Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tips on how to speak to your pregnant teen- view the article on the Focus on the Family website
Sa kalaunan ay napilitan na si JI na tumigil sa pagtrabaho. Subalit siya ay nakikitira sa kanyang kapatid. Minsan ay nagkaproblema sila ng kapatid niya ngunit binigyan muli ng lakas ng loob si JI ng Diyos at napagtagumpayan niya ang kanyang problema.
Mga dalawang linggong nakaraan na ay nanganak na si JI ng isang malusog na batang lalaki sa isang ospital sa Metro Manila. SInabi niya sa akin na may problema siya sa pambayad sa ospital at sa mga doktor. Wika ko sa kanya, hindi ka dadalhin ng Diyos na ganito kalayo para ikaw ay iwanan. Ang Diyos ay tapat at maaasahan.
Hindi ko nabigyan ng materyal na tulong si JI, ngunit nakita ko ang pagtulong ng tapat at maawaing Diyos sa kanya. Sinagot ng PCSO ang kanyang bayarin sa hospital at ang mga doktor ay pumayag sa promisory note galing kay JI. Talagang hinding-hindi siya pinabayaan ng Diyos.
Sana ay maging inspirasyon si JI sa lahat ng mga babaeng nababagabag sa kanilang pagbubuntis! At sana ay nalaman ninyo sa totoong pangyayaring ito na ang Diyos ay tapat at tunay na nagmamahal sa atin!
-Dr. Lissa Poblete
Si NR ay isang babaeng 21 taong gulang. Nagtapos na siya bilang nars sa isang kolehiyo sa Zamboanga. Si NR ay nagmula sa isang broken family. Ang kanyang nanay at tatay ay hiwalay na. Si NR ay panganay na anak. Mga ilang taong nakaraan ay may nalaman siyang lihim tungkol sa kanyang nakaraan.
Minsa'y nagaaway ang kanyang magulang at nagsisigawan, nang sumbatan ng kanyang nanay ang kanyang tatay, na hindi sana sila magpapakasal kung hindi siya nabuntis. At sa pagkakataong ito isinumbat din ng nanay niya na sinubukan na niyang ipalaglag si NR sa pamamagitan ng pag-inom ng pampapalaglag na gamot, at ng paglagay ng pampalaglag sa kanyang genital area, ngunit si NR ay kumapit at siya'y naipanganak niya din.
Narinig ni NR ang lahat ng usapin ng kanyang mga magulang. Bagamat napakasakit malaman ang kanyang narinig, at nalaman pa niya ito nang siya ay may kaisipan at pagiintindi na, nais magpatotoo si NR na nakayanan niya ang lahat ng ito dahil sa kanyang personal na relasyon sa Panginoong Jesus. Napatawad na ni NR ang kanyang magulang dahil sa pagmamahal ng Panginoon. Ang pagpapatawad na natanggap ni NR sa Panginoong Jesus para sa kanyang kasalanan ay ang siyang nagbigay-lakas kay NR para patawarin niya ang kanyang magulang.
Walang pagmumuhi or paghihinagpis ang nararamdaman ni NR ngayon. Dahil sa pagmamahal ng Panginoon ay bumubukal dina ng pagmamahal sa puso ni NR. Dahil sa kapatawaran ni Jesus nakakapagpatawad si NR.
Nawa'y inyo ding makilala ang Panginoong Jesus bilang inyong Panginoon at Tagapagligtas. Nawa'y maging inspirasyon sa inyo ang istoryang ito tungkol kay NR. Binigyan niya ako ng pahintulot na ilagay ang kanyang patotoo sa blog na ito upang malaman ng lahat na ang kalayaan mula sa galit at sa unforgiveness o di pagpapatawad ay posible dahil sa pagmamahal at pagpapatawad na galing sa Diyos. At isipin din sana natin na kung nalaglag nga si NR noon ay wala sana siya sa mundong ibabaw ngayon. Ngunit may plano ang Diyos sa kanya. Ngayon ay masigasig siyang tumutulong sa akin sa pro-life ministry na ito na binigay ng Diyos sa amin.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Act No. 3815- from the Chan Robles Law Firm website
From Book Two (Crimes and Penalties), Title Eight (Crimes against Persons), Chapter One (Destruction of Life), Section Two- Infanticide and abortion
Art. 255. Infanticide. — The penalty provided for parricide in Article 246 and for murder in Article 248 shall be imposed upon any person who shall kill any child less than three days of age.
If the crime penalized in this article be committed by the mother of the child for the purpose of concealing her dishonor, she shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods, and if said crime be committed for the same purpose by the maternal grandparents or either of them, the penalty shall be prision mayor.
Art. 256. Intentional abortion. — Any person who shall intentionally cause an abortion shall suffer:
- 1. The penalty of reclusion temporal, if he shall use any violence upon the person of the pregnant woman.
2. The penalty of prision mayor if, without using violence, he shall act without the consent of the woman.
3. The penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods, if the woman shall have consented.
Art. 258. Abortion practiced by the woman herself of by her parents. — The penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods shall be imposed upon a woman who shall practice abortion upon herself or shall consent that any other person should do so.
Any woman who shall commit this offense to conceal her dishonor, shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods.
If this crime be committed by the parents of the pregnant woman or either of them, and they act with the consent of said woman for the purpose of concealing her dishonor, the offenders shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods.
Art. 259. Abortion practiced by a physician or midwife and dispensing of abortives. — The penalties provided in Article 256 shall be imposed in its maximum period, respectively, upon any physician or midwife who, taking advantage of their scientific knowledge or skill, shall cause an abortion or assist in causing the same.Any pharmacist who, without the proper prescription from a physician, shall dispense any abortive shall suffer arresto mayor and a fine not exceeding 1,000 pesos.
We should always pray that the laws of the Philippines will always uphold life. Abortion should always stay illegal because it is the murder, the willful destruction of the life of an unborn baby. We must actively and consistently resist efforts to introduce laws that will condone and decriminalize abortion through the legalization of "post-abortion care", which is deceptively inserted into proposed population control and reproductive health laws and codes. "Post-abortion care" has nothing to do with population, reproduction and family planning. "Post-abortion care" is an oxymoron. The phrase tries to obliterate the fact that an unborn baby was killed as a result of the abortion. It purposefully focuses only on the health of the mother. What about the baby's life? What has been done to care about the baby who was killed? What about the injustice done to the defenseless baby? Unfortunately, Western countries like the US commit abortion as a form of population control and family planning. For them, "reproductive health" includes "abortion rights". But abortion is not "modern". It is always the shedding of innocent blood, as it has always been in God's eyes. And innocent blood cries out to God for justice. Abortion must never be part of health care because it destroys the life of the unborn baby. In the Philippines, we must not develop the "collective blindness", as Cathy Cleaver Ruse calls it, that the American culture suffers from, the collective blindness to the humanity of the unborn baby and the collective blindness to the barbarity and evil of abortion.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Would he have been tall and quick to give a hug?
Did this child hold the cure for cancer or another deadly bug?
Would he have become a Soldier defending the USA?
Or a powerful man of God preaching “Jesus is The Way!”
Were her eyes of blue framed with locks of gold?
Would she have quickly captured my heart and my soul?
