Posts Tagged ‘Abortion’
Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Jonathan
Here is how Heather recounts her second abortion:
My in-laws have been helping us out financially, so we have no choice but to involve them in our decisions. They gave us $500 cash to bring to the clinic. I felt very forced. I felt like I was required to have an abortion to provide for my current family. Money help is a manipulation. I’m crazy in love with my daughters—imagine if I did that to them? It’s almost too much to open the door of guilt and shame because it’ll all overcome me. In the waiting room, there was a dead silence that’s hard to describe. Everyone was holding in her emotions to a heartbreaking degree. Truly pro-life people should go light on the judgment, because shame motivates abortions.
25 other women who have aborted share their personal reflections on their experience in last month’s New York Magazine cover story, titled “My Abortion.” The article sought to unearth the personal and tangible side of a topic that the American public only feels comfortable talking about distantly and abstractly, despite the fact that “one in three women has an abortion by the age of 45.”
While statistics like that are heartbreaking enough, these 26 stories will break your heart in a way that numerical data does not. Reading them makes it clear that the tragedy of abortion is even sadder than we think.
As Christians, we ought to be deeply distraught over the 1.2 million abortions preformed each year. We also ought to hate this evil practice because it directly opposes our Creator who created these precious babies in their mothers’ wombs… in his image. But let’s add to that hurt for the unborn and hate for their killing a unique heartbrokenness for the mothers who carry it out. The arguments against abortion are strong, but as we attack “the issue” with everything we have (and we should do that), let’s be sensitive to the people behind it. They need our love.
Reading through these stories, you’ll be struck by the fact that there is often a lot more to these women’s sinful decisions than a mere lack of regard for human life. Many of the women in this article are women who are conflicted, who feel like they have no other option, who face all kinds of pressure, who regret their decision, who question what they did, who were hurting before having an abortion, and who are now hurting worse as a result. One woman said that after the abortion, she continued to track her would-have-been pregnancy online, imagining how big her belly might have been along the way. Another woman told of how she’d think about what the baby’s age would be had she not aborted.
A lot of things concerning abortion are angering, from the horrid act itself to the self-centeredness of the sex-crazed men often behind the scenes. But don’t let your anger be without sadness and love, and that not just for the babies. For a moment, let’s peek out from behind our picket signs to see the women to whom we are ministering. Yes, we are ministering to them – or at least we should be. And for them, as New York Magazine puts it, “most have feelings too knotty for a picket sign.”
About 20 years ago, after being sexually assaulted, a woman became pregnant with a baby girl. Her husband gave her two options: abortion or divorce. By God’s grace, she discovered and chose a third option.
This past weekend, because her biological mother chose that third option, Molly Anne Dutton was able to become Miss Homecoming at Auburn University. She won with the slogan “Light Up LIFE ,” her platform being to spread the word about “women’s resources, which promote education, prevention, and support for victims of sexual assault, [and] provide women and children an alternative that is drenched in life and restoration.” Her birthmother took advantage of such an alternative, and Molly Anne is a living testimony to the life and restoration that adoption brings to such tragic circumstances.
Molly Anne was adopted through Lifeline Children’s Services, a Christian organization that “seeks to make an investment in the lives of children, mothers in the wake of crisis, families wanting the blessing of a child, and orphans around the globe needing a home in which they can see and hear the Gospel.” Founded in 1981 as a crises pregnancy alternative, today Lifeline also engages in foster care, international orphan care, birthmother counseling/training, international adoption, and domestic adoption.
Molly Anne wanted to bring attention to organizations like Lifeline so that a young woman knows her options if she is ever faced with the kind of decision her biological mother was faced with. In her words, which are difficult to improve on, “I hope that this will not only bring to light the resources that are available to her, but that she will welcome them. When the glory and power of light is shone, the importance of life is radiated. The hope found in these resources penetrates the lives of women who have even been through trials and tribulations. It gives them something solid to stand upon… I have personally received that hope, light, and truth and I hope to light up the life of another.”
In a world where the local news is often more than enough to leave us feeling depressed and hopeless, it’s nice to be able to report some good news. And as Christians, this is simply a shadow of the infinitely good news we find in Christ’s redemption, by which our heavenly Father adopts us into his eternal family.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
Molly Anne Dutton on Fox and Friends
Posted on June 21st, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. The New York Times Hides Abortion Editorial on Front Page by Joe Carter: No one expects the Times to provide fair and balanced coverage of the abortion issue; that would require a greater allegiance to objective journalism than the paper can muster (especially in the post-Bill Keller era). But the least the Times can do is respect its readers enough to keep the editorials on the editorial page.
