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Mourning The Anniversary of Death

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By Heather Walton

She sat nervously in the little office, watching a video and awaiting test result. The video was called The Silent Scream. She dismissively watched the video, which showed an abortion through ultrasound, because it was easier to remove herself emotionally from the subject, than to consider the truth it contained. Once the video concluded, an older woman walked in and told the girl that she was, indeed, not pregnant. Thank God! she exhaled, more as an exclamation than a prayer. She went on about her life, pushing all of it into the back of her mind, yet it lingered.

That girl was 16. Scared. Seeking worth. Ashamed.

That girl was me.

Fast forward almost 30 years.

This time I wasn’t at a crisis pregnancy center. This time I had purchased a cheap test at a pharmacy. I sat there in absolute shock as not one, but two blue lines appeared. I was 43 years old. How could I be pregnant? Don’t misunderstand: I love kids. When I became a Christian at 21 years old, God changed me from someone who didn’t care for children and was unapologetically pro-choice to someone who worked at a crisis pregnancy center and later became a teacher. Yet, I was 43 years old and I had thought my family was complete. This wasn’t in my plan.

After about a week I recovered from my shock and started to get excited about this precious baby growing inside. However, it wasn’t long before I learned that this child was not in the right place. This was an ectopic pregnancy. The doctor told me I would have to terminate the pregnancy; otherwise I could die. He prescribed me a medication and scheduled a procedure. There was no discussion. This was not optional.

Yet in my mind, maybe it was. I begged God to save my child. I fervently researched to find out if there was a way. I prayed I wouldn’t have to take that medicine. I didn’t know if I could do it, yet I knew I would have to.

The day before I was to take the medicine, the Lord answered my prayer, not in the way I would have liked, but by taking the choice completely out of my hands. I began bleeding and having so much pain that I went to the hospital, where they performed emergency, “life-saving” surgery. “Life-saving” for me, yet life-ending for my baby, but not before mentioning that the baby had a heartbeat.

This experience plummeted me into a season of grief like none other. In fact, I have several earlier blog posts chronicling my journey.

I share this because there are indeed situations where mothers must make difficult choices, where they may have to choose to terminate a pregnancy in order to save their own life. When this happens, it is tragic.

However, these instances are rare.

It is a national tragedy that we have allowed more than 62.5 million abortions since January 22, 1973. It is an indictment on the church that we haven’t done more to prevent this. Instead, we have gone about our business, mostly unaware and perhaps even avoiding considering what goes on in the abortion mills, operated by an idolatrous, money-hungry industry with an agenda from the pit of hell.

Two days ago we saw the inauguration of an administration that champions abortion rights. This is to our shame as a nation, and especially as a church.

If you call yourself a Christ-follower and consider yourself pro-life, I challenge you to prayerfully consider how you can become a greater champion of life.

However, if you call yourself a Christ-follower and you consider yourself pro-choice, or if you think it’s not a major issue, or if you celebrate the Biden/Harris administration for other reasons but discount their abortion stance, would you prayerfully consider this question: How can you endorse those who do what God hates? Is this an option for a believer?

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV

I would respectfully submit to you that this administration and all who promote and endorse abortion practice every single hated thing mentioned in this passage. How can believers celebrate that which the Lord abhors?

Instead we are to

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death;

    hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.

 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”

    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,

    and will he not repay man according to his work?”

Proverbs 24:11-12 ESV

Church, there is no option for us to turn our backs on the plight of the unborn, or the women who are being deceived into thinking they can participate in the murder of the precious children being formed within their wombs. We need to operate crisis pregnancy centers. We need to participate in foster care and adoption. We need to lobby our representatives and vote pro-life.

We also need to speak up boldly about sin and its consequences. See, when I was 15 years old and sexually active, that was sin. Yet nobody was speaking that into my life. I was seeking worth in the wrong places; yet I didn’t have believers shining the truth into my life that my true worth came from a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Instead of being challenged to have self-control, I was offered birth control. Instead of being told the truth about sin, my behavior was glossed over and even expected.

Church, we abdicated our responsibility to speak into the culture long ago, but it’s not too late to pour into relationships today. Saving one unborn life is worth it. Saving one eternal life is worth it. What we have to say isn’t popular. Some even say it’s hateful. God’s truth is often marginalized, twisted, targeted, or cancelled; yet we must not relent.

“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.”

Ezekiel 33:7-9 ESV

Church, we have failed this country. We must repent, and we must declare the truth that our country has gone astray, that we have allowed our children to be sacrificed on Molech’s altars, and that we must not continue; that instead we need to turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness of our sins, that we need to recognize Him as Lord, and that without Him, we are lost. Until we do this, we cannot expect His favor to return to our land.