Would I have cried on her Wedding Day so grand?
As I walked her down the isle to stand beside her man?
Sometimes at my table I prepare an extra place
Staring at an empty chair trying to picture this child’s face.
I never got the chance to know this child of mine
Abortion took them from me it was a heinous crime!
Now I have an empty void down deep inside of me
It is the place where this child’s love was meant to be.
Abortion kills the helpless little ones within the womb
God hears their silent screams as a dumpster becomes their tomb!
I have no grave to visit or pictures to hold onto
My heart is forever scarred by this child I never knew!
Abortion has resulted in millions of hugs and kisses lost!
“The only peace I find is at the foot of Jesus’ Cross!”
God has given me a promise that I now cling onto!
In Heaven I will get to embrace my child I never knew!
-Lewis Thomas from the Stand True Website
I dreamt that I was in Hell
It wasnt like you think
It was sort of like this earth
I remember walking down the street
I came upon a poor man
Shivering in the street
His feet were bare
His clothes were torn
Tangles in his hair
He looked as if
He been beaten up
More than a time or two
His stench was heavy in the air
I had to hold my breath
As I turned away
A scream pierced my ear
The fragile woman laying there
Unable to move at all
As he ripped at her clothes
I could not stand to watch
He took from her what was not his
With no Remorse at all
I had to leave
I could not stand to watch
I started to feel her pain
Around the corner
I saw a girl
She smelled of cheap perfume
She smiled at me
And with a wink
Said all there was to say
Thirteen maybe fourteen
That's as old as she could be
Her parents must be worried
Where could their daughter be
Next I stumbled upon a child
His body battered and bruised
I stood in shock
As I looked up
He fell to the hands
Of his own father
How much more
Can I take
Of these morbid scenes of Hell
Up in the distance
I see a line
Forming at a door
Out the back came a man
Carrying a garbage bag
In they filed
To add to the pile
Of Americas disgrace
All of sudden I tripped and fell
I was in great pain
But wait a minute
This was a dream
How could I feel this pain
A dream indeed
No not at all
This is our very own world
With all this wealth
In the world
Why can't we feed the poor
When we see someone
Is in distress
Why can't we call for help
Why won't someone do something
About parents who hurt their kids
And about this slaughter
Of pre-born babies
Why won't someone speak out
Wait a minute
What am I saying
How can I be so blind
Why leave it up
To someone else
What makes me so special
Oh God, Oh God
Please have mercy
Have mercy on my soul
This was not a dream
This was not Hell
This is the real world
Next time I walk
Down the these streets
And see these morbid sights
Will I make an effort
To make a difference
In someone else's life
The answer came in a dream
A dream I had last night
As I passed all those people
The face I saw was Christ's
By: Bryan Kemper, Founder and President of Stand True Ministries
Monday, January 28, 2008
The Moses GenerationI was reading Exodus in my study bible (the NIV Study Bible) then I saw a sidebar among the footnotes on Moses. It says there:
Name suggests: "draw out" (Moses sounds like the Hebrew for draw out)
Birth data: Born under a death sentence, Moses was saved through God's grace amd his own mother's courage (Exodus 2:1-10)
I believe this young generation is a Moses generation. The ones who were born in countries with legalized abortion were essentially born under a death decree. (Ex. Roe v. Wade in the USA)
But this young generation has been drawn out of the Nile (symbolizing death, because the Israelite baby boys were to be thrown into the Nile as part of Pharaoh's decree). They have been drawn out from death, because their courageous parents chose life for them.
The footnotes on Exodus2:10 in my study bible also reveal something interesting. It says:
" Moses. The name, of Egyptian origin means "is born".
This young generation is a "born" generation, the one Satan tried to annihilate through abortion. The generation that has not been annihilated by the "death decree" abortion laws of its nation, the survivors, the "drawn-out" generation, will be the instrument in God's hands to speak out against, siege for, war over, and overturn the death decrees.
Lord, raise up your Moses generation among the youth of the world to overturn the death decrees in their nations!
May it be helpful to pastors and leaders who may want to share a pro-life message at their church or organization.
We begin now with a look at Proverbs 24:11:
Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
Nothing is said in the verse about the situation in mind. Is it captives taken in war about to be destroyed. Is it victims of vigilante justice? Is it an innocent person wrongly accused in court? Is it murder in the streets? Is it child-sacrifice to pagan gods? The text does not say what the situation is.
We Are Commanded to Intervene
This is typical of biblical proverbs. They are often very general guidelines for how the fear of God works itself out in day-to-day life. God expects us to have enough spiritual wisdom and enough experience from life and enough awareness of his Word to apply these proverbs appropriately.
Verse 11 is a general statement. And the reason it's general is so that we will not limit it to one group of humans and try to leave out another group. We must not limit it to Jews or white people or healthy people or rich people or intelligent people. It is general, not specific.
What, then, does it teach us to do? The duty of verse 11 could be stated like this: "If a group of humans is being taken away to death who ought not be taken away to death, the people who fear God ought to try to rescue them." Or, to use the words of the second half of the verse, "If there is a group of humans who are stumbling [literally: slipping] to the slaughter who ought not to be slipping to the slaughter, the people who fear God ought to try to hold them back from the slaughter." What is being commanded here is some kind of intervention from us when we become aware of humans being killed who ought not to be killed.
Sometimes the Slaughter May Be Cloaked
Then verse 12 anticipates an objection that some people will raise who didn't do anything to try to rescue those who were being taken away to death. It says, "If you say, 'Behold, we did not know this,' does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not requite man according to his work?"
This means that the writer here has in mind the possibility that the slaughter may be cloaked; it may be hidden or concealed or secret enough that people would claim with some plausibility that they didn't know it was going on.
There Will Be No Evasion with God
But the text says the plausibility will not hold with God. In other words the excuse of ignorance is not likely to stand up in God's courtroom. It may stand up in man's courtroom because man cannot weigh the heart. But God knows our motives and our awareness exactly. He sees through all our rationalizations and knows perfectly when we have neglected a duty out of ignorance or out of laziness or fear or apathy or preoccupation with lesser things. There will be no evasion with God.
Notice that the verse does not say, "You claim not to know about the slaughter, but God knows that you do know." It says something more radical. What it says is, "You claim not to know about the slaughter, but God knows how your heart works." In other words God not only knows what we really know inside. He also knows when our ignorance is guilty ignorance.
When we are called to account for our actions, he not only will say, "Why didn't you act this way if you knew this much?" He will also say, "Why did you allow yourself, in view of how much was at stake, to remain in such insensitive ignorance?" And he will know the answer before we give it, because he weighs the hearts of every one of us. "Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it?"
So our text this morning makes three things clear.
First, it makes clear that when a group of humans are being killed who ought not to be killed, it is our biblical duty to intervene and to try to rescue them and to hold them back from the slaughter.
Second, the text makes clear that sometimes slaughter can be done with enough camouflage that people may try to make a plausible case that they did not really know what was happening.
Third, it makes clear that the excuse of ignorance is not likely to hold with God who not only knows what we really know in our hearts but also what we have willfully neglected to know.
Now I believe very strongly that this is God's word to us today concerning the slaughter of abortion. I believe this text is a clear call to action along with many others of a similar kind (Psalm 82:3–4; Isaiah 58:6–7; James 1:27; 2:14–17; 1 John 3:16–17; etc.).
