This week, the New York legislature voted 38-24 to expand the state’s abortion laws. Those in attendance gave this measure a standing ovation. Also this week, new Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker vowed to make the Land of Lincoln the most progressive state on abortion laws in America. States are competing for how radical they can be on abortion laws. Worldwide there were 41 million abortions last year.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton said that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.”
And now, it is celebrated.
I understand that there are many people who are pro-choice in certain situations but who believe there is a point of a pregnancy where it’s immoral. I disagree with that view as well, but my focus is in the radical movement favoring late term abortion. Any moral opinions on the issue, any desire for laws that protect the rights of unborn babies are seen as infringing upon the rights of the mother.
Far too many people in our society are treating the termination of the life of a fetus as a source of pride. There’s even a website and popular hashtag called #shoutyourabortion.
Planned Parenthood has long been criticized by abortion opponents. A consistent response is that abortion is only three percent of their services. Interestingly, BuzzFeed did a feature on Planned Parenthood’s new president Leana Wen earlier this year. The BuzzFeed headline says: “Planned Parenthood’s New President Wants To Focus On Nonabortoin Health Care.”
Interestingly Wen took to Twitter to criticize this headline on January 8 when she said: “First, our core mission is providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care. We will never back down from that fight – it’s a fundamental human right and women’s lives are at stake”
Perhaps the biggest story in America this week has been the confrontation of a group of Catholic high school male students who attended the March for Life last Friday. There was a verbal altercation where the Black Hebrew Israelites were shouting at the students. A Native American walked up and began chanting.
The story was largely misreported as the students threatening the Native American and shouting offensive racial slurs. But even after video evidence has confirmed that this was not the reality, after the death threats and harassment that these young men have faced, part of the backlash against them remains because they had the audacity to attend a pro-life rally.
Being pro-life is not something that should be vilified. And people who support life and the rights of unborn babies should not feel bad for this stance. Science is on our side.
And logic is on our side. There is no logical argument given as to why a full term fetus can be morally terminated in the womb and a newborn baby cannot.
Abortion is wrong because it takes a human life. I’m including a video at the bottom of this post from a YouTube channel called Pregnancy Chat. It shows the growth of a fetus. In New York State, they’ve just made it much easier for a fetus to be aborted until the moment it’s born. Opposing that is not trying to take away rights. I oppose abortion because a baby has a right to live. There is no more fundamental a right that a government can protect than a person’s very right to life. All other rights presuppose a right to life, because without that, you cannot truly have any other rights.
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Josh Benner is the associate pastor at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He enjoys writing about faith and culture. He lives with his wife Kari in Minnesota.