37 years on

Today is the 37th anniversary of the Supreme court decision allowing the legalization of abortion. 37 years. We here at H.R. are all pro-life. We will be spending the day looking at the issue. I would like to start with 15 reasons from John Piper as to why we here at H.R. are unwilling to support abortion:

1. Existing fetal homicide laws make a man guilty of manslaughter if he kills the baby in a mother’s womb (except in the case of abortion).

2. Fetal surgery is performed on babies in the womb to save them while another child the same age is being legally destroyed.

3. Babies can sometimes survive on their own at 23 or 24 weeks, but abortion is legal beyond this limit.

4. Living on its own is not the criterion of human personhood, as we know from the use of respirators and dialysis.

5. Size is irrelevant to human personhood, as we know from the difference between a one-week-old and a six-year-old.

6. Developed reasoning powers are not the criterion of personhood, as we know from the capacities of three-month-old babies.

7. Infants in the womb are human beings scientifically by virtue of their genetic make up.

8. Ultrasound has given a stunning window on the womb that shows the unborn at eight weeks sucking his thumb, recoiling from pricking, responding to sound. All the organs are present, the brain is functioning, the heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint. Virtually all abortions happen later than this date.

9. Justice dictates that when two legitimate rights conflict, the limitation of rights that does the least harm is the most just. Bearing a child for adoption does less harm than killing him.

10. Justice dictates that when either of two people must be inconvenienced or hurt to alleviate their united predicament, the one who bore the greater responsibility for the predicament should bear more of the inconvenience or hurt to alleviate it.

11. Justice dictates that a person may not coerce harm on another person by threatening voluntary harm on themselves.

12. The outcast and the disadvantaged and exploited are to be cared for in a special way, especially those with no voice of their own.

13. What is happening in the womb is the unique person-nurturing work of God, who alone has the right to give and take life.

14. There are countless clinics that offer life and hope to both mother and child (and father and parents), with care of every kind lovingly provided by people who will meet every need they can.

15.Jesus Christ can forgive all sins, and will give all who trusts him the help they need to do everything that life requires.

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  1. Whether one is Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, today marks the anniversary of one of the worst judicial decisions ever handed down by the Supreme Court. I’m sure many Pro-Choice advocates will view this as “sleeping with the enemy”, but I think the issue of Constitutional adherence is more important than our personal viewpoints on abortion. Roe v. Wade is simply bad law. Even though I don’t agree with most of the Pro-Life movement’s MORAL viewpoints, I think we should have one common goal–overturning Roe. Here is my blog entry on why and how.

    http://gaultsgulch.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/pro-choice-but-opposed-to-roe-v-wade/

    • mike H
    • January 22nd, 2010

    John, I appreciate your comments and I agree that the legal decision was bad, in my opinion it catered to interest groups. So thank you for your thoughts. I would like to share with you, though, that the Bible says we are all under God’s wrath, and that apart from a desire to lovingly serve the Creator God, championing what is “right” still leaves one condemned to experience that wrath forever in hell. Our pursuit of law is an evidence of God because God’s law has been written by Him on our hearts. But the Bible says that we have all gone astray and seek to do our maker violence (Romans ch. 1-3). This is manifest in the desire to murder these little children. God hates abortion because He loves mankind. We are the crown of His creation having a dignity bestowed on us by being made in His image (Genesis ch. 1-2). We here at HR hate abortion because we love God. John, though I do not disagree with your sentiments that Roe V. Wade is terrible law, it is, however, I do with a pleading of heart ask you to seek to be made right with God by acknowledging His right to rule over your life, and seeking forgiveness for disregarding His rule. This forgiveness is offered by God having punished His perfect Son, who absorbed His wrath against sinners who will believe in Him. No belief in man’s laws, no belief in morality, no acknowledgment of obvious wrong doings will bring us into a right relationship with God. Only faith in the work of Christ Jesus accomplishes this(Romans ch. 10:9-11).

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