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Abortion Contrasts

Dec 10, 2014

The division between good and evil is perhaps nowhere better highlighted than in the issue of abortion. Very simply put, on the one side is the promotion of death, while on the other side in the celebration of life. The contrast could not be more stark.

Admittedly many women are forced into this terrible situation by other people, and in a sense they too are victims. But here I want to contrast the activists for death with the activists for life. The groups pushing for the right to kill unborn babies can be ugly in the extreme.

I have offered many appalling examples of this before, and here I will feature another one. It seems the pro-aborts at one American university regard baby killers as heroes, who should be celebrated and honoured. Here is how one write-up of this goes:

The University of North Carolina – Wilmington celebrated “abortion heroes,” including those who performed illegal abortions, during an event last week. According to the flier promoting the event, the public university’s LGBTQIA Resource Office partnered with the school’s Women’s Studies and Resource Center (WSRC) to host the event celebrating those who performed abortions before they were legal. The event flier promised free pizza to students who attended.
“Come learn about the brave men and women who performed abortions before they were legal, often risking their own lives and freedom,” the flier says. “Abortion providers are heroes!” the flier also says. “Thank you for standing with 1 in 3 women who have an abortion.”
Students and professors at UNCW have decried the event, as well as several events both centers have co-sponsored.
“The LGBTQIA and UNCW’s [WSRC] have put on many events like this in the past using taxpayers’ dollars to not only bring awareness to the feminist movement but to campaign and celebrate abortion,” Madison Marston, a senior biology major at UNCW told Campus Reform. “Their intent isn’t simply to ‘celebrate abortion.’ No, this is a political campaign against life for abortion, and it is being funded by yours truly, the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.”
Marston, president of Ratio Christi, a student Christian apologetics organization, told Campus Reform that both the WSRC and the LGBTQIA office have been invited to sponsor, co-sponsor, or attend pro-life events, but have declined. “This demonstrates that the resource centers are clearly biased towards only one side of the argument,” she said. “They don’t want to hear about the Life Line Pregnancy Center or adoption. They only want to push abortion in the minds of women.”

In marked contrast to this are those campaigning for life who will sacrificially give everything so that babies will not be butchered. Many in fact end up spending lengthy periods in prison in their efforts to protect life. But while they are the real heroes here, and their efforts for life need to be shared, the stories of those who now deeply regret their abortions also need to be heard.

abortion 46A recent article highlights eight such stories, of which I will share a few. Consider the story of Lori Nerad, Former National President of Women Exploited by Abortion:

Two weeks after the abortion, I went into labour. I staggered into the bathroom. And there, with my husband beside me, I delivered a part of my baby the doctor had missed. It was the head of my baby. . . I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, thinking I hear a baby crying. And I still have nightmares in which I am forced to watch my baby being ripped apart in front of me. I simply miss my baby. I constantly wake up wanting to nurse my child, wanting to hold my child. And that’s something the doctor never told me I would experience.

And here is the testimony of Jewels Green, former abortion clinic worker and public speaker:

January 6, 1989, at 9 1/2 weeks gestation, I had an abortion. It nearly killed me. No, not the surgical procedure, the psychological aftermath. I attempted suicide three times after my abortion and finally ended up in an adolescent psychiatric ward of a community hospital for a month to recover.… Working in the autoclave room was never, ever easy. I saw my lost child in every jar of aborted baby parts. One night after working autoclave my nightmares about dead babies were so gruesome and terrifying and intense I met with the clinic’s director to talk about my feelings. She was very understanding, open and honest, and painfully forthright when she told me, “What we do here is end a life. Pure and simple.”

While the pro-aborts are treating baby butchers as heroes, many women who have had an abortion sure don’t think in those terms. Yet much of the world, and incredibly, even some of the Christian world, actually believe that abortion is some sort of human right, and something that we all very much need.

One of the more famous stories Jesus told is the one about the Good Samaritan. It comes in the context of Jesus talking about love of neighbour, and being asked, “Who is my neighbour?” Rolley Haggard has just penned a piece on this story, in connection with the abortion issue. Let me end this article with his concluding words;

The apostle Paul said, “No one ever hated their own body.” If each of us loved these little neighbors as we ought – “as ourselves” – we would envision having our own bodies torn limb from limb and would be unable to remain silent and apathetic any longer.

