40 Years of Murder

40 years ago, the Roe v. Wade decision wasn’t even the biggest news story of the day

There have been several good articles today to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling that States did not have the authority to criminalize abortion. Here are a few of the best:

  • How Abortion Became an Evangelical Issue — Al Mohler’s article from today’s Washington Post explains how evangelicals gradually became co-belligerents with Catholics in opposing abortion. Any of my fellow Southern Baptists who are not familiar with our denomination’s history on this issue (hint: the SBC wasn’t always so pro-life) should read this.
  • We Know They Are Killing Children—All of Us Know — John Piper: “For forty years this has meant that any perceived stress is a legal ground for eliminating the child. We have killed fifty million babies. And what increases our guilt as a nation is that we know what we are doing. Here’s the evidence that we know we are killing children.”
  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About “Jane Roe” — The history of Norma McCorvey (the “Roe” of Roe v. Wade), including her conversion to Christianity and the pro-life conviction that came with it.

Abortion is a topic I’ve addressed several times on this blog. Here are some posts from the archives which may be of interest to you:

In that last post, you’ll also find some facts which conservatives today may find uncomfortable. For instance, did you know that two years prior to Roe v. Wade, the Southern Baptists passed a resolution seeking Federal legislation that would make abortion legal? Or that perhaps the most progressive legislation legalizing abortion prior to Roe v. Wade was signed into law by California Governor Ronald Reagan?

The good news is that both Reagan and the SBC, like “Jane Roe” herself, eventually became staunch defenders of life, which holds promise that the battle is worth fighting. Today’s abortionist may well be tomorrow’s abolitionist.

6 comments on “40 Years of Murder

  1. .1.Unless you are a pregnant woman with an unwanted baby in your womb, keep quiet about abortions.
    2. Go into a slum area and see some of the conditions children are growing up in. My wife and I were in charge of a mission in a red light district of a large city so I probably know more about it than you do. I’ve seen them carry corpses of women who tried to abort with a coat hanger while sitting in a bath tub.
    3. Young women who are struggling to gain an education or hold a job must either have an abortion or live a miserable life while trying to feed a child without money.
    4. Notice how many of our religious leaders with high paying jobs are against abortions or birth control have one or two children. They either have sex only once or twice during their married life or they are doing something to prevent a fetus from developing.
    5. I am a graduate of Southern Baptist Seminary and from personal experience I know that preachers and such are not abstaining from sex.

    • John Gardner says:

      Since you do obviously know so much more about it than I do, may I assume that you have an unwanted baby in your womb?

      • John, I am an eighty-four-year-old male with a Master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary plus other degrees. Because of mumps before marriage my wife and I have only one son. We would have liked to have had another child. So your observation about me like your remarks about abortions proves that all your observations are not always correct. I believe that safe sex by using proven birth control methods are best. I also know that women who choose abortions are sometimes faced with grief, but I don’t think that making these women having to watch a sonogram before the abortion does one bit of good. On the side, I’ve wondered if making the man who caused the pregnancy take some of the blame and support of the fetus might help. Luther Butler

        • John Gardner says:

          I realize that you are a man. I was merely appreciating the irony of your telling me to keep quiet about abortions unless I was pregnant, and then proceeding to comment on abortion yourself. The point is that it is NOT only pregnant women who can speak to the abortion issue.

          Your degrees are irrelevant; if you believe that abortion is not murder then we are going to disagree no matter where you went to school.

          As most of your comment had nothing to do with the content of this post, I’ve chosen not to respond to the bulk of it. As to the difficult choices faced by women with unwanted pregnancies, I am not unsympathetic, and I am thankful to serve on staff at a church that is so actively engaged in helping women like this (both in our own community and around the world) face these decisions and and their consequences in such a way that the child and the mother are both cared for. But the fact remains that no matter what the problem may be, killing a child is not the solution.

          • The difference between the two of us is when a fetus becomes a child. A person who causes an expectant mother to abort through violence is a criminal, otherwise it is up to the woman. Personally I think the woman should abort as soon as she realizes she is pregnant and should only in extreme cases be allowed to abort after the third month. Thanks for the dialogue.

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