I wrote this quickly, on my iphone, no editing. Please excuse any typos or grammatical errors.
As Followers of Jesus, we ought to be excited for the reversal of Roe v Wade.
What’s mind boggling is that there are other so-called Christians and churches saddened that this got overturned (one local church is actually holding a service to “lament” over the overturning)! And human beings in this country are acting sorrowful that we’re a civilized society wanting to protect the innocent life of an unborn child. It seems absurd!
But I’ve acknowledged before that in my years of being ignoramus, I just didn’t know. I didn’t pay attention. But then I learned the details of what an abortion is, what people are actually consenting to, when life actually happens (at conception) and the development of a child, and what God says about the sanctity of life. I share some basic details is this overview speech here.
That’s why we do have to be graceful when confronting others about this topic.
Like Mike Pence said,
“We need to pray the Supreme Court has the courage of their convictions. But I also think we need to bathe this moment in compassion for those who were caught up in the abortion culture in the last 50 years. Let them know that there is redemption. There is grace. And there’s healing for our country.” https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pence-preserving-sanctity-life-enthusiasm-republicans-midterms
SOME THINGS TO KNOW
First, the original case was based on lies and propaganda anyways.
Lie #1: Jane Roe had been raped.
The truth: She wasn’t raped… and she never had an abortion.
Lie #2: 60% of Americans wanted legalized abortion.
The truth: Abortion advocates told the media they had public opinion on their side. They didn’t.
Lie #3: One million illegal abortions had taken place in the U.S.
The truth: The number of illegal abortions was a mere fraction of this.
Lie #4: 10,000 women died annually from illegal abortions.
The truth: The actual number was around 300 — even less the year before Roe.
Lie #5: Legal abortion would lead to safe abortion.
The truth: Women are still injured and killed by abortion.
Lie #6: The embryo/fetus/preborn are not human beings.
The truth: Biology and technology both show us that the preborn can be nothing other than human.
Read full article here: https://www.liveaction.org/news/roe-v-wade-lies-legal-abortion/
Regarding this overturning, Justice Samuel Alito said that the 1973 Roe ruling and repeated subsequent high court decisions reaffirming Roe “must be overruled” because they were “egregiously wrong,” the arguments “exceptionally weak” and so “damaging” that they amounted to “an abuse of judicial authority.”
The Court then asserted that there are five reasons why Roe and Casey should be overruled: “the nature of their error, the quality of their reasoning, the ‘workability’ of the rules they imposed on the country, their disruptive effect on other areas of the law, and the absence of concrete reliance.”
The attorneys for the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) made the same point: “As a matter of the Constitution’s text and history, it is no secret that Roe is not just wrong but grievously so. Roe was roundly criticized as wrong the day it was decided, it has been robustly opposed both within and outside the Court ever since, and no sitting Justice has defended the merits of its actual reasoning.”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN
The decision does not criminalize abortion, but sends the question of regulation back to the states, where voters and legislatures will decide when a woman can and can’t choose to terminate a pregnancy. Some states have passed “trigger laws” putting restrictions into effect immediately.
As Christians I think we need to take this abortion issue more seriously too. We do have to care about what people do. There shouldn’t be a discussion around regulations. There should be a discussion around how to make this act UNTHINKABLE.
While South Dakota already has a trigger law on the books that would ban abortions except when the life of the mother is in danger, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem announced Friday that she would be calling a special session of the Legislature to “ensure that abortion is not only illegal in South Dakota — it is unthinkable.”
States with “trigger” laws (according to Yahoo News)
Thirteen states have so-called “trigger” laws that would restrict abortion with Roe overturned: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Some of the states’ laws would go into effect immediately following a Supreme Court decision, while others would kick in after 30 days.
States with 6-week bans
Anti-abortion rights advocates have been pressing states to enact legislation banning the procedure once an embryonic heartbeat is detected, after about six weeks of pregnancy. Eleven states have done so, though nearly all of the measures have been blocked: Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
We Have To Be Ready
In their influential book Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, evangelist Francis Schaeffer and pediatric surgeon C. Everett Koop called abortion the “first and crucial issue,” the “keystone” to protecting the dignity of human life.
“We implore those of you who are Christian to exert all your influence to fight against the increasing loss of humanness—through legislation, social action, and other means at your disposal,” they wrote in 1979. “If we do not take a stand here and now, we certainly cannot lay any claim to being the salt of the earth in our generation.”
“I’m thankful to God for this historic day…a day to celebrate life,” said Doug Clay, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. “Not to gloat, but to rejoice and give thanks to the Lord of life. To continue our efforts in creating a culture of life in the communities we serve.”
Focus on the Family said, “After 50 years of fighting for the unborn, our prayers have been answered.” The Christian Medical and Dental Associations called it a “much-needed victory for life and for healthcare.” And the head of the ERLC declared, “a new chapter in the pro-life movement begins.”