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Roe v. Wade

January 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade became law. Here is a link to look at what was decided.
http://www.tourolaw.edu/patch/Roe/

What are your thoughts as the 37th anniversary approaches?  Are we in a better place 37 years later? Abortions are on the decline according to some reports.
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1860289_1859694,00.html

What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned? What if abortions were only available for rape, incest and the life of the mother (not life circumstance but the actual life)? Some speculate that only 2-10% of all abortions fall into this category. Most abortions are abortions of convenience. People saying “I would rather not be pregnant”!

Would better education by parents, churches, schools and society as a whole help reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies? Remember, there are no unwanted children. Bethany Christian Services proves this every year as they (and other organizations like them) place special needs children as we as all children 100% of the time.

Prayer is needed today and everyday as we as a society continue to kill millions of lives through abortion.

Every month abortion takes more American lives than were lost in the entire Vietnam War. Every six months more die from its relentless onslaught than in all our previous wars combined or in all the fatal automobile accidents of the past twenty years. Every 2 to 3 years it claims more victims than the Nazi Holocaust.

CONSIDER SOME OTHER SIGNIFICANT STATISTICS RELATING TO ABORTION:

  • Abortion is not the “safe procedure” its advocates claim it to be. More mothers die from the complications of legal abortions each year than died from illegal abortions in all previous years.
  • In many areas of our country abortions actually outnumber live births.
  • 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 babies are aborted annually.
  • 98% of abortions are for reasons other than rape, incest, or the mother’s life.
  • 40% of abortions are performed on women who have aborted other babies previously.
  • One third of abortions are performed on teenagers without their parents’ knowledge or consent.
  • The heart of an unborn baby begins to beat at 18 days after conception.
  • 2 million American couples are waiting to adopt babies.

The above information in italics came from an article written by Pastor Greg Wilson.

As a pastor, I have had to deal with post-abortion syndrome in a number of women through counseling. The pain goes beyond the abortion.  The issue of unwanted pregnancy is not solved by the killing of the unborn child.  The church needs to take a greater stand.  What are we doing to help curb the killing of unborn children?  What are we doing to help young men and women make better choices about their sexual behaviors?  How can we help prevent unwanted pregnancies?

Please pray this week as this infamous anniversary comes again.  I pray for the day that life is valued and we find another way to help women deal with unwanted pregnancies.  Teaching abstinence comes to mind.  Promoting adoption is also a better way.  There must be a better option than killing unborn children.

Your thoughts are welcome.

 

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January 20, 2010 - Posted by | Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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  1. There is a conflict with some of your stats. If 7-12% of abortions are for “legit” reasons (rape, incest, etc) then how can 98% be for reasons other than those? I know the 7-12% is a speculative number, but it is used to make a certain point.

    2 million American couples are waiting to adopt babies. Yet we still see many high profile adoptions of children from overseas. Not many people appear to be as interested in adopting Black/Latino children as they are in White and Asian children. I don’t have stats, but this is still America, so I think I’ll ge little argument.

    What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned? Those with the resources would still get abortions offshore and those without resources would again be driven underground to dangerous, unhealthy alternatives.

    The solution? A stronger promotion of marriage and family; more resources to defend marriage and make divorce more difficult; more resources for children’s education. Almost a third of all children in this country are born out of wedlock. 66% of Black children are born out of wedlock. Consequently HS graduation rates are dropping dramatically and the prison industry is booming.

    I guess I’m more concerned with preventing out of wedlock pregnancy and doing something about the children that are actually being born than with outlawing abortion (for the poor; those with the resources will always be able to get what they want). Imagine if the millions (or more) poured into the anti-abortion and pro-choice movements was redirected to promoting family, providing services for those in need, defending marriage, promoting/streamlining adoption and teaching our boys to become men and not sperm-donors. That’s what I would like to see.

    Keep up the good work, Pastor Ray. The above is just my opinion and in no way intended to critisize you or your opinions. Just a dialogue.

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    Comment by Greg | January 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Greg,

      I just wanted to say thank you for addressing some of the socio-economic factors that are related to this issue and thank you for the comment about the babies that people most desire to adopt.

      I see a sign every time I drive to school with a woman on it saying “He can wait, my future can’t.” and on going home it’s a Black teen on the billboard saying something about education. Those billboards have more impact on me as a young, single male than the few who faithfully (God bless them) gather outside of a gas station with Pro-Life signs and abortion facts which seem all too much about the politics of it all.

      If only those below a certain economic line or education line were supported. Those are the cases that probably go unreported. The middle class will always have their way.

      For example (Sort’ve unrelated), while illegal drugs is used as a way as economic gain in some ghettos, on my campus it’s purchased and used as a luxury. While one man is dying for it the other man is casually enjoying it.

      There are dichotomies in this world that if continued to be left unaddressed will continue to be the foothold that leads to greater and more detrimental atrocities like abortion.

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      Comment by Josef | January 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Greg I agree with your statement:

      “Imagine if the millions (or more) poured into the anti-abortion and pro-choice movements was redirected to promoting family, providing services for those in need, defending marriage, promoting/streamlining adoption and teaching our boys to become men and not sperm-donors. That’s what I would like to see.”

