On the third Sunday in January, Churches throughout our nation observe “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.” They do this partly to protest against the 1973 Supreme Court decision (Roe vs. Wade) which legalized abortion on demand. But they are also positively endorsing the sanctity of human life.
Recognizing that God made humans in His own image (Gen. 9:6), these Churches take seriously the words of our Declaration of Independence,
“… all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This view assumes the simple truth that the life of a fetus is more than a “product” of conception. The occupant of a mother’s womb is a human life with the potential of becoming a mature human being. A decision for abortion is not only a choice to terminate a pregnancy; it’s equally a choice to terminate the life of a baby. Induced abortion is the deliberate destruction of an unborn child. We know far too much to deceive ourselves about this or to politicize it.
Appeal to the President:
When President Obama was elected, I wrote a piece congratulating him and expressing my hope for change. I included the following:
“With the election of Barack Obama as 44th president of the USA, it pleases me deeply that we have moved even further from some of the saddest days of American history. The wrongful treatment of African-Americans during the evil days of slavery must never be repeated. But another group of vulnerable citizens has received far worse treatment. Will the new President’s policies further the horrors unleashed upon this group? Or, will he stand in a great tradition of those who (against all odds and pressure) oppose oppression and violence?
Will our new President help the helpless? Will he hear the cries of the most precious and vulnerable citizens? Or, will he cower to the pressures of popularity and political expedience? The unborn babies living in their mothers’ wombs need a President who values their lives. Will he refuse to support any policies aimed at their destruction? Will this president say, “Never again!”? Or, will he increase the horrific systematic destruction of the unborn? Will he deny their personhood and let them die brutally at the hands of “professionals”? Or, will he say, “Enough is enough!”?
- Are Christians Obsessed With Gays and Abortion?
- Why don’t atheists oppose abortion?
- Mugged by Ultrasound
- True health care for all women
- Inalienable Freedom of Choice: the god of this age
- Sanctity even in the quality of human life?
- Role of Government in responding to right and wrong
* My title for my message this Sunday: “When I was made in the secret place” (Psalm 139:13-16)