For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them. (Psalm 139:13-16 ESV)
Yesterday marked the “anniversary” of the now famous “Roe V. Wade” decision which made legal abortion on demand. This is a big deal because many many lives are affected by this court ruling every single day.
But this single court decision has been taken too far by the pro-abortion crowd. “It’s the woman’s right to choose,” they say. And so, because of the woman’s right to choose, we now have on the charts things like partial birth abortions and late-term abortions that really are serving no purpose other than to feed the selfish nature of our culture. Now, if a woman is 8 months along and decides she’s had enough, she can have that pregnancy terminated. Of course, it’s the woman’s right.
But this single court decision has been taken too far by the pro-life crowd as well. It has now become almost a sacred holiday. In fact, our pro-life(?) president has declared the Sunday before the Roe V. Wade decision as something like National Sanctity of Life Sunday or something like that. Now, we have an entire day set apart for us to shout and scream from our church pulpits all we want about the horrible atrocity known as abortion. Of course, we have the right to this as well. It’s called freedom of speech.
All things considered, though, what have we done to the sanctity of life? In all of the bickering and arguing, have we solved anything? Have we who are pro-life proven to the pro-choice people that all life is sacred? Is it really promoting the Biblical truth that God formed us and wrote out our days in His book before they even existed to hold up pictures of dumpsters full of aborted babies outside of abortion clinics?
What about that 16 year old girl’s decision to have an abortion? What good does it do her for us to add insult to injury by making her feel like she is worthless instead of embracing her and showing her the love of the Messiah?
I think both sides have forgotten that Roe V. Wade has absolutely nothing to do with political agendas and has everything to do with the live of real men and women. We have both turned something that is deemed sacred into a tool for political manipulation.
This year, some pro-choice group went around and found thousands of women willing to sign a paper saying that they have had an abortion. What does this really prove?
Why can’t the two sides form a compromise? Why is it all or nothing? Why can’t both sides agree to something like a prevention first measure where the root cause of the problem is dealt with before the abortion even has to be considered? This allows room for the woman to make a choice and for the pro-life people to share the facts about birth control and abstinance. Is this such a horrible thing?
The sacredness of life is not limited to the womb. Life is sacred from conception to death and beyond. God made humankind in His image and it is, therefore, in some mystical way, different from the rest of creation. When we look at our fellow man, we should see God reflected, although dimly, in that face, whether it be a newly formed fetus, an old grandma, or an Iraqi suicide bomber.
If you believe that all life is sacred, then show it.