Category Archives: Sanctity of Life
How do we love a mother and her unborn child? How do we protect someone whom the law does not protect? Love is our aim and justice is our cause because it is God’s aim and cause and nothing is more unjust than trampling on the rights of those who can’t defend themselves.
In response to the most recent Planned Parenthood video, I called:
- Mary Fallin, the governor of Oklahoma (405) 521-2342.
- President Obama’s comment line – (202) 456-1111. By the way, they did not want to hear about it. They couldn’t get me off the line fast enough.
- Representative Frank Lucas – (202) 225-5565
- Senator Jim Inhofe (202) 224-4721
- Senator James Lankford (202) 224-5754
And I asked them if they had seen the Planned Parenthood videos. I encouraged them to watch all of them if they have not.
I told them I was deeply disturbed that a viable baby would have its heart stopped so its face could be cut off for the purpose of harvesting its brain. I said this because I want them to know what is happening. I want them to imagine it!
I asked Governor Fallin whether Oklahoma planned to defund Planned Parenthood like several other states recently have.
Since all of my national elected representatives from Oklahoma claim to be pro-life, I told them I was appalled and encouraged them to keep putting pressure on Planned Parenthood until they are defunded, or stop doing abortions.
I gave them my name, contact information and the city I live in and I asked: “How long are we going to tolerate this atrocity against mothers, unborn boys and girls and their fathers?”
Finally, I thanked them for taking my call and hearing my concern.
It took 10 minutes to make these calls. Won’t you join me?
Perhaps you have heard about, read about or seen the infamous videos of doctors from Planned Parenthood callously discussing the sale of aborted baby parts. If you haven’t, you must have been on that island Tom Hanks was stranded on in Castaway, or maybe you have been on a news fast. Whatever the case, if you care about mothers, children and fathers, you need to look, even if you have to force yourself. Evil does not go away when we pretend it is not there.
If you have seen the videos – and there are more to come – you may wonder: “What can I do?”
First, pray for your own heart and mind and that you would remember your own need of grace so that when you act and speak, you do so in a loving way toward others.
Second, pray for God to save people like He saved the apostle Paul, who tried to destroy the lives of others. We should speak and work for justice on earth, but justice on earth without salvation is eternally deadly.
Third, post on social media. Don’t let people be ignorant. Keep up the pressure. I know it is uncomfortable and horrible, but the curtain needs to be pulled back or nothing will change.
Fourth, call your elected representative -whether they be Democrat, Republican, Independent, etc. Before you dismiss this action-step because you assume this is just a Republican political ploy in an election year, keep in mind that abortion is by its very existence a political issue. It is so readily available because it is lawful and because Planned Parenthood gets millions of dollars of tax-payer money. Politicians respond to phone calls, especially when there are lots of them. Here is the contact information:
The White House
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe
U.S. Senator James Lankford
U.S. Congressman Jim Bridenstine
U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin
U.S. Congressman Frank Lucas
U.S. Congressman Tom Cole
U.S. Congressman Steve Russell
Doing nothing is the worst kind of something that can be done.
Here are just a few of the reason the Eagle Heights Faith Family supports our local pregnancy (SLS):
- SLS services 1000 to 1200 clients every year.
- The majority of SLS clients are between the ages of 18 and 24.
- In 2009, just over 50% of the abortion-minded clients chose life for their babies.
In the United States alone, the richest country in the history of the world that spends $13 billion a year on pet food, there are 3,700 abortions a day and 1.2 million abortions every year. Since 1973 our country has aborted over 50 million little persons. Mark this: We have aborted around one-seventh of the population of our country, and the crisis of abortion is even more daunting when you consider that every year there are 42 million abortions world-wide.
What then can we do? What can you do? It is such a massive problem and we have so little control over laws and the personal decisions people make. The answer is simple. With God’s energy and strength, we must do what we can – with what we have – where we are. Doing nothing is doing something, and it is the worst something we can do.
We don’t need to start a ministry because one already exists. What we can do is join those who are already making a difference and help them help mothers, fathers and unborn babies. SLS offers us that partnership opportunity and we should join them in serving our city.
