Life begins at Conception! True love between a man and woman leads to marriage. It is natural for a man and woman to be together. This is recorded in Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, when God blessed man and woman and called them to "be fruitful and multiply." Human life and love were an integral part of the Divine Plan of God our Creator.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them,
"Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it."
The Natural Law unites man and woman together in love and marriage for mutual comfort and the procreation of the human race. The Family is the Sanctuary of Life. Children are the fruit and bond of a marriage.
The Natural Law is an expression of God's eternal law. The Roman orator Cicero wrote on the Natural Law in 50 BC. St. Augustine defined God's eternal law as the reason or the will of God, who commands us to respect the natural order and forbids us to disturb it. St. Thomas Aquinas calls the Natural Law "the human participation in God's eternal law." Aquinas continues that "every law made by man can be called a law insofar as it is derived from the natural law. But if it is somehow opposed to the natural law, then it is not really a law, but a corruption of the law."
Abortion is murder, a direct violation of one of the Ten Commandments, specifically,
Thou shalt not kill!
Abortion is America's new form of slavery. No different than slavery, the woman considers the unborn infant her property, to do with the baby whatever she wants!
What about the Civil Rights of the Unborn?
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. led his non-violent crusade for civil rights for African-Americans and the unborn, against segregation and planned parenthood, especially in his April 16, 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail and I Have A Dream Speech on the Washington Mall August 28, 1963. "The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety ... Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere ... I say today that we as Christians must press on, in the conviction that we are 'a colony of heaven,' called to obey God rather than man."
The pro-life advocate Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr, stated that "the baby in the womb is like a slave." Dr. Ben Carson, a Presidential candidate in 2015-2016, compared abortion to slavery: "During slavery, a lot of slave owners thought they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose."
The US Supreme Court companion decisions on Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton on January 22, 1973 ushered in the most offensive act yet in American history. Furthermore, the 2000 Supreme Court actually approved Partial Birth Abortion, the murder of an infant in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Reading the 2000 decision leaves one shocked and numb, as the court is preoccupied with law, and totally ignores human and medical concerns such as the value of a human being, the maternal instinct, and the long-term psychological and medical complications of abortion.
"I will demand an accounting for human life.
Anyone who sheds the blood of a human being,
by a human being shall that one’s blood be shed;
For in the image of God have human beings been made.
President George W. Bush and the 2003 Congress banned Partial Birth Abortion. It was decided that "there was a moral, medical, and ethical consensus that partial-birth abortion is a gruesome and inhumane procedure that is never medically necessary and should be prohibited." The 2003 Act further pointed out that implicitly approving such a brutal and inhumane procedure by choosing not to prohibit it will further coarsen society to the humanity of not only newborns, but all vulnerable and innocent human life, making it increasingly difficult to protect such life. The Act expressed respect for the dignity of human life.
This was challenged, but the Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban on April 18, 2007. The April 2007 ruling calls the fetus an unborn child and asserts that "the State has an interest in promoting respect for human life at all stages in the pregnancy...and the government may use its voice and its regulatory authority to show its profound respect for the life within the woman. Respect for human life finds an ultimate expression in the bond of love the mother has for her child."
The 2007 decision heralds a new sensitivity on the part of the Supreme Court to the plight of the unborn child.
Public opinion on abortion has gradually swayed for life and against abortion. Roe v. Wade became law before real-time ultrasound was widely available.
The American public is now familiar with the pictures of a fully-formed baby on ultrasound after the first-trimester of pregnancy. Neonatal intensive care units
are saving children born after 23 weeks of pregnancy.
The Texas Heartbeat Act [Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) and House Bill 1515 (HB 1515)] was introduced on March 11, 2021, was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on May 19, 2021, and went into effect on September 1, 2021. The US Supreme Court allowed the Texas Law to stand. The life of an embryo with a heartbeat detected by ultrasound, usually about 6 weeks of life, will be preserved by law!
Individuals who have abortions are often under grave social pressure, but abortion is not the answer. Patients who have had an abortion should be treated with compassion and mercy. The sense of loss and guilt in those who have had an abortion is often overwhelming, with many physical and psychological manifestations. In fact, some of our best pro-life spokesmen are those who have been involved with abortion.
Mother Teresa said it all in her acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize:
"I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing - direct murder by the mother herself ...
Because if a mother can kill her own child - what is left for me to kill you and you (to) kill me - there is nothing in between."
December 11, 1979
Pope John Paul II, in his March 1995 encyclical The Gospel of Life, reached out to women who have had an abortion: "The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation."
The United States is just beginning to realize the ravages of abortion. Ever since the Supreme Court legalized abortion January 22, 1973, over 60 million unborn Americans under age 48 have had their lives abruptly ended without a choice. In addition, there are estimates of millions of chemically-induced abortions from Mifepristone (RU-486), Ella (Ulipristal), hormonal IUDs, and possibly the morning-after pill, the progestogen levonorgestrel such as Plan B, Aftera, or My Way. The loss of our youth can only be devastating to our future!
It is no wonder recent presidential campaigns catered to the fastest rising group in America, the elderly, with promises of prescription drugs for seniors.
Not a word was spoken about college loans, or start-up housing loans for young couples.
From a survival standpoint, we are rapidly becoming weak. Our strength and our future are the young!
Family growth has also become reduced by suicide, materialism, and homosexuality. This has had a phenomenal impact on our population curve - for the first time in world history we have a preponderance of the elderly, and, with over 60 million Americans missing under age 48, a relative sparsity of the young. This is in contrast to Mexico, which has 100 million people, 50% of which are less than 30 years of age. In view of extensive Hispanic immigration, the future of the USA will likely be heavily influenced by the youth of Mexico. ¿Hablas Espanol?
Save The Baby, for over 60 million babies have died through surgical abortion since Roe v Wade passed on January 22, 1973.
1 Revised Standard Version of The Holy Bible. Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2005.
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", April 16, 1963, in A Testament of Hope. Harper, San Francisco, 289-302, 1986.
3 Live, Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream, Washington, D. C., August 28, 1963.
4 Dr. Alveda C. King. How Can the Dream Survive if We Murder the Children? AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana, 24, 62, 2008.
5 Dr. Ben Carson. Comparison of Abortion to Slavery. Meet the Press, October 25, 2015.
6 Supreme Court of the United States. Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (January 22, 1973). https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/410/113
7 Supreme Court of the United States. Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 (January 22, 1973). https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/410/179
8 Supreme Court of the United States. Partial Birth Abortion Ban. Gonzales v. Carhart, 550 U.S. 124 (April 18, 2007). https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/550/124.
9 Mother Teresa. Nobel Peace Prize Reception Lecture, December 11, 1979. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1979/teresa/lecture.
10 Pope John Paul II. The Gospel of Life - the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Times Books, Random House, New York, Paragraph 99, March 25, 1995.
11 Peter J. Riga. Plan B morning after Pill. The Linacre Quarterly 81(2):101-102, 2014.
12 "Texas Heartbeat Act signed into law, banning elective abortions after detectable heartbeat." Live Action News https://liveaction.org/news/texas-heartbeat-act-governors-desk, May 19, 2021.