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Abortion Takes A Life

Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Life ChangeLast Friday was an infamous date in our country’s history. Today’s devotional thought is taken from several previous posts about the fact that abortion takes a life.

In January 1973 – I was 17 – soon to be 18 and a graduate from Annapolis High School. I was preparing to enter Anne Arundel Community College (AACC or A2C2) for the summer semester to get a head start on college. I would raise my baseball officiating career to the college level by umpiring division one games at Navy that spring and be invited by Navy’s coach to go to Florida to umpiring school to become a professional umpire. Life was good – for me. But January 1973 – is an infamous month in the history of our country. 46 years ago (I can’t believe I’ve been out of High School that long) the courts passed Roe v. Wade – which legalized killing babies in the womb – called abortion.

I understand that this is a hot button topic still today. Maybe especially in these days with two more Supreme Court Justices nearing retirement or worse and the current POTUS – President Trump – sure to appoint conservative Justices to the high court Vice President Pence is very pro-life and so maybe for the first time in 46 years there is hope for the pro-life movement. Maybe changes will be made after all of these years to protect the unborn. The media screams over many things today – but the killing of thousands of babies a day doesn’t appear on their radar.

I’ve written about abortion on several occasions – one article was titled – An Article about Abortion – written in 2009. Another article was titled simply – Abortion – written in 2008. Still another article was titled – Does It Take Controversy – written in 2012.  In 2011 I mentioned abortion in an article about the upcoming resolutions before General Conference in 2012. In 2011 I wrote another article titled – When Will Our Nation Awaken to Such a Great Sin?  In 2010 I wrote about abortion and used the example of a dear child that doctors said should be aborted and about a woman who was aborted but lived. In 2010 I also shared The Manhattan Declaration In Total.

On Friday – a march that received very little media attention – unless it was to downplay the numbers and impact – happened. According to some observers there were hundreds of thousands of people. This march supported the unborn or yet to be born. They marched to protest the holocaust called abortion. I do not use the word holocaust lightly. Here are some words from one of my previous articles. Read the numbers and you decide whether this measures up to a holocaust. I know that illegal abortions are also horrific – but so is killing innocent children! Please continue to read and pray that our courts and our nation will awaken to the evil we are committing through abortion. Here is an old article quoted.

penniesI’m not sure we even grasp the size of our sin? One group estimates that by 2009 – nearly 50 million babies had been aborted since 1973. Current statistics set the number at over 52,000,000. This is not right my friends. The Mississippi Baptist Convention tried to find a way to drive this number home and created a visual reminder of the 50 million babies aborted by 2009. The picture included to the right is of a Memorial to the Missing – being filled with 50 million pennies. It brings tears to my eyes to think of this great sin hanging over the nation – and with many churches in support.

Another way of thinking about such a large number of aborted babies is to add up all the people in the following states: Kentucky, Oregon, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, & Wyoming.  The populations of these 25 states equals about 50 million (in 2009). We have allowed the total population of 25 states to be killed – lawfully – in our nation – since 1973.  Do we understand what we are doing?

Here are some other numbers to think about. I know these items have little to do with abortion – yet we often think of them as tragedies – because they are – yet many in our government and in our society do not see the tragic killing of so many babies. Number of American battle deaths in all U.S. wars since 1776: 658,000. Number of Americans of all ages who start smoking every day – 3,000. Percentage of smokers who will die prematurely 50-70 years later: 30%. Percentage of babies killed by abortion this year: 23.1%.

I sought some more recent numbers and found that the abortion rate is in decline – but still too many babies are being killed. Here’s the article I used for the following numbers. The following is a quote from that article.

In 2014, there were an estimated 926,200 abortions – a rate of 14.6 per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15 to 44) – compared with 1.06 million abortions in 2011, the year of the last Guttmacher report, or 16.9 per 1,000. In 1973, the year of the Roe v. Wade decision, the rate was 16.3. In 1981, the rate was 29.3.

It is good that the abortion rate is reducing – but that is still nearly a million babies killed through abortion in 2014. Maybe the rate is down in 2016 and will only be 900,000 babies – but that is still a horrific number.

Now – let me say – it is not enough to be pro-life and against abortion. Those of us who are pro-life must be supportive in other areas as well. For instance – are we willing to adopt a child or financially support those who will? My wife worked for a Christian adoption agency and their belief was there is no such thing as an unwanted child – and they never failed in finding a home for children placed for adoption. And this extended to children with severe medical concerns as well.

Are we willing to help a mother in need so that she can carry – deliver – and raise her child? Are we willing to support young people who are with child without judgment? Do we value all life or only the lives that look like us? Are we willing to stick our neck out and be counted – using our resources to protect life? Are we willing to have our funds and other resources used to educate young men and women about sexuality and life? You see – being pro-life goes further than being against abortion.

According to a 2016 Guttmacher report – 98.3% of all abortions are elective. Rape, incest and the life of the mother (not the life situations of the mother) equates to only 1.7% of all abortions. The United Methodist Church has a very ambiguous stance on abortion (IMHO) but we do believe that abortion used as birth control – elective abortions – is wrong. We cannot affirm abortion as an acceptable means of birth control, and we unconditionally reject it as a means of gender selection or eugenics (see Resolution 3184).

IMHO if 98.3% of all abortions were to cease or become illegal – those of us who are pro-life would need to step up and help and support those women and men who find themselves in the place of considering abortion as their only or best or last option. Are we willing to do this? I know my family is enriched by adoption and more of our next generation are talking about additional adoptions. If we wish to reduce the number of babies killed – we need to give women and men a better option!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

P.S. – Each day in 2019 – as we approach February 23rd and the Special General Conference of the UMC – spend 5 minutes praying for the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of the delegates. Thanks.

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  1. Thank you, Ray, for this important word. God bless you.


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    Comment by davidwentz | January 22, 2019 | Reply

  2. I fully agree

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    Comment by Richard Reynnells | January 22, 2019 | Reply

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