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The Myth of ‘Safe Abortions’

I came across an article from USA Today that suggested that abortion rates are higher in countries where abortion is outlawed. Now, I question whether that connection is true or not, but I do know that there is a common mantra that runs throughout all pro-abortion materials…”Abortions are safe”.

This is what the USA Today article had to say:

‘An abortion is actually a very simple and safe procedure,’ said Gilda Sedgh, a senior researcher at the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute, designated by theWorld Health Organization as an official Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health.

Sedgh claims that abortions are simple and safe. However, is that really the case? I would suggest that it is not. I want to show you a lengthy clip from the documentary “Blood Money”. I want you to listen to the words of Carol Everett who is a former abortion clinic provider. This clip is scary because it highlights how abortions are not “simple or safe”. It is utterly destructive to all involved. Here is the clip:

Don’t believe in the myth of safe abortions.

Thanks for reading/watching.

 

Why No Christian Should Vote for Obama

The title sounds like I am going to endorse Romney and shoot down President Obama however, that is not my intention at all. What this post is about is President Obama’s disgusting stance on abortion. Planned Parenthood (PP), a group that your tax dollars go to, is a pro-abortion group and, they have recently endorsed President Obama in the upcoming election. Why would they do this? It is probably a mixture of a couple of things. #1 Romney has vowed to stop PP from getting your tax dollars. #2 President Obama has not voted against anti-abortion bills during his time in the Illinois State Legislature.

Here is a list of 7 different abortion laws that Obama voted on. His vote in all of the following was “present” according to a WashingtonPost.com article:

1997 Votes

  • HB 382 Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. House version, passed Illinois State Senate, adopted as law. Under the bill, doctors who perform partial-birth abortions could be sent to prison for one to three years. The woman would not be held liable. 

2001 Votes

  • SB 562 Parental Notice of Abortion Act. Bill passed Senate 39-7, with 11 present votes, including Obama. 
  • SB 1094 Bill to protect children born as result of induced labor abortion. Bill passed 33-6, with 13 present, including Obama. 
  • SB 1095 Bill defining “born alive” defines “born-alive infant” to include infant “born alive at any stage of development.” Bill passed 34-5, with nine present, including Obama.

What strikes me is that a couple of these bills involved partial birth abortions and, President Obama voted “present”. Not only that, Obama also voted “present” when it comes to protecting “Liveborn children”. Liveborn children are babies that survived the initial attempt of abortion. This means that the baby is actually alive outside of the womb and Obama voted “present” in preserving the life of these newborns.

You may be thinking, “So what? Obama didn’t vote against the partial birth abortion ban?” Well, in a way he did. In the same article quoted above, author Michael Dobbs notes this:

Under the rules of the Illinois legislature, a present vote effectively functions as a no vote because only yes votes count toward passage of a bill. Legislators vote “present” rather than “no” for a variety of tactical reasons, including making it more difficult for their political opponents to use their votes against them in campaign advertisements. 

Since only “yes” votes count as to whether a bill passes or falls in Illinois, President Obama’s “present” votes were essentially “no” votes. If that isn’t enough evidence check this out:

‘We worked on the ‘present’ vote strategy with Obama,’ said Pam Sutherland, chief lobbyist for the Illinois branch of Planned Parenthood, an abortion rights group. ‘He was willing to vote “no”, and was always going to be a “no” vote for us.’

There you go. President Obama is in the back pockets of Planned Parenthood. They worked out a strategy where he could for their pro-abortion agenda while saving face. This is contradicted by the Bible and cannot be supported by any Christian that truly follows Christ. Here are the words of Job in Job 31: 14-15:

What then shall I do when God rises up?

When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?

Did not he who made me in the womb make him?

And did not one fashion us in the womb?

Job’s rhetorical questions highlights that God is the creator of everyone. God has made every human being no matter what stage of development they are in. Every person has God’s image stamped on them and, that gives every person value. We, as humans, have worth because we have been created by God but, the moment we embrace abortion is the moment that we deny the value of every human being. The moment we adopt abortion as a woman’s right is the moment we deny human rights to the most vulnerable human beings. So, when you go to the polls in November, remember to stand for human rights by not voting for President Obama.

Thanks for reading.

John Piper’s Take on Birth Control

Before I talk about the video I want to thank T.J., a regular reader of this blog, for bringing this topic up in previous posts.

There are a few of things that I really enjoyed about this video.

First, Piper is extremely transparent and real. So, often we see “famous” preachers and they are larger than life. Some come off as arrogant and untouchable, but Piper is not like that here. He mentions that he and his wife used contraception early in their marriage and that is not something people typically talk about, especially pastors.

Second, I really enjoy the way he approaches the abortion issue. Obviously, this video is not specifically about abortion but some birth control drugs, like “the morning after” pill, do not prevent the fertilization. They eliminate the fertilized egg. His line at about the 56 second mark resonated with me the most. This is what he said:

I think a child should be given the benefit of the doubt as to whether he exists or not. 

That statement is powerful! It does not pretend to be scientific or decisive, but it is wise, reasonable, and logical. I think whether we are examining the issues of birth control or abortion that statement should stay in the forefront of our minds.

Lastly, I really like how Piper describes the amount of children we have as a “legitimate Kingdom decision”. What I liked about this is that he uses the principles that Paul used for singleness and applies it to child bearing. The Bible says that marriage is God-ordained and God created but Paul said that he wished everyone would be single. Paul is not contradicting Scripture but he is announcing that some people may need to remain single to do the work of Christ. Piper uses that same logic for this issue.

God says that having children is a blessing but we may need to limit the amount of offspring so that we can do ministry and serve God. That is what Piper would call a “Kingdom” or “redemption” issue. Sometimes, it is probably more wise to serve the Lord with the 3 children you have instead of worrying about trying to make ends meet so you can raise your 10 children. That is why Piper calls this a “Kingdom” issue. Limiting the amount of children we have, just like Paul’s wish that others would be single, can help us reach more people for God’s Kingdom.

Thanks for reading.

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