2015-10-20 / Opinion

The Shame of Our Nation


It is my firm conviction that human life begins at the moment of conception, and therefore should be protected, not only by the mother and father, but also by the government. I have not arrived at this conviction based on emotion or science. Rather, my beliefs have been shaped by what the Bible says about human life. If I do not stand on the sure Word of God, the alternative is to stand on the ever-shifting sands of fallible human knowledge and opinion.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Is abortion a national sin? Does not God hold nations accountable? We must conclude He does if “sin is a reproach to any people.” Is it wrong in the eyes of God to purposely terminate a pregnancy? The Bible is clear, it is wrong and we are guilty.

In light of all the exposure this issue has received via the recent undercover investigative videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s duplicity, we have once again been reminded of the ugliness of the abortion industry. And it is truly ugly. The numbers are staggering: Since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, through 2013 there were more than 56.5 million abortions in the United States. Roughly 219 per 1,000 live births (according to the CDC); 1.058 million per year on average; 2899 per day. That comes to 120 per hour, 1 every 30 seconds. If it takes you five minutes to read this article 10 lives will have been ended, and that just in America. (Source: The American Life League, which describes itself as “the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization in the United States.” — ED.)

Does it really take exposing the illegal (certainly unethical and immoral) practices of Planned Parenthood to raise our national doubts about the abortion industry? Is their behavior not a natural extension of their business? Why are we so surprised by their conduct? Does it take profiting from aborted body parts to convince us that abortion is wrong? If that is where we are as a nation, we are in serious danger. The Bible is clear that abortion at the hands of another is wrong. Let me explain by using a common and logical argument.

In a list of seven things that are an abomination to the Lord are “Hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16-19). The Bible may not use the word “abortion” but it does speak of unborn children. It indicates that the unborn are persons. Does the Bible condemn murder? Of course it does. The unjust taking of the life of a person (the innocent) is wrong. The sixth of the Ten Commandments states, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). In many other passages murder is clearly regarded as wrong and sinful.

So the first premise to our argument is that murdering a person is wrong. The second premise is this: The unborn is a person. Many passages in the Bible bear this out. The child in the mother’s womb is referred to at various times in the Scriptures by personal pronouns. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was with child when she went and visited her cousin Elizabeth, who was also with child. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, “the babe leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41). The word for “babe” in the womb is the same word used for a child already born (see Luke 2:12, 16).

Moreover, under the Law of Moses, causing the injury or death of an unborn child, whether intentional or unintentional, came with identical punishment as causing injury or death of a born person (Exodus 21:22-25). And this without regard to stage of development. This proves, unequivocally, that God recognizes the unborn as persons, made in His image, worthy of dignity, respect, and protection. At the moment of conception we possess personhood, humanity; there is life. The child in the womb is not, as Planned Parenthood would have us believe, simply “products of conception” but a person in the eyes of God made in the image of God.

Therefore, if it is wrong to unjustly murder a person, and the unborn is a person, we must conclude that abortion, at any stage of gestation, is sinful. To sanction abortion is to sanction murder and bring reproach and shame upon this nation.

May we repent of our sin and cry out to God for mercy. Until then, I fear for our nation.


Another View, a Maine Press Association award-winning column, is written on a rotating basis by a member of a group of Midcoast citizens that meet to discuss issues they think are of public interest.

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Get your nose out of women's

Get your nose out of women's wombs. Tend to your own "sins". Your letter comes very close to being sexist and bigoted towards women who have the right to choose how many children they will bear. You can pound your bible and jump up and down but only your kind of hypocrite is listening.