Abortion Abomination

Last week I saw an article on Facebook titled Faith Leaders to Bless Abortion Clinic. In my opinion, it’s an abomination. Here are portions of the article, dated October 24, 2018:

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“Faith leaders” will be gathering next month for an abortion clinic blessing in Columbus, Ohio.

“Anti-abortion advocates do not have the monopoly on faith or God,” the notice from Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio reads. “Many faith leaders and people of faith hold that accessing and providing abortions are good and godly decisions.” The title of the notice? “Holy Ground: Blessing the Sacred Space of Decision.”

“During this clinic blessing, participants will gather with local faith leaders and guests to ask for God’s blessing upon Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s East Columbus Surgical facility, the abortion providers and staff, and all those who pass through the center,” the notice adds.

The event also will feature interfaith blessings, prayers, and testimonies about receiving and providing abortion care. The “clinic blessing will create space for progressive voices of faith to speak boldly in support of comprehensive reproductive health care, especially abortion.”

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In addition, a recent decision by the state of New York protects women’s access to abortion, even if the historic case decision Roe v. Wade is overturned.

On Jan. 22, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said: “Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion. With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in New York will always have the fundamental right to control their own body.”

Arguing against this measure, NY State Assembly Rep. Nicole Malliotakis said: “We need to be honest with the public and say that this bill does not simply codify Roe v. Wade… what this bill does is expand abortion up to birth and the third trimester.”

New York’s Catholic Bishops, led by Cardinal Timothy Nolan, said: “Our Governor and legislative leaders hail this new abortion law as progress. This is not progress. Progress will be achieved when our laws and our culture once again value and respect each unrepeatable gift of human life, from the first moment of creation to natural death.”

My comment? A newly forming embryonic fetus is a life, not just a part of its mother’s body. Upholding the sanctity of life and helping support those whose personal and financial circumstances make it difficult to carry a child to full term is a Christian responsibility.

Brit Hume on Abortion

BabyAs a follow up to last week’s Perspectives, I feel moved to share the text of a commentary presented late last month by national television journalist Brit Hume. To view the video, click here.

Fox News commentator Bret Baier’s introduction: “Amid the calls for investigations and defunding of Planned Parenthood over the alleged selling of body parts from aborted fetuses, there is a larger point being made about the industry. Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume is here with that side. Brit …”

Brit Hume: “Whatever comes from the revelations about Planned Parenthood and its participation in the trafficking of fetal body parts, those revelations will have achieved one thing. They have parted the veil of antiseptic tidiness behind which the abortion industry has for so long operated. The sight of a senior Planned Parenthood official – and a doctor to boot – discussing the market for fetal body parts in between bites of salad and sips of wine was stomach turning. That’s because it laid bare the essentially brutal nature of abortion.

“Let’s be blunt. Abortion involves the extraction and killing of a human life, which within a couple weeks of pregnancy has a beating heart. Five weeks in, its hands and legs begin to grow. It is these tiny creatures, and too often ones that are far more developed, that are pulled from a mother’s womb and crushed with forceps. Oh, but oh so carefully so those body parts can later be sold or preserved.

“This gruesome procedure shows the extent to which we as a people have been anesthetized by the estimated 55 million – 55 million – abortions performed since the Supreme Court discovered a constitutional right to that procedure 42 years ago.

“Will we as a nation not someday come to look upon that decision and what it has done to us, not to mention the 55 million, with horror and regret? One can only hope we will.”

I thank God for the courage of this public journalist to speak the truth about what has often been portrayed as merely a matter of a woman’s choice, made for the sake of personal convenience or of her financial inability (real or perceived) to provide for the child developing in her womb. In fact, those who have observed an actual abortion testify to its gruesome and violent nature.

It’s encouraging that after 42+ years of legalized abortion, the attitude of the American people is seemingly moderating, although slightly. CBS News national polls showed that in 2007, 18% of those polled said abortion should never be permitted. Today those polls show that 25% said abortion should never be permitted. That’s a start, but we have a long way to go.

Recently I heard this simple but profound observation: “As a former fetus, I oppose abortion!” Can I get an “Amen!” to that?

The Value of Life – Animal and Human

An ABC News report last week was titled: Global Outrage and Worldwide Outpouring over Death of Cecil the Lion. It said, in part: “Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who acknowledged hunting and killing Cecil, a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, is now the one being hounded on the Internet by protesters flooding his social media, creating online petitions …” Expletives and death threats are included.

Palmer issued a statement that despite having proper permits obtained by professional guides, he deeply regretted the early July hunt that “resulted in the taking of this lion.” He stated that he had no awareness that Cecil was part of a wildlife study and was widely known in Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, on a separate topic, CNN News reported: “An anti-abortion group has released an online video that it says documents how Planned Parenthood is selling fetal organs for a profit, a felony, while violating medical ethics by altering normal abortion procedures so as to preserve the organs.”

“Planned Parenthood has countered that it donates the tissue for scientific research and receives only reimbursement for its expenses, which is legal. The group also says it helps people donate tissue “with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards.”

These two reports starkly portray an intriguing imbalance of deeply felt respect for life. On the one hand, people cry out passionately and even violently against a man who took the life of an animal in Africa. Cecil was revered as a special animal from a species of animals generally referred to as “king of the beasts.” His death obviously struck a chord among many. Terry and I have seen “Lion King” on the stage two times. We think lions are awesome animals! So do many of you!

On the other hand, Planned Parenthood, a national organization that performed 327,653 abortions in 2014 alone, is not only doing those abortions but also seems to be selling fetal body parts after the abortion is completed. While protests against abortion have been held since 1973, are they as passionate as that in Cecil the lion’s case? I’m not encouraging expletives or death threats, but peaceful persistence. How does one compare the life of an animal – as awesome as lions are – with the lives of millions of unborn children? Which life is more important – animal or human?

Since the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States, 55 million innocent embryonic human babies have been aborted. It’s estimated that 44 million abortions occur each year throughout the world. Without seeing visual depictions of an abortion, its violent and gruesome nature simply cannot be comprehended. Check the Internet for yourself.

According to the National Pro-Life Alliance, abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States. Annually in America, 121,000 people die from accidents; 580,000 people die from cancer; 600,000 people die from heart disease; 1.6 million unborn babies die from abortion.

People valued the life of a lion with a name – Cecil. How much more should be valued the life, embryonic and fetal though it may be, of every child in the womb of his or her mother – a living being already with an audible heartbeat only 12 weeks after conception! Lord, have mercy!