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Consistently defending the unborn

By Scott Tibbs, August 2, 2008

As I was manning the Christian Citizens for Life booth at the Monroe County fair last weekend, I was thinking about the blood on our nation's hands as over a million human lives are snuffed out every single year. People drive by Planned Parenthood in downtown Bloomington each Thursday oblivious to the murders committed inside those walls. At what point does society say "no more"? More to the point, when will the people of God demand that babies created in His image be protected under the law?

One of the favorite tactics of those who defend "abortion rights" is to criticize abortion opponents for lack of "consistency" in opposing war or capital punishment. Those matters have their own arguments and those who oppose abortion take legitimate stances on both sides, but ultimately they are separate issues. But here is a sobering fact: The number of Americans killed in all of our nation's wars combined since 1900 do not come close to the number of American children killed by our abortion industry in one single year.

One matter of life and death that many Christians wish to sweep under the rug is the death of human beings caused by chemical birth control. It is a scientific fact that life begins at fertilization. When sperm and egg join, a new human being is created. From that point forward, all that is needed is shelter and nutrition, and that life will grow and develop through the various stages of life. But chemical birth control can kill that new life by preventing the embryo from implanting in the uterus, denying the nutrition needed to survive.

As expected, Planned Parenthood (America's #1 abortion provider) tries to dance around the issue. As I point out here and here, Planned Parenthood's web site at one time claimed that the birth control pill can "prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus." Those sites have disappeared, and now Planned Parenthood cl aims that "there is no proof" that "the pill works by keeping a fertilized egg from attaching to the lining of the uterus."

But the folks at Planned Parenthood just can't seem to keep their story straight. The Herald-Times, quoting a press release from PP on the "morning after pill", Planned Parenthood admits "But regular oral contraceptives would prevent implantation" just as "emergency contraception" (or the "morning after pill") would. Well, which is it? Can the birth control pill prevent implantation (thus killing an embryo) or not? I suspect that Planned Parenthood knows the birth control pill can result in the death of a newly-formed human being, and is intentionally trying to obscure the facts. Some people who would otherwise use chemical birth control (and buy it from Planned Parenthood) may not do so if educated on the facts.

Protecting life at its earliest stages goes beyond efforts to prevent babies from being born and life can be destroyed by measures intended to create new life. It is not uncommon for embryos created for the purposes of in vitro fertilization. If we are to be consistent in defending all innocent human life from fertilization to natural death, then we must also oppose any intentional destruction of embryos by fertility clinics.

As we were tearing down the booth, a young Muslim couple dropped by and discussed the issue of abortion with us, which got me thinking about America's blood guilt. Muslim terrorists like Osama bin Laden call the United States the "Great Satan". Are we? Conservative evangelicals love to call the United States a "Christian nation", but how can we call ourselves a "Christian nation" when 1.2 million unborn children are butchered like animals in our "medical" clinics? How long will a holy God be merciful to a nation many times more murderous than Nazi Germany? We should be on our knees before our righteous God with two specific things. We should thank Him for being merciful to our wicked nation and we should ask Him to remove the curse of abortion from us.