By Rev. Ray Atwood Prince of Peace Cluster – La Porte City, Eagle Center, Traer
Roe v. Wade at Forty-One
Thursday, January 22 is the 41st anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion under all circumstances in the U.S. This decision was hailed as a victory for women and families, and is still celebrated in certain circles today.
Nevertheless, we must assess the cost of this decision, namely the fifty million babies whose lives were snuffed out by abortion since that decision. In addition, many more lives were taken by contraception which acts at times as an abortifacient (e.g., the morning after pill). Each of these lives is precious in God’s eyes and the souls of these babies are in His merciful hands. Women too have been harmed by botched abortions and even “successful” ones.
While no Scripture passage explicitly deals with the issue of abortion, many passages could be cited in defense of human life. After Original Sin, when she becomes pregnant, Eve declares: “I have produced a man with the help of the LORD” (Gen. 4:1). She recognized God’s role in human reproduction. Likewise, we are told in the Book of Ruth: “Boaz took Ruth. When they came together as man and wife, the LORD enabled her to conceive and she bore a son” (4:13). Again, the Lord’s hand is acknowledged in human reproduction. The prophet Jeremiah, in talking about his own origins, quotes the Lord: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (1:5). “Knew” means love here. God is the Creator of life. The psalmist exhorts the reader: “Rescue the lowly and the poor; from the hand of the wicked deliver them” (82:4).
Our country has deliberately encouraged, protected, and maintained a policy of allowing innocent children to be murdered in the womb. But there are fewer abortion mills and fewer abortionists in our country. Today more than 80% of counties in the U.S. offer no abortions. This is a number to be celebrated.
As we mark another infamous anniversary, may we reflect on the gift of human life and do our part to end abortion in the U.S. Prayer, communication, support for unwed mothers, and political activism are four important tools we can use in this fight. May God be with us as we fight for life.