But before I say more about that action, I need to at least mention in summary form why I think the unborn who are being taken away to death are indeed a group of humans who ought not to be killed in the abortion clinics of our city. And if the unborn are human beings, they qualify for protection under this text.
Are the Unborn Human Beings?
Here are some of my reasons for counting the aborted unborn as human beings in their own right.
They have been conceived by two human beings, not by two animals or a human and an animal. Therefore they are utterly unique in the animal kingdom. Genetically they are human, not whales or horses or apes.
2. God's Creative Work in the Womb
The Bible teaches that in the womb God is knitting together a person. Psalm 139:13 says, "Thou didst knit ME together in my mother's womb."
3. Personal Description in Scripture
In the Bible the unborn are referred to in personal terms. For example, in Genesis 25:22 Rebekah's pregnancy is described like this: "The children [the ordinary word for children or sons outside the womb] struggled together within her." Luke 1:41 says that "when Elizabeth [who was six months pregnant] heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb." The word for "babe" (brephos) is the same word used in 2:12 and 2:16 for the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger (and in 18:15 for the infants being brought to Jesus). The unborn are not regarded impersonally in the Bible.
4. How They Look
The unborn look like you and me when they are being aborted. The science of fetology with its photography and ultrasound has opened a window on the womb that is breathtaking. We can now look at these little beings and let their face and eyes and nose and ears and hands and arms and feet and legs testify that they are one of us. There is no question anymore of aborting a mass of tissue or something like an egg yolk.
(Sheila Kitzinger's book, Being Born, gives clear pictures of what the baby looks like at the key stages of pregnancy. Most abortions happen after the seventh week of pregnancy. Midwest Health Center for Women four blocks from our church doesn't even quote prices on abortions before seven weeks. The 1987 fee schedule was 7–12 weeks: $195; 12.1–13.6 weeks: $260; 14+ weeks: $360. Much later than this they refer mothers to another facility for the abortion. In the Twin Cities St. Paul Ramsey does late abortions. I know of one several weeks ago of a 21 week old baby.)
Pictures matter. If someone asked you to look at a group of animals and identify which was a human, you would not have any trouble. You would do it on the basis of what it looks like. There is a human likeness. And the unborn have it as early as most abortions take place.
It is not only the still life photographs that make the humanity plain but also the moving pictures of their activity and their recoiling at pain.
5. They Will Grow Up If Left Alone
These little beings will grow up if left alone. If we do not intrude with violence on their life, they will come to maturity. They are not becoming human; they are growing "into the fullness of humanity that they already possess" (John Stott, Christianity Today, 5 Sept. 1980, p. 50f.).
6. Nothing to Disqualify from Being Human
Being tiny does not make them less human. We know this because we don't regard born infants as less human than adults even though they are humorously out of proportion with their big heads and short arms. We've just gotten used to looking at them at that funny stage—and we will get used to looking at the unborn at their stages too when we open our eyes!
Nor does not breathing make the unborn less human. I would not regard Noël as less human if she had to be sustained on a respirator for a few months.
Nor does the lack of rational abilities and language make the unborn less human. We don't hold that against a born infant and there is no reason we should hold it against an unborn infant.
Nor does the location of the unborn inside a woman's womb make it less human. Location is an irrelevant consideration in defining humanity. Nor does the dependence on another for its blood transactions make it less human—not any more than a person who lives by repeated dialysis.
In other words the things that are unusual about the life of the unborn do not disqualify him or her from the human family.
7. Ability to Live Outside the Womb at Earlier Ages
Finally, the unborn are humans because more and more of them at earlier and earlier ages can live outside the womb if cared for adequately. I have a picture here of Kenya King, born in Orlando Florida (four and a half months along). She weighed 18 oz. She is shown here healthy in her mother's arms at five pounds. Alongside this picture is a dead baby the same size as Kenya when she was born. The dead baby was killed by abortion.
Now what is the difference between these babies? One was wanted and the other was not. And, brothers and sisters, that criterion for humanity will not be accepted in heaven! And it ought not to be accepted on the earth. The Bible is full of statements commanding love and protection for the unwanted.
I conclude, then, that the unborn are a group of humans who are not disqualified from the command of Proverbs 24:11 and that when the Bible says, "Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter," we have no right to put the unborn in a subhuman class that does not qualify for our rescue. We ought to rescue as many as we can.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
They walk as a fool down the path they trod.
They say, “Of that Jesus I can’t find a trace!”
As he smiles at them through a baby’s face.
They look at a rose and only see thorns
They can’t see the preciousness of a life unborn.
To them an unborn child, “It is just a blob!”
And to hide their sin, its life they’ll rob.
We’ve legalized murder through courts so depraved
Now millions of little people go to their graves.
Sin knows no limits in a cold black heart
When a mother lets abortionist rip her baby apart!
With pain they jerk and twist in the womb
While a murderer called “Doctor” brings on their doom.
Oh!, My God!, My God!, I wished they could see
The depravity of mankind and hear their babies plea!
Life or Death?, the unborn child is given no choice
They cannot speak for they yet have no voice.
One day Jesus will come back to this earth
And avenge all these little ones killed before birth.
My heart grieves for all these little ones
As I hug and squeeze my own little son!
As I look into his bright blue eyes
With his face so precious I’ve often cried.
I bow my head and thank the Lord above
For sending my precious little ones for me to love.
Oh! Dear mother what joy they could be!
If your heart could hear that silent plea of:
“I love you mommy, please birth me!”
One child is worth more than all the gold
And each one lost is a story untold!
-by Lewis Thomas
Friday, January 25, 2008
How to Help a Friend Who Wants an Abortion
-Written by Shana Schutte, this article gives practical advice on how to help a friend who's pregnant and who might be considering abortion. However, the website she gave for crisis pregnancy centers is for the USA only.
In the Philippines, contact Pro-life Philippines 911-2911 or text them at 0919-233-7783. Or text us at Christian Pro-life Resources at 0918-55-4444-5 or 0915-973-0050. Or email us at email@example.com.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Ten Reasons Why It Is Wrong to take the Life of Unborn Children by John Piper
Exposing the Dark Work of Abortion by John Piper from desiringgod.org
The Darkness of Abortion and the Light of Truth by John Piper from desiringgod.org
Rescuing Unborn Children:Required and Right by John Piper from desiringgod.org
Saturday, January 19, 2008
This is from the LifeNews.com website:
Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow Could Have Been a Victim of Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
December 9, 2007
With 29 passing touchdowns and 22 rushing touchdowns, Tebow displayed the kind of versatility that has become more valued at the quarterback position.
Pam Tebow and her husband were Christian missionaries in the Philippines in 1985 and they prayed for "Timmy" before she became pregnant.
Unfortunately, as the Gainesville Sun reports, Pam entered into a coma after she contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in a contaminated food or drink.
The treatment for the medical condition would require strong medications that doctors told Pam had caused irreversible damage to Tim -- so they advised her to have an abortion.
As the Sun reported, Pam Tebow refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted.
Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and, eventually, gave birth to a health baby boy in August 1987.
As she told the newspaper, Pam was not surprised that her son would be up for the Heisman despite no underclassman receiving the award since its inception in 1933.
