DailyPS.com is committed to providing a positive Paradigm Shift in our culture. When one of their editors asked me to write on the recent New York decision to legalize full-term abortion, I paused and prayed about what to say. So much has already been said, yet this heart-breaking news weighs on my heart. I hope my response is both compassionate and a clear rallying cry to the unborn’s cause.
Never Forget. Americans rallied around that cry after the atrocities of September 11. In anger, we said that we would not forgive the acts of terror that cost so many lives, and more importantly, we would not forget the individual lives themselves. Yet every day, we seem to forget lives lost. In fact, we do them greater dishonor in not even acknowledging them as lives. Lives without a voice. Lives trusting us to care for them. Lives entrusted to us by God.
Instead of rallying around them, some make the choice to flaunt and celebrate their termination. We pass legislation1 that not only permits but encourages mothers to neglect responsibility instead of nourish new life, to condemn to death instead of cherish at the breast.
These victims have no voice. No one feels their agony or the screams they’re not permitted air to cry. In silence, they pass from life to death. Oh, America, how can we so rightly condemn acts of terror from outside our borders while justifying ones we commit daily from within?
How can our love be so selfish that it forgets?
We make excuses and justify ourselves. We label murder as “reproductive rights” and choose self-love over sacrificial love. Science confirms life begins at conception2, but we re-brand the baby as merely a “fetus” to satisfy our consciences.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.” (Isaiah 49:15)
Yes, apparently women (and men) can forget the life forming in the womb.
But God does not forget.
- He “fearfully and wonderfully” makes them. (Psalm 139:14)
- He accounts all their members in His book, even while they are still forming. (Psalm 139:16)
- He considers them a reward, not a mistake. (Psalm 127:3)
- He calls them for a purpose while they are yet in the womb. (Isaiah 49:1)
- He knows each one and sanctifies him for a calling. (Jeremiah 1:5)
Yet God is also compassionate, even when we are not.
“… if My people who are called by My name will 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.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Oh, America, are we too stubborn to repent, or can we yet find healing? Can we break the icy chokehold of self-justification? Can we learn to love life instead of take it, to sacrifice for it instead of squelch it? Can we fight for these unborn blessings and give them the single chance to suck that first stuttering breath—and cry?
1On the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, New York legalized late-term abortion.
2“Why Life Begins at Conception.” NAACP.org.
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