Here are some websites that you can look at to be further educated about life and abortion. I do however warn that the Abort73 website is very graphic. I insist though that the images need to be seen to understand what is really going on. I’m convinced that one of the reasons so many people have abortions or don’t take the time to care about the abortion issue is that they just don’t know the truth about what is really going. I’m not saying the truth is easy or makes life less difficult, but ignoring it must be a crime of its own kind that leads to greater crimes against God and people. Look prayerfully:
We have received mixed reviews on the Obama video (above) that was shown this past Sunday as a part of our Sanctity of Life emphasis. Some suggested that it was confusing. Some were concerned that we took his words out of context. Some may have only read politics into it.
Fair enough on all points, and others that have not yet come to my attention.
I must admit that I sometimes fail to anticipate how people might interpret. This is a good reminder that people filter through the lens of their worldview and knowledge, or lack thereof. I have learned a valuable lesson from this video that I thought I already knew – don’t assume. If I had it to do over again, I would still show the video but I would explain the purpose for showing it. I received an email this morning asking the question, “What was the purpose of the Obama video?” And it is a fair question and here are the answers:
- The video was intended to show the inconsistency in thinking of many in our country. Obama contends that we need to do more to protect our children, but what about the unborn children that are not protected. I mentioned on Sunday morning that the majority of Americans think that abortion is morally wrong, but 63% believe that Roe V. Wade should not be overturned. Now I confess that I made the assumption that most people would know that President Obama is not an unborn, pro-baby president (and in all seriousness, let’s pray for him with great intensity that he will change his mind on this issue). Some of his statements to the contrary are shockingly deplorable. But again, I should never assume that anything can be assumed. I was hoping the video would vividly display the inconsistency of any person’s thinking by taking the very emotional event of Newtown, Connecticut and President Obama’s comments about it and show we are not even close to protecting every child. Now for those who were concerned that some might take from the video that president Obama is pro-life, if there is any consolation for you it is this; he’s won’t be up for reelection.
- The video was intended to get people talking. And it did. I have had several comments and questions. However, here is a concern: I hope that the point of the morning was not lost on any uncertainty about the meaning or intent of the video. After hearing Leah speak about her own story and the work of SLS, I hope we can all agree that we want to help hurting mothers, babies and fathers. But it is clear that many talked about the video and even about why it confused them. I hope there was somebody who was a voice of reason and saw some benefit of the video. I’m okay with stirring the pot on occasion.
Some Final Thoughts and 40 Years
- I should never assume.
- I should explain intent. If I could do it again I would have come up after the video and prayed for President Obama and our country and said something like, “President Obama is not a pro-life president, but I pray that he will become a pro-life president so he can be consistent toward all children in relationship to the comments he made about the Newtown tragedy. We should protect all children, including the unborn.” The plan to show the video is a decision I stand behind, however, the execution was lacking. Pray for me that I will grow in wisdom and be a better communicator next time. Won’t you?
- People are catching on to the idea of context. I was actually encouraged that some objected to the video because they felt President Obama’s words were taken out of occasion. It means they are thinking about context when it comes to the reading the Bible and that is right and encouraging.
- Today (January 22, 2013) marks 40 years that abortion has been legal in our country (Roe V. Wade). Over 50 million mothers have made the painful choice to abort over 50 million babies. The pain is unthinkable and the damage is beyond our understanding. May we use every means possible to love others so they don’t add to these staggering numbers.
I was in Louisville, Kentucky when I got the call that Bella Faith was likely to be born this week. The men that I was with at a conference graciously agreed to leave a bit early so I could get back to meet her. She was born at 9:28 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was in Rolla, Missouri when I got the call that she had come out. She weighed 6 lbs. and 14 oz and she was twenty-and-a-half inches long. She is a beautiful baby girl and she doesn’t cry much – yet.
Faith, her birth mom, did a great job and we are thankful that she will trust us with such a precious gift. Lacey also did a great job and was right by her side, encouraging her the whole time.
Her brothers can’t wait to meet her face to face. With much anticipation and excitement, they have been looking forward to loving her and changing her dirty diapers . I’ll have to work hard to motivate that later act of love, but I know this will be good for our sons.
Lacey and I have a lot of love to share with Bella, but I know that what she teaches us about God and being other-centered will be a gift to us. I hope this whole process and act is for God’s glory and the good of others. Especially since God has adopted those who believe in Jesus Christ as sons and daughters. We are not doing anything that God hasn’t graciously done for us.
