Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fighting for Life

This past weekend we stopped at Barnes & Noble so that I could get my own personal copy of the latest issue of Time magazine, but I guess I was confused about the release date. I checked the newsstands everyday until at last on Tuesday I found it. I enthusiastically grabbed the thin 5 dollar magazine and slapped it down on the counter to check out. Normally I am so cheap that I would rather read an article than make a purchase, but I wanted to own this magazine. I wanted to own this magazine because I feel like it represents a historic shift in our society. You see I believe that this is the generation that will witness the end of legalized abortion. 

I posted this on my Facebook over two years ago 

"Like Oskar Shindler during the holocaust, or William Wilberforce during the slave trade, and Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights movements, 

Let's overturn Roe vs Wade!"

You can imagine with my passionate stance on life that I was a little excited to see this cover story 
It says: "40 Years ago, abortion-rights activists won an epic victory with Roe V. Wade. They've Been Losing Ever Since."- By Kate pickert

The article is completely unbiased. It could just as easily appeal to the pro-choice side as it could pro-life, but I am exceedingly optimistic that justice will be served in defending the unborn. Check the story out for yourself because my rendition of it will undoubtedly be prejudice toward life. 

The problem (for them) is that abortion is not on the rise and the number of people that believe in the sanctity of life is. There are several reason that the article states may contibute to that. 

  1. The smaller number of doctors willing to perform abortions.
  2. Widespread access to birth control.
  3.  Changing attitudes about family. For example being pregnant out of wedlock isn't as taboo as it used to be.
  4. State Regulations becoming more restrictive. There were 92 restricting provisions passed in 2011.
  5. New discoveries about fetuses. Scientific progress has played a major roll in the shifting of public opinion. A mother can now see and hear a heartbeat before she were to have an abortion. Mothers can see the tiny human on ultrasound. Some babies born prematurely can live as young as 24 weeks! None of this information or opportunities were available 40 years ago when abortion was legalized.

In the article "What Choice" Kissling, formerly of Catholics for choice, describes one of the obstacles that they face in defending their views.

“The pro choice movement's effort to 'normalize abortion' is counterproductive. When people hear us say abortion is just another medical procedure they react with shock” she says "abortion is not like having your tooth pulled or having your appendix out. It involves the termination of an early form of human life.” 

Terminating a human's life certainly is a difficult thing to justify. Yet somehow it is. The article quotes a 24 year old patient of an abortion clinic that says of her and her boyfriend "neither of us is anywhere near baby time right now. We argue over who will take the dog out some days, so I don't think the diaper changing would go much better". 
And that's it. That is enough reason to take a babies life. I wept as I read this part of the article. This is a very complicated issue. We are making some strides, but there is so much further to go in the fight to end this injustice. 
One final quote from Time magazine about the sinking ship that is legalized abortion: 

"In many ways, the fight to preserve access to abortion is even more daunting than the fight to legalize it 40 years ago. In a dynamic democracy like America defending the status quo is always harder than fighting to change it." 

I believe we will see justice. I believe my grandchildren will read in history books about the day America ended slavery, allowed women to vote, and stopped the legal termination of unborn babies! 
I still believe in one nation 
under God, 
 with liberty and justice for


{amy} said...

That would be so great! I look forward to that day!

Zade + Bethany said...

here here!!!

Kate Ferguson said...

My word, I had goosebumps reading this!! Praying we see this end now!!