Grace to you!
This day in history, about 43 years ago, we had one of the most inhuman decisions ever made by any Supreme Court in the world, including the barbaric courts of the Pagan worlds. It is the USA Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade (1973) which legalized abortion. For us in the Church in the USA, we use the day not to celebrate victory but to observe a special day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children, those babies in the womb who have been denied their equal right as human beings simply because they can’t fight for it; they can’t speak for themselves; they can’t hire an attorney; their organs are still developing and therefore they are the weakest of the weak, the most vulnerable of all humans. They are the ones the Supreme Court decision denied the inalienable right to life.
You may be wondering, why does this matter to me? After all, I am not an abortionist and I am not part of that “pro-choice” propaganda. I wish to share with you some reasons why everybody should be actively involved in praying and working towards the legal protection of the unborn.
First, it is justice for all and one does not exclude the other. It is justice both for the mother and the child as two distinct individuals. The right to life of the baby does not necessarily imply the death of the mother. A consistent ethical principle, which actually glorifies God, works reasonably to protect both lives, even when the one with a less chance of survival dies in a case called the principle of double effect. Justice entails equal rights. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. What is good for a mother is equally good for the baby.
One may say, well since I am not the mother who wears the shoe and knows where it pinches, why bother? Well, it is like asking if I am not the bully on the street trying to knock down a child, why must I, a passerby, stop the bully? Or why must I make the effort to rescue a dog trapped in a ditch when it isn’t my dog?
In effect, my argument is that injustice could also be done when the just are silent in the face of injustice. For us believers in the Lord Jesus, sin is not only a matter of what we did wrong, what is called commission, but also what good we failed to do, what is called sin of omission. Sin of omission is fueled by an attitude of indifference. It is equally evil to being indifferent to the plight of the poor; indifferent to the plight of the unborn; indifferent to the weak in our midst; indifferent to injustice and murder going on in our communities, and indifferent to violence. I think in the final analysis, God may ask us; “When I needed a voice to speak for my child in the womb, did you speak?”
Peace to those beautiful babies and grace of conversion to the abortionists. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.