God Knew Us Before We Were Born
In earlier blogs I have highlighted different phrases of The Lord’s Prayer. The events of these past weeks could only bring the phrase, “Deliver us from evil,” to my mind.
While recovering from surgery, I was sickened watching the passage of the New York bill allowing late-term abortions all the way to the time of birth. New Jersey is now trying to pass a similar bill, and New Mexico, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington have already passed laws loosening the boundaries of prior short-term abortion mandates. Yes, deliver us from evil!
Not wanting to rehash all the rhetoric of these past weeks, I do want to point out what many of us already believe. God told Jeremiah,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you …”Jeremiah 1:5a
That is true for every life God intended to be born. We were known and set apart for Him even before conception.
I believe life begins at conception, which makes abortion egregious to me no matter when performed. However, the idea of a fully-formed and ready-to-be-born infant being killed is beyond appalling to me, and I believe evil. There surely will be emotional, psychological and spiritual consequences forthcoming with this practice.
We All Have a Purpose
I personally have had the privilege of knowing several people whose mothers had intended to abort them but changed their mind and gave them up for adoption. These are incredible people whose lives have made a real difference for God and the human beings their lives have touched. Just as with Jeremiah, I believe God was saying,
“… before you were born I set you apart…”Jeremiah 1:5b
God has intention for each life formed. We are using abortion as birth control. Deliver us from evil!
I have another friend who was encouraged to abort her baby because testing showed the baby might have possible cognitive impairment. She decided to carry the baby to term and, as the child grew, he only had a slight delay in learning how to read – nothing else! Who are we to play God and choose who is meant to live?
Protecting Child Victims, but Not the Unborn?
Many may not know that at the same time the Reproductive Health Act was being passed in NY, another bill passed during the same legislative session called the Child Victim Act. This bill will allow abuse survivors, regardless of current age, to file a civil claim within one year of when the bill becomes effective. In my last blog I addressed the issue of child abuse and applaud this bill for standing up for victims, especially because coming forward in past decades has been much more difficult than today.
So, NY is protecting those already born who later became victims, but not protecting a full-born baby at the point of birth, or as the governor of VA, Ralph Northam advocates, even beyond birth. The reasons given for why abortion is okay can easily be manipulated. Deliver us from evil!
Just today I ran across this quote from the former Surgeon General,
“Protection of the life of a mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery, I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life. If toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, the doctor will induce labor or perform a Caesarean section. His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby’s life is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger.”C. Everett Koop
The practice of infanticide is not new. The Ancient Romans practiced it, as have others. Our country was founded on the principles of protecting the rights and freedoms of its citizens. We now have become selective as to whose freedoms to protect. I, for one, will continue to support the rights of those who have no voice to advocate for themselves.