“I was 29, I was living in Seattle, I was in graduate school, I was dating someone…It was never a question. I got pregnant and I was like, ‘Well, alright, I guess I’m having an abortion,” relates Amelia Bonow in a matter of fact fashion.
Today is the 43rd anniversary of Roe v Wade and the abortion activists are working harder than ever to push back against the Pro-Life movement and make abortion seem like a simple, normal, rational decision that any woman would make.
Time.com relates the story of Bonow, a leader in an online grassroots campaign, #ShoutYourAbortion. She is encouraging ordinary women to discuss their abortions. Bonow wants women to “fight back” against what she calls a “culture of fear” created by those opposed to abortion.
“I think that we’re seeing an enormous outpouring of women willing to talk about their own abortion stories, because they’ve realized that with the upcoming Supreme Court case, the future of reproductive protections are at stake,” says Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which has supported at least one of the campaigns. “We’re not going to lose our rights because you’re trying to bully and shame us into silence, we’re not going to do that anymore.”
The case Northup is referring to is WholeWomens Heath v Cole. Because of the numerous restrictions that are protecting women and the unborn baby, enacted on the state level in the past 43 years, they are claiming they constitute an “undue burden” and seeking to rule them unconstitutional. The Supreme Court will hear this case March 2.
#ShoutYourAbortion is not alone. Similar groups are promoting that women share their stories and make abortion seem like a normal medical procedure. The abortion industry is also releasing a series of videos performed by 7 actresses about women who’ve had abortions.
The series, Draw the Line Monologues, is produced by the Center for Reproductive Rights. In it, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Brenneman, Mercedes Mason, Mary McCormack, Dascha Polanco, Retta, and Bellamy Young perform the video vignettes which, according to their press release, “inspired by stories submitted by American women about access to abortion care.”
In a further development, 113 prominent female attorneys filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in January, where they state that they “would not have been able to achieve the personal or professional successes they have achieved were it not for their ability to obtain safe and legal abortions.”
One anonymous lawyer wrote: “To the world, I am an attorney who had an abortion, and, to myself, I am an attorney because I had an abortion.”
Among the signers were law professors, public defenders, and even a former justice of the New York state Supreme Court. Elected officials such as Ohio state representative Teresa Fedor, former Nevada state representative Lucy Flores, and former Texas Senator Wendy Davis also filed a similar brief about their personal experiences with abortion.
These are all misguided attempts to justify sinful behavior, soothe the conscience of women who’ve had abortions, and silence Bible believers who stand opposed to this shameful blight on our country’s history. In the past 43 years, according to The National Right to Life organization, there have been over 58 million unborn children who have lost their lives.
These efforts remind me a passage in Jeremiah describing the brazen attitude the people had toward sin 600 years before Christ.
“Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
No, they were not at all ashamed;
they did not know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among the fallen;
when I punish them, they shall be overthrown,
says the Lord” (Jer 8:12, ESV
Bible believers affirm that life begins at conception. The Bible uses the expression “with child” 26 times to refer to pregnant women. The term fetus is never used.
Luke, the physician, records that Elisabeth, the mother of John the Immerser, conceived a son (1:35). In verse 41 the doctor wrote “the baby leaped in her womb.” The baby! Not the fetus! It is the same Greek word that Luke uses to describe Jesus after he was born (2:12, 16). God views the unborn baby and the newborn baby in the same way. Both are living human beings.
In the midst of his suffering Job cries out, “Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, Like infants who never saw light?” (3:16). The unborn child is called an infant!
Instead of glorifying their sinful behavior and participating in the murder of the unborn, these women should be repenting of their sins, asking God’s forgiveness, and seeking to revive their God-consciousness buried deep within their souls.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman