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Let’s Grieve For All Children

May 29, 2014

The world rightly mourns when a horrific headline appears about the death of young children. Often we read about one tragedy or another in which babies, toddlers and/or children are cruelly lost. It is never easy to understand or accept.

abortion 14We of course expect that all children should be given a full chance at life – life to a ripe old age. When their lives are snuffed out at such an early stage – for whatever reason – it is always a tremendous tragedy and loss. Consider for example a terrible headline of just a week ago:

“Colombia mourns 32 children burnt alive on school bus after it caught fire when driver filled up running engine with petrol from a jerrycan.” It seems the children were coming home from Sunday school, and in addition to the dead, another 20 were injured.

The President of Colombia declared a day of national mourning for all the tragic victims and their families. Their fate was especially gruesome – burned to death. But we seem to exercise some selective moral outrage here. In this case, prosecutors have called for maximum 60 year sentences for those responsible.

But what about other cases where children are also burned to death? In some of these cases, it is actually legal, and we celebrate and promote such killing. I refer of course to one ghastly type of abortion – the saline or salt solution abortion.

This method of abortion also burns a child to death. Even though the child is unseen at first, the final product of a saline abortion is readily apparent for anyone who dares to look. One discussion of this method of baby-killing describes it this way:

The saline abortion procedure can only be done at 16 weeks or later when enough fluid is in the amniotic sac surrounding the baby. A long needle is inserted through the mother’s abdomen and the wall of the uterus into the amniotic cavity. As much amniotic fluid as possible, usually about one cup, is withdrawn. Then, a small dose of saline solution is injected. If the woman doesn’t experience any immediate signs of allergic reaction or rejection, the remaining solution is injected into the amniotic sac.
After the toxic mixture is injected, the baby swallows the salt solution and is poisoned and his skin burned. After suffering for 1 to 1 1/2; hours, the baby’s heartbeat stops. The corrosive effect of the salt solution burns the lungs and strips away the outer layer of the baby’s skin. The mother goes through labor and soon delivers a burned, shriveled and dead baby. The abortion, in medical terms, is considered a success. Because the unborn child’s pain receptors in the nervous system have developed, an unborn child can feel pain at 13 to 14 weeks gestation, well before saline abortions are performed.

Yet incredibly a baby can sometimes survive such a horrific procedure. One famous case is that of Gianna Jesson. The American abortion survivor and now active pro-life activist has been to Australia on several occasions, and offers an incredible story: www.mccl.org/gianna-jessen-abortion-survivor.html

Lynda Rose from Oxford is a great pro-life campaigner and Christian activist. I met her recently while in England and was impressed by her commitment to the cause. She has just written a piece on the need to honour the deaths of all children.

Her piece, entitled “Innocide – the slaughter of innocents,” is well worth reading, but let me offer a few snippets of it here. She speaks about her recent trip to Israel in which she visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. She writes:

Perhaps most moving of all, to me at least, was the separate Memorial to the children, hollowed out from an underground cavern as tribute to the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered during the Holocaust. To walk into and through the darkened dome, with the seemingly infinite reflections of candles winking like stars in an endless void, and to hear the whispered name of each child, recited without embellishment in a continuing cycle that takes three years to complete, is indescribably sad. “Who knows what the world has lost?” asked our guide. “One of these children might have discovered the cure for cancer, or a new form of energy, and now we’ll never know.”
Indeed, how can we possibly know in what ways the world has been impoverished by the loss of these young lives? And, as I looked up at the star-studded firmament of the dome, I found myself thinking of the 7 million innocent children whose lives have similarly been terminated in the UK since the passing of the Abortion Act in 1967. Globally, of course, that number is a mere fraction, because worldwide the figure of aborted babies since WW2 is a staggering 1.5 billion, a number increased each year by an estimated 50,000,000.
We are told as justification for this mass slaughter that abortion is a vital part of women’s rights. Women, goes the mantra, have the absolute right to choose what to do with their bodies, which overrides any putative right of the foetus; which of course before birth isn’t fully human anyway. Really? It may be pointed out that the vast majority of these women had the right in the first place to choose whether or not to have sex, but we are told that unrestrained sexual licence is also a fundamental human right these days, and the only answer therefore is not to teach restraint, which is unacceptably judgmental, but increased contraception and industrial scale abortion. Only by employing these policies, we are told, will we curb population growth, and ensure the survival of our species. So the somewhat bizarre result is that we encourage children to become sexually active from around the age of 12 – maybe even younger if they’re ‘ready’ – and then we mop up the mistakes.
What madness is this? 1.5 billion lives lost!