"The combination of Timmy's God-given talent, hard work, character and leadership have made a mark on and off the football field," she said.
As prominent researcher Joel Brind writes in a new LifeNews.com editorial, doctors are frequently telling women they should consider abortions when confronted with various medical situations affecting their health.
Yet, as he notes, physicians can successfully treat both mother and child without suggesting that the baby be killed to spare a mother's life.Because Tim Tebow was spared, he's wowed a nation by his athletic skill and, at his younger age, has an opportunity to become the second person to win two Heisman awards.
The pro-life pastor commits himself to four essential tasks. First, he preaches a biblical view of human value and applies that view to abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and cloning. Second, he equips his people to engage the culture with a persuasive defense of the pro-life view. Third, he restores lost passion for ministry with cross-centered preaching. Fourth, he confronts his own fears about preaching inconvenient truth.
A. Task #1: The pro-life pastor preaches a biblical view of human value. We don’t need Scripture to expressly say elective abortion is wrong before we can know that it’s wrong. The Bible affirms that all humans have value because they bear God’s image. (Gen. 1:26, 9:6, Ex. 23:7, Prov. 6:16-17, James 3: 9.) The facts of science make clear that from the earliest stages of development, the unborn are unquestionably human. Hence, Biblical commands against the unjust taking of human life apply to the unborn as they do other human beings. Moreover, if humans have value only because of some acquired property like self-awareness--as critics of the pro-life view assert--it follows that since this acquired property comes in varying degrees, basic human rights come in varying degrees. Theologically, it’s far more reasonable to argue that although humans differ immensely in their respective degrees of development, they are nonetheless equal because they share a common human nature made in the image of God. (For more on these points, go here.)
B. Task #2: The pro-life pastor equips his people to engage the culture with a persuasive defense of the pro-life view. Scientifically, pro-lifers contend that from the earliest stages of development, the unborn are distinct, living, and whole human beings. True, they have yet to grow and mature, but they are whole human beings nonetheless. Leading embryology textbooks affirm this. (See here and here and here.) Philosophically, pro-lifers argue that there is no morally significant difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today. Differences of size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency are not relevant in the way that abortion advocates need them to be. For example, everyone agrees that embryos are small—perhaps smaller than the dot at the end of this sentence. But since when do rights depend on how large we are? Men are generally larger than women, but that hardly means they deserve more rights. Size does not equal value. Pro-lifers don't need Scripture to tell them these things. They are truths even atheists and secular libertarians can, and sometimes do, recognize.
C. Task #3: The pro-life pastor restores passion for ministry through cross-centered preaching. Millions of Christians have given up on a passionate pursuit of God-glorifying ministry because they feel disqualified by past sexual sins which may include abortion, fornication, pornography, etc. Ignoring these sins does not spare people guilt; it spares them healing. And we wonder why there is little passion for missions, evangelism, pro-life advocacy, and worship in our churches?
John Piper deals with the problem of past sexual sin and how believers can be freed from its clutches, but for now, the starting point for human healing is the gospel of Jesus Christ. That gospel teaches how a holy God designed a good world where the humans He made to worship Him and enjoy communion with Him forever willfully rebeled against their creator. Although these rebel humans deserved God’s almighty wrath, He held back His righteous judgment and sent Jesus to take the punishment they deserved. By God’s design, Jesus—the sinless one—was killed on a cross by the very people he came to save. Yet the story doesn’t end there. Three days later, God affirmed Christ’s sin-bearing sacrifice by raising Him from the dead. As a result of Christ’s sin-bearing work on their behalf, God’s people—all of them unworthy of anything but death if judged by their own merits—are declared justified by God the Father, who then adopts them as His own sons and daughters. Who, then, can bring a charge against God’s elect? Paul’s answer is clear: No one can. For it is God who justifies the ungodly (Romans 4:5; 8:33). It is His gift, completely undeserved, so that no one can boast.
Like all sinners, post-abortion men and women need this gospel. With it, they live each day assured God accepts them on the basis of Christ’s righteousness not their own. They experience unspeakable joy knowing their past, present, and future sins are not counted against them. Instead of ignoring abortion and refusing to show Christians what's truly at stake, pastors should use this difficult topic to reiterate the great truth of the gospel, which alone frees people to pursue passionate ministry for the kingdom.
D. Task #4: The pro-life pastor confronts his own fears over preaching inconvenient truth. Three examples:
1) Fear of distraction: Pastors sometimes ask, "Won't addressing abortion distract the church from the gospel?" This is a legitimate concern. Our preaching must always direct sinful human beings to the righteousness that God alone provides. The good news is that we can use the topic of abortion to point people to the very gospel they so desperately need. At the same time, we should remember that God's gospel is addressed to particular audience, human beings. But our attempts to communicate that gospel suffer when the very definition of what it means to be human is up for grabs. Indeed, it's hard to preach that man is a sinner, that man needs to repent, and that man can be saved only through Christ when nobody knows what a man is anymore.
To site J. Gresham Machen, teaching Christians to engage the ideas that determine culture is not a distraction from the gospel. Rather, it removes roadblocks to it:It is true that the decisive thing is the regenerative power of God. That can overcome all lack of preparation, and the absence of that makes even the best preparation useless. But as a matter of fact God usually exerts that power in connection with certain prior conditions of the human mind, and it should be ours to create, so far as we can, with the help of God, those favorable conditions for the reception of the gospel. False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel. We may preach with all the fervor of a reformer and yet succeed only in winning a straggler here and there, if we permit the whole collective thought of the nation or of the world to be controlled by ideas which, by the resistless force of logic, prevent Christianity from being regarded as anything more than a harmless delusion. Under such circumstances, what God desires us to do is to destroy the obstacle at its root. . . What is today matter of academic speculation begins tomorrow to move armies and pull down empires. In that second stage, it has gone too far to be combated; the time to stop it was when it was still a matter of impassionate debate. So as Christians we should try to mould the thought of the world in such a way as to make the acceptance of Christianity something more than a logical absurdity. . . . What more pressing duty than for those who have received the mighty experience of regeneration, who, therefore, do not, like the world, neglect that whole series of vitally relevant facts which is embraced in Christian experience—what more pressing duty than for these men to make themselves masters of the thought of the world in order to make it an instrument of truth instead of error? (Emphasis added.)In short, it's not either/or: We can preach the gospel and confront false ideas, including the one that says humans have no intrinsic value.
2) Fear of driving people away who might otherwise hear the gospel. I dealt with this problem in my previous post on clergy and abortion, suffice to say that well-crafted pro-life talks suggest to unchurched people that the Christian worldview is reasonable to believe. When I gave a pro-life presentation at the University of North Carolina Law School, a young female professor responded (in front of her students): “I did not come to this event with the same pro-life views you hold. In fact, I came here today expecting an emotionally charged religious presentation. Instead, you gave one of the most compelling arguments I have ever heard. Thank you.” True, she didn’t fall on her knees and confess Christ on the spot. But now she’s begun wrestling with Biblical truth. To use a baseball example, you don’t have to hit a home run with every conversation. Sometimes just getting on base is enough. And you’ll certainly do just that whenever you clarify the moral logic of the pro-life view.