2. Perspectives on Our Children’s Education from TGC: We asked three moms of school-age children to share their families’ perspectives on education. Jen Wilkin, Jenni Hamm, and Amanda Allen are three friends who attend the same church and raise families in the same geographic area. All three share mutual respect for each other as parents trying to raise children with intentionality, in the fear and admonition of the Lord. In this series, you will see their perspectives on how and why they chose to educate their children through public school, private school, or homeschooling.
3. How to Read a Book by Jeremy Anderberg: Reading a book seems like a pretty straightforward task, doesn’t it? And in some cases, it is. If you’re reading purely for entertainment or leisure, it certainly can be that easy. There’s another kind of reading, though, in which we at least attempt to glean something of value from the book in our hands (whether in paper or tablet form). In that instance, you might be surprised to learn that it’s not as simple as opening the book and reading the words.
4. 7 Marks of a False Teacher by Tim Challies: No one enriches hell more than false teachers. No one finds greater joy in drawing people away from truth and leading them into error. False teachers have been present in every era of human history, they have always been a plague and have always been in the business of providing counterfeit truth. While their circumstances may change, their methods remain consistent.
Posted on May 3rd, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. Homosexuality, the NBA, and the Morality of Making Moral Judgments by Sam Storms: …Actually, not only does everyone have a right to judge, everyone has a responsibility to judge! In fact, everyone does judge, even if they think they don’t. Making moral judgments is simply inevitable.
2. Broussard, Bigotry, and the NBA by Denny Burk: After the news broke earlier today that Jason Collins has come out as the first openly gay player in the NBA, I didn’t really plan to comment. But that all changed after watching Chris Broussard’s commentary for ESPN. After Collins’ announcement appeared, all the sports shows were abuzz with the news. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” hosted a discussion between two sportswriters: the openly gay LZ Granderson and the Christian Chris Broussard.
3. Dear Mr. President (a letter from a mother trying to answer her children’s questions about abortion): I understand we view the world differently. I understand you think a child burdens a woman, and that he/she breaks a woman down. I think a child is the greatest gift a woman could receive, and giving birth is one of woman’s greatest powers. That doesn’t sound very politically correct, though. I know the world is more complex than that. I understand we are fundamentally different.
Posted on April 19th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. What Does God Say About the Boston Bombings by Jared Wilson: It is a dangerous thing to speak for God, but he has spoken for himself about such atrocities. I for one will not dare to say more than the following, but it’s quite enough, really, especially for those of us who lack the energy at this time to say much…
2. 9 Things You Should Know About Female Body Image Issues by Joe Carter: Body image is the mental representation we create of what we think we look like; it may or may not bear a close relation to how others actually see us. Here are nine things you should know about female body image issues:
3. Kermit Gosnell and the Politics of Abortion by Ross Douthat: The most rigorously pro-choice writers really did cover the Gosnell case more assiduously than the mainstream media, because they really do see it, not as an embarrassment to the cause of abortion rights, but a vindication of their worldview…
4. Kermit Gosnell and the Gospel by Russell Moore: The Gosnell case is stomach-turning. Testimonies in court point to a sadistic man… They speak of a man who would prey upon the poorest and most vulnerable women in his community in order to destroy their lives and those of their children. It’s hard to think of the gospel in the midst of all that evil. But that’s just the point.
Posted on April 18th, 2013 by Eric Parker
Much has been written recently over the Kermit Gosnell case as news of his horrific acts spread like wildfire across the social media world late last week. Secular media outlets have only in the last few days begun to take notice. Gosnell’s crimes against women and children are nothing short of disturbing. It’s the issue of abortion and infanticide that we want to briefly consider below.
As believers rightly continue to argue that an unborn child is a person and not merely a fetus, some in our culture want to redefine what it means to be a person. Not surprisingly, this redefinition of personhood doesn’t include babies in the womb.
While we must maintain that a baby in the womb is a person, Graham Cole points to a biblical category that may help us as we think through and articulate the biblical position on this issue. At a foundational level, the Bible portrays God as being chiefly concerned with the preservation and dignity of human life. This doesn’t mean we give up on our definition of personhood, but it does give us another angle to view this issue. Consider Genesis 2:7: “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
Life is God’s creation, and God’s concern for life continues as He addresses the penalty for the taking of life: “And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.” And again in Leviticus 24:17: “Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.” The emphasis is on the taking of life.
The Bible certainly has much more to say on the issue of abortion and personhood, and every approach we take will meet with some level of opposition by abortion advocates. Nevertheless, we must maintain that God is concerned with preserving human life. And life begins at conception (Ps 139:13).
The real difference between Gosnell’s crimes of late term abortions/infanticide and more commonly accepted forms of abortion is that with the former, people are confronted with a disturbing visual display of the taking of life. Abortion in its various forms takes place literally millions of times around the world each year. Tragically, most people have an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to the horrific reality of abortion. That must not be the case for those who love God and His image-bearers.
