Wednesday, January 22, 2014

All Around the Web - Roe vs. Wade Edition

Today is the 41st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. As a result, a lot of people are posting and talking about abortion. Below are a few of the best I've come across. I also would remind you that I have a book on the culture of death called The Death of Death: Engaging the Culture of Death with the Gospel of Christ.

Kyle McDanell - Abortion Remains the Greatest Racial Threat We Face Today
Every year Americans rightly set aside to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister who sought the eradication of racism in America. Though racial bigotry remains an issue, it is clearly not at the level it was in the 1960s that eventually led to Dr. King's execution. January also marks the anniversary of one of the worse moral judicial decisions - Roe vs. Wade.

This year the MLK holiday and the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade are a day apart. Yesterday we celebrated the legacy and work of Dr. King. Today we mourn the legacy and bloodshed of Roe. vs. Wade. That juxtaposition made me think about the greatest racial threat we face today: abortion.

The following is taken from my book The Death of Death: Engaging the Culture of Death with the Gospel of Christ:

But we do not have to wait to see if President Obama’s national, progressive policies will increase the abortion rate, we can easily look at New York City. Statistics show a haunting reality. In a city with high taxes, progressive values, and easy access to contraceptives and abortion clinics, forty percent of pregnancies in New York City end in abortion. Forty percent! Even worse, according to those same reports, sixty percent of pregnancies among black women end in abortion. This means that there are more black children being aborted than born in New York City. Abortion, especially in the inner city, has become the civil rights issues of the twenty-first century. Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is right in asking, “How is it that black church leaders are so silent on this murderous assault on unborn African-American babies?” Better yet, how can American remain silent on this issue? New York City has some of the most lax laws regarding abortion and the numbers do not lie; legal and safe does not mean rare. (43)

Albert Mohler - The Briefing - January 22, 2014 | Yet again, an excellent commentary by Dr. Mohler.

Albert Mohler - Abortion and the American Conscience
America has been at war over abortion for the last four decades and more. When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe v. Wade, the court’s majority attempted to put an end to the abortion question. To the contrary, that decision both enlarged and revealed the great moral divide that runs through the center of our culture.

Most Americans seem completely unaware of the actual contours of the abortion debate as it emerged in the early 1970s. In 1973, the primary opposition to abortion on demand came from the Roman Catholic Church. Evangelicals — representative of the larger American culture — were largely out of the debate. At that time, a majority of evangelicals seemed to see abortion as a largely Catholic issue. It took the shock of Roe v. Wade and the reality of abortion on demand to awaken the Evangelical conscience.

Roe v. Wade was championed as one of the great victories achieved by the feminist movement. The leaders of that movement claimed — and continue to claim — that the availability of abortion on demand is necessary in order for women to be equal with men with respect to the absence of pregnancy as an obstacle to career advancement. Furthermore, the moral logic of Roe v. Wade was a thunderous affirmation of the ideal of personal autonomy that had already taken hold of the American mind. As the decision made all too clear, rights talk had displaced what had been seen as the higher concern of right versus wrong.

Joe Carter - 9 (More) Things You Should Know About Roe v. Wade | Here is last year's post.
1. The case was filed by Norma McCorvey, known in court documents as Jane ROE against Henry WADE, the district attorney of Dallas County from 1951 to 1987, who enforced a Texas law that prohibited abortion, except to save a woman's life.

2. In 1969, McCorvey was 22 years old, divorced, homeless, and pregnant for the third time (she had placed her first two children for adoption). An adoption agency connected her with two young lawyers fresh out of law school who were eager to challenge the Texas statutes on abortion. McCorvey only met with her lawyers twice-once for beer and pizza, the other time to sign an affidavit (which she didn't read). In order to speed things up McCorvey lied and told them she had been raped. She never appeared in court, and she found out about the infamous ruling from the newspapers. The baby she was seeking to abort was born and placed for adoption.

3. When McCorvey met her lawyers she didn't know the meaning of "abortion." Her lawyers told her that abortion just dealt with a piece of tissue, and that it was like passing a period rather than the termination of a distinct, living, and whole human organism. Abortion was a taboo topic in 1970, and Norma had dropped out of school at the age of 14. She knew that John Wayne movies talked about "aborting the mission," so she thought it meant to "go back"—as in, going back to not being pregnant. She honestly believed "abortion" meant a child was prevented from coming into existence.

Justin Taylor - 41 Years of Roe v Wade

Washington Examiner - Poll: 62% of Americans believe abortion is morally wrong
A new Knights of Columbus/Marist poll released Wednesday shows that more than six in 10 Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong.

Sixty-two percent of those polled believed that abortion is morally wrong, and only 36 percent found it morally acceptable. Two percent of Americans indicated that it was not a moral issue.
Fifty-three percent of respondents said they believe life begins at conception.

The poll shows that most Americans choose a more moderate position on abortion, but believe it should be restricted.

Support for restrictions on abortion includes 79 percent supporting a 24-hour waiting period, 58 percent supporting a woman receiving an ultrasound before her abortion and 80 percent supporting parental notification for underage patients.

Kevin DeYoung - How God Healed Me from My Abortion
There are a lot of things that can and should be said on this the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I thought the best thing for this blog might be to let someone else say something.

Andi was one of my wife’s friends at Gordon College. Since graduating over a decade ago, they’ve kept up here and there like most people do–by Facebook. last November we saw Andi post her story about how she had an abortion while in college, and how she later received God’s grace for this sin. She gave me permission to re-post her story on my blog. It is honest, moving, heartbreaking, full of the gospel and full of hope

Public Discourse - The Pro-Life Movement, Forty-One Years After Roe
Every organization or movement needs to pause occasionally and take a critical look at itself: its goals, its agenda, and its tactics. Businesses stage “retreats.” Nonprofits schedule “in-service” days. Schools undergo periodic accreditation visits. They do so to refresh and, if need be, to revise their strategic vision. Then they recalibrate their practices in light of missions accomplished and failed, doors opened and closed, tactics that work and ones that don’t.

Social justice movements are no exception. Assessing them is complicated, however, because they tend to be made up of many different organizations with distinct but complementary missions. This is true of civil rights groups, environmental advocates, immigration reform outfits, world peace organizations—and the pro-life movement.

With due recognition of its many components, then, let’s ask: how might the summary of its strategic reassessment read, on this forty-first anniversary of Roe v. Wade?

First, there would be—and should be—thanksgiving and even joy. It is evidence of Divine Providence and proof of human love that we are here at all. Quick quiz: which other developed democracy can claim a pro-life movement that is a fraction of the one in the United States? Answer: none.

Reformed Baptist Fellowship - RC Sproul Discusses Abortion

John Stonestreet - Abortion and the Moral Imagination
Today is the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On Monday, Eric Metaxas told you about the necessity of telling the truth about abortion. We must never allow people to think that it’s anything other than the taking of an innocent human life.

Eric is right. Many people, when civilly confronted with the truth of abortion, may change their minds. But even if we could somehow get everyone in the country to spend an hour going over the facts of abortion, many would face the facts and yet just shrug or stiffen their spines.

After all, it’s been nearly twenty years since Naomi Wolf, in the New Republic, wrote that “abortion rights” advocates like herself “should never disregard the fact that being pregnant means there is a baby growing inside of a woman, a baby whose life is ended” when aborted.

Yet despite this acknowledgment, Wolf remained in favor of women having abortions when “we choose to do so.” She’s not alone.

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