      It is what I meant when I wrote:

      “The issue of unwanted pregnancy is not solved by the killing of the unborn child. The church needs to take a greater stand. What are we doing to help curb the killing of unborn children? What are we doing to help young men and women make better choices about their sexual behaviors? How can we help prevent unwanted pregnancies?”

      and

      “I pray for the day that life is valued and we find another way to help women deal with unwanted pregnancies. Teaching abstinence comes to mind. Promoting adoption is also a better way. There must be a better option than killing unborn children.”

      I disagree, in our area, with what you wrote later:

      “Not many people appear to be as interested in adopting Black/Latino children as they are in White and Asian children. I don’t have stats, but this is still America, so I think I’ll get little argument.”

      Bethany Christian Services, located in Crofton, Maryland, has little trouble placing children of all colors or even children with medical and handicapping needs. They place these children in loving Christian homes. Their issue is a lack of funding. If more churches would put their money where their mouth is this agency and agencies like it would make a larger footprint in the arena of adoption as an alternative to abortion. There is not a shortage of Christian families to make placements (adoptions). I stand on my statement that there are no unwanted children in our area.

      I appreciate your view on this issue and thank you for posting. Be blessed and be a blessing to someone today.

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      Comment by raymcdonald | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. Whether one is Pro-Choice, or Pro-Life, every Constitution-loving American should be agains Roe v. Wade. It is, simply, bad law. Here’s a link to my own blog posting on the topic.

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

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    Comment by John Gault | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. What are my thoughts as the 37th anniversary approaches? I think God still weeps for those unborn humans that are being slaughtered every day. Not sure I believe that the numbers are drastically down, but one is to many. I agree that we need to put a lot more focus on our morality, but with groups like the ACLU out there determined to kill everything that says or implys Christ as Lord and God our creator, then morality will continue to decline. What we feed our minds and souls is not helping either. Just the commercials on TV are horrible let alone the sex and violence on the regular shows. I am a firm believer in “garbage in garbage out” thinking. And until they quit preaching there is such a thing as safe sex out there….. the problems will continue to mount. Just my 3 cents worth.

    Mike

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    Comment by Mike | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. Iknow this will suprise many of my friends on the right. But support of the 95-10 Initiativ. But if you want to reduce abortions then support this. Of course the pro-lifers will say it doesn’t go far enough, again and chose to reject it. There is not donation money in supporting bi-partisan issues:

    The 95-10 Initiative

    A comprehensive plan that will reduce the number of abortions by 95% in the next 10 years by promoting abstinence, personal responsibility, adoptions and support for women and families who are facing unplanned pregnancy. The 95-10 Initiative seeks to reduce the number of abortions in America through Federal, state and local efforts as well as support and encouragement to volunteers and dedicated people on the front lines helping pregnant women. Much attention has been given to ending abortion or keeping it legal. We believe that we must do more to reduce the abortion rate by helping and supporting pregnant women.

    Preventing pregnancy is an important part of reducing the abortion rate in America. There are several ways to address prevention, but there is no clear consensus because of ethical, religious or personal reasons. There are several bills before Congress that address pregnancy prevention. While we have not endorsed a particular bill, we support finding the most effective way to reduce unplanned pregnancies. We cannot deny that abstinence is the only sure way to prevent pregnancy, but we also cannot turn our heads and pretend that our children are not engaging in risky behavior or the fact that contraception is not 100 percent effective. The Federal government has made a commitment to support prevention efforts and allocated a record $288.3 million in FY 2005 for family planning under title X. The program provides access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them. A priority is given to low-income persons.

    Pregnant women who wish to carry their children to term have not received that same commitment from the Federal government. We support helping pregnant women who wish to carry their children to term but because of lack of resources believe abortion is their only option. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Congressman Lincoln Davis (D-TN) and Pro-life Democrats in Congress who share this same commitment have introduced the Pregnant Women Support Act in the U.S Senate and U.S House. The legislation is a comprehensive approach to provide support for pregnant women who want to carry their child to term.

    Some of the programs included are:

    establish a toll-free number to direct women to places that will provide support;
    collect accurate data on why women choose abortion;
    provide Pregnancy Counseling and Childcare on University Campuses;
    provide accurate information to patients receiving a positive result from prenatal testing;
    provide counseling in maternity group homes;
    increase the adoption tax credit and it permanent
    eliminate pregnancy as a pre-existing condition with respect to health care;
    provide grants for ultrasound equipment;
    support informed consent for Abortion Services;
    increase awareness about violence against pregnant women;
    require the SCHIP to cover pregnant women and unborn children;
    provide free home visits by registered nurses for new mothers.
    Finally, we must protect our children by passing the Child Custody Protection Act, continue to promote Safe Haven laws and support funding for programs such as the Abandoned Infants Assistance.

    Click here for more information on 95-10.

    Democrats For Life of America, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, South Building, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004 202.220.3066

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    Comment by Alvin | January 26, 2010 | Reply


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