Two major news stories have recently shed light on the stark contradiction in America’s abortion laws.
The escape of three girls in Cleveland who had been abducted & held captive for a decade is primarily about the girls & the horrors they experienced.
But if you’re following along, their captor is also being charged with murder for repeatedly punching one of the girls in the stomach until she miscarried.
The second story involves a 28 year old man in Florida who tricked his pregnant girlfriend into taking the so-called “morning after pill.” The FBI is charging him with murder.
In case you’re not familiar with the logical law of noncontradiction, it simply states that something cannot be both “A” and “not A” at the same time and in the same relationship.
Abortion law in America violates this basic logical principle, and here’s how:
In both of the situations mentioned earlier, a man fathered a child and killed the child in the mother’s womb.
Both of those babies are protected under the law, as they should be, & both fathers are rightly being charged with murder.
In their relationship to the law, babies are persons and killing them is murder.
The contradiction should be obvious, but we are as blind to it today as our forefathers were to slavery.
Under American abortion law, unborn children are both “A” and “not A” and therefore our laws are contradictory.
Those unborn babies died, and the hands that killed them are rightly called murderers’ hands. If the same unborn babies had died under different circumstances, the hands that killed them would not have been called murderers’ hands- they would have been called abortionists’ hands.
The same babies, the same legal code, the same relationship between the babies and the law… but in one case they are protected persons while in the other they are reduced to a “choice.”
Under American law, unborn babies are both “persons” and “not persons” at the same time and in the same relationship, and therefore the law is contradictory.
Rape is a choice, and a choice nobody (I hope) defends. Not all choices are good choices, and we neither should nor do defend all choices. The “pro-choice” stuff is just an effort to distance abortion from abortion. Abortion is an ugly reality, so those in favor of it realize they will find more allies with the label “pro-choice” than with the more accurate label “pro-abortion.”
Nonetheless, why is abortion a choice that we should defend?
Thank God for people who believe differently than I do. My best thoughts in defense of my beliefs have come from responding to such people.
A recent example happened in a discussion with an “escort” for the Louisville abortion clinic. She, as many people do, suggested that our time and effort would be better expended elsewhere. Somewhere other than in front of the abortion clinic, where we dodge escorts and traffic while trying to dissuade girls from killing their babies in the couple minutes or so it takes them to exit their car doors and enter the abortion clinic door.
She brought up the issue of orphans, both as a justification for abortion and as a better avenue for our time and efforts. She, as these escorts often frustratingly do, made her point and turned her back on me to pursue a conversation with a fellow escort. Nonetheless, I am grateful for her remarks. She is wrong, of course, but she is also right.
She is wrong in saying that the evil of our orphan situation either justifies abortion or excludes the need for us to fight the evil of abortion. However, she is right in pointing out the tragedy of the situation of orphans in this country.
I hope to talk to her again soon, and plan to ask if she is doing anything to help orphans. I hope she is, and that would be great to learn. But, if she is not, then she uses one evil to justify another, while fighting neither. My solution, and what I believe Jesus would have us do, is that we must fight both. We must both fight abortion and adopt orphans. The orphan situation in this country does not lead us to kill the orphans, and neither should it lead us to kill the unborn babies who may or may not become orphans.
Orphans are, by and large, being robbed of the rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness- at least to the extent that we enjoy these rights. However, 60 million babies, each and every one of whom was just as American as you and I, have been robbed of the right to life. Because all men are created equal- knitted together in their mothers’ wombs by God and in His image- all men have these inalienalbe rights, and we should fight both for the right of every unborn person to life, and the right of every unborn person and every orphan to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
As they say back where I come from, let’s get down to brass tacks on abortion.
If your mother had aborted you, would you be alive or dead right now?
What would have been the cause of your death?
Ball game. End of discussion. Abortion kills.
I condemn the recent murder of an abortionist in Wichita, Kansas. However, those who identify themselves as “pro-choice” cannot stand with me in opposition to his murder. To do so would be inconsistent. Here’s why.
Because there is no way to define personhood in a way that excludes the unborn, the fact of the matter is that pro-choicers believe that one person’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (the mother’s) extends as far as ending the life of another person (her unborn child).
Therefore, when one person (the murderer) decides to end the life of another person (the abortionist), pro-choicers are hypocrites if they condemn the murder of an abortionist- or any murder for that matter.
Let me say again that I condemn the murder of the abortionist in Kansas. I also condemn his practice as murder. To do so is to be consistent in believing in the inalienable right of every person, born or unborn, to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
May God grant our government such consistency, so that our citizens do not feel that they must take justice into their own hands by repaying evil with evil. May our government abolish abortion.
I went to an abortion clinic with some fellow Christians Saturday to try to prevent abortions. It was intense, and it definitely makes abortion more real to see the faces of the women, and to watch them pass through doors of death for the helpless, defenseless life in their wombs.
One thing that I learned Saturday was that the murderers cannot perform an abortion unless they can find a heartbeat.
What a backwards, messed up world we live in!
“Come Lord Jesus!” -Revelation 22:20
What have unborn, precious, living babies done to deserve death? More than that, a painful and torturous death?
Yesterday I was thinking about the fact that the crucifixion of Jesus was the most evil event in history. As I thought about this, I wondered what other evils could be compared with the cross of Christ.
While Christians should see the supremacy of Christ in this discussion, there are other evils for which some might argue. While genocide in general or particular could vie for second most evil, I would argue that abortion, both in general and every single murder of an innocent child in particular, occupies that spot.
What makes Jesus Christ and Him crucified the greatest evil ever is that He did not deserve to die, much less to be publically shamed and brutally murdered as He was. Likewise, aborted babies do not deserve to die. If you think of abortion as a clean, cut and dry process, YouTube Gianna Jessen and listen to her talk passionately about saline abortions, one of which was supposed to end her life before she left her mother’s womb. As she says, saline abortions are intended to burn the unborn human being both inside and out and thereby end his or her life.
I love animals, but it is tragic that there are probably people who advocate protecting animals with one breath and support the burning alive of unborn humans with the next.
It is more tragic that millions of Americans view abortion as nothing more than an issue, while millions upon millions upon millions of innocent little bundles of blood and guts and brains and nerves and arms and legs and fingers and toes and potential are murdered, deprived of the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by parents and voters and legislators who are supposed to defend the defenseless. To the tune that the man who fails on this issue worse than any candidate before him could be given the highest elected office in the world.
While abortion and genocide victims share the undeserved aspect with the evil of the murder of the Messiah, there was far more evil in the death of Jesus. This is because, in addition to not deserving to die, Jesus also deserved to live more than anyone else ever has or ever will. More than anyone else, He deserved to be honored and thanked and praised and cherised and loved.
Yet He was shamed and cursed and despised and rejected and crucified. Praise God that Christ Jesus our Lord “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8) “for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), and that He appeared to more than five hundred men (1 Corinthians 15:6), and He ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven until His enemies are subdued under His feet (Psalm 110:1)..
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.
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.
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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