About Bella’s name – Bella is in honor of my grandmother, Hattie Bell, who died this year at the age of 100. Bella means beautiful. Faith is in honor of her birth mother whose name is Faith.
Thanks for all your support and prayer and we hope that you get to meet Bella soon.
One of the most frequently repeated canards (unfounded accusations) of the abortion debate is that pro-lifers really don’t care about life. As much as they talk about protecting the unborn, we are told, pro-lifers do nothing to support mothers and infants who are already in the world. Liberal writers such as Matthew Yglesias are given to observing that pro-lifers believe that “life begins at conception and ends at birth.” At Commonweal Magazine, David Gibson, a journalist who frequently covers the abortion debate, asks how much pro-lifers do for mothers: “I just want to know what realistic steps they are proposing or backing. I’m not sure I’d expect to hear anything from pro-life groups now since there’s really been nothing for years.
If it is only an accusation, what are you doing? What can we do one person at time, right where we are?
In Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers, Randy Alcorn gives us thirteen suggestions (pp. 116-120). I added the last one.
1. Open your home. Help a pregnant girl or welcome an “unwanted” child for foster care or adoption.
2. Volunteer your time, talents, services. Stillwater Life Services has a number of ways that you can serve and care right here in Stillwater. They serve over 1,000 clients yearly. They could use your help.
3. Be an initiator. If you don’t have a pro-life ministry nearby, start one.
4. Become thoroughly informed. Know why you believe that life is the right choice for every mother and unborn baby. Buy Alcorn’s book or go to a website like Abort73 to educate yourself. You can’t help others if you don’t know why you believe that all life is precious.
5. Talk to your friends, neighbors, coworkers. Graciously challenge others to rethink their positions. Explain to them the stages of pregnancy. Explain to them what actually takes place in an abortion.
6. Promote discussions of abortions. Post articles on Facebook. Write a blog. Retweet pro-life stories and even abortion stories.
7. Write letters. Be courteous, concise and clear and write to your local paper. Write your congressperson and governor.
8. Encourage business boycotts of abortion clinics.
9. Be active in the political process. Politics are not the answer but neither is ignoring politics. Vote.
10. Join or organize a pro–life task-force in your church. Build a team that can constantly be supporting mothers and unborn babies through a local crisis pregnancy center.
11. Utilize excellent pro–resources. Videos, pamphlets, pictures, etc.
12. Pray for pro–life ministries.
13. Give financially to pro-life organizations. Give $5 or $10 a month to a Christ-centered crisis pregnancy center.
14. Share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We shouldn’t expect unbelievers to acts like Christians. We need people to be transformed, so that they will no longer live for themselves but for Christ who died and rose on their behalf (2 Cor. 5:14-15).
“Ask yourself, five minutes after I die, what will I wish I would have given on behalf of the helpless while I still had the chance?” Randy Alcorn
I normally don’t script my notes quite like this but with such an emotional and sensitive topic I want to be especially careful with my words and argumentation. These are the notes that I preached from yesterday and thought they might be helpful for those who were curious about sources I used, how I prepare, or something I said.
P. 53 “I was exceedingly vile. I not only sinned with a high hand myself but made it my study to tempt and seduce others upon every occasion.”
P. 70 “My life, when awake, was a course of most horrid impiety and profaneness. I know not that I have ever met so daring a blasphemer. Not content with horrid oaths and imprecations (curse) I daily invented new ones so that I was often seriously reproved by the captain of my ship.”
P. 228 “My wonderful unsought deliverance from the hopeless wickedness and misery into which I had plunged myself, taken in connection with what he has done for me since seem to make me say with peculiar emphasis, ‘Oh to grace how great a debtor!’”
In 1788, 34 years after he had retired from the slave trade, Newton broke a long silence on the subject with the publication of a forceful pamphlet “Thoughts Upon the Slave Trade”, in which he described the horrific conditions (Pathos Interest Material: The story of a crewman, a mother and her baby in a longboat) of the slave ships during the Middle Passage, and apologized for. He says it was “a confession, which… comes too late….It will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me, that I was once an active instrument in a business at which my heart now shudders.”
