Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Abortion

As I reflect back on the killing of one of the few abortionist who provided abortions in the third-trimester, I am reminded of just how far off-course mankind has come. To take something so blatant as mutilation of a 22 - 40 week old baby, and it is a baby at that point, and treat it as if it were just another day at the office is beyond anything that I can comprehend.

When I let my mind think about these things, which I have a lot this week, many questions come to mind. One is the question of why the contradiction of our laws regarding the taking of life. We put to death a man or woman who is found guilty of killing someone with the intent to kill and we have ruled that putting to death another for the sake of giving them relief from a terminal illness is unlawful. But yet we allow Doctors, of whom I might add have taken an oath of "never do harm to anyone" and "I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion", to lawfully and legally take the life of a baby who has a beating pulse, recognizable face, lips, 10 fingers, 10 toes, 2 ears, 2 eyes, 1 pair of eyelids, 1 pair of eyebrows, 2 arms, 2 legs, the formation of vital organs, and a beating heart just for the mere reasoning that the Mother doesn't want it.

How can this be justified? Why do we apply the law for one group of people and not another? Have we given great value to those that can speak or think for themselves?

Another question that has plagued me this week is where are we as Christians and people who frequent church, where the Bible is supposed to be taught, when it comes to this subject. We are obviously absent seeing as how this man was a religious man who frequented church and where his wife sang in the choir. Have we gotten used to abortion so much that we no longer see it as taking the life of another? How could this man have been allowed to continue practicing his murderous deeds and still maintain his religious life? I know that we as Christians are called to forgive, but I also believe the Bible teaches that a person can reach the point of unforgiveness if that sin is unrepentant and becomes a part of their life.

So I believe the implications of this are negative for the Christian church and should be a wake-up call for us and for our Christian leaders.

When I look into the faces of each of my 5 beautiful children, I can't imagine ever intentionally robbing them of the life that I chose to give them when I implanted my wife with my seed. So I ask: are we confused? We choose to kill what we have chosen to give life.

Below is an ultrasound of a 20-week old baby. The age of gestation in which Dr. Tiller is said to have aborted babies is 21-weeks and beyond. I know that I should feel compassion and sympathy toward the Tiller family. But frankly, I find it difficult to have that attitude toward a family or a church who would condone such atrocities.

Matthew 26:52

7 comments:

Becca said...

First of all, welcome back!! :-)

Second, while I'm absolutely not a church/religion person, I do LOVE my child, and can't imagine life without her. The thought of late-term abortion (in particular) makes me feel sick to my stomach. I can't imagine how anyone could do this, either. While I'm sad for the loss of another life (the doctor's), I hope this brings some of what he does to light, rather than creating a martyr of him for the pro-choice community (by the way, I'm not saying I'm pro-life or pro-choice specifically, but since I started trying to have a baby all those years ago, I realized how incredibly precious human life is).

Beverly said...

My husband and I have had the same thoughts about this. How did he go to church each week doing what he did?

Good to hear from you! Hope baby John is doing well!

Angela said...

This hits especially close to home for me, as my very own mother-in-law thinks that babies with special needs *should* be aborted. That abnormalities found prenatally are God's way of telling the parents that He wants the baby in heaven with Him. Because we're all supposed to be perfect like God.

I don't cuss, so I will just say that is quite obviously a load of horse manure.

We have since cut off communication with this horrid woman who not only told us this but has tried to convince ladies in her SUNDAY SCHOOL class that this is God's will.

I seriously cannot wrap my brain around it.

(Good to see you back, by the way! Hope the kiddos are all doing great.)

Monica @ Monkey Musings said...

Thanks for coming out of the woodwork to post about this. You said it very well! It's hard to wrap my brain around the contradictions and hypocrisies that surrounded this man's life. How could his church stand for it? His wife? It's a tragedy that his life was taken and that he wasn't given the chance to have a conversion or softening of the heart. His fate now rests in the hands of his creator...

Monica said...

Yes Jay, I have had these same thoughts. May God have Mercy on us all~

Ruby's Mom said...

Great post!When I heard this man was killed I could feel no remorse because I knew what a horrible murderer he was.

Jeanette said...

Hey Jay, welcome back. Wow, what a heavy subject. I concur 100%. I have counselled expecting parents and it is hard when the topic of abortion comes up. I have heard justifications around mercy for the "disabled" child to what would people say about me if I had a "disabled" child. Those are not my terms... but theirs. It is a long conversation and many times it takes more than one to talk about "special needs" and "blessings". So far I haven't had one terminate... but it very well might happen one day. All I can do is pray that God can put the right words on my lips and His peace in their hearts.