By Scott Tibbs, January 22, 2018
This is the speech I wrote for the 2018 Rally for Life.
Welcome and thank you for coming to the 2018 Rally for Life. Tomorrow will be 45 years since the Supreme Court created a so-called "right" to abortion, a ruling which has led to the senseless slaughter of 60 million unborn babies.
In Proverbs 6, we learn that God hates hands that shed innocent blood, and this warning was necessary. Ancient Israel adopted the pagan practice of child sacrifice. They would literally burn their babies alive to sacrifice them to the demon Molech. In the book of Jeremiah chapter 19, God reacts to this horror by saying it is so evil that it never even entered into His mind that they would do this. Can you imagine a more intense rebuke?
In today's culture, we are far worse. We murder over one million babies every year. We murder several hundred babies a year just down the street at Planned Parenthood. At least the people who sacrificed their children to Molech were honest about what they were doing. We refer to abortion as "health care" and "reproductive choice." We refer to a baby made in the image of God as the "products of conception."
Let me throw some numbers your way. In the state of Indiana, the total number of abortions dropped by 8% between 2015 and 2016 thanks in large part to the pro-life leadership of our state. Thank you Mike Pence and our legislators. But that is not the whole story. Here in Monroe County, the numbers are very bleak.
There were 718 abortions in Monroe County in 2014.
There were 822 abortions in Monroe County in 2015, a 14% increase over 2014
There were 1016 abortions in Monroe County in 2016, a 23% increase over 2015
While the bloodlust of that wicked Planned Parenthood abortion mill down the street is growing, we keep hearing that Planned Parenthood's work results in fewer abortions. We know this is a lie and has always been a lie.
Even worse, our local government takes your tax dollars and doles out corporate welfare to Planned Parenthood every single year. The Bloomington City Council has given corporate welfare to Planned Parenthood every year since 1999, and the Monroe County Council has given corporate welfare to Planned Parenthood every year since 2009. This is your local government.
I urge every one of you here to send letters and e-mails to the city and county council members this summer when they start considering the social services funding. If you could attend the council meetings and speak against this corporate welfare when the councils vote, that would be even better!
Christian Citizens For Life defends life from conception to natural death, and lives are in danger at the other end as well. Our state representative Matt Pierce has filed legislation to allow doctors to murder their patients. We should be very clear here. If I hand you a gun and you shoot yourself, I am a murderer. There is no difference. We should not further corrupt the medical establishment by allowing this abomination.
Do not be depressed. God granted all authority on Heaven and Earth to Jesus Christ. We must pray that God will deliver us from this bloodshed. God provides an escape for those who have murdered an unborn child or an elderly relative. God even provides redemption for those of us who commit murder in our hearts while we our driving with our anger against other drivers. The shed blood of Jesus Christ is that redemption. Repent of your sins and believe, and you will be saved.
That is the real message of this rally: Run to the cross and ask God to save you from your sins. No matter what you have done, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Praise His holy name!