Roe v. Wade

Today, Jan 22,2010 is the 37th anniversary of the date mass murder of babies in the United States began – one that makes Pharoah efforts to wipe out the male Hebrew babies in ancient Egypt, look like miniscule.   Here are some links to visit:

According to The Guttmacher Institute:

There are approximately some 42 million abortions a year worldwide with some 1.37 million of those happening in America. 

Since 1973 though to 2008 45 million induced abortions have been performed in the US.

Think abortions are limited to non Christians?  Think again.  According to The Gutmacher Institute’s studies, 43% of abortions are to women who identify themselves as Protestant, while 27% are performed on Catholic women. 

The greatest incidence of abortions occur among the poor. 

It’s a tragedy.  A holocaust really.  And we wonder why we’re having so many issues in America? 

Here are some other links to visit:

Overturning and Undermining Roe v. Wade: An Interview with Clarke Forsythe (via Justin Taylor)

Why should Roe v. Wade be overruled?

It authorizes the homicide of the unborn child as national policy, a national “right.” It means abortion on demand nationwide as a practical matter, and it is an unjust, unconstitutional usurpation of the people’s right of self-government to decide the abortion issue, as the people decide other controversial issues, through the normal processes of representative government.

An excerpt from Richard Hays on Abortion (via Seth Ehorn)

Abortion is an extraordinarily challenging test case, because it is a major ethical issue not addressed explicitly by any NT texts at all. Thus, our opinions on the NT trajectory and the appropriation of any NT ethic on abortion should be met with humility about our claims and sensitivity to the task at hand. Hays will include some relevant OT texts because they inform the issue and are cited in the debate (although his book is mainly about the NT).

Well, it’s something to ponder.  May God have mercy on us all!


4 responses to “Roe v. Wade

  1. I don’t believe in abortion, but it’s nothing new. People have been doing it for generations and it didn’t start with Roe v. Wade. How many abortions occurred before Roe v. Wade allowed people to keep track? Abortions were still done, it’s just that they were done in back alleys with folding tables and butcher knives, or at home with coat hangers. At least since the enactment of Roe v. Wade, those determined to have abortions have been able to have the procedure done in a safe environment without risking their lives unnecessarily. I don’t agree with it, but I would rather have those determined to do it, do it safely.

  2. Thanks for commenting Kay. I think prior to Roe v. Wade there were probably higher incidences of infanticide than abortion but then I am no expert on this. I know we can’t eliminate abortion, but I’d sure love to minimize it, I mean really minimize it. And that’s going to take a lot of love, acceptance, forgiveness, and education (at least, that’s how I see it). I would also readily admit the Church hasn’t helped much as we’ve really demonized unintended pregnances, especially among young people – we’ve ostracized them instead of just loving and accepting them (not giving a stamp of approval though) – which I think if we did more of, more young people and the poor might not be so quick to get an abortion to hide thier mistake. Life is hard enough as it is, let’s not make it harder.

  3. Brian: One thing I appreciate about Hays’s argument, which I see you have read (thanks for the link to my site), is that he emphasizes the role of the church being the church by caring for both fetus and woman. All to often the former is emphasized while the latter is forgotten.

    • Seth, you have caused me to have to get his moral vision book, which I didn’t even know anything about until I started blogging, which was after seminary! ouch. I am also going to have to get that right doctrine book!

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