Tuesday, January 22, 2013

40 Years

My heart has been heavy today. Today marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision where the US Supreme court decided that women have the legal right to obtain abortion. 40 years later our nation has killed more than 50 million babies.

Many people still don't know the shocking beginning of abortion, prompted by injustice, inequality, racism, and eugenics. For one of the most comprehensive historical accounts of abortion, head to this post on Bound 4 Life. Popular leaders of the movement (such as Sir Francis Galton, Margret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, and Adolf Hitler) all targeted "undesirables" and used birth control and abortion to promote their agenda of hatred for anyone not of white race.

Think that was just the past and today abortion provides freedom to women?

Here's just some of the current issues with abortion:
  • 79% of Planned Parenthoods are strategically placed in minority neighborhoods (Protecting Black Life)
  • 2 out of every 3 black children are killed by abortion and abortion accounts for more deaths than AIDS, violent crimes, accidents, cancer and heart disease COMBINED for African Americans (National Right to Life)
  • Many women suffer from insomnia, nightmares, suicidal feelings, and eating disorders and develop Post Abortive Stress Syndrome
  • Abortions are a money-making industry (rather than life-saving health care for women) with over 91% of it's pregnancy related services going towards abortion from Planned Parenthood latest annual report (rather than prenatal or adoption services) and collected over $6 billion dollars of tax payer money (Life News)
1 in 3 women have had an abortion in the U.S. These women are our mothers, our sisters, our daughter, our friends. And this doesn't account for all of the fathers involved.

I have never met a woman who does not regret her abortion and speak of it with great shame. I've never met a woman who really thought that the baby they aborted was "just a fetus" or a "blob of cells." But the lies they are told is that abortion is a quick fix, a health issue, necessary birth control, and has no consequences. Forty years later we know better.

The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) Never has this verse been more true when it comes to abortion. Abortion steals women's motherhood. Abortion kills babies. Abortion destroys women, men, families, and communities.

But Jesus came that they might have life and have it to the full. This is a promise for mothers, fathers, and their children. I'm thankful that there is forgiveness, there is wholeness, and there is healing after abortion.  

Last year I attended The Esther Call and prayed with 4,000 other women on the steps of the courthouse in Dallas where Roe v. Wade began. I heard Kelly's story for the first time there. Since then I've had a chance to meet her and hear her story firsthand. Here's just a part of my sweet friend's story:

Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America.

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