Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Abortion Aniversary and Some Articles worth thinking about.

There is no topic that draws more ire than abortion. In part, because it's a clash of absolutes. The right to life, or the right to take life. The right to choose what happens to your body, or the loss of the right to choose what happens to your body. Neither side will budge. We are closing in on the 39th aniversary of Roe vs. Wade, and neither side seem to have budged an inch. It's as hot a subject as ever.

Last week, three articles caught my eye.

The first was from Salon.Com, entitled " Abortion pioneer: Defend rights or lose them " and it's an interview with Merle Hoffman, a pro-abortion advocate who recently released a memoir called "Intimate Wars". I read the article with interest. Mostly because it blew my mind. Here are some quotes.
“Abortion is as American as apple pie. I think it’s one in three. But we’ll go on TV and say, ‘I just had my tits done or had a bikini wax,’ but not had an abortion. If you could see that constituency rise up at one point in time — but they don’t, because there’s this cloud.”
Also interesting was that while many pro-abortion advocates tend to say that abortion should be "safe, legal, and rare", or let the woman define the embryo or fetus for herself, Hoffman says outright that it is a baby. She says,
“In the beginning they were calling it a baby. We were saying it was only blood and tissue. Let’s agree this is a life form, a potential life; you’re terminating it. You don’t have to argue that abortion stops a beating heart. It does.I can’t say it’s just like an appendectomy. It isn’t. It’s a very powerful and loaded decision.”
Given this truth, how can she be so virilently pro-abortion? Here's how. For here, it's about freedom. The freedom to take power. She says,
“The act of abortion positions women at their most powerful, and that’s why it is so strongly opposed by so many in society.”
Ironically, as Albert Mohler pointed out (see below), she sees this as a morally superior choice. Ironically, she also sees it as something that can be defined as an act of love of oneself, writing,
“With my choice I was fighting for the right of all women to define abortion as an act of love: love for the family one already has, and just as important, love for oneself."
Wow. That's all I can say.

The Second article was by Albert Mohler, entitled “Abortion is as American as Apple Pie” — The Culture of Death Finds a Voice interacting with Hoffman. It's a solid gold critique.

Here are some of his most interesting points.
“Abortion is now one of America’s most common surgical procedures performed on adults. As many as one out of three women will have at least one abortion. In some American neighborhoods, the number of abortions far exceeds the number of live births."
But while this is true.
"Most Americans will pay little attention to the 39th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. In 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a woman has a constitutional right to arrange the killing of the unborn life within her. Since that decision was handed down, more than 50 million babies have been aborted, at a rate of over 3,000 each day. One of the most chilling aspects of all this is the sense of normalcy in American life. Abortion statistics pile up from year to year, and each report gets filed. Moral sentiment on the issue of abortion has shifted discernibly in recent years, as ultrasound images and other technologies deliver unquestionable proof that the unborn child is just that — a child. Nevertheless, the larger picture of abortion in America is basically unchanged."
He then tackles moves on to introduce Hoffman's and her views.
"There are some abortion activists who will not join that bandwagon. With chilling candor, they defend abortion as abortion, they defend the decision to abort as a morally superior decision, and they lament the evasiveness of their colleagues in the abortion rights movement. Just recently, Merle Hoffman, a major voice in the abortion rights movement and founder of Choices, a major center for abortions in New York City, has written a memoir, Intimate Wars. In telling her story, Hoffman calls for her colleagues in the abortion industrial complex to defend abortion as a moral choice."
After interacting with her statements, both from the book and the Salon article, he writes, 
Rarely do we see abortion defended in such unvarnished terms .. Merle Hoffman goes on to explain how she can speak of abortion so directly. She has, she tells us, no conception that life is sacred. Abortion is as American as apple pie.” Hoffman made that statement in a recent interview about her book. Is Merle Hoffman right? Is abortion “as American as apple pie?” To our great shame, she has a right to make that claim. How can it be refuted when abortion on demand has been legal in this country for almost forty years, when one out of three American women will have an abortion, when within some communities far more babies die by abortion than are born? In Merle Hoffman, the Culture of Death has found a new voice. Almost forty years after Roe v. Wade, abortion remains a central part of the nation’s moral landscape. Over 50 million unborn children have been aborted within the span of just one generation. A titanic clash of absolutes is taking place in full view, and this clash indicates just how much work remains to be done in the great effort to protect the dignity of every single human life. As those who contend for the sanctity and dignity of each human life try to reach the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens, others are at work as well. If they have their way, Americans will one day openly speak of abortion as nothing more shameful than a bikini wax."
Finally, there was an article by Russel Moore, who wrote on  how the church needs to apply "the gospel in an abortion Culture". His take is that churches should confront it head on, and preach truth, and grace. here are some excerpts.
"Every time pastors and church leaders speak, they are speaking, at least potentially, to these men and women, the aborting and the abortionists. Many of these people don’t argue that the “fetus” is a “person.” Their consciences testify to that, and they’re either tortured by this or violently trying to sear over that persistent internal message. The answer, for the church, is to preach the gospel to the conscience."
"For many evangelicals, to “preach the gospel” seems to be obvious and ineffective because they think this means to, by rote, prompt people to accept Jesus and go to heaven. But the gospel speaks right where the abortion culture is in slavery, to the conscience."
"For one thing, those guilty of this silent atrocity often don’t think we’re talking to them. For some, the demonic structures have helped them to conceal this secret, and to convince them the safest thing to do is to try to forget it altogether. Others are so burdened down by guilt, they really don’t believe they are included in the “whosoever will” of our gospel invitations. Speak directly to these people. To the woman who has had the abortion. To the man who has paid for an abortion. To the health care worker who has profited off of tearing apart the bodies of the young and the consciences of their parents.
"Speak clearly of the horror of judgement to come. Confirm what every accusing conscience already knows: clinic privacy laws cannot keep all this from being exposed at the tribunal of Christ. When the Light shines, there’s not enough darkness in which to hide and cringe. But don’t stop there. Proclaim just as openly that judgment has fallen on the quivering body of a crucified Jesus—accused by Satan, indicted by the Law, enveloped by the curse."
"An abortion culture knows that hell exists, and they know judgment waits (Rom 2:14-16). Agree with them, but point them to the truth that God is not simply willing to forgive them. Show them how in Christ God is both just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus (Rom 3:26). The woman who has had the abortion needs to know that, if she is hidden in Christ, God does not see her as “that woman who had the abortion.” He hasn’t been subverted from sending her to hell because she found a gospel “loophole.” In Christ, she’s already been to hell. And, in the resurrected Christ, God has already told her what he thinks of her: “You are my beloved child and in you I am well-pleased.” Warn of hell, but offer mercy. Offer that mercy not only at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but in the small groups and hallways of your church."
As we come to the Aniversary of Roe vs. Wade, my hope is that we will understand the stakes, and that we will speak the truth, and hold it before the heat of God's wrath, and the cleansing power of the gospel.

1 comment:

  1. The right created by the Court in Roe is a constitutional right of some human beings to kill other human beings. M.S. Paulson via John Piper
    I pray on this alot.