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Fifteen Pro-Life Truths that Speak

John Piper recently posted this article on the Desiring God website to help clarify the issue of abortion and provide brief talking points with those you would like to persuade.

“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

1. Existing fetal homicide laws make a man guilty of manslaughter if he kills the baby in a mother’s womb (except in the case of abortion).

2. Fetal surgery is performed on babies in the womb to save them while another child the same age is being legally destroyed.

3. Babies can sometimes survive on their own at 23 or 24 weeks, but abortion is legal beyond this limit.

4. Living on its own is not the criterion of human personhood, as we know from the use of respirators and dialysis.

5. Size is irrelevant to human personhood, as we know from the difference between a one-week-old and a six-year-old.

6. Developed reasoning powers are not the criterion of personhood, as we know from the capacities of three-month-old babies.

7. Infants in the womb are human beings scientifically by virtue of their genetic make up.

8. Ultrasound has given a stunning window on the womb that shows the unborn at eight weeks sucking his thumb, recoiling from pricking, responding to sound. All the organs are present, the brain is functioning, the heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint. Virtually all abortions happen later than this date.

9. Justice dictates that when two legitimate rights conflict, the limitation of rights that does the least harm is the most just. Bearing a child for adoption does less harm than killing him.

10. Justice dictates that when either of two people must be inconvenienced or hurt to alleviate their united predicament, the one who bore the greater responsibility for the predicament should bear more of the inconvenience or hurt to alleviate it.

11. Justice dictates that a person may not coerce harm on another person by threatening voluntary harm on themselves.

12. The outcast and the disadvantaged and exploited are to be cared for in a special way, especially those with no voice of their own.

13. What is happening in the womb is the unique person-nurturing work of God, who alone has the right to give and take life.

14. There are countless clinics that offer life and hope to both mother and child (and father and parents), with care of every kind lovingly provided by people who will meet every need they can.

15.Jesus Christ can forgive all sins, and will give all who trusts him the help they need to do everything that life requires.

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Obama’s Top Ten Reasons for Voting Against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act

From Justin Taylor:

Some have sought to defend Senator Obama’s votes against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act by explaining the reason/argument he advanced against it. But actually, Obama has offered 10 different reasons for his opposition. Jill Stanek–the nurse who started the national discussion about this act–has an article with quotes explaining the various reasons. Here they are in outline form–but for more detail and documentation, read the whole thing.

10. Babies who survive abortions are not protected by the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

9. A ban to stop aborted babies from being shelved to die would be burdensome to mothers.

8. Aborting babies alive and letting them die is a doctor’s prerogative.

7. Anyway, doctors don’t do that.

6. Obama apparently read medical charts and saw no proof.

5. Aborting babies alive and letting them die is a religious issue.

4. Aborting babies alive and letting them die violates no universal principle.

3. Introducing legislation to stop live aborted babies from being shelved to die was a political maneuver.

2. Sinking Born Alive was about outmaneuvering that political maneuver.

1. Introducing Born Alive was a ploy to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Abortion survivor Gianna Jessen

In these two videos Gianna Jessen shares her testimony and the reason why she continues her fight against abortion. These are well worth your time:

Part 1

Part 2

By the way, Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, while still a state senator in Illinios, voted four separate times against an identical version of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. In his view, an abortionist should be allowed to follow through with an abortion if the child does not succumb to a saline solution abortion (as with Gianna) or other procedures. See this revealing interview with Jill Stanek, a former nurse at Christ Hospital in Illinios who witnessed children being left to die after surviving botched abortions.

– Josh

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Convictions Without a Choice: Sarah and Trig Palin, my friend Emma, and special needs babies.

