Yes, I said it: “Them.” As in, not me, or us, but them. And since there is more than just me that has the particular view I am about to expound upon, I must be referring to the opposite of “us,” so, yes, it is a case of Us vs. Them, like it or not.
A while back, Tieki Rae posted some thoughts on a pro-life demonstration she helped arrange. From the pictures and comments, she did a great job. Of course there was interesting interaction with a pro-abortionist. Note the contrast in the attitudes of the two parties involved.
This seems to be something that can be observed on more than one occasion. Michael Spielman of Abort73.com recently received an e-mail in which he (and other pro-lifers) were labeled sick, anti-abortion, propagandist, misleading, apparently uncaring, worthy of rotting in Hell, “holier than thou,” and uninformed. Why? Because pregnant women are already going through a hard time. Why confront them with the truth that the unborn child they carry is is not just a mass of tissue, but rather a living human being?
In the post that he reported this e-mail, he also had some interesting quotes. See if you can guess who said this (emphasis added):
[These are] men who cling to a noble profession only to dishonor it; men who seek not to save, but to destroy; men known not only to the profession, but to the public as abortionists.. These modern Herods, like their prototype, have a summary mode of dealing with their victims. They perform the triple office of Legislative, Judiciary, and Executive, and, to crown the tragedy, they become the executioners. They seem impatient for the sacrifice.. those innocent and helpless victims are not permitted ever to breathe that vital air which God in His providence has destined for their use in common with the rest of the human family. Their resting-place is rudely invaded, and that which would grow and ripen into manhood is cut off from existence by the hand of an educated assassin. Mark the monster as he approaches his work!… Does any compunction assail his corrupt soul, as he gazes on the field of his labors? Does he measure the extent of the foul deed he is about to commit? Or does he not fear that the uplifted hand of an avenging God will suddenly fall on his guilty head? No; Judas-like, he solaces himself with the prospect of thirty pieces of silver, and this forms the climax of his aspirations!
But, as is found in many other cases of murder, there is no extenuating circumstance here that can change or modify the character of his guilt. As in ordinary cases of murder, there is no anger to prompt him to the deed, no wrongs to be avenged, no jealousies to be appeased. These he cannot point to as extenuating circumstances, and it matters not at what stage of development his victim may have arrived .. it matters not how small or how apparently insignificant it may be .. it is a murder, a foul, unprovoked murder; and its blood, like the blood of Abel, will cry from earth to Heaven for vengeance.
We have no foreign enemy to contend with, but we have a domestic enemy, and that enemy is in our midst; it surrounds us; yes, we have an unprincipled, an insidious, an unmitigated foe to deal with, an enemy to the human family, as dark and as malignant as the spirit that sent it, and it now becomes us to do our part faithfully towards God in this matter, to crush the monster, and to place the profession right before the public. For it is at this late date.. a doubtful question whether or not the profession of medicine, with all its boasted intelligence, with all the aids and appliances which science and art can bestow .. it is doubtful, with such a disgusting caudal appendage as the abortionist attached to it, whether that profession is an advantage or a disadvantage, whether it is a blessing or a curse, to the human family… The abortionists are more destructive to human life than ten [foreign] armies.
You may (more than likely, will) be shocked to learn that it wasn’t an Evangelical preacher of modern times.
Nowadays, the American Medical Association says in so many words, “Hey, if it’s legal, who are we to condemn abortion (or assisted suicide for that matter).”
So, what is it that I don’t understand about “them?” I suppose it is the eerie resemblance of their words to those of Ebeneezer Scrooge:
If they [the unborn/unhealthy/unwanted] are going to die [be aborted], they better do so and decrease the surplus population!
There is a serious lack of concern for life amongst the pro-aborts. Sure they mask this void with the “health of the mother” clause, which, in many cases is abused. The infamous clause should be a “save the life that can be saved” clause. If both lives (Mom and unborn baby) can survive procedure x, then it ought to take place with out harm. If procedure x will restore Mom’s health but the baby can’t survive the treatment (in in or out of the womb), then it would be consistently pro-life to say treat Mom (see ch. 12 of Randy Alcorn’s Why Pro-Life?).
Another issue is the “It’s my body/choice” mentality. We as humans are naturally self-centered, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Eventually, every knee is going to bow before Christ and confess that He is LORD. Some will do so willingly in this life and many others will do so at His command after their life on this Earth is through.
To those who are in Christ, recall that our Lord had a love for children when he was in his earthly ministry. Should not we as his followers have the same love?
To those who are not Christians or even religious, I don’t want you to do good things to attempt to earn merit with God (it won’t work!). I don’t expect the unsaved to act saved. At the same time, many unsaved legislators legislate for the good of society (why are murder and rape illegal?). If for nothing else, would you support life for the good of society?
As I’ve stated before, notice that the pro-abortionist was not him/herself aborted. Then take into consideration that most values are passed from generation to generation. Sooner or later, the pro-abort crowd is going to abort themselves out of existence. I would also like to revive the call to fight to take back the word fetus, a Latin word not meaning valueless blob of tissue, but rather offspring, young one, or little child.
We must continue to stand for life. Let us have compassion on those who are in difficult positions, all the while remembering the one whose voice cries out from the womb all too often unheard.