May we, as God’s people, be zealous for the life of men and women, born and unborn, physical and spiritual, in a moral landscape that is looking increasingly like Romans 1:19-32. Our God is concerned with persons, and He is concerned with life.
We must be too.
To read some helpful articles covering the case, see our recent “Well Said…” for a good starting point.
Posted on April 12th, 2013 by Cory Varden
This week’s “Well Said” is focused on a particularly disturbing court case occurring right now that is centered around abortion, and for the most part is being ignored by the mainstream media. Be warned that some of this can be difficult to read given the nature of the atrocities that led to this trial.
1. 9 Things You Should Know About the Gosnell Infanticide and Murder Trial by Joe Carter: Kermit Gosnell, 69, is an abortionist on trial in Pennsylvania for murder and infanticide. Here are 9 things you should know about the Gosnell case…
2. 8 Reasons for the Media Blackout on Kermit Gosnell by Trevin Wax: To put the Kermit Gosnell trial in perspective, consider other famous cases of child-killing. From Susan Smith to Andrea Yates, and most recently the horror of Newtown, we are accustomed to 24/7 news coverage of these types of tragedies. Not so with Dr. Gosnell. Here are the reasons why…
3. Why the media don’t want you to see the horror of Gosnell’s crimes by Denny Burk: Here’s the bottom line. What happened in Gosnell’s clinic exposes not just his crimes. It also underlines the moral bankruptcy of pro-choice arguments that routinely and callously disregard the humanity of the unborn. The entire pro-choice position requires persons to ignore the personhood of unborn persons who die daily in those clinics. That reality cannot bear the light of day, and that is why Gosnell and every other perpetrator like him are enjoying a media blackout…
Posted on January 25th, 2013 by Cory Varden
As we look back this week on the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade which legalized abortion in our nation for any reason, it seems appropriate to highlight some truly insightful and somewhat disturbing posts.
1. Abortion and the Gospel from Russell Moore: Too often, pastors and church leaders assume that, when talking about abortion, their invisible debating partner is the “pro-choice” television commentator or politician. Not so. Many of the people endangered by the abortion culture aren’t even pro-choice.
2. Feminist says baby is “a life worth sacrificing” from Denny Burk: This week marks the 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision—a monstrosity that has presided over the legal killing of over 55 million human beings since 1973. And yet in the wake of this horror, the pro-abortionists are feeling the wind at their backs
3. We Know They are Killing Children–All of Us Know from John Piper: One biblical principle of justice is that the more knowledge we have that our action is wrong, the more guilty we are, and the more deserving of punishment (Luke 12:47–48). The point of this blog post is that we know what we are doing — all America knows. We are killing children. Pro-choice and Pro-life people both know this.
Posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Cory Varden
“Pro-choice advocates argue, “Every woman has the right to choose what she does with her own body.” Ironically the choice of abortion assures that something like 650,000 females in the United States each year don’t have the right to choose what they do with their bodies. (That number is roughly half of aborted children, the other half being males, though as we’ve seen the rate of females aborted is even higher.)
The fact is that a female killed by abortion no longer has a life, a choice, or a body to exercise control over. All of these have been stripped from her by adults.
Despite the fact that he is choosing do do what he wants to with his own body, a man isn’t permitted to expose himself. There are laws against public urination, prostitution, drug use, trespassing, and even loitering, even though every one of them involves a choice to do something with one’s own body. Most of us agree with these laws, even though they restrict personal freedoms, but always in the interests of others whose personal freedoms they directly or indirectly violate.
My hand is part of my body, but I’m not free to use it to strike you or steal from you or hurt your child, or mine. Aren’t you glad the law prevents me from doing whatever I might want with my own body?”
Posted on January 18th, 2013 by Cory Varden
This January is the 40th anniversary of the Roe v Wade Court decision that legalized abortion in our nation for any reason. It also opened the door to deep sorrow and regret for many who chose abortion, thinking it held the promise of “reproductive freedom.” In light of that this week’s Well Said… focuses on some insightful posts this week on this issue.
1. Why I Hate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (and Why I Love It Too) from Russell Moore: As we approach next week’s fortieth anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, churches in my tradition will observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. I hate that we have to. Let me explain why…
2. Thank You, Mr. President, for These Pro-Life Marching Orders from Justin Taylor
3. Away With Utilitarian Arguments Against Abortion from Jared Wilson: You have likely heard this line of reasoning from earnest pro-lifers before. The logic goes something like this: You should be pro-life because you never know if you’ve aborted the next Einstein, the next Beethoven, the next Martin Luther King, Jr., the next Pasteur or Salk, etc. What if you aborted the curer of cancer or AIDS?…
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