I (Hugh) know of Evangelicals who have shared jail cells with Catholics for standing outside abortion mills. They often become lifelong friends. My prayer is that more Evangelicals will join this great movement.
I do not come to the Pro-life movement for some altruistic reason, I come through my own experience and suffering. Abortion ruined my life and the woman I was involved with. We chose abortion to "save our careers" but it ended up costing everything. My testimony is here.
This is a live baby.
This is abortion at 11 weeks.
I'll call this girl "Sara." Sara could not protect herself while the "doctor" cut her head off with forceps. This is what abortion looks like.
Sara will never learn how skip or play hopscotch. She will never experience her first date or the prom. Sara has been denied the right to vote, the right to freedom of speech, the right to work. All these things that women have worked so hard to achieve have been denied to Sara. She has been denied all these things because her mother denied motherhood, and the "doctor" denied Sara's personhood. Some choices are wrong.
This first question we must ask ourselves when considering our opinion on abortion is this: "Is something being killed?" Everyone familiar with biology will answer yes. The next question is "What is being killed?" A simple way to answer this is to ask "Does it have DNA? The answer is yes. What kind is it? Human. The DNA at 5 minutes after conception is identical to the DNA 85 years after conception. The colour of the hair, eyes, and even personality traits are stamped in the genetic code at conception. Is it growing? Yes. So it is alive. It is self directed. These are all facts, not opinions. That means a human being is being killed.
Every major abortion rights organization and doctor admits it is a human being. The way they justify killing a human is to say it is not a person? In the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision it was ruled that although it is a "human being" in the womb, it is not a "person." This little word game has cost our society in North America over 45,000,000 lives in 30 years. "Jane Roe" in the case has since said that it was the worst mistake she ever made. How come you never hear that in the main stream media? She was a puppet for an abortion agenda, another example of the abortion industry's abuse of young women.
Abortion is not the first time this word game of personhood vs. humanity has been played with human life. During the slave trade, it was acknowledged that black people were human beings, but not "persons". During the Holocaust, Hitler acknowledged that Jews were human beings. That's why he performed horrible experiments on them, but he did not acknowledge their "personhood."
There are four reasons they claim these little humans are not persons: (1)
- Level of Development
- Degree of Dependency
There was a song in the seventies that was titled, "Short People got no reason to live." It became a big hit because it was so stupid. Everybody knows that a tiny gymnast is every bit as much a human as Magic Johnson the basketball player. Size has nothing to do with personhood.
Level of Development
A newborn is not as well developed as a toddler. I am more developed than toddler. The argument that a child in the womb is not a person when they are not fully developed does not make sense to me. That is what I looked like at 5 days old. And that's what you looked like too.
Yes the unborn baby lives in a unique environment. But I do not cease becoming a human when I travel to work, or home. Environment does not determine personhood.
Degree of Dependency
Yes the unborn is dependent on the mother, but so is the newborn. A person on dialysis is dependent. I am dependent on electricity. That does not determine my personhood. Clearly, dependency has nothing to do with personhood.
In the last 30 years approximately 21,500,000 women have died violent deaths in the United States. They have had their arms ripped off, they have had their legs ripped off, they have had their heads cut off. These women were defenseless, they could not speak out to defend themselves. They remained silent as they were brutally murdered. These women were not fully grown. They were waiting to be born. These women died from abortion. Most abortionists are men who say that they are in favour of women's rights and they say they shun violence against women. Obviously, they are not in favour of the rights of women in the womb.
There have been 43,000,000 abortions in the US since Roe Vs. Wade and statistically more than half of those were women.
If the unborn baby is part of the body of the mother, why does the doctor has to count all of the little broken off arms and legs of the baby that are sucked out of the mother to make sure none are left inside. In fact if they leave any part of the dead baby inside the mother, she could die. Half of women carrying babies have a little boy inside them with a penis. Is that penis a part of her body? That would be a first.
The abortion industry is a multi billion dollar industry and Planned Parenthood is now exporting this industry to countries around the world like a McDonald's franchise. I (Hugh) attended a summit on "Population Control" in Ottawa. It is scary to think that we are now trying to export abortion to countries around the world the way we export wheat. Much of this is being paid by our governments.
We believe that as Christians we are obligated to step in. The Bible makes it clear that it is wrong to stand by as innocent blood is shed (Deut 21:5, 7-9; Ezk 22:3-4, Is 1:15-16, Lev 18:21). Ruben rescued Joseph (Gn 37:21-22), Hebrew midwives rescued baby boys from the infanticide of Pharaoh (Ex 1:17). The soldiers of Saul rescued Jonathan from murder (1 Sam 14:45), Obadiah rescued 100 prophets from Jezebel. Esther risked her life to save her people from genocide.
Today, the most dangerous place on the planet to live is not Harlem or a Pakistan terrorist ghetto. It is in a mother's womb. It is a treacherous time in history to be an infant.
- 33% of women who have abortions never see the doctor who tear their baby from the womb before or after the surgery.
- 23,000 couples in Canada and 230,000 couples in the US want to adopt children. Many go overseas to find babies because North Americans abort the majority of our unwanted babies.
- Most women think that adoption was the worst choice, they think a dead baby is better than a living baby that they give to another.
- Many women have had botched abortions with perforation of the uterus. Clinic in Canada was sued. The mother was left sterile.
- At 12 weeks babies yawn and walk
- At 26 weeks they scratch, cry and hiccup.
"Oh Lord give us the strength to not only experience our horror at this holocaust but to courageously stand up and be counted and to follow the heroes who brought down the slave trade and those who saved Jews from the Holocaust."
When does life begin?
I (Hugh) went in front of the abortion clinic with my "I regret lost fatherhood" sign. A young guy shuffled by me in a jean jacket and chains, the new elite intellectual class. He looked at my sign and eloquently said “do you regret lost fatherhood every time you jerk off?” The first thing that occurredis that he’s not familiar with the church teaching on masturbation, but I guess that shouldn’t surprise me. His comment actually displays ignorance much deeper than that. It is an ignorance I’ve seen in teens, adults, Obama, and even well educated and well intended people in the mushy middle. In 2009, after the Genome project, it is remarkable that the public still do not know when life begins.
Teaching society this simple scientific fact is our responsibility. The government and schools won’t do it. We have created an environment where everybody knows when life begins, where people who don’t know will be looked at like those who say the world is flat. We have to create a simple slogan, a phrase or concept that makes this clear. How about this?
Men and women have 46 chromosomes in every cell of their bodies. When the sperm and the egg cells split off, they have 23 chromosomes each. They meet to make a new human being with 46 chromosomes.
(23 + 23 = 46 chromosomes = New Human Being).
What about Down's Syndrome?
Then there is one more chromosome, she's still human.
What about twins?
Then it is two humans. Which means it's even more of a crime to kill. They just haven't separated yet. You wouldn't kill Siamese twins.
Doesn't it take a few minutes to an hour to get all the chromosomes together?
The biggest computer in the world could not follow the first few minutes after fertilization. Fertilization is the miracle moment, and all 46 chromosomes are coming together. It's when life begins. It is a new human life.
Then what about embryonic stem cell research?
It is the killing of an innocent human.
What about in vitro fertilization?
It is also the killing of an innocent human.
Pope John Paul II writes:
The common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life is not defended with maximum determination.
Lord Jesus, let Your prayer of unity for Christians
become a reality, in Your way.
We have absolute confidence
that you can bring your people together,
we give you absolute permission to move.