Yesterday I posted a brief bit on the annual report for Planned Parenthood. I pointed out that they had over 300,000 abortions in 2014, essentially wiping out the entire city of St. Louis in one year. That works out to be one every 90 seconds or so if you are wondering. Or, in the time it took me to write that post about 10 babies died in the wombs of their mothers.
Well today I want to look a bit more at their report and write about what they won’t tell the average reader. They write:
Teens who need an answer right away to an urgent question can now reach us on their phones or through their computers. . . .We now have more than 200 college campus groups — a 182 percent increase from three years ago — at universities ranging from Yale to Wellesley to Spelman. Additionally,1,503 peer educators (half of whom are people of color) partnered with Planned Parenthood educators at 42 affiliates and conducted sex education workshops on issues such as healthy relationships and birth control for youth in their communities —reaching nearly 100,000 young people across the country.
Not convinced? That is isolated? Nope, you can go to Live Action’s website and see other undercover videos of Planned Parenthood clinics helping with all sorts of sexual issues that are incredibly graphic.Remember that Planned Parenthood is at the forefront of resisting and fighting any legislation that involves parental consent on anything related to birth control and sexuality.
Planned Parenthood and many other organizations are working hard to normalize sexuality in ways God forbids. As a pastor I witness the fallout of this constantly, to the point that even the most innocent term I utter can carry a sexual innuendo for many young people. In addition, abortion is now seen by too many as something that is normal, acceptable and proper. The shift of thinking is almost complete for the question asked is what is “right for me” whereas the proper question is “what is right before the Lord?” Parents, grandparents, and church leaders need to be constantly aware of this pressure for the younger people to conform their minds to this age.
The annual report for Planned Parenthood is out. You can read it at the link provided and it is well done! Clean wording and great images all portraying a happy and victorious group of women rising up out of their struggles to better things. Did I mention that you can read it? You should for it is very informative.
It tells you that they will never stop fighting for the right to do abortions. Never. They portray an attractive, happy young lady who shares how through their birth control program she is now free to pursue her dreams.They share how they are able to help through text and chat programs young ladies who had unprotected sex and are worried they might be pregnant. When that happens Planned Parenthood offers “emergency contraception.” One wonders what this contraception might actually be if the young lady is already pregnant.
But down on page 18 there is a simple line item that breaks my heart. “Abortion Procedures . . . . 327,653.” Over 300,000 babies killed. Over 300,000. How do we even grasp the enormity of that number. The best I can do is point out that the population of St. Louis is 318,000. So as a nation we killed every person in St. Louis last year.
And we shrugged.
If the blood of Abel was crying out from the ground to our Lord and Maker for justice then how great the cry must be now?
Some thoughts to end this little post:
- How do Christians respond to this atrocity in the public square through politics and the courts?
- The Church must grasp that many of those who hear the gospel are those who have participated in this act in one way or another. How do we reject the act yet call them to repentance and faith in Jesus?
- The Church must be ready to remember that each of us is a utter sinner apart from the grace of God.
- Yet we also must be faithful to the commands in Ephesians 5:11, “And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.” Such a difficult balance.
- Finally we must see that the ultimate way to attack this great evil of abortion is through the gospel message. Only when dead hearts are made alive by the Spirit and people truly trust and follow their Lord will we see change.
Yesterday I was on my way to a doctor appointment and I still remember the three young ladies standing bored or forlorn outside the Planned Parenthood building. As the closing days for donations for our local CareNet walk approach I saw this video and saw that value in showing it. Such a contrast.
(Psalm 139:14-16 NASB)
I came across a very interesting link the other day that I set aside for my Miscellaneous Monday post that I never got around to posting. Sorry about that (not really). I noticed, however, that there was a vague, undefined irritation that came over me as I looked at the pictures. It was only after a few days of thinking that I realized what the problem was–abortion.
The Gosnell trial is moving along and more and more disturbing information is coming forth. Babies are murdered and the nation shrugs. The new issue out in talking-points-land is what do we do when a baby is born who was supposed to be dead? Baby struggling in the water of a toilet? No big deal. Apparently if you are unsure what to do with parts of a murdered baby the answer is flush them. Of course, that should not even be discussed since the baby isn’t supposed to die by the hands of people at any stage of his life, but hey, I am small-minded that way.