3) Fear of offending people with abortion-related content. It’s amazing how people will tolerate a strong pro-life presentation if you make your case graciously and incisively. Kindness goes a long way and often pays off with changed lives. Consider this email from 15 year-old Brittany, received after I spoke to an assembly of 1,000 high school students in Baltimore:Dear Scott,
Yesterday you came and talked to my high school, Archbishop Spaulding, about pro-life. It made a big difference on how I thought about abortion. I was totally for abortion and I thought that pro-life was just plain stupid. I have totally changed my mind after I listened to the pro-life point of view. Upon watching the short video clip of aborted fetuses, I felt my stomach turn and I thought, “How could anybody do this? How could anyone be so cruel and self absorbed as to kill an unborn baby who doesn't have a say in that decision?” Then I thought, “Oh my gosh, I think that!” I was totally ashamed at how selfish I had been. Before the assembly, I didn't want to listen to what you had to say. I was going to nap during your speech…until I saw that video. Now, I am totally changed forever. Keep doing what you do!
Always stress grace. Give hope to those wounded by abortion. Ask God to fill your heart for lost and hurting souls. Then speak and show the truth in love. They can take it.
(Pastors--The best practical tool for training Christians to defend life is the DVD series Making Abortion Unthinkable from Stand to Reason.)____________________________________
Though this article is written for American pastors, may this be a help for pastors in the Philippines.-Dr. Melissa A. Poblete
The news about your pregnancy was featured on primetime news programs on TV and on radio programs. It must have been very difficult for you when you found out you were pregnant. You had your career ahead of you. You had many projects and guestings lined up already. Your family needed your financial support. You and Patrick were not yet married.
Yet when you found out you were pregnant, you and Patrick chose the difficult, unpopular choice: to keep your baby and not have an abortion. I admire you and your courage. You chose life instead of death. You chose your baby's life over this stage of your career. You chose to keep your baby against all odds, even choosing to suffer your family's disappointment and heartache instead of ending the life of your baby. I admire Patrick for standing by you and not forcing you to have an abortion. I admire your parents and your manager for honoring your decision. You know what, Jennylyn, your career is not yet over. It will just be put on hold for a few months. Then you can resume your career. I pray that GMA 7 management will treat you graciously and show you favor and grace in the face of what has happened to you, because you have honored your baby's life above yourself. May your baby be as beautiful as you.
You know that you have sinned against God because you had sexual relations outside of marriage. The Lord meant for sexual relations to be within marriage, that's His design for mankind. Yet now, you are pregnant as a result of what you did. You should confess to God your sin that you may receive His forgiveness. But pregnancy is not a sin. Your baby is a blessing, even if he or she was conceived outside of marriage.
I pray God will give you wisdom about what you will do in the next few months. I pray He will give your doctor wisdom on how to take care of you. I pray He will keep you and your baby healthy and strong. I pray He will provide your needs. Take care.
-Dr. Melissa A. Poblete
Saturday, January 12, 2008
This was written by Kathy di Fiore, an American woman, Founder of Several Sources Foundation Pregnancy Shelters. To all pregnant girls who are thinking of an abortion , PLEASE READ THIS:
We hope these stories will help you and give you some ideas on what to say or do....if you have to tell your parents that you are pregnant. Don't forget to pray and ask God to guide and please do have someone you trust there to help you and your parents, too.
Pray and remember that God will send His Most Holy Spirit to inspire and help you through all these troubled times. Try to have a little faith in Him and know that he loves you so very much for choosing life for your preborn child. He knows what suffering is all about.
Remember how much He suffered when He was in the Garden just before His Crucifixion? Remember how hard He prayed to His Heavenly Father for help?
And when all His friends kept falling asleep, God sent Jesus Angels to minister to Him... to help Him. Pray... very hard .... and I know God will send you the strength and the wisdom to handle this pregnancy. He will send people to help you, too. Just look around you .... sometimes the person is right under our nose... and we don't even realize it until we pray to God... then He opens our eyes..
Please know YOU ARE NEVER ALONE.... God is always with you.... in a very special place... He is in your heart waiting to hear your voice in prayer to Him. He loves you so very much that He died for you and for your little preborn baby in order to open the Gates of Heaven and redeem you all of us from our sins. Your faith may be as tiny as a mustard seed which is about the size of a little dot... but Jesus said that with just faith that tiny...
"With God all things are possible." You are going to have a baby and you will have your parents support... eventually. Just reread all these letters and know that there are many more letters that we could send you. They all say similar things.
Trust in God. Email me if you need any help. Together .... you.... me.... your baby... and God.... we can get through this.... we can move this mountain!!! And a year from now when you are holding your beautiful baby, you will join the countless number of mothers who have come to me for help and say, "I am so happy I had my baby." Never.....never....never.....in all my 16 years of helping mothers have I ever had ever one mother come back to me and say....that she wished she never had her baby.
But I have had too many women come back to me after deciding to have an abortion and ask me for help to heal the pain. Please trust in God ....He who made the Heavens and the earth and the angels... and all of mankind...He can help make this "little" problem in your life right now easier. Be patient...pray.... and have faith and He will help you though it all.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
HB 3773 :pro-death, pro-abortion-care, pro-2-child policy bill by the Philippines' House of Representatives
Philippine Congressmen have come up with a bill that has been drafted in 2005 and has been introduced every year since then.
It is a pro-death, pro-abortion bill .
I have read the bill myself and these are my comments:
- I say it is pro-abortion because it condones abortion by legalizing and institutionalizing "post-abortion care".
- It specifically mentions that it does not endorse abortion as a means of birth control, but it mentions "post-abortion care" many times. If you make "post-abortion care" as part of a law, you are decriminalizing abortion in effect, by condoning it, because abortion is illegal.
- I have a suspicion that HB 3773 , which seeks to legalize, enforce, and institutionalize "post-abortion care", thereby decriminalizing abortion by making "post-abortion care" part of the law , will pave the way for the importation and required purchasing by the government of instruments well-known for being used in committing murder by abortion in the West (manual vacuum aspirators and cannulae), particularly government hospitals. It is called a "responsible parenthood" bill, but if the bill is all about 'family planning' and 'responsible parenthood', why include provisions on post-abortion care???
- The money and contracts factor: the manual vacuum aspirators cost a lot. 147,000 pesos for 35 manual vacuum aspirators. That's 4200 pesos each! Here is a link of a government contract awarded to a supplier of manual vacuum aspirators in the Philippines: Pangasinan contract for manual vacuum aspirators. The worldwide manufacturer and supplier of manual vacuum aspirators is a rabidly super-pro-abortion group, IPAS. (They make a whole lot of money from the murder of unborn babies.) Click here to see a picture of the manual vacuum aspirator.
- Click here to see a picture of the cannulae used in abortion, also sold by IPAS.
- IF YOU ARE READY TO SEE HOW A SUCTION ABORTION IS PERFORMED WITH A MANUAL VACUUM ASPIRATOR, view THIS PICTURE. BUT IF YOU ARE NOT READY, YOU ARE PREGNANT, OR YOU ARE A YOUNG CHILD, I SUGGEST THAT YOU NOT VIEW IT.
