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Roe v. Wade

I am listening through John Piper’s sermon series on the book of Romans, which he started in 1998. Piper starts off every new year with a set of topical sermons, the last couple of which correspond with national “holidays.” I say “holidays” rather than simply holidays because the two “holidays” don’t necessarily bring the usual happiness that I associate with the word “holiday.”

Depending on whether “Racial Harmony Sunday” falls on the second or third Sunday, either the first or the first and second sermons of the new year are on prayer and/or meditation on Scripture. Then, for “Racial Harmony Sunday,” he preaches a sermon on racial issues past and present.

The Sunday after “Racial Harmony Sunday” is “Sanctity of Life Sunday,” since MLK, Jr.’s birthday and holiday are celebrated on January 15, and the Roe v. Wade decision fell like the blade of a guillotine on January 22, 1973.

One of approximately 40 million aborted babies since 1973- if you call yourself “pro-choice,” then this is what you support.

And so, after 26 sermons through the first chapter and first sixteen verses of Romans, Piper paused to reflect on Meditating and Delighting in the Law of the Lord and Praying Without Ceasing, followed by Class, Culture, and Ethnic Identity in Christ for “Racial Harmony Sunday.” I include MLK, Jr’s birthday with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in that it does not have the usual “happy holiday” connotation because I cannot fully celebrate MLK, Jr. Day. There is no racism behind my lack of unbridled celebration for that “holiday.” The reason that my celebration is tempered is twofold- first because of the sorry situation in our country that necessitated Dr. King’s actions. And second, the fact that I don’t think racism is absolutely absent in our country today. But, that will have to be another blog at another time.

The reason for this blog is Piper’s sermon Visiting Orphans in a World of AIDS and Abortion. That abortion is legal in these United States is a travesty. In Piper’s sermon, he argues- convincingly, I think- that children who are aborted are in a worse position than orphans. His logic is that orphaned children have been abandoned by their parents in some fashion, whereas a baby on its way to an abortion has parents that want to kill him or her.

“Pro-choice” people (or “pro-death” possibly, as they are the counterparts to the “pro-life” faction) generally try to argue either that life begins at birth rather than conception, or that to abort or not to abort is a decision with which government should not interfere. In one of my college Political Science classes we read an article in favor of legalized abortion, but never read anything from the alternative perspective (We were encouraged to read the pro-life article in the same book of essays, but it was neither required nor discussed in class like its pro-choice counterpart). The article was well-written and persuasive. And with my safe disance- nowhere near any abortions, pictures of abortions, details of abortions or of the effects on mothers who abort- and only a pro-choice “expert’s” article against my own personal previously anti-abortion position, I joined the pro-choice fold.

I was still opposed to abortion personally, but believed that the best position politically was to allow for those who wanted to have an abortion to be free to do so.

If you find yourself believing, as I used to, that abortion is a decision in which the government should abstain, I would strongly encourage you to google “abortion pictures” and “Post-Abortion Syndrome.” I think that, as with many things, a person should not base their beliefs on impractical things. I do not believe that a person should base their beliefs purely on emotional reactions either, but I think that it is foolish to base your beliefs on abortion without knowing about the process involved, seeing pictures, and knowing about the effects on mothers who abort.

According to this site, there are approximately 46 million abortions per year in the world, and about 1.37 million in the U.S. per year. One of the more appalling statements on the site was that, 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient).” So, if you hold that abortion should be legal for circumstances such as rape, incest, or when the mother’s health is in danger, then you are arguing for only about 7% of abortions. And it is certainly conceivable that abortions could be banned with an exception for circumstances such as those.

You can read a little about Post Abortion Syndrome at this site. You can also see some symptons of what this site refers to as Post Abortion Stress Syndrome here.

More liberal beliefs about the beginning of life place that occurrance somewhere between 15 and 22 weeks, and many believe that life begins when the baby is conceived and the pregnancy begins. You can read an argument for life beginning at conception here, or for 15 or 22 weeks here.

And you can find some graphic abortion pictures here.

I personally now totally reject the idea that abortion is a decision in which government should not be involved. I believe that abortion is murder, and that government should be involved with the murder of unborn babies the same way government is involved with all other murders. I also believe that the potential mothers who are considering abortions should know of the experiences of Post Abortion Syndrome (or Post Abortion Stress Syndrome) before they decide to abort.

