Since today is the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973 legalizing abortion in the U.S., I thought it was more than appropriate to take a moment out of our series on Philosophy and Christianity to reflect on the staggering numbers this decision has wrought in our land. When one looks at the number of innocent lives that have been murdered in the name of ‘choice’ since 1973, the stench in God’s nostrils must be overwhelming. It is a wonder why He hasn’t sent judgment down on us in the same way Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed circa 2100-1900 B.C. It is only His grace that has stayed His hand to this point.
It is now estimated that more than 55 million Americans have died since this decision was handed down by the United States Supreme Court. The current estimates are about 1.2 million abortions per year in the U.S. alone. The World Health Organization estimates that between 1995 and 2008 there were on average 43.7 million induced abortions worldwide, a period of 14 years. (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_IAW.html)
If we do the math, that’s 43.7 million x 14 = 611.8 million unborn innocent children forcefully and destructively taken from the womb in those 14 years worldwide. If you extrapolate that rate out for 40 years the result is mind-numbing: 2.4 billion innocent children never to see the light of day worldwide since 1973. The average rate over 40 years may not have been 43.7 million/year, so the 2.4 billion could be on the high side, but whatever the number is, let’s conservatively say over 1 billion, that’s 1/7 of the current world’s population.
What we need to see here, is that abortion is the destructive natural outflow of what we talked about in our last post; the evolutionary impersonal answer to the moral necessity. If humans are nothing more than complex animals kicked up out of the pond scum with no value or meaning higher than the whale, seal cub, redwood tree, or spotted owl, then intrinsically one cannot claim that the unborn child should be protected. Remember, morals disappear. Evolution is amoral. No right and wrong, just what “is”.
Abortion then becomes a ‘fruit’ of this teaching of an impersonal beginning. If evolution is true, and morals are just situational, a statistical average, then we should not be surprised that societal norms would change to think that killing our unborn is okay. It was a momentous shift in this country in 1973, one that is still reverberating today 40 years later.
Dr. Albert Mohler has a great post on his blog and I encourage you to read it at: (http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/01/18/forty-years-after-roe-human-dignity-hangs-in-the-balance/).
My title for this post is really a misnomer, isn’t it? For in reality, we don’t ‘kill them softly’, but brutally, destructively, quickly, and with finality. The end and goal is the cessation of the unborn child’s life. It is done with forethought and the utmost precision, and we’ve been doing it legally for 40 years. Say a prayer today mis hijas, especially today, for God to bring an end to this wicked and inhumane practice, and for all the women and men who have been affected. This is not a sin that God can’t or won’t forgive, one only needs to seek that forgiveness from Him.
With love, I remain,
Dear ol’ Dad
Vaya con Dios mis hijas