- It mentions "reproductive health" and "reproductive rights" 8 times. "Reproductive rights" is a deceptive term used by pro-abortionists and in other countries includes abortion, or "access to abortion" in particular. Truly, their consciences have been seared with a hot iron, because they consider "access to abortion" as a human right! The killing of an unborn baby is NOT a right! Unborn babies have a right to live!
- It suggests a 2-child policy for the Philippines. It specifically states that it is not forcing the policy, merely suggesting it. But if you read the bill's fine print, it does discriminate against people with more than 2 kids! It gives government scholarships/ support preferentially to families with 2 children ONLY!!!
- I believe that a legislated population management program is NOT BIBLICAL and DIRECTLY IN CONFLICT WITH GOD'S WORD because Psalm 127 says, sons are a heritage from the Lord, and children are a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. And in Malachi 2:15 the Lord says about marriage:"Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are His. And why one? Because He was seeking godly offspring." God seeks godly offspring! God also calls children His heritage and His reward. Children are not burdens to be reduced.
- It mandates sex education from grade 5- using government-approved modules only! Un-Christian, immoral, unbiblical sex-education propaganda from pro-abortionists will be taught to our young children. Contents of the modules include "reproductive rights", use of IUDs (which are abortifacient) and other birth control methods. I don't know if many Christian schools are aware of this. They should stand up against HB3773 because they will be gravely affected.
- What's even more scary about this bill is that it has a provision for punishing and jailing those who give information that DISAGREES with the bill (when it becomes law).
For more information:
Read my blog entry to know the different deceptive terms pro-abortionists use to make abortion not sound like murder, which is what it really is: "Pro-abortion language:what they really mean" from the prolifetoolkit.com webpage
Read my blog entry about "The Culture of Death:When Children Are Considered a Burden"
Read this column by Cris Sienes in the Sun Star Davao dated April 2005: HB 3773 article Sun Star Davao
READ HB 3773 for yourself and be appalled at its contents! Download HB3773 at this link
DECISIONS, ALTERNATIVES, OPTIONS
UNBORN VICTIM, PRE-BORN VICTIM OF VIOLENCE
UNBORN CHILD, PRE-BORN CHILD, BABY
IT (ABOUT THE BABY)
SHE OR HE
DOCTOR, PHYSICIAN, 'HILOT', MIDWIFE, NURSE
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, FAMILY PLANNING CENTERS
TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY, EVACUATION OF UTERINE CONTENTS, MENSTRUAL REGULATION, REMOVAL OF THE PRODUCTS OF CONCEPTION
PROTECT UNBORN CHILDREN FROM ABORTION
LIBERAL ABORTION LAWS, PERMISSIVE ABORTION LAWS
EXTREME “ABORTION ON DEMAND” LAWS, COMPLETELY UNPROTECTIVE LAWS
SAFE ABORTION, UNSAFE ABORTION, SEPTIC ABORTION
KILLING OF THE UNBORN BABY (abortion is 100% fatal to unborn babies)
REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ADVOCATES/SUPPORTERS
this table is from the website of Georgia Right to Life in the state of Georgia, U.S. A.
I have adapted it to the Philippine setting and I added some more terms which I have come across in my research.
ABORTION IS ILLEGAL IN THE PHILIPPINES, yet this pro-death terminology is slowly infiltrating our nation through the efforts of abortion advocates and the so-called "family planning" advocates. Did you know that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion clinic operator in the USA, has a local affiliate, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines?
We must make the public aware of these terms and their hidden meanings so they will not be deceived.
HB 3773, the so-called "Responsible Parenthood bill", is full of these pro-abortion words and phrases. It is so deceptive. READ HB 3773 for yourself and be appalled at its contents! Download HB3773 at this link
This is not a defense of the humanity of the unborn. It is an argument that if the unborn are human they ought not to be aborted. There are some abortionists who believe that the unborn are human beings. But these doctors do abortions regularly anyway because they believe that taking innocent human life, while tragic, is justifiable in view of the difficult circumstances faced by mother and child. Some of these doctors want to be Christian and Biblical, and do not see their practice as wrong. I have written this brief paper to encourage these doctors to reconsider.
1. God commanded, "Thou shalt not murder" (Exodus 20:13).
I am aware that some killing is endorsed in the Bible. The word for "kill" in Exodus 20:13 is the Hebrew rahaz. It is used 43 times in the Hebrew Old Testament. It always means violent, personal killing that is actually murder or is accused as murder. It is never used of killing in war or (with one possible exception, Numbers 35:27) of killing in judicial execution. Rather a clear distinction is preserved between legal "putting to death" and illegal "murder" .For example, Numbers 35:19 says, "The murderer shall certainly be put to death." The word "murderer" comes from rahaz which is forbidden in the Ten Commandments. The word "put to death" is a general word that can describe legal executions.
When the Bible speaks of killing that is justifiable it generally has in mind God's sharing some of his rights with the civil authority. When the state acts in its capacity as God's ordained preserver of justice and peace, it has the right to "bear the sword" as Romans 13:1-7 teaches. This right of the state is always to be exercised to punish evil, never to attack the innocent (Romans 13:4).
Therefore, "Thou shalt not kill," stands as a clear and resounding indictment of the killing of innocent unborn children.
2. The destruction of conceived human life — whether embryonic, fetal, or viable — is an assault on the unique person-forming work of God.
Can we say anything from Scripture about what is happening when a life in the womb is aborted? Consider two texts. Psalm 139:13 says, "Thou didst form my inward parts, Thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb."
The least we can draw out of this text is that the formation of the life of a person in the womb is the work of God. God is the "Thou" in this verse. Further we can say that the formation of life in the womb is not merely a mechanical process, but is something on the analogy of weaving or knitting: "Thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb." The life of the unborn is the knitting of God, and what he is knitting is a human being in his own image, unlike any other creature in the universe.
The other, less well-known, text is in the book of Job. Job is protesting that he has not rejected the plea of any of his servants, even though in that culture many people thought that servants were non-persons and only property. The thing to watch for here is how Job argues.
Job 31:13-15 says, "13) If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me, 14) what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him? 15) Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not One fashion us in the womb?"
Verse 15 gives the reason why Job would be guilty if he treated his servant as less than a human equal. The issue isn't really that one may have been born free and the other born in slavery. The issue goes back before birth. When Job and his servants were being fashioned in the womb the key person at work was God. That's the premise of Job's argument.
So both Psalm 139 and Job 31 emphasize God as the primary Workman — Nurturer, Fashioner, Knitter, Creator — in the process of gestation. Why is that important? It's important because God is the only One who can create personhood. Mothers and fathers can contribute some impersonal egg and some impersonal sperm, but only God creates independent personhood. So when the Scripture emphasizes that God is the main Nurturer and Shaper in the womb, it is stressing that what is happening in the womb is the unique work of God, namely, the making of a person. From the Biblical point of view gestation is the unique work of God fashioning personhood.
We can argue, I say, endlessly over what "full" personhood is. But this we can say, I think, with great confidence: what is happening in the womb is a unique person-forming work of God, and only God knows how deeply and mysteriously the creation of personhood is woven into the making of a body. Therefore it is arbitrary and unwarranted to assume that at any point in the knitting together of this person, its destruction is not an assault on the prerogatives of God the Creator.
