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SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
If a single living cell was found on a distant planet science
would exclaim that we have found life elsewhere in the universe....
So why is a single living cell found in the womb of a pregnant woman not considered life?
On October 1, 2010 evil people killed 3,700 people. They were future leaders of this nation, doctors who could have saved many, scientist who may have found a cure for cancer, evangelist who may have lead thousands to the Lord. Yes on October 1, 2010 evil people killed 3,700 people. On October 2, 2010 evil people killed 3700 people and again on October 3, 2010 evil people killed 3700 people and again on the 4th and 5th. Every day evil people are killing 3700 unborn babies. 25,900 each week, 103,600 each month and 1,343,200 each year. 3700 unborn babies are being murdered everyday, but I see no weeping, no anger, and no outcry for justice and no one who cares.
The following is a list of abortion statistics as well as some facts on abortion. All abortion numbers are derived from pro-abortion sources courtesy of The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood's Family Planning Perspectives.
Number of abortions per year: Approximately 42 Million
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 115,000
Where abortions occur: 83% of all abortions are obtained in developing countries and 17% occur in developed countries.
Number of abortions per year: 1.34 Million
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 3,700
Who's having abortions (age)?
52% of women obtaining abortions in the U.S. are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 32% of all abortions; Teenagers obtain 20% and girls under 15 account for 1.2%.
Who's having abortions (race)?
While white women obtain 60% of all abortions, their abortion rate is well below that of minority women. Black women are more than 3 times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are roughly 2 times as likely.
Who's having abortions (marital status)?
64.4% of all abortions are performed on never-married women; Married women account for 18.4% of all abortions and divorced women obtain 9.4%.
Who's having abortions (religion)?
Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women account for 31.3%, Jewish women account for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as "Born-again/Evangelical".
Who's having abortions (income)?
Women with family incomes less than $15,000 obtain 28.7% of all abortions; Women with family incomes between $15,000 and $29,999 obtain 19.5%; Women with family incomes between $30,000 and $59,999 obtain 38.0%; Women with family incomes over $60,000 obtain 13.8%.
Why women have abortions
1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient).
At what gestational ages are abortions
52% of all abortions occur before the 9th week of pregnancy, 25% happen between the 9th & 10th week, 12% happen between the 11th and 12th week, 6% happen between the 13th & 15th week, 4% happen between the 16th & 20th week, and 1% of all abortions (16,450/yr.) happen after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Likelihood of abortion:
An estimated 43% of all women will have at least 1 abortion by the time they are 45 years old. 47% of all abortions are performed on women who have had at least one previous abortion.
48% of all abortion facilities provide services after the 12th week of pregnancy. 9 in 10 managed care plans routinely cover abortion or provide limited coverage. About 14% of all abortions in the United States are paid for with public funds, virtually all of which are state funds. 16 states pay for abortions for some poor women.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Gen 1:27)
God created us in His own image. We are a part of God and God creates every child that is conceived in His image. Even while that baby is in the womb, he or she is in God's image. What gives us the authority to destroy innocent life? Let's look at what God told Jeremiah.
"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." (Jer 1:5)
This verse tells us that God forms us in the womb. God causes the sperm of the man to impregnate the egg of the woman. God causes this to happen and nothing else. This verse also tells us that before we were born, while we were still in the womb, God has a plan for our lives. Jeremiah was appointed to be a prophet to the nations before he was born, while he was still in his mother's womb. From the moment of conception God has a plan or calling for the unborn baby. Some are appointed for evangelism, others doctors, others ministers, others missionaries, others leaders of nations, and still others as disciples.
What would have happened if Jeremiah's mother had aborted him? Would Jerusalem have been overthrown? Would the history of Israel be different today? Isaiah 44:2 again tell us that God forms us in the womb. "Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen."
These are living babies in their mother's womb. They aren't just globs of tissue, as the pro-abortion people would have you to believe. They are living human beings, created in God's image. Human beings that God has given a purpose in life, innocent human beings that depend on us for protection and nurturing.
When did we become so evil, that we would send someone to jail for killing a litter of kittens, but would do nothing to someone killing human babies. God created animals too, but not in His image. Babies are created in God's image with a body, soul and spirit. Even the Angels were not created in God's image. An animal has no soul or spirit. So when did animals become more important than human babies?