45 years later … we can resurrect a culture of life

January 22, 1973 was a day that changed the history of our nation forever, a day that put the stamp of approval on the growing culture of death in our nation, a day that legalized murder. Since that day, roughly 60 million Americans have been aborted. Sixty million! That number should take our breath away! It should convict us of the sin of our nation, of our own sin. It should call us to action.

Before I proceed, I want to stress that I am not condemning those who, out of fear and ignorance, have had abortions or who assisted someone in having an abortion. Yes, that was a sinful act and there needs to be repentance, but like Jesus, I would say, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)

I also am not faulting anyone who had to terminate a pregnancy due to life-threatening circumstances. I personally had emergency surgery to remove an ectopic pregnancy. I’ll never forget how sorrowful I felt when the doctor told me that my unborn child had a heartbeat, yet I knew that heart would not be beating in a few short hours.

When it comes to elective abortions, the bulk of the guilt lies with those who run the abortion industry, those who promote it, those who legislated it into legality, those who coerce people into that decision, those who flippantly choose to take the lives of unborn children, and those who stand by and do nothing about it, all the while knowing it’s wrong.

Before I became a Christian, I was pro-choice, and I didn’t even particularly like children. However, the day I gave my life to Jesus, God placed a burden on my heart — a love of children, both born and unborn. I began to desire having children of my own, I became a teacher, and I got involved in the front lines of the battle for the sanctity of life. God threw me all in, and I didn’t hesitate. I came to believe that abortion is one of our national sins, and that the church was responsible to intervene. I volunteered, and later took a paid position, at A Woman’s Choice Resource Center in Louisville. I counseled women who thought they might be pregnant, did pregnancy tests, gave supplies to those who were pregnant or who had young children, assisted with adoption plans, drove women to ultrasounds, shared the gospel, helped women who had had abortions to find counseling, and I even sidewalk counseled. I was polite, yet direct, when trying to dissuade women from deciding for abortion.

In our nation today, abortion persists as a stain on the heart of our nation. This practice began as a largely eugenic practice. Here are the words of Margaret Sanger, abortion advocate and Planned Parenthood founder:

” … I wish to take advantage of the present opportunity to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the “unfit” and the “fit”, admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation to the mentally and physically fit though less fertile parents of the educated and well-to-do classes. On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective. (Margaret Sanger, “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda,” Oct 1921. Published Article. Source: Birth Control Review, Oct. 1921, p. 5 , Margaret Sanger Microfilm S70:913.)

In other words, some people are beneficial to society and others aren’t. Therefore we have a duty to limit the reproduction of the inferior class. This line of thinking stands in stark contrast to our founding fathers’ statement that, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. (U.S. Constitution, paragraph 2).

Margaret Sanger was a racist, with an agenda to eliminate “inferior races.”

“It is said that the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development … ” (Sanger, “What Every Girl Should Know” 1920, p. 47. Retrieved from http://www.ukapologetics.net/10/sanger.htm).

Sanger was an associate of Adolf Hitler who sympathized with his ideas on eugenics. She began the American Birth Control League, changing its name to Planned Parenthood during World War II, to cover her ties with Hitler’s philosophy. Though Sanger originally opposed abortion, she changed her stance, and her organization eventually broadened its purposes. (Source: Linda Gordon, ‘Woman’s Body; Woman’s Right’ – Grossman, 1976, p347, Retrieved from http://www.ukapologetics.net/10/sanger.htm).

Here are the words of Dr. Alveda King, granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

“The killing tools of abortionists are as aimed at blacks today as the fire hoses of segregationists 50 years ago.

Taking more African American lives than gun violence, heart disease, cancer, and AIDS combined, abortion seems to have targeted blacks in a way that can only make remaining Ku Klux Klan members smile. For every three living African Americans, there is one who has been aborted. It’s as if a plague swept through the black community and took every fourth person.” (http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/abortion-industry-racism.htm)

Abortion and racism are related evils. Both stem from greed and the notion that some people are actually not fully human, and therefore don’t have deserve the same rights and status. They are expendable. Abortion grew out of the idea that there are inferior people, that those who are non-white, disabled, or unproductive are to be eliminated.

However, there is work that can be done to reverse this mindset in our nation. It starts in the Church. The Church must do more to change the culture of death in our country. We must decide once and for all that racism is not to be tolerated — not in our churches, not in our communities, and not in the White House. And we must reach out and love on women and families who find themselves in difficult pregnancies. Though we must speak out against abortion, that alone does little to impact the daily lives of those who are surprised by an unplanned pregnancy and fearful that they can’t handle a child. Furthermore, we must be willing to open our homes to foster and adopt children. Those of us who have extra should be willing to share what we have with the less fortunate. If we were to do these things, in addition to praying and confessing our own sins, God would fulfill His promise to “hear from heaven and heal our land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14).