Statistics: Operationrescue.org National Center for Health Statistics showed that 4,317,119 babies were born in the U.S. in 2007 There are approximately 1.21 million abortions in America each year. 1 out of every 4 pregnancies result in Abortion Of the women obtaining abortions in any given year, about 47% of them have had at least one previous abortion.
Statistics: Operationrescue.org Every day there are an average of 3,425 abortions More unborn babies die due to abortions every day than the number of people that died from the terrorists’ attack on September 11 (2,996 deaths).
We Are At War 2 Cor. 10:3-5 – We fight for the hearts and minds of men – We fight against things that oppose the will of God Eph. 5:11 – This is exactly what abortion is!!!
Terminology is Important Abortion Advocate Terminology: – Terminology for the support of abortion: “pro-choice” “women’s rights” “Freedoms” – Terminology for those who oppose abortion: “anit-abortion” “anti-choice” – Terminology for the unborn “Fetus” not “baby”
Fetus Fetus Def. : “a human being or animal in the later stages of development before it is born” - Merriam Webster Dictionary
A betrayal in Language “she is with child” not “she is with fetus” “she is with tissue/fluid” “did you feel the baby kick” not “did you feel the tissue move” “it’s a boy” “It’s a girl” “What are you going to name the baby?” not “What are you going to name the tissue?” We understand that what we have in the womb is a baby.
Abortion “A procedure that is an easy measure for the purpose of removing tissue from the womb.”
Conception “At this moment (conception), the genetic makeup is complete, including the sex of the baby. Within about three days after conception, the fertilized egg is dividing very fast into many cells. It passes through the fallopian tube into the uterus, where it attaches to the uterine wall. The placenta, which will nourish the baby, also starts to form.” - WebMD
8 Weeks All body systems present Grip an instrument Suck thumb
10 Weeks – Structure of the Body is Completely formed 12 Weeks – Vigorous activity that shows individuality – Curls toes makes fists – Opens mouth and practices breathing 15 Weeks – Four inches long – Makes facial expressions
16 Weeks The baby's eyes can blink The heart and blood vessels are fully formed. The baby's fingers and toes have fingerprints.
20 Weeks The baby can suck a thumb, yawn, stretch, and make faces. The mother may begin to feel the baby move
20 Weeks When an Ultrasound will generally take place You can see the baby’s heartbeat You can usually find out the gender of child at this point.
LOVE JOY SURGICENTER “Our patient services begin at 5 weeks from the last period and we cover all options through 24 weeks (sometimes further if medically indicated).”
Pro-Choice? The Best Choice for Women? – Justification for the heinous acts being committed? – Justification for many to make money 51% of planned parenthood clinic income comes from abortion The federal government pours millions into supporting organizations to supply abortions.
Pro-Choice? Suppress information – Risks and dangers of the abortion procedure – Fetal/prenatal development
Consequences of Abortion: Those who have had an abortion have higher rates of: – Depression (2.6 times more likely– life.org.nz) or “Post Abortion Syndrome” – Substance abuse Many are left with traumatic emotional scares – Regret – Shame – Guilt – Fear
Pro-Choice? Suppress information – Risks and dangers of the abortion procedure – Fetal/prenatal development Suppress information regarding options: – Adoption – assistance Oppose Parental consent: – 40% of minors having an abortion report that neither of their parents knew about the abortion (AGI).
But what about women’s rights? Isn’t this a woman’s choice? – The question is not about whether or not this is a choice to make, the question is whether or not this choice is right or wrong. – We must make the right choice! What about the Father’s rights? What about the child’s rights??? – What about the sanctity of life?????
Reasons for Abortion in America: 21% Inadequate finances 21% Not ready for responsibility 16% Woman’s life would be changed too much 12% Problems with relationships, unmarried 11% Too young and/or immature 8% Children are grown; she has all she wants 3% Baby has possible health problems <1% Pregnancy caused by rape/incest 4% Other - operationrescue.org
A Solution Execute the mother – “But she is innocent” – EXACTLY!!! Execute the child? – THE CHILD IS INNOCENT!!!
Biblical Language: Referred to as children while in the womb: – Gen. 25:22 “children struggled within her” – Matt. 1:18 “she was found to be with child” – Luke 1:41 (babe- brethos) “the baby lept in her womb” – Luke 2:12 (babe-brethos) “you will find a baby wrapped in cloths”
Biblical teaching Psalm 139:13-16 – The scripture asserts personhood to what is in the womb. – Life within the womb should cause us to fear and stand in awe. Exodus 21:22-24 – The Bible identifies this as a “child” although unborn – If the child is unaffected, “no injury,” then just a fine. – If there is injury, then life for life, etc.
You Have Options: As Christians, Abortion is not a viable option!!! You can give birth and raise your child. You can give birth and then allow your child to be adopted. – 2 million couples try to adopt children every year – Only 250 thousand children are adopted – 685 children find a home each day
How to Respond: Show that God can forgive (1 John 1:6-9) Pray Vote – “don’t mix politics and religion” – We are Christians all the time – This political point deals with Morality – We are part of the government