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England, Abortion and Our Uphill Battle

Jun 12, 2014

There are various reasons why it is slow going in winning the battle for life in the West. And we just had three good examples of this in the UK. All up they demonstrate why we have a very big job on our hands. And they remind us that this battle will have to be fought on various fronts – not just one.

The abortion scourge is of course simply part of the much larger sexual revolution. The promise of free love and sex without consequences and remorse always was a lie, and we are all paying heavily for it now. We now have epidemic levels of promiscuity, sexual diseases, teen pregnancies, abortions, busted families, broken marriages, and so on.

abortionA big part of the problem is that we have managed to dumb down an entire society to such a level that most folks do not actually know that 2 plus 2 in fact equals four. Or in this case, that 1 (man) plus 1 (woman) = 1 (baby – at least always potentially).

Sexuality is always about, and has always been about, reproduction – the two are intimately connected. But we are so mentally obtuse and morally deficient that your average young person today does not even realise that sex and reproduction are two sides of the same coin.

And this is not some religious observation. The diehard evolutionary atheist knows just as well that the purpose of sex in nature is to reproduce. So the fact that babies are potentially always a part of the mix when humans copulate should surprise no one.

Yet plenty of folks seem utterly clueless about this, and are actually surprised if a pregnancy follows intercourse. Well, duh! So in an age of rampant promiscuity and anything-goes sexuality, of course plenty of babies are turning up. And the usual answer today to deal with this is abortion.

So the whole sexual revolution needs to be challenged big time. There are heaps of problems involved with it. And one recent story from England shows, at least obliquely, how dangerous things can be. Consider the horrific story of two teens who fell to their deaths while copulating.

The tragic story goes as follows: “Two teenagers have plunged to their death while allegedly having sex on a balcony at a luxury London apartment block. The students, named as Anastasia Tutik, 19, from Russia, and ‘Miguel’, 18, from Mexico, died instantly after falling from the sixth floor of a flat on the banks of the River Thames. The international students had just met at a party where they were celebrating their end-of-year exams.”

But let me focus on two more specifically abortion-related stories, and why the fight for life is always so difficult. At Oxford University (where I just was a few weeks ago), a pro-life group has been struggling just to have a presence there:

An attempt at Oxford University to restrict the activity of its student pro-life group has failed after the university’s student union voted 24-27 on May 28 to allow Oxford Students for Life to advertise their activities on campus.
The pro-life group’s website says they are “committed to fostering dialogue and education” on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and physician assisted suicide. “We also seek to provide women in need with practical help and support, so that they might feel free to choose life for their child, even in difficult circumstances.”
But Oxford University Student Union vice-president for women Sarah Pine alleged that the group was attempting to impose their will on expectant mothers with “directive counselling.” She put forward a resolution calling on the union “to instigate and maintain an advertising ban on LIFE and other organisations which provide directional abortion advice.”
But Oxford Students for Life said in their statement that their group’s mandate does not include such a stand. “Opposing women’s right to choose is no part of our campaigning; what we campaign for is the dignity of human life at every stage,” they explained.

Of course such attempts to ban and censor all prolife sentiments is quite common throughout the West. Simply preventing prolifers from sharing truth about abortion is a key way the pro-death camp keeps the public from even being made aware about what abortion really entails.

This is true of almost all the mainstream media as well. They simply will not allow any views but the pro-abortion one from being heard. This is nothing but draconian censorship and an ugly attempt to shut down all debate. No wonder it is so hard for pro-lifers to get themselves heard.

But our third story from the UK shows that it is not just the pagans out there making it hard on the prolife movement. Sadly, even so-called Christians can be resolutely opposed to prolife activities. Consider this rather outrageous story:

The largest Christian festival in the United Kingdom has banned a pro-life group from having an exhibit at its annual event, despite covering other life issues such as poverty, human trafficking and the environment. The Big Church Day Out attracts 20,000 visitors annually with entertainment by the biggest names in Christian music while also stating in its core values, “The event provides an opportunity to promote social justice and missions issues, by giving a platform to various organizations, and allowing them to engage a wider audience in their vision.”
Abort67 describes itself as a public education project, displaying large images of aborted fetuses to show the public what abortion really involves, with the aim of “making abortion unthinkable.” For the past four years, Abort67 has been refused a stall at the event, despite assurances that there would be no aborted images on display and only leaflets and fetal models to show the developmental stages of the pre-born child.
This year, Abort67 is planning to exhibit a large display leading to the entrance of the festival location, so all 20,000 visitors can be presented with the reality of abortion for the pre-born child. “This is not a protest, but a plea for help” will be the slogan of one of its banners.
Andy Stephenson, founder of Abort67, says, “Frankly, we are dismayed that the church, which claims to be pro-life, is blatantly ignoring the plight of the pre-born child. The church in this nation has been on a ‘day out’ over this issue for the past 46 years—the Big Church Day Out event is making more of a deal about their carbon offsetting than about the fact that babies are being systematically tortured to death.”

