Nearly 4,000 a day, every day

40 years after Roe v Wade, ‘statistics are mind-boggling’

SPECIAL TO BNc by Joe Slater, Justin, Tex. — What do the following kings have in common? Pharaoh, at the time of Moses’ birth, Menahem, king of Israel, and Herod the Great.

Pharaoh ordered that the male Hebrew babies be cast into the Nile River (Exodus 1:22). Menahem ripped open all the pregnant women in the city of Tiphsah because the city did not surrender to him (2 Kings 15:16). And the paranoid Herod massacred all the males two years old and under in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16).

Does this break your heart? Does it make your blood boil? It should! But we who live in the United States of America have permitted a slaughter of the innocents that makes those three kings look like rank amateurs! I refer, of course, to abortion.

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two decisions: Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. Taken together, those decisions struck down every law in all fifty states protecting the lives of pre-born human babies. Since that day, courts have permitted only the slightest restrictions on abortion. For all practical purposes, the law of the land is still “abortion on demand, for any reason or no reason, through all nine months of pregnancy.” This policy is currently favored by the President and Vice President, virtually all of the Cabinet, and by roughly half of the Congress and half of the Supreme Court.

It is not favored, however, by God. Human beings are made in His image; murdering them is an affront to Him (Genesis 9:5, 6).

The Numbers

We don’t like to think about abortion. Generally, it’s “out of sight, out of mind.” Most of us probably don’t know where the nearest abortuary is. But ignorance is not bliss, nor does it curb the killing. In its last fiscal year (2011-2012), Planned Parenthood aborted 329,445 human babies in the largest chain of abortuaries in America. But their hands are not the only ones dripping with innocent blood. Untold numbers of other killing centers destroy about three times that many more babies every year. Statistics like these can be mind-boggling, but please consider some numbers from the Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood):

In 2008, the latest year for which full nation-wide statistics are available, there were 1.21 million abortions in the U.S. For the years 1973-2008, the total number of abortions was over fifty million.

Since the decline in the abortion rate has leveled out, we may reasonably conclude that in the four years since 2008 there were another 1.21 million abortions annually. This would yield a total of at least 55 million abortions over a 40-year span. That averages out to:

  • 3765 abortions per day, more than the number killed in the 9/11 attacks.
  • One abortion every 23 seconds, all day, every day, for 40 solid years.

The Bible

Are we certain that God opposes abortion?

Proverbs 6:17 declares that He hates the “hands that shed innocent blood.” What blood could be more innocent than that of the pre-born baby? (By the way, the blood flowing through the baby’s body is its own, not the mother’s.) We also learn from the Law of Moses that pre-born life is sacred. If a man caused a pregnant woman to deliver prematurely, and the baby died, the offender was subject to capital punishment (Exodus 21:22-25). Who can believe that innocent human life is less valuable under the New Covenant than it was under the Old?

Under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Luke the physician recorded how the pre-born John the Immerser leaped in the womb of his mother Elizabeth (Luke 1:41). John was a six-month fetus at that time, but Luke said he was a “babe” (Greek brephos). Luke used that same word to refer to the newborn Jesus (Luke 2:12). The pro-abortion establishment routinely refers to the pre-born child as a “mass of blood and tissue” or some other impersonal term. But God refers to it as a babe, just as He does after the child is born.

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Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth — visualized

The 3D scan of a disabled baby’s smile that convinced his mother not to abort him

A mother was unable to abort her severely disabled son despite doctors’ warnings after seeing her baby’s smile in a 3D scan picture.

Katyia Rowe was told her baby’s brain had not formed properly and that he would never walk or talk and would need 24-hour care.

But after seeing real-time moving scans of him smiling, blowing bubbles, kicking and waving his arms she made the heartbreaking decision to go through with the birth.

Tragically Lucian, as she named him, died nine hours after he was born.

Despite the ordeal, Ms Rowe said she had no regrets going through with the birth as she was able to cuddle her baby son.

Katyia, 26, a training administrator, said: ‘We were devastated to be told our son’s brain abnormalities were so severe they were life limiting we should consider a termination.

‘Further scans were arranged to asses the extent of his disabilities but when I saw him smiling and playing inside me I knew I couldn’t end his life.

‘If he could smile and play and feel then despite his disabilities he deserved to enjoy whatever life he had left, no matter how short. Just because his life would be shorter or different, didn’t mean he didn’t deserve to experience it.

‘As long as he was pain free I vowed to let him enjoy his life both while inside me and outside, no matter how long that be.’

Miss Rowe, from Telford, Shropshire was thrilled to discover she was expecting a baby with partner of four years security officer Shane Johnson, 26, in March last year.

She added: ‘It was a shock but we were thrilled. Shane and I were so excited and looking forward to the birth. We had so many plans for the future and could not wait to meet our baby.

‘Our first scan at three months was wonderful. When we saw our baby on screen for the first time we fell in love straight away. As far as we were concerned everything was perfect.’

The couple decided to wed when their son was old enough to walk down the aisle with them.

Only the 20-week scan highlighted complications.

Following further tests, doctors told Miss Rowe and her partner of four years that their baby’s brain had no formed properly and he would be severely disabled.

They were then told the tragic news by experts at Birmingham Children’s Hospital that their child would never walk or talk and would need 24-hour care.

The couple were offered the chance to terminate the baby at 24-weeks.

But despite his poor prognosis, being able to watch her son in real time 3D scans during the screening tests, Miss Rowe said she was astonished to see him smiling, blowing bubbles, kicking and waving his arms.

She said: ‘Despite all the awful things I was being told, while he was inside me his quality of life looked to be wonderful and no different to any other baby’s, he was a joy to watch.

‘I was told he would never walk or talk yet the scans showed him constantly wriggling and moving.

‘As I watched I knew that while I was carrying him he still had a quality of life and it was my duty as a mother to protect that no matter how long he had left, he deserved to live.’

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