It is madness indeed. We mourn the tragic loss of some children, while seeking to justify the death of others. Such perverted moral schizophrenia must come to an end – and soon. All children have a fundamental right to life – not just some.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2632815/Colombia-charges-driver-bus-fire-killed-32.html
www.mccl.org/saline-abortion-cruel-and-dangerous.html
vfjuk.org.uk/uncategorized/innocide-the-slaughter-of-innocents/

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8 Responses to Let’s Grieve For All Children

  • Hi Bill,

    Thanks for this article. It’s heartbreaking, but the truth needs to be told.

  • Very tragic Bill.

    The saline abortion procedure was developed by the Nazi doctors in the WW2 concentration camps.  Doctors of today continue to use this procedure.

    ‘All children have a fundamental right to life – not just some’ – Amen!

  • Anne Furedi is the chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advise Services ( BPAS) which is an abortion provider. She is proud of being responsible for more than a quarter – not quite a third – of all of the termination of pregnancies that take place in Britain. [1]

    There is something distinctly reptilian about this woman who no doubt, if a child, having been selected for abortion [2], were to survive – even to attaining childhood, like Gianna Jessen- would unhesitatingly have the child destroyed, or experimented upon [3], simply because the child had no birth certificate to say that it had a right to live. [4]

    Anne Furedi does not mind television presentations of the surgical removal of appendices, or any other part of the anatomy. And since she regards the human foetus as simply a product of pregnancy, or an organ surplus to requirement, why would she ban images of abortion being brought to the attention of the public?
    Simply because within her blackened soul she knows what she is doing and she does not want it brought into the light of day. [5]

    An unborn child is not the property of the mother. The child belongs to God, to the father who transmitted his genes and that of his ancestors to the woman, to the rest of the family and finally to the nation so that it can continue to survive.

    If as she claims she is responsible for between a quarter and a third of all abortion in the UK, since she became the chief executive of BPAS, in 2003, and since Britain carries out over 200,000 abortions per year, this means, theoretically, she has destroyed over half a million babies.
    This crime puts any modern serial killer completely in the shade.

    [1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtrkprDYoPs

    [2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h67U2gr0pFc

    [3] http://www.prolifeinfo.ie/issues/foetal-experiments/live-experiments/

    [4] http://histclo.com/essay/war/ww2/hol/kz/ic/a/auchw/med/kzam.html

    [5] http://www.abort67.co.uk/

    David Skinner UK

  • Dear Bill, Such a sad but true article which everyone should read particularly the arch hypocrite Sarah Hanson Young who weeps in Parliament over children in detention but ignores the millions of unborn babies who are robbed of their lives before they have even started. Really, words fail me! Is hypocrisy the wrong word for this or would lack of imagination and empathy better describe how these people think?

  • The hypocrisy in our culture is breathtaking. Where are all these people who protest keeping children in detention centres on the issue of tens of thousands of children legally murdered in our nation each year?

    As far as justice issues go outside of the great justice issue between God and humanity, abortion is surely at the top with over a billion murders in the last 90 years. What other justice issue even comes close to that?

    Anyone who cries “justice” and does not stand against abortion is a hypocrite and most likely not really interested in true justice but rather in a pseudo form of justice promoted by leftist types, the kind that usually leads to oppression.

  • Yes, many thanks Bill for the reminder of what is happening to these unborn children and also the survivors of unsuccessful abortions. Also a reminder that we individually and corporately need to be doing something, and should be wanting to do something, to stop this incredible “madness” (and madness it truly is). As God says, He will not hold us blameless when we refuse to lift a finger for our littlest neighbours:
    Eg Proverbs 24:11-12
    11 Rescue those being led away to death;
    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
    12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
    Does not he who guards your life know it?
    Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

  • Bill there are several online news sites quoting via CNS the issuing of a certificate for high achievement in number of abortions performed to Aurora Abortion Clinic in USA by Planned Parenthood. I have been trying to check the validity of this (complete with photo of this certificate indicating the years 2012/2013, taken by a disillusioned ex-employee). Can you help affirm or debunk through your sources, please?

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