When you look at the pictures of these various animals in utero (never knew this term was two words and no idea why WordPress doesn’t recognize utero as a word) you have to marvel. Amazing photos that testify to the amazing work of our Creator whose wisdom and power is manifest in so many subtle ways. But as you look at these baby animals, who are somehow recognized as animals, not just lumps of tissue, allow a bit of rage to circulate as well. For none of these bear the image of their Maker, while countless millions of little image-beaters are cast into dumps and burn bags.God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27 NASB)
Ever wonder what murder looks like? Not the Hollywood version (people don’t go flying backwards when a 9mm bullet hits them). Oh, and not the kind most people think of when the word murder is used. I mean the kind that is legal in many situations, though every once in a while a murderer is caught breaking the law. In this story, one that most of the major networks are refusing to cover in any way, you get a glimpse of a murderer and what murder looks like. Read the story and look at the pictures, look hard at the pictures, really hard. What makes this different, because the victims are just a tad too big and too old, that is all.
Here is one of many articles that showcase a stunning lack of consistency. And in doing so it shows that too many simply do not know what to say when reality smacks them in the face. Which is it? A fetus, a baby, or an infant? It is at that very point that it gets very muddy. Yet for those for abortion, it is simple. A fetus is not a baby, it is a fetus and therefore worthy of destruction if the mother decides as such. Yeah, right.
Dana Milbank makes a telling suggestion in this latest opinion piece of his. Telling because it shows how in many quarters of the Republican party there has been a wholesale abandonment of guiding principles. This may be a Republican opinion, but it is not a conservative opinion and it is certainly not a Christian opinion. He writes:
Republicans long ago lost African-American voters. They are well on their way to losing Latinos. And if Trent Franks prevails, they may lose Asian Americans, too.
The Arizona Republican’s latest antiabortion salvo to be taken up by the House had a benign name — the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act — and a premise with which just about everybody agrees: that a woman shouldn’t abort a fetus simply because she wants to have a boy rather than a girl.
The problem with Franks’s proposal is that it’s not entirely clear there is a problem. Sex-selection abortion is a huge tragedy in parts of Asia, but to the extent it’s happening in this country, it’s mostly among Asian immigrants.
He goes on to describe how this is a common practice in the Asian community in the United States and therefore to the Republicans run the risk of stigmatizing potential Asian female voters. He is not so crude as I am so he doesn’t say that votes are more important than the life of a little girl (you know, like the three Kim and I delight in of our own). Rather, let’s sacrifice those lives like we sacrifice so many other things all for possessing power in the Congress. But what good is power if it is power than is driven by votes rather than clear principles.
I would rather be a party that is known for defending the right of life for the unborn and be in the minority than be in the majority and be no different than the prevailing Democrat position in Washington today. Current polls show that the country is pro-life more than pro-abortion (I refuse to call it ‘choice’). If he were concerned with votes why does this fact not enter into his thinking?
I have no false illusions in all of this. As I watch what is occurring before my eyes I see the nation at a critical crossroads. We have lost freedoms in the name of security. Grandmothers and little boys are being groped in the airports, drones are flying in our skies, war is fought in a terribly vague manner and for even more vague reasons and all the while Americans continue to vote based on what will best enrich them personally. Nothing but the gospel can break through this zombie-like shuffle toward mediocrity and eventual destruction. Only a fresh wind of revival where repentance is felt in the highest offices and in the homes and corporate buildings across our land.
Meanwhile, in the Church we have pastors who are teaching us how to do the Dougie. God help us all.
I came across this article last night and had to shake my head yet again. Read the article, it is interesting, but here is the gist of the story. You are pregnant, you want to tour the White House so what do you need to do? Well, you have to fill out a form so that they know how many will be in the tour. No biggie right? But that means that you have to include the baby inside the mother as a separate person.
Now how does that work? This president holds that the ‘baby’ is not a baby but only a fetus which is not a person. Therefore this none person is subject to death if the mother decides she doesn’t what the non-person. But if that same non-person is inside a woman and the said woman wants to tour the White House, all of the sudden the non-person becomes a person. This is the twisted world where reality and truth don’t have to intersect. Just like how his justice department argues that photo I.D. at the polls is wrong and racist, but if you want to enter the same justice department or the White House, you better have a I.D.
My wife is five months pregnant. Last month we went for an ultrasound to see the baby and have the doctors check to make sure everything was progressing nicely. We had done this three times before and were excited. As we met with the doctor and ultrasound technician they referred to what they saw as “your child.” They must have said it 50x during the ultrasound as they referred to “your child’s hand,” “your child’s heart,” etc.
But then something changed.
Another doctor was brought into the room and for 5 minutes he stared at the baby’s heart. The room was completely silent. He then began to tell us that there was a tumor on our child’s heart and started to run down all the scenarios we were now faced with. Then the doctor said to us: “If the fetus is abnormal and that is management problem for you, you have the option to terminate your fetus.” The slight change in wording tells the story. I was in too much shock to respond. But later it dawned on me what he had done. The child my wife was carrying was only a child if we wanted to keep it, as if it was our choice! However, if we did not want the baby, it was only a fetus.
This issue around abortion is an battle for truth. It is a battle that is ugly because what takes place in abortion clinics is ugly. It is a non-negotiable for a Christian. We can never relent is upholding truth no matter what we are told ‘reality’ is.
In our day abortion is a much discussed issue in certain circles, while in others it is merely a fact of life and a simple choice. Last year alone approximately 1.3 million babies were aborted in our country, and this has continued for decades! It is estimated that about 43% of all pregnancies are “unintended” and therefore candidates for being aborted. Others are due to perceived or known defects in the baby that are discovered by check-ups with a physician.
I read a fascinating, and yet heart-wrenching story of a little boy who, while still in the womb, refused to die in spite of all the efforts of the doctors to kill him. Little Gabriel was diagnosed with an enlarged head and the doctors thought he would die in the womb, endangering his twin brother. The decision was to “terminate” his life.
But our Lord, giver of all life, had other plans for this little guy. The doctors tried to sever his umbilical cord but found it was too strong (now you try to figure THAT one out!). Then they cut the placenta, which would essentially starve him to death, but he held on for 5 more weeks and was born. Oh may the Lord save this little one and make him mighty for the work of the Kingdom!
The story alone is spell-binding, but there are some issues that stand out in the whole thing. First, there is no attempt to hide the reality that this little guy was just that, a little boy. No calling it a fetus or tissue or something else. The termination was a termination of a life. Gabriel was perceived as “suffering” while in the womb (of course there was no discussion of any suffering the doctors would be causing him after the placenta or cord was cut). All of this speaks to the hard reality that though we try to not call that entity in the womb of a woman a child, a human, we all know it is.
Second, what stands out is the utter casualness that permeates this story. It is a ho-hum attitude toward the attempted killing of this little boy who would not die. As you read it you have to almost constantly remind yourself that this was a person’s life being overtly threatened. If it were outside a womb it would have been a horrible story, but somehow it is easy to miss that since the baby was not yet born.
Third, I thought it interesting how repeatedly the idea was that they were going to “let him die,” as if they had nothing to do with it. It would be like putting a noose over a person neck, kick the bucket out from under his feet, and “let him die.” There is a complete lack of shame or shock that despite their best efforts they could not kill this little boy who was suffering, sick, and would not survive once born.
Now the doctors and the mother are all beaming with pleasure and happiness. They see it as a miracle, though who accomplished this miracle is not defined. They thing it is great that he is alive but they do not speak of the evil that they were trying to do to him. And the mother now takes him home to care for and to raise . . . which seems so twisted in logic.
How do we respond to this? Do we cluck our tongues and shake our heads with disgust? Do we shrug our shoulders and go on with life? How about chain ourselves to the doors of the hospital and stand in vigils outside this woman’s home with pictures of aborted babies on signs? What is a Christian response?
In all things it begins and ends with the work of Christ on the cross. We are reminded here that mankind no longer understands that they are a unique creation of the Lord’s. That we all carry with us the imago dei (the image of God) and that it is holy before the Lord. This story screams out that the Fall is true and sin reigns in the hearts of man. It shows the dulling effects of sin. We must show that abortion is evil precisely because it is the destruction of an image carrier, which is precious beyond words. We must speak of the cost of destroying that image, that there is a blood-guiltiness that comes with it. As our Lord said in Genesis 9:5-6, “And surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.” Then we also must point to the Lord Himself, where innocent blood was shed for our sin, including that of murder. We must call people to come and see that the Lord is good and shall forgive all sin for those who find Him to be most precious. And lastly we must preach that the Lord is establishing His Kingdom and shall take all that is evil and cast it away one day, where there shall no longer be abortions, and sickness, and sin.
Read this chilling account of what is affectionately known as ‘selective reduction.’ Stunned is not a strong enough term to describe me as I read it. What do you call it? I know what I call it.
Stand to Reason Blog: Restoring Meaning to “Selective Reduction”