In a 2006 the movie Amazing Grace was released that summarized the story of William Wilberforce, who spent his entire political career in the British House of Commons working to abolish the slave trade in England. In the film there is a powerful scene in which Newton is speaking to Wilberforce about “His confession” of all that he did and witnessed. In the movie Newton says, “This is my confession, Names, ship records, ports, people, everything I remember is here. I wish I could remember all their names, my 20,000 ghosts. They all had names. Beautiful African names. We called them with just grunts, noises. We were apes, they were humans. I’m weeping. I couldn’t weep until I wrote this. I once was blind but now I see.”
This is snapshot of Newton’s Life is the context for the hymn Amazing Grace, which he authored. “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I see.”
Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday, (January 22, 1973 Roe V. Wade 38 yrs. Later) the day we take the time stop and affirm created, human life – whether born or unborn. Both mothers and unborn babies. All human beings from all countries.
I begin today with Newton because I know that in this room there are people who have directly or indirectly experienced the pain of abortion. The pain of a decision they wished they had back. Newton shares something with those who have experienced the trauma of abortion, he shares the memory of his sin but he models for us that God’s grace is magnificently sufficient. “He who knew no sin, became sin for us, so that in Christ, we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:21 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus………. Rom. 8:1
God’s grace is amazing for those who are in Christ. John Newton loved God’s grace passionately because he realized how horrible his sin was. Some of us will not and cannot know the riches of God’s grace because we will not own up to and deal with the wickedness of our sin. Let us all, let us liars, adulterers, thieves, abusers, hypocrites, murderers, gossips, slanders, glory-robbers, blasphemers, doubters, idolaters, proud-hearted people, Let us all run to the mercy seat of Christ and embrace the God of grace through Christ. God’s grace is enough for those who acknowledge their sin, turn from sin to Christ and rest in His grace that is extended to us in his finished work on the cross.
As we talk about abortion, if you have messed up, God has cleaned your mess up in Christ.
Since 1973, when abortion was legalized, there have been over 47 million abortions in the United States.
Last year there were roughly 1.2 million abortions in the U.S. alone and roughly 42 million in the world last year.
22%, 2 out of 10 pregnancies in the U.S. end in abortion. In NYC, 40% of all pregnancies end in abortion.
Abortions happen for many reasons:
- Some men and women don’t know how they will take care of a baby. Can’t take care of themselves. They are in college or even high school.
- Some women and men don’t want the inconvenience.
- Some men and women don’t want a specific gender.
ILL: Australian Couple (Jan. 11th) aborted two twin boys because they already had 3 boys and wanted a girl.
- Some women and men don’t believe they can financially afford a baby, a child.
I believe this is the biggest cause of abortions. Money. The Movie “Bella” by Metanoia Films
Abortion in recent years has declined, but the numbers are starting to creep back up again because of the economic down turn.
Why is abortion wrong? 1) Go to the podcast and listen to last year’s sermon. 2) Buy Randy Alcorn’s book “Why Pro-Life”
The question I want to answer today is, “What should we do and what are we going to do besides agree that it is wrong?” If we say it is wrong, what are we going to do about it? This is such massive problem, what can I do, what can you do?
From CT on Friday, January 21 “One of the most frequently repeated canards (unfounded accusations) of the abortion debate is that pro-lifers really don’t care about life. As much as they talk about protecting the unborn, we are told, pro-lifers do nothing to support mothers and infants who are already in the world. Liberal writers such as Matthew Yglesias are given to observing that pro-lifers believe that “life begins at conception and ends at birth.” At Commonweal Magazine, David Gibson, a journalist who frequently covers the abortion debate, asks how much pro-lifers do for mothers: “I just want to know what realistic steps they are proposing or backing. I’m not sure I’d expect to hear anything from pro-life groups now since there’s really been nothing for years.”
May that never be said of this church family. What would Jesus have us do?
Turn to Luke 10:25-37
If you put Jesus to the test, Jesus is up for the challenge.
Mark this, if you put Jesus to the test, He is going to test you. He is going to push you.
Jesus is not a pushover. Jesus to the law expert, what does the law say?
The Lawyer, the law expert gives him the law (Deut. 6:5 – shema and Leviticus 19:18)
- “Do this” Imperative you shall live (promise).
- V. 25 “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” V. 28 “Do this”
There’s a word play here and an emphasis on the application of knowledge and belief.
Just stop while you are ahead.
