Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Abortion, is it worth the fight?

Al Mohler has a great post on the issue of abortion. In it, he basically sets up the two sides of the debate, and says there shouldn't be much room at all for middle ground. Either you believe the woman needs the freedom to make the decision to have an abortion for whatever reason, or you believe unborn babies have a right to life and should be protected. He goes on to quote Professor George of Princeton, who has some insight on Obama's stance on the issue. (Also, see this post for a real life example of this!!)
"In an act of breathtaking injustice which the Obama campaign lied about until critics produced documentary proof of what he had done, as an Illinois state senator Obama opposed legislation to protect children who are born alive, either as a result of an abortionist's unsuccessful effort to kill them in the womb, or by the deliberate delivery of the baby prior to viability...For him, a child marked for abortion gets no protection-even ordinary medical or comfort care-even if she is born alive and entirely separated from her mother. So Obama has favored protecting what is literally a form of infanticide."
And then, Dr. Mohler offers some insight of his own regarding the issue of "single issue" voting:
"There are signs of fatigue among Christians on this issue. Some argue that the sanctity of life issue is simply one among many important issues. Without doubt, we are faced with many urgent and important issues. Nevertheless, every voter must come to terms with what issues matter most in the electoral decision. At some point, every voter is a potential "single issue" voter. Some issues simply eclipse others.

This is the case with the sanctity of human life. I can understand the fatigue. So little progress seems to have been made. So much ground has been lost. So many unborn babies have been aborted. The culture has turned increasingly hostile to this commitment, especially among the young. There is a sense that many want to get on with other issues...

...Our vote will determine whether millions of unborn babies live or die. The Freedom of Choice Act, if passed, would lead directly to a radical increase in the numbers of abortions. The abortion industry has told us that themselves.

The question comes down to this: How many lives are we willing to forfeit -- to write off as expendable -- in order to "move on" to other issues of concern? There is no way to avoid that question and remain morally serious. The voting booth is no place to hide."
Finally, I want to add some thoughts of my own. I've heard the argument that Roe v. Wade will be impossible to overturn, so Republicans really shouldn't try. Instead they should focus on doing something more practical. I'm just thankful that William Wilberforce didn't think that way as he spent most of his political life trying (and succeeding) to abolish the slave trade in England, which was thought to be an impossible task.

Also, I went to the Bodies Exhibition a couple of years ago and posted some thoughts here on that experience, specifically about the experience in the fetal development section. I was reminded of this time a few nights ago as a friend and I discussed it. To see the growth process of a baby in the womb leaves you breathless as you think about how many abortions actually happen to these well-developed human beings. Consider this verse in Ecclesiates (again):

"As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything" - Eccl. 11:5

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