Abortion: 862,320

Let this sink in…

862,320 dead.

862,320 people dead in one year. That’s five times as many deaths as we have had in the U.S. from COVID19.

61,628,584 dead.

Let that sink in…61,628,584 people since 1973. That’s three times as many as died in World War 2. It’s twice as many as the population of Texas and ten times the population of Alabama.

These numbers are not from an uncontrollable outbreak of a mysterious illness. These are deaths from abortion in the United States through 2017 (sources available on request). Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop said in 1981, “The fact of the matter is that abortion as a necessity to save the life of the mother is so rare as to be nonexistent.”

So, again, 862,320 in one year. 862,320 choices to abort, to kill the unborn. That’s a staggering number.

The moment sperm and egg unite, unique human life is created. It possesses its own DNA combination different from any previously existing life. There is nothing common, mundane, or routine about the new life. It need only grow for nine months, and it will appear as a human infant.

 It is human, and it is living!

Life is a gift from God.

It was God who created humankind and breathed into man the “breath of life” (Genesis 2:7; Job 27:3). We cannot create life ourselves. Even the atheist must admit that life arises from some unknown process. While the godless person attributes life to a cold, biochemical process, it is a spark from the Almighty that quickens man.

The inspired poet of Israel said, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139, 13,14). It is God, the Creator, who labors over the formation of every unborn child. When finished, he presents that life as a gift.

Life is in the image of God

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Life is not random. Life is created. God creates life in his image. Animals are not created in God’s image. Only man. The Imago Dei sets man apart from every other living creature. You possess life given you, as a gift, in the image of the Creator.

Abortion destroys the image of God!

A Human Rights Debacle

The present rash of abortions, 862,320 per year and 61, 628,584 since legalization in 1973, is the greatest, current, human rights violation in our country. The numbers alone shout for attention. In 1860, a year before the U.S. Civil War,  the federal census noted 4 million slaves. That’s 4 million people held hostage, deprived of their liberty and subjected to horrible conditions, both physical, moral, and spiritual. Vestiges of slavery continued beyond the 19th century, but at least we outlawed the practice through the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 and followed by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1865.

The present slaughter of the unborn shows little sign of abatement. Our Federal courts routinely strike down laws intended to slow or prevent abortion. Even laws to prevent so-called partial-birth abortion, that is, killing the child as it has partially left the birth canal have struggled. 

Let us pray that we will end this horrible scourge on our land! Abortion is wrong. It is sinful. It must be stopped.

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