This site puts the number of abortions since 1973 somewhere around 40 million, or to put that number in a bit of perspective, almost 7 times the number of Jews that were killed in the Holocaust.

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December 21, 2007 - Posted by | abortion, holiday, holocaust, John Piper, murder, pro-choice, pro-life, roe v. wade, tragedy | , , , , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Something that I would like to add, but didn’t exactly find a great spot for it, is an analogy.

    I think that holding the position that government should not interfere with the issue of abortion is like holding that parents should not interfere with the decisions of their children. There are circumstances where both government and parents should allow for decisions to made made without interferance. But there are also plenty of circumstances in which both government and parents MUST interfere.

    I believe that saying that government should not interfere with a mother’s right to choose is like saying that a parent should not interfere when the child is playing in a busy street or with a large, sharp knife.

    Just as the parent choosing not to interfere in that situation could lead to the death of the child, government choosing not to interfere with a woman’s right to choose leads to the death of millions of children.

    The issue of abortion, like the issue of a child playing with a knife or in a busy street, is an issue in which government MUST interfere.

    Comment by bigham | December 22, 2007 | Reply

  2. why why kill the childern
    what have they done to you
    keep the childern alive please

    Comment by jose rodergeuz | December 17, 2008 | Reply

  3. abortion is wrong wat did this child do to diserve this i got pregnet at sixteen and it stell was not a reasion to get one baby are a gift from god and should be treated as people…

    Comment by young mother | January 18, 2009 | Reply

  4. If we let Government prohibit abortions, once they gain that medical power over civilians and it becomes case law, then they may also force you to have an abortion like China, (actually tax you heavily if you have more than one child). There would be no bodily autonomy. The fetus does not gain bodily autonomy until it can survive on its own. If you want to pay for other’s premature deliveries and NICU so they may disconnect their life support of the fetus, great. If not, then you have no say whether they get an abortion.

    Former abortion support person from 30yr ago. No regrets but I do think about it. It is a part of life and decisions we have to make. I do regret folks I have dated, fast cars I have driven and crashed, and legal contracts I have signed. I cannot un-do them. We move forward.

    Comment by Jeffrey Pederson | October 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Let’s imagine one woman with an unplanned pregnancy- one baby. If she gives birth to the baby, then one year later she has a one-year-old child. Five years later she has a five-year-old child. Ten years later she has a ten-year-old child. Twenty years later she has a twenty-year-old adult. Killing the baby before the baby is born is killing the same person as if somebody killed the one, five, ten, or twenty-year-old.

      You compared abortion to decisions that do not necessarily end another person’s life. Unless you killed exes, killed somebody when you wrecked a car, or ended somebody’s life with a legal contract, comparing those things to ending the life of an unborn human being’s life is unhelpful.

      Also, whether or not a person regrets something does not necessarily make it right or wrong. There are certainly countless examples of people doing things that you and I would agree were evil; but the culprit did not regret the action(s). Doesn’t make what they did ok. Right?

      Also, premies and NICU babies are the exception. Millions of perfectly healthy babies have been, are being, and will be aborted- and the relatively rare babies with complications are used to make general, sweeping arguments and justifications for the legalization of aborting perfectly healthy babies.

      Comment by bigham | February 2, 2011 | Reply

  5. This is sad, truly sad, But who is going to raise all of those children born to families who dont want them or pay for their needs. Are each of you willing to adopt and raise all of these children to give them a chance to succeed at life. Or how about starting a comittee to raise money to supply the 75% of women out there who cant afford birth control with it. It is grossly sad to see this but inevitable. Look at all the children out there who are starving. How many of you are out there feeding and supplying warm clothes for those children or a chance to go to school without ridicule. How can people seem to be so worried about unborn children when they cant even take care of the ones that are alive. Yes, it is sad to see this but even worse, Do people think outside the box? If this message offends you, then instead of wasting your time by replying with a quirky remark, get off your ass and do something for the children inside and outside of the womb and go adopt a child in need. Lead by example! Keep in mind there are almost 20 children aborted per 1000 born.

    Comment by Dave | July 22, 2011 | Reply


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