Connecting the Dots

We know the right thing to do. We just haven’t been willing to do it. Scripture is unequivocal: “Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, oh hold them back.” Abortion continues because we willfully ignore our tiny neighbors. Until we go beyond saying we believe in the sanctity of life and start demonstrating it by becoming relentless vocal advocates, the slaughter will go on and history will record the church believed it was sufficient to merely say, but not show, it cared for people.
Assuredly, we will pay a price if, in this culture of death, we open our mouths to make abortion unlawful and unthinkable. But we—and our neighbors—will pay a bigger price if we don’t. What matters most often turns on a single act of the will. We have been called to lose our lives for Jesus’ sake. That means choosing to lose our lives for our neighbor’s sake. These forsaken babies are our neighbors. For Jesus’ sake, let’s connect the dots.

www.campusreform.org/?ID=6003
liveactionnews.org/8-heartbreaking-quotes-from-post-abortive-women/
www.breakpoint.org/features-columns/articles/entry/12/26543

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8 Responses to Abortion Contrasts

  • Satan works the same way every time, first dehumanise those you want to destroy:
    Only a clump of cells, it’s only a foetus. picture them as animals or insects (think of hitlers pictures of the Jews). Get the secular evolutionist “scientists” to ethic away the right to life (post birth abortion for any reason up to 10 years old).

    Then get to work on sacrificing to ba’al molech.
    Yes, satan works the same way every time.
    Neil Waldron.

  • Yesterday morning supporters of Doctors Without Borders were at Parliament station (Melbourne) trying to raise funds. One asked me if I know what the biggest killer of children was. It took him rather by surprise when I said “abortionists”.

    He was talking about diarrhoea, which apparently kills 760,000 children under five each year. The WHO, however, says that it is the second biggest killer, with pneumonia being the biggest. Maybe diarrhoea is the biggest killer of those who make it past the first six months?

    Anyway, in contrast, abortion kills around 40,000,000 each year. And, it turns out, a few of those are done by Doctors Without Borders.

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  • Good article, Bill. And timely, especially for myself, as I have been racking my brain over what can be done, practically, regarding stopping or speaking out against the killing of the unborn babies. Whilst my wife and I help women to keep their babies, instead of choosing abortion, I certainly think more needs to be done at the abortion clinics (all areas of course, but especially at the front of abortion clinics as these are the last place or point of contact to save these babies and help the mothers).

    This is why Graham Preston of Queensland is truly an unsung hero, as he has spent many, and I mean many, months in prison for being outside the abortion death-camps trying to rescue babies –and largely by himself as well.

    On another note: No doubt the pro-aborts you mention in the article, Bill, would make long time abortionist Nareshkumar Patel of Oklahoma one of their abortion pin-up heroes, even despite his recent criminal charges of rape, fraud, dumping aborted babies, injuring patients, etc
    www.lifenews.com/2014/12/09/abortionist-arrested-accused-of-raping-his-patients-dumping-aborted-babies-bodies/

  • How can those who fear God help but speak out? One day I will stand before God and have to give an answer for my actions in opposing evil as much as in avoiding evil. This is what I wrote to our current Federal health minister. I have yet to receive a reply.
    heleadsmesharon.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/the-tortured-kittens.html

  • Hi Philip – True but sad words. Here in South Africa we have another org that is often confused with Doctors without borders – yet is VERY different. They are Doctors For Life. Membership is open to all Medical Doctors who share a basic Judo-Christian medical ethic. They were founded in 1992 and fought a hard (unsuccessful) legal battle against the legalisation of abortion by Nelson Mandela in 1994. They have various programs in place such as helping pregnant mothers, supporting medical staff in their stand against abortion – but are very under funded. What Government these days will orgs that are unashamedly christian?

    Please feel free to look them up – they have just won a legal battle (along with two other NPO’s) against porn on our TV’s! What a victory – I pray we will all press in in out appointed areas and make our voices heard!

    FYI – I am not on this orgs staff – I just get excited when people get down and do exploits for our Lord!

  • A Christian band called “The Lead” released the song “Who’s the Victim” back in 1989 based on then-bass player Nina Llopis’ personal abortion experience. Mick Koster.

    Oh God oh God please say this can’t be
    This morning they said there’s a baby inside of me
    They’re telling me that I should make it go away
    To start my life over, I’d better do what they say

    And they say you’re not really a baby
    You’re a fetus and you’re not even formed
    And they say I won’t remember you
    And they say that I will not think of you
    And they say you’ll be just a faded memory

    Well they lied, they lied, you see it’s not true
    Because every day I think of you
    And what it would be like to hold you in my arms
    I never meant to kill you I never meant to do you any harm

    But they said you weren’t a baby
    You were just a fetus and you didn’t need to be born
    But on that day they lied to me
    You were alive inside but they just couldn’t see
    You are always a living memory
    And only a loving God could forgive me

    Oh God forgive us for murdering our children

  • This is indeed a tragedy. I believe that all induced abortions are wrong, and spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) are a tragedy.

    Some people take question to the stance that all induced abortions are wrong, stating the need to protect the mother’s life. However there is a big difference between the intentional ending of one person’s life and trying to save both the life of the child and the mother. In the second situation the doctor should try and do everything to save the child’s life, rather than go straight to kill the baby.

    In the 1980s I was at a Christian conference in Birmingham England when a young man, aged in his early 20s, stood up to speak at the conference. The said he was the result of a rape, but despite this his mother did not abort. I think his mother truly needed God to get through such a situation.

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