On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court handed down its famous Roe vs. Wade decision which unleashed a holocaust ... on the unborn. By a vote of 7-2 they declared the "shedding of innocent blood" to be a constitutional right.
Since that time, over 40,000,000 babies have died. Over 3700 daily continue to be murdered. Only 4% of those abortions are for the sake of the mother's life. 96% are for convenience of the mother. In other words 96% of the 40,000,000 abortions was performed for birth control.
Norma McCorvey was the "Roe" of Roe vs. Wade. In 1969 she found herself pregnant and on the streets. She sought an abortion, but could not get one in Texas because of the strong pro-life laws in Texas at that time. She found help in an ambitious young attorney named Sara Weddington. Sara convinced Norma to lie and tell the courts that she had been raped. (This means that the abortion case that destroyed every state law protecting the unborn was based on a lie).
In 1972 that case, Roe vs. Wade, was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and in January 1973, this supreme court reversed not just the laws banning abortion in Texas, but in all 50 states. Before the case even went to the Supreme Court, Norma had already had her baby and given it up for adoption.
In 1989, she came out of seclusion and announced to the world that she was the Roe in Roe vs. Wade. The pro-abortion movement recruited her for their cause and a TV movie was made about her life. She then went to work for an abortion clinic in the Dallas area, where her life would change forever. She was killing babies for money and she knew this. But one day Operation Rescue moved in next door to the abortion clinic.
Norma said that she would watch the women handing out pro-life literature. Norma said that the pro-life people were always smiling and she was very curious about that. She began talking with the pro-life Christians and they began witnessing to her.
One day Norma was looking out of the abortion clinic window and saw little 7 year old girl take literature from adults and she would just walk up to women and say, "I would like you to have this information and please don't go in there and kill your baby."
Norma began talking with Pastor Flip Benham, director of Operation Rescue. She was lead to Christ in 1996 by these Pro-life protesters next to her abortion clinic and by a little 7-year-old girl named Emily. What if Rhonda had aborted Emily? Would Norma's heart still have been touched and would Norma still have been saved?
Today Norma is a Christian working with Operation Outcry, trying to reverse the Roe vs. Wade decision that she had been a part of. God can forgive and change anyone who has committed an abortion or been part of the Pro-abortion campaign. All it takes is admitting that you are a sinner and repent of that sin.
Just as Norma was guilty of starting the abortion revolution, if we have ever voted for any political candidate that supports the Pro-choice agenda, then we are just as guilty of the sin of abortion as anyone who has ever had ... an abortion. We need to ask God for forgiveness and repent. Repent means that we will never again vote for any candidate that supports the Pro-choice agenda.
"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." (Jer. 1:5)
God says three things about the unborn here:
I. THE UNBORN ARE PERSONS BEFORE GOD
Many terms are used to describe unborn life today; fetus, tissue, embryo, etc... All sound so cold and frankly inhuman. But God says "before I formed you I knew you." The word "before" here is very significant. God is saying, "before I began to create the person who would later come to be known as Jeremiah I knew Him."
In the mind of God, before Jeremiah was even conceived God considered him a person. Before he began his creative work God considered him a person. How much more was Jeremiah a person after conception. The point seems very clear to me. If God considers the unborn life to be a person before he even begins to create him in the womb, we should certainly consider him or her a person after that creative process has begun. There are other Scriptural examples that testify to the fact that God considers the unborn child a human, a person.
So human is unborn life to God that he filled a second trimester baby named John the Baptist with the Holy Spirit. Tissues are not filled with the Spirit people are. So human is unborn life that the two sons of Rebecca, as they strove together in the womb were considered by God, "two nations". God not only saw them as individuals before Him, He saw the children that would spring forth from their loins.
So human is unborn life that Jesus Christ the eternal "Word" of God, who existed before time began, experienced all stages of human development in the womb from conception to birth. Was Jesus not a person when he was in the womb? If life does not begin at conception then Jesus ceased to exist as a person for some time as he was a developing fetus. How ridiculous!
This is an important argument because the first thing that any society does if it is going to mistreat a particular class of people either because of hatred or convenience is to dehumanize them. How much easier is it for our society to do it today when the voice and even the form of those who are being dehumanized and mistreated cannot be heard or seen. Their cries are silent. The unborn life is a person before God. Not only is the Unborn a Person, God says
II. THE UNBORN IS A PRODUCT OF HIS CREATIVE
God said to Jeremiah, "Before I formed you." The word "formed" in the Hebrew is a word used to describe the creative work of a potter as he molds and shapes a vessel. It is the same word used in Genesis when the Bible says that God "formed man from the dust of the earth."
