Abortion is an emotionally charged issue. It gets talked about under the categories of women’s rights, politics, privacy, freedom of choice, and individual liberties among others. The pro-life “cause” gets labeled a political issue, but for most of us it isn’t that at all. We started the Morning Center because the issue is mothers and babies who are created in the image of God who need Jesus. I believe whole-heartedly that abortion, like all forms of murder, should be illegal. But I don’t think that dealing with it is nearly that simple.
Here’s a great article that deals with the issue, and what the pro-abortion folks really think about the life of the baby:
To Recap: The American People may believe that “when a human life begins” is very relevant to the question of abortion, but leaders of the pro-abortion movement don’t.
And here’s the problem: They are well ensconced among ruling class elites. What these neo Patricians want often becomes law–regardless of the contrary opinions of the American people.
When life begins is important. Don’t chase the red herrings of viability or the need of the baby to be sustained by another. We all need others to live, and children don’t stop needing parents to take care of them until they’re much older than birth, so that argument is simply ludicrous. Abortion is the willing taking of a life, and we need to stop, admit that, and move forward from there on how best to serve women who feel trapped in a crisis pregnancy and lead them to what they need both in terms of maternity care and spiritual care. And those who are opposed to the life of these children know what they’re doing and have duped much of the public into following along without clearly understanding what is going on.
Consider these words from Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL and former abortionist:
“We persuaded the media that the cause of permissive abortion was a liberal, enlightened, sophisticated one,” recalls the movement’s co-founder. “Knowing that if a true poll were taken, we would be soundly defeated, we simply fabricated the results of fictional polls. We announced to the media that we had taken polls and that 60 percent of Americans were in favor of permissive abortion. This is the tactic of the self-fulfilling lie. Few people care to be in the minority. We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000, but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000.”
Nathanson, when ultrasound technology came out, realized what was really going on and tried to stop a movement he’d founded. Norma McCorvey (aka Jane Roe) also opposes abortion. Most people don’t know that pro-lifers include those two names.
Children are created in the image of God and ought to be protected. We should do it with grace towards those women who feel trapped and who are being lied to by the pro-abortion propagandists, but rescued and protected they must be. And ministries like the Morning Center exist to rescue both mamas and babies who are stumbling to the slaughter:
If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.
Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not repay man according to his work?