When it comes to “social issues”, the conservative political parties seem determined to avoid them now. Ten years ago, President George W. Bush stood proudly for life, and refused to buckle under the power of the state, or arrogant left-wing interest groups to redefine marriage, or seize the firearms of individual Americans.
While Barack Obama’s Alinskyite tactics have thrown conservatives off their game, they have slowly regrouped, and acknowledged the necessity not just to persuade, but to fight back and win, even if a little ground here and there.
For now, life is not just restoring its pre-eminence as a virtue, but the waning influence of abortion in today’s political discourse should embolden pro-life activists.
The foes of life are failing, and hitting hard. Who can forget the shameful photo of Gloria Steinem, with her hands held high, bearing a T-Shirt that read: “I had an abortion.” She was smiling for the camera, but many women (including Sharon Osborne) acknowledge the depression, the pain, or the lingering damage of never being able to have a child after a botched abortion. Many women want restrictions on the practice. They do not see the killing of a life as asserting a woman’s freedom from “patriarchy.” It’s a form of tyranny. They certainly do not see the death of an unborn child as exercise of one’s right to choose, either. They see it as denying choice for another person.
While conservative lawmakers are struggling to stand up to the homosexual and transgender lobbies, they have taken a strong stance and gained ground against Big Baby Kill. In Texas, South Dakota, and Indiana, governors are standing up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Just recently, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina signed into law a provision banning abortion after twenty weeks. A woman did that, pro-abortion advocates, so spare me the “War on Women” card.
Critics will counter that the Palmetto State is a ruby red state, going redder.
FiveThirtyEight.com released a report earlier this month, detailing that abortion clinics are closing all over the country, even in blue states like uber-liberal California:
In the past few years, she’s seen other small providers close their doors because they simply couldn’t afford to keep going. The fees for services they charged were too low, the reimbursements from Medicaid and insurance too small and too infrequent. And the demand for abortions has fallen with the rate of unwanted pregnancies. “We are a dying breed,” Heckert said.
One silver lining to Obamacare: the health care overreach pushed the abortion mills out of business. Beyond that, there are fewer unwanted pregnancies. How stirring to ready that abortion clinics are the ones dying, rather than unborn children.
Blue states like New Hampshire (and twelve other states) have also defunded Planned Parenthood. Rogue organizations which insist on peddling abortion will have to pay their own bills, with no taxpayer dollars. Even pro-choice claimants applaud this move.
Despite Roe v. Wade, abortion has not become a settled issue, and never will be.
I have known atheists–people who still maintain a hard heart towards God–who are pro-life. Millennials may waver on the marriage issue, but they are staunchly pro-life, and respect restrictions on abortion, too.
Why? The science. The technology, the innovations have opened the eyes of the most unbelieving to recognize that at the moment of conception, a new life is created, comes into being. Even Oprah Winfrey, when she reigned as Queen of Day Time, showcased the unfathomable intricacies of life at conception. That baby is not a bunch of cells, but a person, a life!
Recent discoveries confirm that an incredible, unforeseen flash of light emerges when the father’s sperm enters the mother’s ovum. There is no denying the plain facts: life begins at conception, and anyone who disagrees or suppresses the truth is anti-science (which sounds like most Democrats right now). Abortionists must face the truth–they advocating killing human life out of convenience or vanity. No wonder they are desperate to cover up the facts of life.
Of course, for those who trust in the Lord and believe His Word, we already knew that life begins at conception:
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
How about Paul’s revelation to preach the Gospel of Grace?
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called meby his grace, 16To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.” (Galatians 1:15-17)
How can we not forget the blessed calling of Mary, who would give birth to a Son names JESUS?! (Matthew 1:25)
The world is slow, of course, and even the foolishness of God is wiser than men (1 Corinthians 1: 25), but the Pro-Life Movement is moving ahead … like a pro, and hopefully more cultural causes will follow their example: Biblical certitude, scientific affirmation, and political agitation.
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