"A Morbid Anniversary"
By Paul Heil
Reprinted with permission
In the United States, during the latest year for which reliable statistics are available...
Unfortunately, there's a considerable lack of common sense in Washington these days.
So, the smallest number above – gun-related homicides – is the one circumstance that's all over the news these days. Gun control, gun control, gun control. The politicians and news media are demanding action! But gun-related homicides were less than one percent as numerous as abortions. (Will there next be a call for "car control" – since cars claim even more lives than guns?)
Nevertheless, at the same time, the government not only does NOT express even the tiniest amount of concern about the holocaust going on every day in the nation's abortion mills, but, instead, fully supports this butchery – in word and, more to the point, the only way the government knows how to support such a "worthy" endeavor – by throwing huge amounts of taxpayer dollars at it.
Last year, Planned Parenthood — an organization originally founded to reduce the black population — did 333,964 abortions, making it the nation's largest abortion chain. Planned Parenthood received 45 percent of its income from the government – $542,400,000.00. Let's see – that's $1,624.13 per pre-born living human being ripped asunder in Planned Parenthood's back rooms and thrown into the bio-waste dumpster. What a deal! And it sounds like business is booming.
(It is indeed ironic that the government's profligate spending means the next generation will have to pay for all of this – while so much of the government's money today is earmarked to wiping out that very same next generation of taxpayers. But then the government has never been accused of being very good with fiscal planning. Ironic, too, is the use of the rallying cry "save our children" in the gun control debate – ignoring an even more obvious way to save our children, on a more basic and much grander scale.)
So, Sir or Madam taxpayer, how do you like financially supporting all of this premeditated killing?
Today – January 22 – is the 40th anniversary ("anniversary" seems like much too pleasant a word for it) of the infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions in 1973 by which the U. S. Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in the USA. So we have the highest court in the land to thank for the slaughter of some 54,559,615 pre-born children (1973-2011).
54.5 million! That's roughly the total 2012 population of Texas, New York and Georgia – combined! Seen another way, it's equal to more than 17 percent of the entire current USA population – lost!
And it goes on. In the time it's taken you to read this far, at least five more lives have been snuffed out by abortionists in the USA. Think about this – 137 every hour, 3,304 every day (more than the number of people killed in the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack), 23,196 every week, 100,516 (roughly the current population of Erie, Pennsylvania) every month.
Where is the outrage? "Out of sight, out of mind" appears to be true. Although 79 percent of Americans told a Marist Poll that they do not support the current abortion-on-demand policy of the government, they went ahead and voted back into office the most pro-abortion government America has ever had. Go figure.
And, lest you think this is not an issue that affects you (beyond as a taxpayer), Time magazine recently reported that, on average, one in three American women will have an abortion by age 45. One in three! The Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood's own research arm, says 43 percent of women of childbearing age in America have experienced at least one abortion. Incredible.
But there is some good news, of sorts. According to the Time article, the number of abortion clinics is declining across the country making access to abortions more difficult, or, at least, less convenient. In fact, over the past 22 years, 70 percent of all abortion clinics have closed permanently, according to the American Rights Coalition. And, in just the past two years, 24 states have adopted more than 90 new restrictions on abortion.
A Gallup poll in 2009 found that 51 percent of Americans called themselves pro-life. That's the first time in Gallup's annual survey – conducted since 1995 – that a majority of Americans identified themselves in that way. What's more, a Pew Research survey at about the same time found that only 46 percent of Americans say abortion should be legal in all cases. That's down from 54 percent the previous year.
The Bible makes it clear that each child is unique from the moment of conception. Each child is a person – for whom God has already made plans. Each child, even from the moment of conception, is an individual God already knows and loves. And we know what God thinks about murder.
The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that the term "child" applies equally to born and pre-born children. The Bible does, too. When, in Luke 1:41, Elizabeth recalls that upon Mary's greeting "the baby in my womb leaped for joy," the Greek word used for "baby" is the same word used for any young child. A baby is a baby – in the womb or delivered from it.
And yet the holocaust of pre-born babies continues because that fact is politically inconvenient.
Please do all you can do to support pro-life causes. Most communities have organizations that provide counseling to women with unplanned pregnancies – counseling, for example, for adoption services. Please vote only for pro-life candidates – not just because they could help turn the tide of legislation to protect the unborn, but also because our society seems increasingly influenced by secular public policy.
And, above all, pray for a moral and spiritual revival in this nation. That will do more than anything else could do to turn the tide against this sin. We need to get back to "God first" rather than "me first."
But it's important to understand that God is willing to forgive even this sin. Women who regret having gone through abortion can humbly repent and then seek and receive God's forgiveness. This is becoming more common – and many such women have actually formed ministries to other women who have gone through abortions and now feel the pain and sorrow of bereavement.