Let me ask you, Is this hard? This Is not that complicated, yet this guy, just like many of us look for loopholes, we do biblical gymnastics to avoid doing what we know we ought to do.
We try to soften the command. Make it easier. Look for ways not to do it.
We try to shrink wrap God and compress him and make Him manageable. We try to domesticate Him and His ways. .
What is God saying to you right now, and you are looking for ways to get out of it, and you use the Bible to do it?
Catch this, this scholar is all for loving God, but he wants to know who He has to love. Who is his neighbor?
Who is your neighbor? Who should you be loving? What is love? It’s doing what is best for someone else.
The guy won’t stop and so Jesus tells an explanatory parable or story.
This story is surprising in at least three ways.
1) Those we expect to be a neighbor are not neighbors.
2) The one we least expect to be a neighbor is.
ILL: The homeless man who found a student’s backpack with several Thousands of dollars in cash. He returned it.
3) The lengths the Samaritan went to in compassionately serving the helpless man.
Actions he took Summarized in this way:
- Met an obvious, right in front of him need.
- Compassionately loving.
- Inconvenient “Ministry is hardly every convenient.”
- Costly/Sacrificial/Above and Beyond the call of duty.
- Personal (v. 35b “I” twice = emphatic) Ownership. ILL: University Student at Wal-Mart who was helping a homeless family and buying a Bible.
- V. 36 – The original question:
Who is my neighbor? V. 29
Who proved to be a neighbor? V. 36 question
Application: Everyone is your neighbor because you are a neighbor. Are you a neighbor?
This is our privileged job to help people. To care for people. “To rescue the perishing, care for the dying, to tell them Jesus is merciful, Jesus can save.”
Implication: If you are not a neighbor, you really don’t love God and you very well may not be a Christian. It is both.
- V. 37 Go and do the same. Here is the word “do” again.
V. 25 – “What should I do?”
V. 28 – “Do this.”
V. 29 – “Who should I do this to? Who is my neighbor?”
V. 37 – “Go and do the same. Be a neighbor by meeting needs.”
If we are going to help people, the mother’s of the unborn and the unborn, then we must be a neighbor for God’s glory. It won’t be easy. It will be messy. It will cost you something. But you should want to serve and love others.
What kind of disciple-neighbor are you?
There is so much need in the world. “How do you help millions of needy people? One at a time, right where you are.” Randy Alcorn
Randy Alcorn, in his book, “Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and their mothers.” Gives 13 suggestions to help mothers and their unborn. I want to give 5.
1.) Be a neighbor for yourself. Have compassion on yourself. Get help. Attend CR.
2.) Become thoroughly informed and educate yourself. Buy Alcorn’s book. Go to www.abort73.com
3.) Thoroughly inform others. Educate. Watch for articles on twitter and yahoo news and wisely post them on facebook. Write a blog to process the material. Writing helps us to systematically think and place our thoughts.
4.) Support Stillwater Life Service. Give financially today or monthly. Ask, what can I do? Watch this video of how two in our own church family are being a neighbor.
5.) Share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We should not expect unchristian people to live like Christ. We should however expect believers/disciples to live like Christ. We need a 2 Cor. 5:14-15, 17 Revolution. We need an awakening. We need transformation that only the Spirit can induce.
Spiritually dead people (Ephesians 2:1-3) don’t make good neighbors.
“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him whom died and was raised again our behalf.”
John Newton, the blasphemer, the slave trader, the fornicator, the witchcraft participant, the drunkerd.
p. 350 Newton’s Epitaph “John Newton Once an infidel and libertine (unrestrained by morality). A servant of slaves in Africa. Was By the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Preserved, Restored, Pardoned and appointed to preach the faith, He had long labored to destroy. “I am a great sinner and Christ is a great savior.”
“Ask yourself, five minutes after I die, what will I wish I would have given on behalf of the helpless while I still had the chance?” Randy Alcorn
Earthquakes can cause massive initial and primary damage, as we have seen recently in Haiti and Chile. We also know from recent history that earthquakes can cause massive secondary damage miles away from the epicenter of the original event. Whether primary or secondary, the damage can be lethally destructive. The disturbing truth about secondary damage is that sometimes we don’t see it coming. Such is potentially the case for abortion in the U.S.
I recognize these things to be true: Abortion ignores that there is a creator God who has creator rights. Abortion kills little human beings. Abortion is emotionally and spiritually harmful to mothers. Abortion withholds the privileged right of life that was given to every person who makes the decision to end the life of the unborn. These are primary. These are ultimate.
But then there are secondary issues of harm and damage that result from abortion. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that there have been 52.3 million abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973, which equals the total population of the largest 65 cities in the U.S. What are the financial implications for 52 million missing people? What does abortion mean for a country that is going to struggle to pay for its aging population through programs like social security and medicare? It is estimated that aborting 52 million people is costing the U.S. $35 trillion dollars in gross domestic product. Abortion Stats per state and financial implications.
Read me clearly. There are primary reasons for lovingly and tactfully opposing abortion, but as with so many things in life there are secondary consequences and implications for immoral behavior. It would be immoral to call for an end to abortion simply to make anyone’s life monetarily easier. That would be some sort of selfishness that itself would demean life.
But I can’t help but recognize the irony that the wealthiest country in the history of the world may soon be brought to its knees by the murder of its own. Abortion is wrong because it is defies the creator by terminating the creation to the harm of others. But as with all sin the damage it secondarily causes can be cataclysmic, even if at first it seems insignificant.
In 1973 Roe V. Wade was at the epicenter that has made legal so much death and destruction, but it is possible that the Tsunami it consequently spawned is just now reaching us in ways we would have never dreamed? God knows. We’ll have to wait and see.
The following link is for an article from the front page of the Oklahoman that reports on Governor Brad Henry vetoing a pro-life/anti-abortion bill that passed both the house and the senate in Oklahoma. Article from April 24, 2010
Below is a blog I wrote on April 19, 2007 about Henry vetoing similar legislation. What I tried to do in the blog from 2007 was address Henry’s justification or defense concerning why he vetoed the bill. To summarize, Henry said he vetoed the bill because there was no provision for those who were victims of rape or incest. In short, I argued that two wrongs don’t make a right. I stand by that argument which is why I am reasserting a blog from 2007 that addresses where we are today.
Let me be clear about dissent toward those we don’t agree with, whether public officials or others. We don’t have to be hateful with our words to make our point. We don’t have to threaten people, be disrespectful and call our elected officials names. These actions, and worse, would be detrimental to our ability to be heard. We must however, humbly and clearly express a desire to do what is best for the unborn and their mothers and I’m certain that doing nothing is unloving toward both the mother and the unborn child. Passionately disagreeing with others does not require us to be zealously disrespectful and hateful.
I hope this might encourage you to exercise the freedom you have been given in this country to express concern and appropriate dissent. Again this is from 2007 but very relevant to the article linked above.
Brad Henry’s phone number is: (405) 521-2342. If you care about the defense of the unborn and the mothers who would abort them then you ought to call his office and tell him you are greatly disappointed that he vetoed Senate Bill 714 yesterday. Senate Bill 714 would get state government out of the abortion business by restricting abortions in state-owned facilities or by state employees. In other words, Senate Bill 714 outlaws all abortions, except in the case that the mother’s life is at risk, from being performed at government funded clinics or health facilities. So it prevents the use of my and your tax dollars from funding the murder of a baby. It doesn’t ban all abortion, just ones that are tax payer funded. I don’t want my tax money to be used for something I am against. Do you? Why should I be forced by the government to fund something that I find morally reprehensible?
Henry vetoed the bill saying the measure didn’t protect the rights of women who are victims of rape or incest. (From the Tulsa World) “A person who has been viciously and maliciously raped should have an option – an option after discussing all sides of the issue with her doctor and her family consulting her faith. They should have the option to terminate the pregnancy. This bill does not provide that.”
Before I go on and argue against Henry’s reasons for his veto I want to first say that I am not in any way trying to say that rape and incest aren’t atrocious and horrible acts. They are, but this is not the whole point. Victims of rape and incest deserve our deepest sympathy. After all they are real people just like you and I with real feelings. But this is the exact reason it is wrong for the same people to have abortions. Because they are aborting real people created by God with all the potential that you and I had when we were in the womb of our mother. An abortion is “viciously and maliciously” (Henry’s Words) taking the life of a baby.