To put it positively: the destruction of conceived human life — whether embryonic, fetal, or viable — is an assault on the unique person-forming work of God. Abortion is an assault on God, not just man. God is uniquely at work in the womb from the moment of conception. This is the clear testimony of Psalm 139:13 and Job 31:15.
3. Aborting unborn humans falls under the repeated Biblical ban against "shedding innocent blood."
The phrase "innocent blood" occurs about 20 times in the Bible. The context is always one of condemning those who shed this blood or warning people not to shed it. Innocent blood includes the blood of children (Psalm 106:38). Jeremiah puts it in a context with refugees and widows and orphans: "Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place." Surely the blood of the unborn is as innocent as any blood that flows in the world.
4. The Bible frequently expresses the high priority God puts on the protection and provision and vindication of the weakest and most helpless and most victimized members of the community.
Again and again we read of the sojourner and the widow and the orphan. These are the special care of God and should be the special care of his people.
"You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (And you were all once babes in the womb!) You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. If you do afflict them, and they cry out to me, (like the blood of Abel cried our to God from the ground, Genesis 4:10) I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath will burnÿ.ÿ.ÿ." (Exodus 22:21-24).
"Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation" (Psalm 68:5).
"Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked" (Psalm 82:3-4).
"They slay the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless; and say, 'The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive.'ÿ.ÿ.ÿ.ÿBut the Lord will wipe them out for their wickedness" (Psalm 94:6,23).
5. By judging difficult and even tragic human life as a worse evil than taking life, abortionists contradict the widespread Biblical teaching that God loves to show his gracious power through suffering and not just by helping people avoid suffering.
This does not mean we should seek suffering for ourselves or for others. But it does mean that suffering is generally portrayed in the Bible as the necessary and God-ordained, though not God-pleasing, plight of this fallen world (Romans 8:20-25, Ezekiel 18:32), and especially the necessary portion of all who would enter the kingdom (Acts 14:22; 1 Thessalonians 3:3-4) and live lives of godliness (2 Timothy 3:12). This suffering is never viewed merely as a tragedy. It is also viewed as a means of growing deep with God and becoming strong in this life (Romans 5:3-5; James 1:3-4; Hebrews 12:3-11; 2 Corinthians 1:9; 4:7-12; 12:7-10) and becoming something glorious in the life to come (2 Corinthians 4:17; Romans 8:18).
When abortionists reason that taking life is less evil than the difficulties that will accompany life, they are making themselves wiser than God who teaches us that his grace is capable of stupendous feats of love through the suffering of those who live.
6. It is a sin of presumption to justify abortion by taking comfort in the fact that all these little children will go to heaven or even be given full adult life in the resurrection.
This is a wonderful hope when the heart is broken with penitence and seeking forgiveness. But it is evil to justify killing by the happy outcome of eternity for the one killed. This same justification could be used to justify killing one-year olds, or any heaven-bound believer for that matter. The Bible asks the question: "Shall we sin that grace may abound?" (Romans 6:1) And: "Shall we do evil that good may come?" (Romans 3:8). In both cases the answer is a resounding NO. It is presumption to step into God's place and try to make the assignments to heaven or to hell. Our duty is to obey God, not to play God.
7. The Bible commands us to rescue our neighbor who is being unjustly led away to death.
"Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, 'We did not know this,' does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will He not requite man according to his work?"
There is no significant scientific, medical, social, moral or religious reason for putting the unborn in a class where this text does not apply to them. It is disobedience to this text to abort unborn children.
8. Aborting unborn children falls under Jesus' rebuke of those who spurned children as inconvenient and unworthy of the Savior's attention.
"Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, 'Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God'" (Luke 18:15-16). The word for "infant" in Luke 18:15 is the same word Luke uses for the unborn infant in Elizabeth's womb in Luke 1:41,44.
"And Jesus took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 'Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me'" (Mark 9:36-37).
9. It is the right of God the Maker to give and to take human life. It is not our individual right to make this choice.
When Job heard that his children had all been killed in a collapsing house, he bowed to worship the Lord and said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21).
When Job spoke of coming from his mother's womb, he said, "The Lord gave." And when Job spoke of dying, he said, "The Lord has taken away." Birth and death are the prerogatives of God. He is Giver and Taker in this awesome affair of life. We have no right to make individual choices about this matter. Our duty is to care for what He gives and use it to His glory.
10. Finally, saving faith in Jesus Christ brings forgiveness of sins and cleansing of conscience and help through life and hope for eternity. Surrounded by such omnipotent love, every follower of Jesus is free from the greed and fear that might lure a person to forsake these truths in order to gain money or avoid reproach.
from the Michigan Right to Life website
If they say....You say....
If they say...
Why are you against a woman's right to choose?
A woman's right to choose what? Ask them to finish their sentence. This will hopefully move the conversation away from the empty rhetoric of "choice." Most everyone is for a woman's right to choose many things - where to work, where to go to school, whom to marry, etc. However, no one should be in favor of the "choice" of abortion because the sole intent of abortion is the death of an innocent human being.
Also, most women don't really "choose" to have abortions. Paying PHP8000 to have someone they've never met before end the life of their unborn child is not something that women freely choose to do. Most women have abortions because they feel they don't have the financial and familial resources to raise a child and feel they have no other options. When those in favor of abortion continually focus and rely on the word "choice," they make a woman's decision to have an abortion sound almost cavalier, like women want to have abortions in the same way that others choose to have chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla. This is horribly misleading and totally ignores the real problems women in unplanned pregnancies face.
Pro-life organizations and people want to offer real solutions to women in unplanned pregnancies.
If they say...
Women should be allowed to control their own bodies and make their own choices about their reproductive lives.
This argument fails to recognize the scientific reality that a pregnant woman has already reproduced and that the child growing inside of her is not part of her body but a completely different human being with a different body and distinct genetic code. From the moment of conception a new, unique human being is present.
The word "conceive" is actually a synonym for the word "produce." Just because an unborn child is temporarily living inside the womb of his mother and is dependent on her for sustenance doesn't mean that he is part of his mother's body or that he can be killed because he's defenseless and in the way.
If they say...
No one knows when life begins.
If no one knew when a distinct human being comes into existence or if the unborn are alive, wouldn't that actually be a good reason to make abortion illegal? Because if we're not sure if the unborn are living human beings, then don't women having abortions take the risk of possibly signing the death sentence of a living human being?
Before buildings are imploded, those destroying the building make sure that there are no humans inside or in the near vicinity. A person who claims that it's okay to have an abortion because no one knows when life begins is like a structural engineer thinking it's okay to implode a building before making sure no one is in it. If we're not sure if the unborn are alive then we shouldn't destroy them until we're 100% positive they're not. This is why in the first few days after September 11,2001 workers clearing the wreckage of the World Trade Center in the U.S. used their hands and buckets and not bulldozers because there was the possibility that there could be living human beings underneath.
However, the above argument doesn't really matter because people who take the time to actually try to find out when human life begins will find a ready answer in the scientific field of embryology. Major embryology textbooks and any scientist with the slightest knowledge of prenatal development will testify to the scientific fact that when sperm and egg combine at conception the life of a distinct human being has begun.
How can something be growing and developing and not be alive? What other things grow, develop, mature and are not alive?
If they say...