How long will God put up with this tsunami of abortion — and the moral and spiritual depravity that fosters it? I don't know. But 40 years is a Biblical time of testing or probation. That time is now up. I fear for our nation. But I trust in our God.
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The pro-life position is gaining support. In a 1995 national Gallup poll, those accepting the “pro-choice” designation held a 23-point margin, 56 percent to 33 percent. In 2012, however, the “pro-life” label was preferred by 9 points, 50 percent to 41 percent — a record low for the “pro-choice” group.
In addition, abortions fell 12 percent in Ohio in 2011, the biggest annual decline in more than a decade. Health department officials said it was the 11th-straight year that abortions dropped, and the 24,764 pregnancies terminated were the fewest since the state began tracking abortions 37 years ago.
Read more online at: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/01/20/pro-life-position-gaining-support.html
A big thank you to Andy Glockner who sponsored a Scioto County Right to Life billboard that will be displayed during the months of May and June in honor of Mother's Day and Father's Day. You can see the billboard as you drive west on Gallia Street, directly south of Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
CRADLE Pregnancy Care Center wll conduct its Walk-for-Life 2012 on Saturday, May 19 in Portsmouth. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Carousel Center in Portsmouth. This is an easy 2-mile walk designed for families and individuals of all ages.
This is a fundraising event in which all proceeds will benefit CRADLE – a non-profit, Christ-centered ministry serving moms, babies, and families in need.
You may pre-register or register the day of the Walk (beginning at 8:30 a.m.). T-shirts may be purchased at $15 each or are free with $100 in total pledges or personal donation.
For more info, visit online at: http://www.cradlepcc.org/Events.html
As the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade approaches, we are reminded to have hope in our mission to end the hurt of abortion. While there is still much work to be done, this year has been a blessed one for Ohio. Christian leaders from across the country support the momentum building in our state. Please see the article featured in the BreakPoint Daily below that uses the steps taken in Ohio this year as a reason be encouraged as we persevere in “fighting the good fight.”
Thank you for all the work you have done to enable goodness to flourish in Ohio!
Marking 39 Years of Roe v. Wade
Some Very Good News
January 12, 2012
This month marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s hideous decision to legalize abortion on demand in the United States. Since then, some 50 million unborn children have lost their lives. The constant killing, with the blessing of both the government and the media, has coarsened our national life, and deadened the consciences of many.
And for those of us who believe in the sanctity of human life, and the Imago Dei being implanted in every human being, these 39 years have been full of frustration and anguish in our so-far unsuccessful efforts to overturn Roe.
Adding insult to injury, the Obama administration is seeking to increase access to abortion through the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as ObamaCare. According to CitizenLink, “Under ObamaCare regulations, insurance policies would be required to cover free to women all contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and reproductive counseling methods that the Food and Drug Administration has approved.”
Knowing all this, it would be easy to get discouraged. But I’m not, and you shouldn’t be, either. First of all, as Christians we believe in the sovereignty of God. So despair is a sin! Never despair!
Secondly, the pro-life cause is gaining tremendous ground in the states. Let me list just some of the signs of progress. According to Americans United for Life (AUL) five states have reacted to ObamaCare by restricting insurance coverage of abortion: Florida, Idaho, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Virginia. Good start.
In addition, more than 30 states have either introduced or are laying the groundwork to introduce an opt-out bill as soon as their legislative calendars allow. Many have already passed such legislation like Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi.
Meanwhile, AUL sees “an unprecedented level of pro-life activity in the states,” with 70 pro-life bills passed in 2011. In all, pro-lifers in 47 states got their legislators to consider 460 bills, and they’re keeping the pressure on daily.
In Kansas, pro-life lawmakers are seeking to bolster legal protections for doctors, pharmacists, and other health-care providers opposed to abortions or abortion-inducing drugs. These legislators hope to block even indirect taxpayer support for abortion.
In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich signed four bills into law last year that either put additional restrictions on abortion or benefited the pro-life movement. Says Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, “Never in the history of the pro-life movement have we had so many legislative measures enacted in one year.”
These Ohio laws prohibit public hospitals from performing abortions and ban abortion coverage in the insurance plans of local public employees. Pro-life college groups now cannot be denied use of school funds or facilities. Kasich also signed a law that makes it harder for minors to get abortions without parental consent. And the polls continue to show us gaining in public support.
Okay folks, 2011 was a good year for the pro-life cause. And no, we haven’t overturned Roe v. Wade — yet. And we face entrenched interests that will fight us tooth and nail. But that’s because the tide is turning!
So even as we mark 39 years of abortion on demand, hang in there! And keep fighting the good fight.