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Abortion in America

What is the government's responsibility in the abortion controversy?

Before the 2020 election, I was scolded by peers because my first criterion for someone deserving my vote is that they must be pro-life.  I was told that many issues on the Federal level are much more important than the single issue I was dwelling on.

I disagree and go even further than that… let me explain:

The United States was formed with the understanding that the government was established to serve the people and not the other way around.  Here is the pertinent excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,…..”

If it is not obvious already, the text of the Declaration makes it clear that the only legitimate purpose of government is to protect the people of this country, especially those who are unable to defend themselves.  When the government actively supports the murder of close to a million people in the womb, I declare that this should be the most important issue in casting our vote. For our government to not only legalize abortion but force every citizen to pay for it through our taxes, making us complicit in the killing of our unborn children, is unconscionable.

Whether justified or not, we are faulting the administration for over a million Coronavirus deaths, but many look the other way when over 600,000 innocent people are murdered every year (details).

How can anyone vote for someone who refuses to protect the most vulnerable and who are killed at that pace?  I am certainly biased because I have seen the devastation abortion brings, the untold story of the ruined life of the pregnant mother, in addition to the killing of a human being in the womb.  

My Personal View

My own position on abortion is that we cannot possibly prevent all abortions and should give compassionate support to women with problem pregnancies, by offering them counseling, financial aid, and any available alternatives to help them keep the child.  In addition, we need to pray and educate those women concerning the development of their baby, e.g., show them a live ultrasound.  All these services should be offered without pressure or even a hint of stigma.  If, after all these efforts, the woman still wants to have an abortion, we need to support her, but not her actions, even after the procedure, never being judgmental, but compassionate at all times.  Further, as Christians, we should not be involved in any form of abortion referral or the procedure itself.  Instead, we should support pro-life Crisis Pregnancy Centers and other faith-based organizations.

In my opinion, the government should stay out of the abortion debate altogether, except in prosecuting criminal acts, such as anyone persuading or pressuring a woman to have an abortion.  As long as a licensed doctor does not actively promote abortion services, in my view, they should be free from criminal prosecution when they perform abortions in those states where the procedure is legal.

How Did We Get to Where We Are?

How do people justify supporting abortion?  By starting small and incrementally progressing.  When abortion was first legalized in the United States, they were only considering it during the first trimester. The fetus was considered a lump of tissue.  Christians were ridiculed and called the usual epithets when they claimed that this would ultimately lead to full-term babies being aborted.  And here we are today, doing just that in some states.  While it is understandable that people cannot recognize a human in the early fetal stages, it is difficult to understand their claim that a full-term baby is not a human.  

The fact that lawmakers and Justices have declared in the past that babies become legal persons only after they are born is nonsense in this context.  God’s precious gift does not magically change at the moment of birth.  Once we recognize that the unborn baby is a complete person at birth, we are compelled to wrestle with the question of when human life begins. This issue has even been raised in the state of Alabama to the point of embryos that are still frozen in a lab (IVF details).

There are many theories regarding the beginning of life of an unborn baby, but all of them are completely arbitrary, and this milestone has been shifting because of scientific advances (such as improved ultrasound) since abortion was legalized.  The only clear-cut point where life starts is at the moment the egg is fertilized. We do not have the right to murder or unjustifiably kill any human (Exodus 20:13).

History has many examples where governments only made things worse, and our founding fathers were wise in declaring that the role of government should be restricted to the protection of its citizens.  Any laws in support of abortion will only lead to more abortions, making the procedure a legal form of birth control.  On the other hand, as laws against abortion are enacted, what will be the penalty for an abortion?  Do we really want to incarcerate post-abortion women?

Conclusion

Analyzing the process of how we arrived at this difficult juncture, we might find the solution as well.  There was a time when there were very few unwanted pregnancies in comparison to today.  What changed?  The answer is found in the Bible, for judgment begins in the house of God.  Instead of being a light of the world, our lanterns have been clouded by the filth of unrepented sin.  Unless we polish our lanterns and become a moral compass to the world, things will only deteriorate further.  This admonition is for every believer, including myself.  

2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 


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AuthorKlaus Meyer | BCWorldview.org 

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