By Paul Bawden
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday was, January 15, 2017 commemorating 44 years since the January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in our country. Since 1973, however, more than 58 million unborn children have died in legalized abortions — a tragedy of incredible dimensions that stands in sad contrast to the belief that each life is sacred.
To think that the number of children aborted is tenfold the number of Americans lost in all our Nation’s wars. These beautiful children will never laugh, never sing, never experience the joy of human love, and never have the opportunity to contribute to society. Abortion has denied them the first and most basic of human rights, and we are certainly poorer because of it.
I understand that over 92% of abortions are performed for social or “other” reasons – because the woman does not want to have the baby. Less than 1% of abortions are performed because the mother’s life is in danger or for cases of rape or incest, while 64% of women report feeling pressured into having an abortion; women also have reported being forced to abort.
Abortion is such an evil procedure. It is the direct killing of a baby in a mother’s womb by ripping the baby apart, dismembering the baby, injecting a lethal substance into the baby or other similar means. Then, there is a coordinated high-tech industry operating for the purpose of obtaining and selling high-quality baby organs for research.
It’s hard to believe that such is happening in our country. How long can the biblical God stay His judgment when a nation has lost its moral compass? Does not the blood of the babies cry out for justice? Obviously, when a human egg is fertilized by sperm, a new human being has come into existence. All information concerning the child’s sex, hair color, eye color, and much more is present from the very beginning.
In fact, the biblical world-view makes it clear that life begins at conception. David, in Psalm 139:16 recorded the words, “My unformed substance.” The word, “unformed” conveys the idea of being rolled up or folded up like a blanket or mantle. It has the idea of being “undeveloped.” Obviously, David was referring to his tiniest embryonic form at the time of his conception when all the members of his body were folded up, or undeveloped, before they began to take on their form and proportions. Note also the word, “my,” as David understood that he was a person at the time of conception.
Certainly, the abortion issue has created a great divide in the United States among those who are against abortion, and those who are for abortion. It’s all about women’s rights according to those for abortion, but what about the rights of the unborn? Who will stand up for the voiceless? Will a national human life amendment eventually be passed? Perhaps Planned Parenthood will be defunded from federal funds and have to rely on private contributions. At the same time, adoption must be encouraged, and God’s grace and forgiveness offered to those who have had abortions.
The bottom line is that legislation will not stop abortion. Education on the perils of abortion can help. Organizations that are pro-life provide services to those contemplating abortion. Actually, only a change of heart by the grace of God experienced by the believer in Jesus Christ will a person truly understand that the Creator God has created life eternally valuable from conception to the end of life on this planet. That’s why Jesus said that He came to give life in surplus. He was the Creator of life (Colossians 1:16), and He would provide eternal life for the believer in Him (John 3:16). So Jesus gives double value to life – physically and spiritually. I trust you know Him personally through faith, and are enjoying the eternal life He gives you, while upholding the lasting value of physical life that Jesus gives to everyone.
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