Let’s talk about abortion and religion
Here’s my take on a weird and troubling week for abortion in the news.
Three stories especially illustrate how our beliefs determine who lives and who dies when it comes to abortion.
First we have Hillary Clinton declaring to an abortion-friendly audience at the Women in the World Summit:
“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she explained. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”
Got that, Pastor? It’s your job to get your flock on board with the killing of their children to advance the interests of women everywhere.
Then, as if on cue, “Mary,” a member of the Satanic Temple weighed in, claiming “my sincerely held religious beliefs are…I, and I alone, decide whether my inviolable body remains pregnant.” According to the Washington Post, she intended to use this argument to force a provider to subvert Missouri laws on informed consent.
True to form, abortion activists embraced the Satanic with arms wide open, giving the stunt an A-plus.
Finally, the heartbreaking story of a 10-year-old girl whose advocates are seeking an abortion for her in Paraguay. The family is now completely fractured by the incest perpetrated by her stepfather, as her mother lost custody for being complicit in his crime. Local feminists blame the Catholic church, and their allies at Amnesty International saying that denying the abortion is, “tantamount to torture.”
What this child needs is support and nurture. Health professionals have noted that at 22 weeks abortion is more dangerous than carrying to term. The case is reminiscent of the 9-year-old incest victim who was granted an abortion in Brazil in 2009. In that case Time magazine reported the Roman Catholic church was unequivocal:
“God’s laws,” said the archbishop, dictate that abortion is a sin and that transgressors are no longer welcome in the Roman Catholic Church. “They took the life of an innocent,” Sobrinho told TIME in a telephone interview. “Abortion is much more serious than killing an adult. An adult may or may not be an innocent, but an unborn child is most definitely innocent. Taking that life cannot be ignored.”
It was a friendship with a young incest victim whose family procured an abortion that led to the founding of Project Rachel, one of the longest-standing postabortion outreach efforts offered by churches today. Founder Vicki Thorn shared that story on Cradle My Heart Radio, spotlighting the devastation abortion brings to these young moms who need safety, protection and nurture.
It can be overwhelming to try to sort out truth and fiction, right and wrong when faced with stories like these. More than ever I am grateful for an unchanging and faithful God to see us through. We must continue to place our faith in Him and redouble our commitment to uphold life and help women in their most urgent time of need.
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