Yes quite right. It is a very sad day indeed when the greatest obstacle to the prolife camp may be the church of Jesus Christ. No wonder we keep losing so many of these battles. With friends like these, who needs enemies? But despite all these obstacles and hindrances, it is incumbent upon all prolifers to keep on keeping on.

For the sake of the 45 to 50 million unborn babies slaughtered each year worldwide, we must never give up on this, but in fact redouble our efforts.

www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/teenagers-fell-from-balcony-of-london-apartment-block-while-having-sex/story-fni0xs61-1226951597251
www.lifesitenews.com/news/oxford-pro-life-group-narrowly-escapes-advertising-ban-by-student-union?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=065b9a0725-LifeSiteNews_com_Intl_Headlines_06_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-065b9a0725-326193646
www.charismanews.com/world/43927-no-pro-life-groups-allowed-says-uk-s-largest-christian-festival

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6 Responses to England, Abortion and Our Uphill Battle

  • A lot of the so called Christians denying the Pro Life groups a chance to display is a false sense of fear.

    Yet ‘Confidence, founded on Christ, rises superior to all fear.’ – John Calvin

    It would be best. if we all feared the judgement of the world less and God’s judgement more.

    The more Christian organisations deny what is in the Bible, the harder it will be for the Christians trying to get the truth out there.

  • The choice between life and its fatal opposite is ultimately intimately connected to the choice between the Living God and the pursuit of this world’s false gods:

    “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God[a] that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,… Deuteronomy 30:15-19 [ESV]

    A culture intoxicated with the dark passions of Aphrodite, Eros and Dionysos is a culture wedded to its own suicide.

  • For those who care about fighting the abortion holocaust I recommend this one fabulous pro-life resource that makes a good case against abortion: abort73.com, where they have things like for example

    abort73.com/abortion/medical_testimony/
    abort73.com/abortion_facts/worldwide_abortion_statistics
    abort73.com/abortion_facts/abortion_facts/which_birth_control_methods_cause_abortion/

    There are many more argument and facts, but the three above are my favorite especially with the one talking about the abortive potentials of some forms of birth control. Overall the abort73 page is a good one to check out.

  • Dear Bill,

    I have just sent an e-mail to 6PR who had invited someone to talk about how inconvenient it was that the new Catholic hospital in Midland would not be providing abortions, contraception sterilisations or IVF and they l rambled on about it for ages!

    I have told them Tough! The government knew that before they gave them the contract for public services at the hospital so I am sure they will sort it out.

    I also told them that I remembered the Archbishop of Perth emphasising when the St. John of God Hospital opened in Murdoch that no Catholic hospital would EVER be used for anti-life services so why were they rambling on about?

    I think it is another excuse for the media to stir up anti-Christian feeling as as usual and there is no shortage of people rising to take the bait which encourages people like the silly, ignorant man who said the Catholic Church is a cult.

  • Thanks for speaking out Patricia.

  • In October 2013, I joined the march against abortion in Melbourne. Opponents of the march pelted us with eggs and fruit, snatched our placards and broke them, yelled the most vile abuse at us and momentarily stopped us from marching by sitting in front of us on the tram tracks. We even had to have police protection.

    This experience got me thinking generally about violence towards innocent people, thereby and causing their death.

    Just a few months earlier, I had joined 30,000 others in a march protesting against the assault and murder of Jill Meagher in Northcote, Melbourne. She was the innocent victim of assault and death.
    On that march protesting against her assault and death, no-one abused us or pelted us with refuse. On that day we marched, we had no opposition from any-one.

    We may well ask ourselves: Why is there a difference here in our thinking about assaulting and causing the death of innocent people?

    In the process of abortion, innocent babies are the victims of assault and murder and yet the community at large seems to reject this idea. Why?

    May I suggest an answer: The community at large does not regard babies about to be born as real people. Therefore, they have no rights at all. In fact, many would have us believe that the women carrying babies have rights, but that their babies have none at all.

    If we as a community are to win the abortion debate, then it is this notion we have to change first.

    My suggestion is that we have a silent march in memory of all abortion victims – these holy innocents. I recommend that every participant in this march represent one person aborted. I recommend that there be no conversation, no placards, no singing, no praying – just reverential silence, as we commemorate these innocents.
    Lastly, I recommend such a march occur each year close to the day on which we the Christian Church remembers the Holy Innocents.

    In Melbourne at least, I shall be putting these matters forward to Bernie Finn MP, one of the march organisers.

    John Ferwerda

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