I remember first reading about down syndrome in my developmental psychology class as a sophomore in college.  The book showed a picture of a 2 year old with down syndrome.  I had heard of down syndrome, but I had never met a child with it.  This was the first time I had looked at a child with down syndrome, and it broke my heart.  Four years have passed since that day, and generally, I had forgotten about down syndrome.  Then, my wife and I joined a church here in Louisville, KY.  A lady in the church, Wanda, brings a little girl named Emma who has down syndrome.  She is five or six and quite adorable.  She has the typical down syndrome characteristics: slanted eyes, shorter stature, stubby hands, inability to solve more complex problems, hearing disability.  A few weeks ago I went into the nursery to help watch her.  I’ll be very honest, I felt uncomfortable.  I didn’t feel uncomfortable because she looked different, nor because she had the mind of a two year old.  What made me uncomfortable was my inability to communicate with her.  She was learning sign language, a language of which I am wholly ignorant.  As I sat there and looked at picture books with her, helped her put puzzles together, and helped feed her I began to realize what an awesome opportunity I had.  Emma has a tough home life and so Wanda, who is her neighbor, keeps her and tries to give her the extra love and attention she needs.  I am growing to love this little girl dearly and look forward to seeing her all the time.  I’m so glad she’s a part of this world and I’m so glad that God has given me the opportunity to love her. I’m even more thankful for the example of Mrs. Wanda.

            Why do I say all this?  First, I want to encourage you to embrace children who are different.  You may not feel you can communicate with them; but, every child recognizes warmth, a smile, and love.  Second, I want to react to the news media and to a blog I recently read regarding Trig Pax Palin.  Trig Pax Palin is the 4-month-old son of Sandra Palin, running mate of John McCain and governer of Alaska.  The media has expressed outrage over Sarah Palin’s ‘choice’ to keep Trig.  Medical professionals call her a hypocrite for agreeing to genetic testing and then deciding to keep the baby.  They call her a hypocrite because she made her choice but stands against other women who may want to make a contrary choice.  Read the article here.

            I wish to re-define the terms.  This is not Sarah Palin’s choice, or any other mother’s.  I shared the story of Emma to remind us all that ‘choice’ is a euphemistic word concerning the sanctity of human life.  I am so thankful that Sarah Palin had this baby.  She is a shining example to all mother’s nationwide that any baby can be kept, cared for and loved.  She is a shining example of the pro-life movement, and I am glad we have her on our side.  Sarah Palin now has five children, which in and of itself, is a miracle.  The average number of offspring per couple is below 2 now.  This statistic marks one of the many reasons pro-choicers are outraged by a governer keeping her down-syndrome baby.  We Americans are selfish.  Down syndrome is tragic, for the baby.  Yet, they call it tragic for the mother as well. 

Listen to what one doctor has to say: “Rabid anti-choice activists have called that trend eugenics via medicine. But try telling that to a mother who  Sure, its hard.  That doesn’t grant any woman the ‘choice’ to murder a baby.  Children, special needs or not, are gifts from the Lord and are special stewardships from God.  Psalm 139 proclaims the awesome truth that every human being as knit together by God in the mother’s womb.  As John Piper says in the video below, “Don’t mess with that!”  I am concerned for America.  We are so concerned with our own personal welfare, our ‘rightful’ comforts that we can’t imagine the possibility of having to care for a special needs child.  The pro-choice group notes that special needs baby are typically abused more and so, they infer, women shouldn’t have them.  There reasoning is this: “That child is going to have a horrible life, so let’s just end it for them.”  They argue its salvation for the baby, when the way I see it, they are only wanting to save themselves.  As Christians, we need to promote special needs and promote a culture that is thrilled to care for these little gifts from God.  The only reason a special needs baby will have a harder life is if the mother also daily ‘chooses’ her own needs and rights above her babies. 

We need to praise Sarah Palin for her keeping her child.  I can guarantee one thing: its tough for her.  Also, remember that for Sarah Palin, this wasn’t a choice.  Trig Paxin is a gift from the Lord and a stewardship given to the Palin family, and praise God for them recognizing that.  Sarah Palin has convictions that don’t give her the opportunity to make a ‘choice.’  I doubt she prayed for a special needs baby, but she has clearly exemplified the way a mother should react when this gift is given.  She has wholly embraced the job and I’m sure she will raise her newborn son and lead our country well at the same time.  Sarah Palin is a heroine of life, a heroine of conviction, a heroine of special needs families all around the world.

-Randall

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