Hello, Sweet Friends.
This post has been in the works for several, several weeks. This topic is one that is so hard for me to talk about just because it makes me so angry when people cannot see abortion for what it really is. I’ve typed, deleted, and then typed again trying to get my words just right. That being said, bear with me. This is gonna be a longer post, but it’s one you’re going to want to read.
Let’s just start here-
“Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” Jeremiah 1:5
Babies are a gift and they are treasured in the eyes of God.
Somehow, a lot the people in our country have forgotten this.
Now…here we go.
Just because scripture doesn’t specifically say the word “abortion” doesn’t mean the issue isn’t addressed.
In the old testament, there was a “heathen divinity” who was worshipped in the later history of the kingdom of Judah. In 1 Kings 11:5,7, he is referenced to as Molek (NIV). In 2 Samuel 12:30, 31, he is referenced to as “their king” (NIV). In Leviticus 18:21 there are specific actions that are forbidden by God. These actions were told to the Canaanites by Moses. Within these verses, there is mention of the burning of their sons and daughters in the fire, to Molek. These acts are named the CLIMAX of their WICKEDNESS.
Because these people were killing their children in a form of worship to a false god, God gave them Leviticus 20:2-5. These verses make how God feels about the killing of infants very, very clear.
“You shall also say to the sons of Israel: ‘Any man from the sons of Israel of from the aliens sojourning in Israel who gives any of his offspring to Molek, shall surely be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones, I will also set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given some of his offspring to Molek, so as to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name. If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Molek, so as not to put him to death, then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech.’”
I, truly, don’t see how God could make Himself more clear concerning abortion.
Just in case the scripture element of this debate isn’t working for you – here’s this:
From the moment of conception, there is a human being formed.
At 18 days after conception, a fetus’ heart has been fully formed. At 21 days after conception, that heart is beating.
If the heart isn’t enough for you to say a fetus is living, here’s more.
At conception, a fetus has already started forming its own DNA that is different from either parent. A human becomes its own person as soon as he or she has been conceived.
Think about how we use DNA.
DNA is used to identify who someone is.
It’s used to solve crimes.
It’s used to identify who someone’s family members are.
It can show someone from who they can or cannot recieve an organ donation.
It can identify illnesses that are being passed through a family.
DNA is powerful stuff, and a fetus begins to make ITS OWN at conception.
By eight weeks, the sex organs on a fetus have started to form. At the end of month 3, there are little hands and feet that are starting to move. This means the baby is becoming conscious of his or her body.
These are ALL qualities of a living being that the fetus has taken on.
I recently began reading a book called Unplanned. The book is about a former Planned Parenthood worker who saw the horror of what an abortion really is. At that point, she decided to resign from her position, but the organization couldn’t just let her go. They started a war with her. There were court dates set and Abby Johnson went in to defend herself against one of the largest organizations in the world.
I’m going to post an excerpt from Johnson’s book, Unplanned, that absolutely brought me to tears. In this portion of the first chapter, Abby has been called to the exam room to assist with an abortion. She ran the clinic, but she was not qualified to perform abortions in any way. Abby hired a new abortionist who performed ultrasound-guided abortions. She could not give him full permission to do this because of the limited time on procedure days, but when needed, he did have permission. The abortion she was called to help with was going to be ultrasound-guided. Just before the procedure began, Abby saw the perfect profile of the 13-week-old fetus.
PLEASE, prepare yourself before you read this:
The cool air of the exam room left me feeling chilled. My eyes still glued to the image of this perfectly formed baby, I watched as a new image entered the video screen. The cannula – a straw-shaped instrument attached to the end of the suction tube-had been inserted into the uterus and was nearing the baby’s side. It looked like an invader on the screen, out of place. Wrong. It just looked wrong. My heart sped up. Time slowed. I didn’t want to look, but I didn’t want to stop looking either. I couldn’t not watch. I was horrified, but fascinated at the same time, like a gawker slowing as he drives past some horrific automobile wreck-not wanting to see a mangled body, but looking all at the same time.
My eyes flew to the patient’s face; tears flowed from the corners of her eyes. I could see she was in pain. The nurse dabbed the woman’s face with a tissue. “Just breathe,” the nurse coached her. “Breathe.”
“It’s almost over,” I whispered.
I wanted to stay focused on her, but my eyes shot back to the image on the screen. At first, the baby didn’t seem aware of the cannula. It gently probed the baby’s side and, and for a quick second I felt relief. Of course, I thought. The fetus doesn’t feel pain. I had reassured countless women of this as I’d been taught by Planned Parenthood. The fetal tissue feels nothing as it is removed. Get a grip Abby. This is a simple, quick medical procedure. My head was working hard to control my responses, but I couldn’t shake the inner disquiet that was quickly mounting to horror as I watched on the screen.
The next movement was the sudden jerk of a tiny foot as the baby started kicking, as if trying to move away from the probing invader. As the cannula pressed in, the baby began struggling to turn and twist away. It seemed clear to me that the fetus could feel the canula and did not like the feeling. And then the doctor’s voice broke through, startling me.
“Beam me up, Scotty,” he said lightheartedly to the nurse.
He was telling her to turn on the suction-in an abortion the suction isn’t turned on until the doctor feels he has the cannula in exactly the right place.
I had the sudden urge to yell, “Stop!” To shake the woman and say, “Look at what they’re doing to your baby! Wake up! Hurry! Stop them!”
But even as I thought those words, I looked at my own hand holding the probe. I was one of “them” performing this act. My eyes shot back to the screen again. The cannula was already being rotated by the doctor, and now I could see the tiny body violently twisting with it. For the briefest moment, it looked as if the baby were being wrung like a dishcloth, twirled and squeezed.
And then the little body crumpled and began disappearing into the cannula before my eyes. The last thing I saw was the tiny, perfectly formed backbone sucked into the tube, and then everything was gone. And the uterus was empty. Totally empty.
Unplanned- Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert
My friends, I hope you read that excerpt in its entirety and that you are as broken as I am for what is happening in our country. There are states that are allowing this procedure to take place UP TO THE TIME OF BIRTH. If this is what an abortion at 13 WEEKS looks like, imagine the horror of an abortion at 37 WEEKS.
Imagine the horror of an abortion, period.
“What was in this woman’s womb just a moment ago was alive. It wasn’t just tissue, just cells. That was a human baby-fighting for life! A battle that was lost in the blink of an eye. What I have told people for years, what I’ve believed and taught and defended, is a lie.”
Every person – no matter what race, age, gender, or religion – has the right to live. Why should an unborn human not have a chance to live the life he or she was blessed with?
Stand up for what’s right.
Stand up for truth.
Don’t be silent.
Don’t support it.
Raise your voice for the voiceless, and call abortion what it is – murder.