That is over 4100 abortions per day, or over 1.4 million abortions per year. Even conservative estimates are that 55 million babies have been aborted in America since Roe vs. Wade became law - 55 million children deprived of their lives without ever seeing the light of day! May God forgive us for what we have done to our fellow human beings!
Because of these things, churches all over America celebrated the sanctity of human life this past Sunday. We did so at our church as well, emphasizing a local crisis pregnancy ministry, Hope Resource Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, and their tireless efforts on behalf of the unborn. (Cf.: http://www.hoperesourcecenterknoxville
They work very hard to help ladies (and couples) with unplanned pregnancies to understand that there are viable alternatives to abortion. One such option is that of adoption. Patrick Kelly shares a wonderful story about the beauty of adoption. He says that…
A group of first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different color hair than the other family members. One child suggested that he was adopted; and a little girl said, "I know all about adoptions because I was adopted." "What does it mean to be adopted?" asked another child. "It means," said the girl, "that you grew in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy."*
We concluded our emphasis on the sanctity of human life on Sunday evening by showing the movie titled October Baby. I highly recommend this film. It tells the story of a young lady who discovers that she had been adopted after she had narrowly survived an attempt to abort her life when she was in her mother's womb.
It is a touching movie with a significant message, about not only the terrible consequences of sin, but also about the amazing power of grace and forgiveness. (You can find out more online at: http://octoberbabymovie.net/.)
Lastly, some people, including even some claiming to be Evangelical Christians, may ask what all the hoopla is, and why the issue of abortion simply will not “go away” after forty long years. Dr. Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, gives five reasons why we must not give up the struggle as believers to undo the catastrophe of Roe Vs. Wade.
I hope you will take the time to read his article at: http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/01/18/forty-years-after-roe-human-dignity-hangs-in-the-balance/?utm_source=Alb
Having done so, I also hope you will find some appropriate way to become involved in this spiritual battle, and to affirm the sanctity of human life on behalf of all people, including both the born and the unborn.