Second article in a series on the new Civil Rights movements. You can read my first article about the similarities between the Civil Rights struggle with the pro-life movement.

The annual March for Life rally in Washington DC on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision generated predictably biased news coverage.

Several hundred thousand mostly young pro-life activists marched peacefully to the Supreme Court in Washington DC. Several arrests were made of about 100 pro-choice protestors. The Washington Times had the most balanced account of the event.

Speakers included high school senior Julia Johnson of Shanley High School in Fargo, North Dakota. Her Catholic school was chosen to lead the march; 400 students, chaperones and administrators came on 8 buses on a 1300 mile road trip to DC. You can watch a You-tube video of her brief but moving speech here. “We are the pro-life generation and we will not remain idle. It is our job to protect our brothers and sisters in the womb and their right to life,” she said.

Official videos of all the speeches are posted here. Those who could not attend can watch a recording from home. Speakers included a woman ob-gyn who reported parents aborting babies with defects as minor as a cleft palate in her practice. Children are treated as commodities by many parents; if they are not perfect, they are aborted. Sadly, 9 of 10 Down Syndrome babies are aborted.

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Congressional Speakers

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R, of Washington State and a leader of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus, said her son, who was born with that distinctive chromosomal anomaly, has strengthened her convictions that every life matters.

“That extra chromosome has brought my family a whole bunch of joy,” she said, according to Christopher White and Cheryl Wetzstein of the Washington Times.

The House took up and passed a bill to block federal funding of abortions, including in the new health care insurance plans.

Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey said that the 20 week abortion ban bill will be introduced later in the legislative session, and “The Senate will stand with the House” as it passes pro-life legislation, said Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican.

Of course, passage of these bills will be largely symbolic, since President Obama will certainly veto them. He is the most pro-abortion President in U.S. history. Pro-life is a winning campaign issue, despite claims to the contrary.

A Men’s Issue Too

Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry for post-abortive women, also has sessions for men, who have zero say in whether their wives of girlfriends have abortions, even if they want to keep the baby. Far more have influenced their girlfriends to abort, however.

One man who attended said this: “After struggling alone for years with the guilt, shame and remorse of my involvement with my girlfriend’s decision to abort our child I finally found a ministry that recognized my need to get help. Rachel’s Vineyard provided a place where I could voice my pain and loss. The acceptance of the women there was especially helpful because I felt I had hurt my girlfriend so badly that all women would despise me if they knew what I had done. Their understanding and acceptance helped me to move further in forgiving myself and helped me to love others in a deeper way.”

Another said, “I never knew my wife had suffered so much pain over an abortion she had before I met her. It was a real eye opener to attend the Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend with her and offer my support in an area of her life where there was so much secret grief. We are closer now than we have ever been.”

This ministry holds almost 1000 weekend retreats annually around the world. The memory fades much quicker for men than women, who often regret their abortions, especially when they see children the age of their children.

A woman who attended wrote, “For 18 years I have been haunted with heavy guilt that no one could take away, tormented by thoughts of what my child would have been like. Through participating in Rachel’s Vineyard, I was finally able to forgive myself. I know that God has given me a peaceful mind, cleansed my heart and has washed away my guilt.”

A pro-life movie which deals with the messiness of an unexpected pregnancy with an unfit father is Bella. It has a surprising ending while sensitively exploring this difficult subject.

 

Changing Minds and Hearts AND Changing Laws

Pro-life citizens seek to change both people’s minds on this issue and also gradually change the laws to reflect the changing attitudes of voters to protect women’s health (basic medical standards for abortion clinics) and finally to reduce the number of unborn children lost in this modern holocaust.

The pro-choice “reproductive rights” (really pro-abortion on demand for any reason at any time, plus we want to force everyone to pay for it) lobby has taken over the Democratic Party platform and fights tooth and nail against even the most modest restrictions on a “woman’s right to choose” to take the life of her unborn child for any and every reason.

The womb remains the most dangerous place in America, certainly for unplanned babies/fetuses/embryos.

Religious Beliefs of Many Pro-Life People

Not every person who is pro-life is religious, but many are. Passages like Psalm 139, written by Israel’s King David are used to back up their position. Here are verses 13-16:

“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.”

 

To be sure, there are groups like the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (now softened to “Reproductive Choice”) who are in favor of abortion on demand, but they ignore the Bible’s teaching on the sanctity of life. Follow the link to a critique of their position.

God forgives ALL the sins of those who have repented and placed their faith in Jesus. That said, a believing Christian does not knowingly or repeatedly do something, small or large, that would offend his/her heavenly Father and grieve the Holy Spirit, who lives inside him/her. Such as having sex outside of marriage, which leads to the vast majority of abortions. Or influencing a girlfriend or mistress to have an abortion. Just as with David and Bathsheba, sometimes one sin leads to another larger sin.

Regarding sins, murder is worse than rape, which is worse than adultery, which is worse than fornication. The first two are crimes in our culture, the third is often winked at, the fourth is generally accepted. Churches should support their unwed mothers and discourage them from quietly seeking abortions out of shame

Some Pro-Life Atheists 

Pro-life is a moral issue, not merely a religious one. The latest Gallup poll suggests that 19% of those identifying as atheist, agnostic, or of no religious affiliation also identify as pro-life.

 

Pro-life humanist Kristine Kruszelnicki writes on an atheist’s blog:

“Atheist and civil libertarian journalist Nat Hentoff said that “ Being without theology isn’t the slightest hindrance to being pro-life.” Atheist philosophy professor Don Marquis declared abortion is “immoral” because it denies developing fetuses “ a future like ours.” The host of CFI’s Point of Inquiry, Robert M. Price, author of books like Jesus is Dead and The Case Against the Case for Christ, called abortion “second-degree murder” on one of his podcasts.

Well, at least we still have the “ Four Horsemen” safely in our ranks, right? Not quite. Even our beloved Christopher Hitchens considered “ the occupant of the womb as a candidate member of society.” He also argued that “ the unborn entity has a right on its side” and identified himself as involved with the pro-life movement.”

 

Conclusion

My previous article explored the similarities between the pro-life and 1964 civil rights movements, both of which had significant backing from the Bible. Moses was criticized by his peers for having a Cushite (black) wife, so the argument that interracial marriage was prohibited by the Bible was people’s faulty interpretation of it. Foreigners like Ruth were included in the family tree of Jesus of Nazareth, whom Christians believe to be the Messiah.

A future article will contrast this with the gay marriage movement, which seeks equal rights for gay people, but also to redefine marriage in violation of the Bible’s clear teaching on marriage. Jesus referred back to creation (male and female) when asked about divorce, correcting the people’s faulty view of divorce.

It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court rules on the marriage cases before it.

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Other pictures: location of John Quincy Adams seat in Congress from 1831-1848. After serving as our fifth President, he introduced a bill to abolish slavery every term, which was widely criticized and defeated each time. It was not until the Civil War, America’s bloodiest, that this national sin was reversed under the leadership of the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln.

Another photo shows seats in the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol, which almost certainly would have ruled to uphold traditional marriage. Gay marriage was not even an issue when these seats were used.

Conservative columnist Dale Murrish writes on history, travel, technology, religion and politics for the Troy Patch and USA Melting Pot club. You can help this non-profit club by making your Amazon purchases through the link on the left side of their website. You can also see over a dozen ethnic presentations from people with firsthand knowledge underCulture & Country (right hand side), and outdoor presentations (Hobby & Fun), including posts on bicycling, skiing and camping.