Children are a BlessingRev. Robert Fleischmann
Psalm 127:3–5a Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the, and hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
The candor is shocking. In 1990 Barbara Ehrenreich, an author, feminist, and social activist wrote in her book, “The Worst Years of our Lives”:
…the one regret I have about my own abortions is that they cost money that might otherwise have been spent on something more pleasurable, like taking the kids to movies and theme parks. (ref: Wikipedia)
In 1995 Naomi Wolf wrote in her New Republic article, “Our Bodies, Our Souls”:
…we stand in jeopardy of losing what can only be called our souls. Clinging to a rhetoric about abortion in which there is no life and no death, we entangle our beliefs in a series of self-delusions, fibs and evasions…we need to contextualize the fight to defend abortion rights within a moral framework that admits that the death of a fetus is a real death…
In her 2008 The Salon article, “Fresh Blood for the Vampire,” Camille Paglia wrote:
I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful. Liberals for the most part have shrunk from facing the ethical consequences of their embrace of abortion, which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue.
In her 2013 The Salon article, “So What if Abortion Ends a Life?” Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote:
I know that throughout my own pregnancies, I never wavered for a moment in the belief that I was carrying a human life inside of me. I believe that’s what a fetus is: a human life…All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always….When we try to act like a pregnancy doesn’t involve human life, we wind up drawing stupid semantic lines in the sand: first trimester abortion vs. second trimester vs. late term, dancing around the issue trying to decide if there’s a single magic moment when a fetus becomes a person. Are you human only when you’re born? Only when you’re viable outside of the womb? Are you less of a human life when you look like a tadpole than when you can suck on your thumb?... I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.
Recently, Gerber caused a stir when their new “baby face” was that of a child with Down syndrome.
In her March 9, 2018 editorial in The Washington Post, Ruth Marcus wrote:
The new Gerber baby with Down syndrome is awfully cute…I have had two children; I was old enough, when I became pregnant, that it made sense to do the testing for Down syndrome. Back then, it was amniocentesis, performed after 15 weeks; now, chorionic villus sampling can provide a conclusive determination as early as nine weeks. I can say without hesitation that, tragic as it would have felt and ghastly as a second-trimester abortion would have been, I would have terminated those pregnancies had the testing come back positive. I would have grieved the loss and moved on.
The Old Testament calls children a reward and blessing. Abortion advocates today scoff at that description and justify killing. Even the earliest abortion advocates refused to talk about killing a child through abortion. Today, it is common conversation in leading periodicals.
The Apostle Paul reminds us:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
We have a bigger problem than laws that permit killing. We have people who favor it. The problem is that we have hearts disposed against God. The solution, therefore, is “spiritual heart surgery.” There is only one scalpel, the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12), and there is only one curative salve (Revelation 3:18) and that is the blood of Jesus Christ.
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