Who’s Really Barbaric and Inhumane?

Last week a new Texas law went into effect that Yahoo sports writer Shalise Manza Young, called, “barbaric.” “Inhumane.” “Nauseating.”

Furthermore, she urges the NCAA to deny Texas cities of Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio the right to host all men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and championship games for 2022 and all future years.

Failure to do so, Young argues, would show the NCAA and their leadership to be spineless and complicit  in supporting this “odious new law.”

If you’re following the news, you know what the outrage is about. If not, you’re wondering what terrible law the Texas legislature has enacted?

Dubbed the “heartbeat bill,” last Wednesday a new law went into effect banning abortion “once cardiac activity can be detected in the embryo.” Typically, this occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy.

This has caused a backlash of anger and indignation in the pro-abortion community. That’s what prompted Shalise Manza Young to lash out against the NCAA for their silence about this new law.

What you speak up about — or don’t — says volumes.

This week, a barbaric, inhumane law went into effect in Texas that effectively bans all abortion and even worse, deputizes others with nothing better to do to turn people in they even suspect may take agency over their own health and well-being and receive a bounty for doing so.

It’s nauseating even writing that sentence.

Indeed, Young’s article speaks volumes about her. Heeding her characterization of silence prompts ThePreachersWord to also speak up.

It’s an incredibly ironic and perverted sense of twisted logic to call any legislation barbaric, inhuman, and nauseating that restricts murdering, innocent, unborn children.

90% of abortions are performed using the suction aspiration method where “a powerful suction/vacuum tube “called a cannula is inserted into the womb through the dilated cervix. The cannula dismembers the body of the developing baby and tears the placenta from the uterus, sucking them into a container.” This is explained in more nauseating detail on this web page.  Following the procedure, abortionists will often examine the cannula for body parts to be sure everything was removed.

That’s not barbaric? Inhumane? Nauseating?

Young’s indignation like others of her ilk is a stark reminder of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah’s commentary on the self-deception, perversion of justice, and confusion of moral distinctions in his day.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
–Isa. 5:20-21

This passage and Young’s acrimonious article remind me of the question supposedly asked by Abraham Lincoln, ‘If you call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does it have?’

He then answered his own query. ‘Four. Because calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”

Likewise, calling evil good doesn’t make it so. Nor does calling abortion “a woman’s right to choose” change God’s moral principles, or alter Biblical teaching on the sanctity of life.

Job refers to the unborn child as an infant (Job. 3:16).

David, in Psalm 139, identifies himself as a person known by God in his mother’s womb.

Luke, the physician, records that Elisabeth, the mother of John, the Immerser, conceived a son (Lk. 1:35). In verse 41 the doctor wrote, “the baby leaped in her womb.”

The Bible uses the expression “with child” 26 times to refer to pregnant women.

Since 1973, 62 million children have been slaughtered on the altars of individualism, selfishness, and humanism. That’s barbaric. Inhumane. Nauseating.

Ironically, Young claims the NCAA  by its silence on the “heartbeat bill” “devalues women” who would travel to Texas and play basketball and “does not respect them as human beings.”

What about the untold numbers of females brutally sucked from their mother’s womb who never have the opportunity to grow up and play basketball?  They’re human beings too.  What about the barbaric way they’re devalued, debased, and discarded like yesterday’s garbage?

While even some pro-life advocates have concerns about various legal aspects of the Texas law, and for whatever “flaws” it may possess, I rejoice and praise God for every child’s life that is spared.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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11 responses to “Who’s Really Barbaric and Inhumane?

  1. Terry Yates

    She does this and feels this way most likley to ease her own concience for having had an abortion. Instead of humbling herself and asking Gods forgiveness she find it easier to lash out at those who would dare to restrict a womens supposed right to have abortion on demand. This temporarily eases her concieince but the fact of what she did will never leave her soul without Gods forgiveness.

  2. Numbers 5:27, NIV:

    “If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse.”

    With respect to your argument, is this not a direct command in the Bible that is intended to cause an abortion?

    But, looking beyond that for a moment, you clearly have a great deal of concern for the unborn child, but how far do you feel the law should go? There are cases of rape and/or incestual rape of underage girls, who under the new law, would be expected to go ahead with a pregnancy they did not ask for, and then give birth to their abuser’s baby. Pregnancy and childbirth are one of the biggest killers of teenage girls, should they be expected to endure the stresses and changes of pregnancy, and the agony of childbirth, when they have been the victims of a terrible crime already?

    • Ben,
      Thanks for reading my blog and for your question.

      The passage in Numbers is a curious one. I checked it in 8 different translations and none of them used the word “womb.” Each one including the NIV rendered the word stomach, abdomen, or belly, including the NIV. Not being a Hebrew linguist or a theological expert on the Jewish Levitical system, I consulted several sources for an explanation. This link provides some detailed information into this text, the context, and the question of whether or not this was really talking about a miscarriage, which, apparently, is up for debate. The author offers several possible explanations. Regardless of the interpretation, it does not negate the entire Bible’s emphasis on the sanctity of life.

