What do Cher, Steve Jobs, Celine Dion, Andrea Boccelli, Jack Nicholson, Justin Bieber, and Tim Tebow have in common? They were almost aborted.
Do you remember when you first heard about the topic of abortion? Abortion was pushed to the forefront of American politics when the United States Supreme Court ruled on the Roe v Wade case in 1973. It’s always been a controversial subject, but there has been much talk lately with the new laws that have passed in New York, Alabama, Missouri, and others. People are not protesting the abortion facilities, but the right to have an abortion. Today all these movie stars are sharing their abortion stories like it’s something to be proud of. One headline read, “Why having an abortion was the best decision I ever made.” Sad indeed!
As of December 31, 2018, there have been some 41.9 million abortions performed in the course of the year; 41.9 million – just let that sink in for a minute. Statistics show that about 98% of women find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy because of their own sin and lust, 98%! These numbers bear repeating because they are so shocking! Let’s look at some other statistics. According to Abortionno.org, only 1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems with either the mother or the child; and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons, meaning the child is unwanted or inconvenient at the time. God does not approve of taking a life just because of “inconvenience.”
In my younger days, I used to work in retail, and I made a lot of close friendships. One day, one of those friends confided in me about something she had done. I will never forget the conversation that took place. She became pregnant out of wedlock, and her boyfriend insisted she have an abortion. She said that while at the abortion clinic, several girls were sharing their stories of why they were having their abortion. One girl said she was on her 3rd abortion. She stated that she just keeps getting pregnant and did not want kids. Then she spoke of another lady at the clinic who said that she and her husband had separated. She had gotten pregnant by another man, and then she and her husband got back together. She didn’t want her husband to know she had been with someone else. That is one conversation I have never forgotten because it shocked me so much. I learned then that I was so naive about the topic.
I have heard many “Christians” say they support abortion because it’s better than seeing the child grow up mistreated or living in poverty. First of all, it’s not just the ones in poverty having all the abortions – it’s the rich and middle class that make up that number as well. Again, look at the celebrities that boast about their decision to end a life no matter the circumstances. Something that has always bothered me is that there are even laws that protect the eggs of some animals placed on the endangered species list, but there are no laws to protect the rights of the unborn child. What is wrong with this picture? We have even gone so far as to change the name from murder to abortion. This makes it more palatable since we know that murder, the taking of innocent human life, is unlawful.
We know from scripture that there are “six things which Jehovah hates; yea, seven which are an abomination unto him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; a heart that deviseth wicked purposes, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness that uttereth lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19, emphasis added). What is more innocent than the bloodshed of helpless unborn babies? Do you realize that there were babies in the Bible whom God named before they were born? Life begins at conception. If life does not begin then, when does it begin? Where is the evidence to show that life begins later? The baby’s sex, race, and hair color for instance are determined at conception. Jeremiah 1:5 states, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” If life begins at conception, then any deliberate act to end a pregnancy is murder. Abortion becomes an act of violence that takes the life of an innocent child.
Those who support abortion say that the Bible does not say anything about abortion. I beg to differ. We learn from Scripture that God calls for the protection of the unborn. Exodus 21:22-25 says, “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.” Notice that there is a fine if there is no serious injury to the mother or child. But if there is a serious injury, then the penalty is to be life for life, eye for eye, etc. This clearly states that God hates the taking of innocent life.
Sadly, we read of ladies who dump their newborns in a dumpster and are charged with murder; but they can go to an abortion clinic and it’s ok –society simply looks the other way. Boggles my mind. It is a sad commentary on the human race when a society resorts to redefining what makes a human life a person in order to justify killing innocent human beings. Also, who are we to decide that a human life, however it is conceived and no matter how small or fragile, is not worthy of fulfilling the destiny he or she was created to fulfill?
The argument of abortion is not about rights, it is about responsibility. How can one proclaim to be a Christian and support the murdering of the innocent? Instead, we need to support our local Pregnancy Care Clinics. We need to pray that people see abortion for what it really is. We need to pray for God’s direction to help those who want to go down this path. As we look at the names at the top of this blog, could you imagine a world without these people?
Look how many babies will never get the chance to show what they were capable of.
**Statistics information provided by abortionno.org.