Two wrongs don’t make a right. Aborting a child because they are the product of violence does not give another person a right to violate someone else with violence. In both cases the person violated is done so against their will. In the case of the unborn baby, they are the most violated of all people since they have no ability to defend themselves. Having an abortion is doing that which the mother did not want done to her.
Furthermore, having an abortion does not necessarily heal the trauma of the rape or incest. In most cases it increases the trauma. I contacted Stillwater Life Service this morning and they said that a lot of research shows that actually going through with the birth of a baby from rape or incest is actually a healing experience. Besides you can imagine why it wouldn’t help because of the following scenario: The mother has already been raped, then she has an abortion and at some point realizes that she has just murdered a baby. What could be worse than that?
Of course, God is a forgiving God through Jesus, but we shouldn’t help people hurt themselves by letting our governor veto legislation that was overwhelming passed in a representative democracy. It’s true, Senate Bill 714 was passed by a vote of 32-16 in the senate and 73-22 in the house. That is an overwhelming vote that Governor Henry somehow managed to ignore. The people that represent you and I, overwhelmingly don’t know what is best for our state, or so Henry’s veto would imply.
So here’s what you can do. You can help override the veto. Efforts will be made to override the veto. Henry would need 17 votes in the senate and 34 votes in the house to sustain the veto. Contact your hometown representative and senator and ask them to override the veto. Ask them how they voted and why they voted the way they did and ask them to override the veto. Because if you don’t make your voice heard, people who voted for the 714 could flop and vote to sustain the veto. Don’t let them flop.
Here is a link to find out who your representative and senator is along with their contact information. Call them. Click here.
You have been told all your life that you have a civic responsibility to be involved, I am saying to you and anyone who will listen you have a divine mandate and responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves which is the very reason the Bible says God instituted government.
Finally, on a more hopeful note, the Supreme Court upheld the partial-birth abortion ban yesterday by a vote of 5-4. George Bush validated his presidency in part with that vote since he is the one who appointed two justices that voted to uphold the ban. Thank God for people who recognize the sacredness of life. May God give us greater conviction to defend the unborn.
Can you imagine a perfect place? I am thankful for the sustaining hope of a new creation but a place with no more tears, death, mourning, crying or pain seems so foreign to me from the vantage point of this very broken world.
We live in very broken creation that is inhabited by broken people. In today’s Oklahoman (February 20, 2010) there is an article on the front page about a pro-life or anti-abortion law that was ruled unconstitutional. Oklahoma County District Judge Dan Owens struck down a law that “made it illegal for a doctor to do the procedure (destroying a baby person) if the doctor knew the woman’s sole reason was she wanted a baby of a different sex.”
Was this judicial activism? Was it a case where the judge tried to adhere too strictly to the Oklahoma Constitution at the expense of unborn life? I don’t know, but Owens said himself, “It’s pretty disturbing we have to pass a statute to prevent people from doing that. It’s uncivilized.” Exactly! It is uncivilized and so much more. That a woman, with or without the consent of the father, can abort a baby because the baby is not the right sex is unfair to the baby and inconsistent with so much of the pro-choice defense and mostly it is simply disturbing.
It is disturbing because someone saw the need to pass such a law in the first place. People have apparently aborted babies and want to abort babies because they are undesirable in some way, and it just so happens that in this case it is because the child, at no fault of his or her own, has the wrong chromosomes. That is not right!
Not only are children selectively destroyed because of gender in Oklahoma and the United States, but worldwide most abortions done for gender reasons involve female babies. Oddly enough, it is groups who supposedly fight for the rights of women that end up defending the right to destroy little women. In a country that aborts over one million babies a year in the name of reproductive rights to protect the health of women, the United States legally protects the destruction of roughly 500,000 women who apparently have no rights. That is horribly inconsistent.
It is as though we have regressed two thousand years to the time of ancient Rome when children, especially baby girls, were discarded on the trash heap because they weren’t the male heir that was hoped for. (This was just one of the reasons for infanticide in the ancient world, though a common one.) I don’t care if a baby is born and then discarded or never gets the chance to be born because of abortion, either way it is just wrong.
This world is broken and the evidence is everywhere. Lack of civility, unfair treatment, and inconsistent thinking toward the unborn only makes me long for the new creation that I have such a hard time imagining. May both the current brokenness and the promised perfection to come lead us to trust in Jesus and cause us to press on and say with John in Revelation 22:20, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”