      While I might personally prefer to ban all abortions to allow the baby to be born in extreme cases and then be adopted, if we only allowed abortions in the cases of rape or incest, we would eliminate 95% of the abortions. And would take a huge step in restoring respect in our country for the sanctity of life.

      • Thank you for your reply.

        As you say, the Biblical passage in question is up for debate, depending upon which version of the Bible is in use. It can be used to present an argument either way (indeed, the NIV uses the very terms miscarry and womb).

        This is not however the only example of where the Bible’s respect for life can be called into question. If we are to take the Old Testament as the literal Word of God, there is the wholesale destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and there’s various commands to kill in many of the passages. Sometimes it seems like the Bible is as bloodthirsty as any book ever written.

        Sanctity of life is also surely about more than being born? Quality of life must also play a part, must it not? There must be some form of respect offered to the would-be mother, who is so often overlooked, or viewed as a carrier, rather than seen as a human being. In the rush to force her to have a baby she may not be ready for a variety of reasons, there is no appreciation of her needs and her life.

        Finally, it is worth noting in countries where abortion is safe and legal, the abortion rate actually drops. In locations where it is banned the abortion rate rises and it poses more danger to the woman. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/abortion-rates-go-down-when-countries-make-it-legal-report-n858476.

  3. Dave Pennington

    AMEN !

  4. Valerie

    It is sad, that some people resort to using the “rape/incest” scenario, to justify murder. Do you have data that supports the numbers of instances this occurs? Is one life significantly more important than that of another?
    If women want to argue the point, that it’s “their body”, I suggest they take responsibility for the sanctity of life, to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies!
    The end doesn’t justify the means, and unfortunately, it has been well documented, that in most cases of abortion, the choice these women make to have the pregnancy terminated, haunts them the rest of their lives; psychologically, emotionally and oft times, physically!
    What if Mary had thought about aborting Jesus; fearing the news of her “condition”!
    Praise God, Mary believed in God and on God, to guard her against such wicked pondering.

    • I will also add, that to the pro-life crowd, it appears some lives are indeed more important than others. The life of the embryo carries more importance than the woman carrying it. I will say what I said elsewhere:

      Life is indeed precious, and that’s one of the reasons why I’m pro-choice. Life is about more than being born and it’s more than conception. Under the new Texas law, a zygote that’s barely bigger than a grain of rice has more rights than the mother. An adult woman isn’t even *seen* by this law; her life is an irrelevance, and I find that to be tragic. Her right to life – to determine what she does with her life – is now deemed meaningless.

      I know what a lot of forced-birthers will say. ‘Don’t have sex’. All well and good, except sex is an expression of love and passion as much as it’s about procreation. Women are allowed to enjoy it as much as men, and yet whilst men can (and do), for women there are stigmas attached to the idea. ‘Don’t have sex and you don’t get pregnant’. That’s what contraception is for, but contraception can fail. What then? The woman, who has taken precautions because she is allowed to have a love life, but who isn’t ready to become a mother, should not then be forced down a route she doesn’t wish to travel. The man who impregnated her can easily skip his obligations; she is left with the consequences.

      Then there’s the harsher elements of this law. It makes no exceptions for cases of rape and incest. In an horrific scenario where a father/brother/uncle/cousin rapes a female relative, she is then punished further by being forced to have her abuser’s child. Is that showing respect for life?

      There are even more harrowing examples. I read the other day on Twitter of a nine (NINE) year-old girl who was raped by either her father or stepfather. She ended up pregnant and was forced to have the baby. In what way is the life of the nine year-old CHILD valued in this situation?

      Pro-life should be about more than a zygote; it should apply to everyone of all ages, yet clearly it doesn’t.

      I will then repeat:

      Numbers 5:27, NIV:

      “If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse.”

      There is a command in the Bible itself about inducing miscarriages, is that pro-life?

  5. How do you propose to protect women and girls from rape-induced pregnancies? Currently, 1 in 6 US women experience rape or attempted rape. Having been the victims of a terrible crime, are they then to have their bodily autonomy denied a second time?

    • Ben, as I mentioned in an earlier comment, if I grant an exception in the abortion law in the case of rape, that would eliminate 95% of the abortions in the US. And would go a long way toward recognizing the rights of the unborn and respecting the sanctity of life.

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  7. Philip North

    Amen, Brother Ken! The Bible is loaded to the brim with verses teaching us how to treat our fellow man, along with containing the proper attitude behind such treatment. I would say that the liberal position on abortion, like any other liberal view of all other sins, lies in one word: Mindset!

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