Summary: Reflections on right to life including abortion, capital punishment and war
The Chapel of Dismas The Repentant
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January 30. 2005
January 22, 1973 is one of those days, which will live forever in infamy. In the minds of many, this particular date parallels December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001. For on that date, the highest court of our nation resolve that we Americans have a constitutional right to slaughter our unborn children. In that notorious Roe Vs Wade decision, an entire class of citizens, our prenatal siblings, was categorically denied the primary inalienable rights guaranteed by our founding fathers. It is revealing that the initial plaintiff in the case has reversed her personal stance on this issue.
. Since that day of shame, millions of our prenatal siblings have been annihilated in this state sanction holocaust of abortion on demand. How many surgeons, researchers, clerics and reformers were included in those millions who have been denied the opportunity to serve their God and fellowmen? We have been denied an entire generations of children who would have cared for their parents in their old age. We have been deprived of an entire generation of new parents who would have procreated their own posterity. Millions of fellow citizens who could have loved us and who might have enhanced our society have been eliminated simply because in a moment of crisis, a choice was made with irreversible consequences.
. On September 11, 2001, 3500 innocent Americans were exterminated when the terrorists attacked our homeland. And we rightly mourned and reacted. On September 12, 2001 4500 innocent lives were extinguished and this terrorism was repeated again on September 13, 14 and 15. The number of helpless victims of this national legalized genocide increases by 4500 every singe day. Yes today in the land of the free and the home of the brave 4500 more children were executed. Their crime was that they were unwanted or were perceived as a burden or an inconvenience. That is 31,500 per week, 135,000 per month and 1, 642,500 murders per year. Because of that decision, rendered 32 years ago, the place destined to be the safest place in the universe, a mother’s womb, has become a site of execution for millions of the most helpless members of our society.
How can civilized, decent people sacrifice their offspring in such a way? What motivates one to destroy the life growing within them? The Allan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, identified the following reasons why mothers make the choice to terminate the detectable heartbeat and brain wave activity of the prenatal child. 1 % reported that they are the victim of rape or incest, 1 % had been informed of fetal abnormalities. 4% were told by a physician that the health of the mother would worsen if the pregnancy continued, 50% stated that they did not want to be a single parent or they had problems in their current relationship, 66% stated that they could not afford a child and 75% stated that a child would interfere with their lives or career. A recent poll of couples in New England revealed that if they were to know the future, 1 % would abort a child on the basis of sex, 6% on the basis of some neuropsychiatric disorder and incredibly 11% would abort a child predisposed to obesity.
Not too long ago, I received an email with this question: If you encountered a woman who was diagnosed with syphilis and pregnant with her ninth child, three of her children are deaf, two are blind and one in mentally retarded, would you recommend that she abort this ninth child? The ninth child in question was Ludwig Beethoven...
The very beautiful words of the psalmist in Psalm 139: 13-16 clearly reveals God is the creator of the unborn. Jeremiah 1:5 reveals that the Creator has a plan for the unborn. Do any of us mere mortals ever have the right to decide that a human life, regardless of the circumstances under which it was conceived or regardless of how fragile it may be is unworthy to fulfill the destiny he or she was created to fulfill? The continuation or termination of human life is purely a divine prerogative. My failure or inability to understand His purpose or intent will never negate the reality that He and He alone is the source of all human existence.
This recent national election has clearly demonstrated that American hold a wide variety of positions on a number of very emotionally laden social and political issues. However we who profess to love and follow the Liberator of mankind. may never in good conscience commit, collaborate with, or justify the extermination of unborn children, the feeble or any other member of our human family, regardless of how broken, disabled, desperate or vicious they may appear.