as equal and protect them from discrimination. Why? Because they all have a human nature. But if the unborn also has that same human nature, shouldn’t we protect her as well?”

Legal Justification

Allow me to begin by stating unequivocally that I am most certainly not an attorney. However, a law degree isn’t required for this part; just a conscience and the ability to read, reason, and comprehend.

The online legal dictionary at Law.com defines murder as, “the killing of a human being by a sane person, with intent, malice aforethought (prior intention to kill the particular victim or anyone who gets in the way) and with no legal excuse or authority.” In other words, for it to be murder, one must make a conscious decision to end the life of another human being.

As I have previously established, an unborn child is a human being in the eyes of both science and the Bible. As such, they are entitled to the full protection of the law. This means anyone who kills an unborn baby is a murderer, and those who help in any way are accessories.

This includes the people I mentioned at the beginning, from the construction workers to the receptionists, to the medical staff carrying out the abortions. All are guilty, and all have innocent blood on their hands.

When it comes down to it, no matter how you try to look at it from different angles, murder is murder. When someone commits murder in our country, they are punished to the fullest extent of the law. That is, unless the human they murder happens to be an unborn child in a medical facility.