Abortion: I cannot remain silent—will you?

July 16th, 2010 | Posted by admin in Articles

It’s apparent to me that America has been asleep at the wheel; we can no longer ignore our God-given civic responsibility and the massive impact that politics has on society. Make no mistake about it: America’s leaders play an enormous role in shaping the direction of the country. Our current administration needs to seriously reconsider the direction they are taking us. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2).

Sadly, many in government still support partial-birth abortion, even when the life of the mother is not at risk. Partial-birth abortion is a process where an unborn, often healthy, baby’s body is delivered feet first, often near full term, until only the head remains inside the womb. (The head remains in the womb so that the abortion is not considered murder. Once a baby is fully delivered, his/her life cannot be terminated.) The physician then punctures the back of the child’s skull with a sharp instrument and removes the child’s brains before delivering the dead baby.

There are also those who support D & E (dilation and evacuation) abortions and saline abortions. During a D & E abortion, a large crushing instrument is inserted into the uterus. The physician grabs the baby with this instrument and pulls off pieces (limbs) until he or she is completely removed from the mother. During a saline abortion, a salt solution is injected into the mother’s sac for the baby to swallow. Once swallowed, the baby begins to experience a violent, slow death—so violent that the mother can actually feel the baby in her womb fighting for his or her life.

These paragraphs were extremely difficult for me to write. I contemplated removing them, and prayed diligently for direction. But I cannot, and will not, remain silent. We can no longer be politically correct; we must be biblically correct. There is a reason why “mother,” “baby,” and “abort” have been changed to “a woman’s right to choose”; it’s a marketing ploy designed to hide a brutal practice. Abortion is a travesty and our nation has the blood of innocent children on her hands. Whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent, you can no longer remain silent while silent screams go unheard. I’m not suggesting that we repay violence with violence; quite to the contrary: I’m suggesting that we repent, pray, and fast for our nation; that we elect godly leaders—leaders who are more concerned with God’s opinion than opinion polls.

It’s been estimated that approximately four hundred of these types of abortions are performed every day in America after the third month of pregnancy. When medical professionals can look into a trash can full of mutilated babies after a days worth of abortions and see nothing wrong with this, their consciences have been seared. Conversely, when Americans stand by and say nothing, their consciences have been seared as well. When human life is devalued, atrocities such as the holocaust, the slave trade, and abortion occur. God help us when we destroy what He has created.

Fortunately, at the time of this writing, the Supreme Court ruled against pro-choice legislators and upheld the ban on the grizzly form of abortion known as partial-birth abortion, yet there are still those in leadership who disagree with the Court’s decision and who allow D & E and saline abortions to continue. This is a shame to America, and a mockery before God who said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Psalm 139:13 says that God formed my inward parts; He knit me together in my mother’s womb. On the issue of abortion, there is only one position—God’s position.

But there is also hope for those who have participated in, or who have had an abortion. If this is you, I encourage you to read chapter eight, as well as Psalm 51. Both personal experience and the Bible have taught me that God’s unfailing love and compassion will see you through.

Shane Idleman’s books and speaking excerpts can be viewed at www.ShaneIdleman.com.

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