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Standing for Life: a Post About Abortion

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Standing for Life: a Post About Abortion

When I was thirteen years old I came across a video entitled "Babies are Murdered Here." That title sure caught my attention. As I watched it, I was absolutely floored. Horrified, I ran to my mom and asked if abortions were actually happening all the time, she confirmed that there were abortions performed every day of the week. "What? I thought our country took a stand for what is right. How could this possibly be?" I thought to myself, "there is no way that the murder of precious babies could be happening right here in Rockford!"

That night, I did not sleep well, I kept thinking of all the beautiful lives that had been taken. As tears rolled down my cheeks, I started to ask myself some questions - what if I had been aborted? I was blessed to be born to parents who were so excited to find out they were expecting me, but what about all of the children who weren't?

Life is so precious and beautiful.

Genesis 1:27 says:

"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them."

Everyone is created in the image of God, no matter who your parents are or what you've done; human being = image bearer of Christ, and the enemy of our souls does not like that at all. He is aware that the more people there are in this world, the greater chance of his schemes being thwarted. Satan is anti-life and pro-death, he rejoices in the seeming infant-genocide of our culture.

Think back to the slave trade in the 1700's when people were not considered human if they had dark skin. At that time in history, the definition of humanity was in question. Countless slaves were unjustly mistreated, beaten, and even murdered. We now shake our heads at such injustice, but the slave trade didn't just fade away on its own - people had to take a stand - and taking such a stand was frowned upon and mocked. Slavery was considered acceptable by nearly everyone! One of the people who took a stand was named Hannah More. Hannah was a Christian play writer, educator, and philanthropist with a passion to see change in the sinful patterns around her.

She once said,

"In short, everyone seems convinced, that the evil so much complained of does really exist somewhere, though all are inwardly persuaded that it is not with themselves. All desire a general reformation, but few will listen to proposals of particular amendment; the body must be restored, but each limb begs to remain as it is; and accusations which concern all, will be likely to affect none. They think that sin, like matter, is divisible, and that what is scattered among so many, cannot materially affect any one; and thus individuals contribute separately to that evil which they in general lament." [1]

As Hannah has said, all are inwardly persuaded that there is a problem, yet few will actually take a stand. Every one of us has a choice to either ignore abortion or take a stand for life. If we are certain that abortion grieves God's heart, then why have we not done more to protect these children?

Photo Credit: Melissa Neuverth

Photo Credit: Melissa Neuverth

Many won't even call them babies, rather they are referred to as fetuses, clumps of cells, and POC (products of conception) - anything to avoid calling them human. Our culture denies their humanity and worth, but secretly, many abortion workers confess that they know they have been taking babies lives. According to Lifenews.com there have been approximately 55,772,015 abortions since Roe v. Wade was legalized. Fifty-five million lives!

Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon the nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life and that is nothing but murder.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

As Hannah More fought for the end of slavery, it is time for us too, to stand for LIFE. God has made every single person in His image and that should be enough information for everyone in the world to understand that we must speak up; these precious children cannot speak for themselves. Will you join me in taking a stand for life?

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1. Essays for Young Ladies by Hannah More