A fetus may be a human being but it's not a person
What's the difference between a human being and a human person? Are there other human beings that aren't human persons? Many people who say the unborn aren't persons will have no response to these question or they'll have to think for awhile. This means that they haven't really thought about what they just said. They're saying that the unborn don't deserve to be protected because they're not persons but they don't even know what they consider a person to be. This most likely means that they're just repeating something they've heard over and over again but haven't really thought about.
Any qualifications that disqualify unborn children from the arbitrary realm of personhood, such as self-awareness, consciousness, ability to survive on their own, etc. will also disqualify other human beings like infants, people in reversible comas, those on respirators, etc. These qualifications will also be wholly arbitrary and have no basis in fact. Why should these qualifications be accepted instead of other arbitrary qualifications like height, weight, IQ, skin color, and gender?
If they say...
A fetus is only a potential human being
An unborn child isn't a potential human being but a human being with a great deal of potential. If an unborn child isn't a human being now, what is it? A fish? A dog? Anything that is potentially something in the future has to be an actual something now. It's a scientific fact that human parents can only produce human offspring. At what time does an unborn child become an actual human being? Why does this stage of development make the unborn an actual human being as opposed to any other stage of development?
If they say...
How can you think that a one-celled zygote, smaller than the dot on the letter "i," is the moral equivalent of a fully-grown woman?
I believe in an inclusive view of humanity which says all human beings are created equal and deserve the same respect and protection. Human beings deserve to be protected regardless of their size or of the number of cells their bodies are made of. Fully grown adults don't deserve more respect and protection than newborn children simply because they have more cells or have greater mass. This argument is based on the notion that size and ability are what make humans valuable. The value of human life isn't based on our size or what we can or cannot do but rather based on the notion that human beings have intrinsic worth, meaning that humans are valuable because of what we are - humans - and not on what we are currently capable of doing. The life of every human should be respected and protected regardless of size and ability.
If they say...
A zygote doesn't even have a brain or brain waves. Don't we decide that people are dead by their lack of brain function? How can a zygote be alive if it doesn't have anything that resembles a brain?
There is a difference between not yet and never again. Mature human beings who lack a functioning brain are considered dead because at that stage of development they need a functioning brain to direct their development and to fully integrate their bodies. An early stage embryo, however, does not need a functioning brain to direct its development and integrate itself. An embryo doesn't need a brain to live while more mature humans cannot live without a brain.
We all recognize that other organisms that don't have brains are alive. Are plants and fungi not alive because they don't have brains?
If they say...
Statistics show that abortion is safer than carrying a child to term. Why should women be forced to risk their lives and health if they don't want to?
If a study came out which showed that women without children were less likely to die from heart disease than women with children, would women with children be justified in killing their kids simply because their lives would be a little safer? This is another argument in favor of abortion that only works if the unborn aren't human beings.
It should also be pointed out that deaths from abortion are commonly under reported or reported under different causes like "ruptured uterus" or "punctured cervix" while deaths from pregnancy are often recorded for the whole nine months of pregnancy, including deaths that might have nothing to do with the pregnancy, like a car accident. In the state of Michigan in the U.S., a girl named Tamia Russell died in January of 2004 from complications after a second-trimester abortion. Even though Tamia's death received a fair amount of media coverage, the Michigan Department of Community Health lists no deaths from abortion in its report on Michigan abortions in 2004.
Abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood claim that abortion is a safe procedure and have even claimed that it is 11 times safer than carrying a pregnancy to term. Even if we accept these statistics they don't prove very much. One statistic which Planned Parenthood uses is the claim that the death rate for abortion is 0.6 per 100,000 procedures. If carrying a pregnancy to term is 11 times more dangerous than abortion that means the death rate for pregnancy is approximately 6.6 deaths per 100,000 pregnancies. Which means if a woman has an abortion, she has a 99.9994% chance of surviving while if a woman carries her pregnancy to term she has a 99.9934% chance of surviving. The difference between these numbers, 0.006%, is not statistically significant, meaning there is no real statistical difference between the two numbers, especially when you consider the variety of variables that affect both abortion and childbirth.
If they say....
But certainly you would allow an abortion for women who have been raped or are victims of incest?You say....
Rape and incest are horrific crimes and those who commit these crimes should be punished and their victims should be supported. While prolife people abhor the violence of rape, abortion doesn't undo the harm that has been caused. Every unborn child, regardless of how they were conceived, is a living human being who deserves to be protected. The unborn child is the second victim of the crime and shouldn't be treated as if she was the attacker.
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!" Isaiah 49:15
The Bible teaches that God created man in His image and commanded mankind to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:26-28).
The sanctity of life is declared (Gen 9:6).
The conception of children is seen as a gift from God (Gen 21:1, 2; 25:21).
The shedding of innocent blood defiles the nation that allows it (Numbers 35:33).
Children should not die for the sin of the parents (Deut 24:16).
The dignity of human life is declared by God (Psalm 8).
David recognized that his humanity had started from the moment of conception (Psalm 51:5).
God renews the face of the earth by creating life (Psalm 104:30).
Children are a blessing from the Lord _ a heritage and a reward (Psalm 127:3).
God hates the hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16, 17).
God forms us from the womb (Isaiah 44:2).
We have a Christian responsibility to warn the wicked (Ezekiel 3:17-19).
The killing of pregnant women brings God's wrath down upon the wicked (Amos 1:13-15).
Of the children, Jesus said:
"Whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me." Matthew 18:5
"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My father in heaven." Matthew 18:10
"In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost." Matthew 18:14
What then should the Christian response to abortion be?
In Exodus 1 we read that when the king of Egypt commanded the killing of all the male babies born -God blessed those midwives who refused to kill the newly born.
"Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering towards slaughter." Proverbs 24:11
A CHRISTIAN HAS A DUTY TO DEFEND THE WEAK:
|Many Biblical teachings command that we help, rescue, and defend persons who are weak, friendless, or poor. Can there be any person weaker and more in need of help than an unborn baby? God expects the Christian to champion the cause of unborn children about to be slaughtered by abortion.|
- Here is the biblical precedent for educating people to choose against abortion: Ephesians 5:11.
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
John Piper responds to Paul's charge this way:
I hope you hear the force of [the command in Ephesians 5:11]. It is radically different from the passivity and moral withdrawal of many Christians. Many believers have a passive avoidance ethic and that is all. In other words they think: if I avoid the works of darkness, and don't do them myself, then I am doing my Christian duty. I'm clean. I'm in the light. But that is not what verse 11 says. It says you are only doing half your duty. "Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness"--that's an avoidance ethic. That's half your duty. But it goes on, and in fact puts stress on the next phrase because it is easily overlooked and because it can be very costly: "Rather even expose them!" Don't just avoid the works of darkness, EXPOSE them. This is not avoidance. This is action.... [God] is calling all Christians--to expose the dark and fruitless work of abortion . . .
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Written over 20 years ago by an anonymous writer and sung at the Washington March for Life
I am God's Idea
I am God's idea,
I did not come by chance
I am God's idea
I'm not a happenstance
I am God's idea,
Sent to you in His time
While I've come from the heart of God
I'm part of His design
Born to live in His love
In His image am I
Born to know and to love him
And to serve him till I die
And when you are old
I will care for you
I will be the eyes and ears
And the voice that sings in you