Since the expose’ of the horrific, gruesome practices going on behind the “pro-women” facade of Planned Parenthood, there has been more outcry from the church over the egregious injustice being done to unborn human beings than I can remember ever witnessing. In case you missed it, one of the sting videos released over the past week includes footage of a dead baby being dissected for its body parts, then the doctor calls it “another boy!” Absolutely chilling and gut-wrenching. Yes, we should be outraged.
The questions that keep going around and around in my mind are:
1. In light of the fact that 1 MILLION children per year are chemically burned, crushed, and/or dismembered before being suctioned from their mother’s womb, why hasn’t there been this level of outrage all along? 2,700 babies a day, ladies and gentlemen. Many people don’t realize that in America, it is possible to get a legal abortion at any stage of pregnancy. A woman seeking a late-term abortion may have to travel to a specific state with the requisite abortion laws, but the fact remains that babies who would be viable outside of the womb can be legally killed within the womb in America. According to the Guttmacher Institute, about 1.2% of abortions are performed after the 21st week of gestation. (The threshold of viability is usually said to be 23 weeks, but there have been some cases of younger preemies surviving.) This comes out to about 12,000 post-21-week abortions a year. That’s 33 babies a day.
2. Where is all the pro-life training? The most effective defense of the unborn is widespread education on the philosophical, bioethical, and theological issues that pervade this debate. Imagine the impact the church could have in this area if it were diligently working to equip believers with the intellectual tools required to be intelligent, articulate, pro-life voices in the public square. Moreover, it would likely reduce the number of professing Christians who identify as “pro-choice” (and there are a LOT). Why doesn’t every church in America offer and strongly encourage such training? There are excellent resources available; a great small-group study resource is The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture. Additionally, apologists with the ability to train others in sanctity of life issues can be booked for focused seminars or as part of general apologetics events (I happen to think all apologists should be trained in this area). Check out Life Training Institute for events and speakers working full-time for the pro-life cause.
Yes, we are deeply grieved over the inhumanity and injustice of this atrocity called abortion. Women and their babies deserve so much better! Let’s do something about it.