The same purposeful act of God that took place in the dust of the earth when Adam was formed takes place in the womb when God forms life there. You see the unborn is not an accident, he or she is not the product of random chance, he or she is the product of God's creative work. Unborn human life is set above the rest of God's creation because it is made in the very "image of God" Himself. This is what makes the unborn more valuable than spotted owls, and seals.. Unborn life is so valuable because it is the object of God's love. Christ died for the unborn.
Is the unborn a product of chance, maybe at times the result of an unfortunate set of human circumstances, or is he or she a purposeful product of God's creative work? The bible says that God saw that Leah was unloved so "He opened her womb", of Hannah it says, "He closed her womb", of Ruth it says, "He granted her conception". The overwhelming testimony of the Word of God is that He is sovereign even over the womb. He is responsible for the creation of human life.
III. THE UNBORN LIFE HAS PURPOSE FROM GOD
"...and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
While Jeremiah was yet to be born God had already set him apart and appointed him to be a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah's mother no doubt reflected upon the unborn baby in her womb, but God considered him a prophet.
Oh! A critic may say, this is true of Jeremiah a prophet but he is a special case. Not all children are created with such a lofty purpose. While it is true that not all children share such a lofty purpose in God's plan, to say that all unborn children do not have divine purpose is to contradict God's Word. If all children are a product of God's purposeful creation, does God make mistakes, or does God make junk. No every unborn child has a divine purpose. Whether they fulfill that purpose or not is another question. But should they not be afforded the opportunity to do so?
Because of circumstances sometimes its hard for us to see any purpose for the birth of some children. Sometimes we feel that some children would not have a chance if they were brought into this world. But this choice is better left in the hands of God. We are not God.
I was given an interesting article that
illustrates this point. It asks the question. Would you consider an abortion in any of these circumstances?
1) A preacher and his wife living in extreme poverty. They have 14 children and she is pregnant again.
2) A mother has TB and a the father has the sniffles. The family has four children already. One has TB, two are deaf and one is blind. Would you consider abortion?
3) A thirteen year old black girl is raped by a white man.
4) A teenage girl becomes pregnant but not by her fiancee. He is very upset. Would you consider abortion.
If you aborted in the first case you have killed John Wesley. If you aborted in the second case you killed Betoven. If you aborted in the third case you killed Ethel Waters the black gospel singer. If in the third case you aborted you killed Jesus of Nazareth.
You see we don't have the ability to play God. Out of the millions of aborted children over the past thirty years who knows what great purposes of God, what great potential was snuffed out depriving mankind of great blessing. The unborn child has great God given purpose and potential.
What shall we do.
First, we should agree with God about what he says about the unborn.
Second, we should pray for the unborn and their plight in our country and around the world.
Third, we should use our voices to speak out and speak up for those who cannot defend themselves.
Fourth, we should use our right and responsibility in a democratic society to vote for candidates that support the sanctity of the unborn.
Finally, if we have not yet, we should begin to realize our own God given purpose and potential by coming to the cross of Jesus Christ and allowing him to cleanse us of our sin, trusting in the resurrected Christ to give us new life.
So you may be asking yourself, what difference can I make anyway? I'm just one person. Let me tell you a story.
A young man was walking along the seashore. Far ahead of him, he saw a distant figure: someone who, like him, was walking, but who paused every few steps, stooped down, and seemed to be throwing something into the sea.
His curiosity aroused, the young man hurried forward, his feet awkward in the sand, as he tried to catch up with the man. As he came closer, he saw that it was an old man, and the reason that he would stop every step or two was to pick up a starfish and fling it into the ocean. It was only then that the young man noticed the thousands of starfish that littered the beach for miles, stranded there by the tide.
The young man felt a rising sense of anger. What the old man was doing seemed so pointless, and he couldn't wait to catch up with him to tell him so. By the time the young man came abreast of the older man, he was out of breath. "Why are you doing this?" he gasped. "You can't save all of these starfish! It's useless! What does it matter?"
The old man paused for a moment, looking down at the crusty starfish he'd just picked up. He turned it over slowly, then answered. "It matters to this one," he said, as with a slow deliberate motion he tossed it back into the sea, into life.