Last week was a big week on the “personhood” front. Three states, Virginia, Oklahoma and Alabama, took definitive action on proclaiming that human life begins at conception, and, as such, deserves protection under the law. Pro-abortion forces are condemning the actions, derisively talking about giving “embryos” the same rights as fully grown adults. However, as the billboard at the left clearly states, “We’re All Just Grown-Up Embryos.” It is just the beginning stage of the whole continuum called life.
Last week, the Oklahoma Senate and the Virginia House overwhelmingly passed legislation which defines life as happening when the egg and sperm combine, otherwise known as conception. Actually, in unbiased scientific terms, this is the only point that can be set for the beginning of human life. The new embryo which is created has a totally different set of chromosomes than the mother. In those chromosomes is the blueprint for the tiny person which will develop and become a fetus, then a newborn, and then will advance through all the stages a person goes through. There is biblical evidence to show that this new person is already endowed by a spirit which will live eternally, either with their maker or forever parted, depending on the choices they make. To assign the beginning of life to any other moment requires random assignation, making it a matter of opinion rather than fact.
The Alabama Supreme Court also reached a decision late last week that “from the moment of conception, the fetus or embryo is not a part of the mother, but rather has a separate existence within the body of the mother.” They also decreed that “each person has a ‘God-given’ right to life.” This was all in response to a young mother who sued doctors because they failed to administer regular ultrasounds, along with a refusal to see a specialist when her unborn son was diagnosed with a condition in-utero. He was still-born and she sued on his behalf.
Justice Tom Parker made the following statement: “Medical advances since Roe have conclusively demonstrated that an unborn child is a unique human being at every stage of development.” He continues, “I write separately today… to emphasize the diminishing influence of Roe’s viability standard.” He describes that standard as “arbitrary,” “incoherent,” and “based on inaccurate history.”
As I’ve mentioned in the past, it is on the state level that the battle over abortion is primarily being waged. Of course, President Obama kicked it up to a national level recently with requiring all insurance companies to provide contraception, with no co-pay, to every woman, even in companies and schools which are owned and supported by those whose religious beliefs stand against these things. The well-kept secret of the abortifacient nature of most types of birth control was suddenly making front page news.
Rick Santorum has been receiving a lot of grief over an interview which was dug up from years ago which appears to criticize the whole area of contraception, and he has been portrayed by the mainstream press as being an anti-birth control zealot. What he actually said was: “I don’t think it works, I think it’s harmful to women, I think it’s harmful to our society, to have a society that says that sex outside of marriage is something that should be encouraged or tolerated, particularly among the young, and I think we’ve seen very, very harmful long-term consequences to society.” He also recently made the comment that “one of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is… the danger of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea.”
Of course, the press and those in favor of abortion, are placing their alarmist spotlights on the “dangers” of this to our society; that Rick Santorum and others will inject themselves into private decisions made by married couples concerning the size of their family. In actuality, this whole battle is about two things: the death of unborn children and stemming the tide of unmarried sex in our nation, especially among the very young.
It is a fact that many types of birth control pills have a back up mechanism which prevents the implantation of the embryo into the uterine wall. This is especially true with morning after pills like Ella, and most types of standard pills as well. This has been true for years. In fact, I stopped taking the pill over 25 years ago when I discovered there was a chance I could be causing an early abortion instead of just pregnancy prevention. This is why I have always had a problem with most medicinal forms of birth control.
Secondly, as I have stated many times in my blog, something radical needs to be done to bring this country to its senses as far as rampant and irresponsible sexual activity is concerned. If we don’t, the rates of sexually transmitted disease is just going to continue to escalate, as well as the number of children in single parent households which results in rising crime and poverty. On and on the list goes of consequences which ravage our society. I, for one, am glad to hear a candidate like Rick Santorum, who is willing to at least face these problems head on.
At the same time, I see our country heading straight for a culture war that could get very ugly. Conservative states pass stricter and stricter legislation against abortion while liberal states make it more lenient. For pro-abortion supporters, the issue is all about the rights of women. As was witnessed in the case of Planned Parenthood and the Komen Foundation, that battle can get brutal and ugly. Many feminists admit they know that life in the womb is being destroyed, but that is not a viable issue for them. At heart, many just do not care.
Neither is compromise a possibility for pro-lifers. Life is precious from the moment of conception and innocent life should never be destroyed. Period! Roe vs. Wade turns 40 next year, and the two sides are more polarized than ever before. Where does it end?
I am so glad that I know that God is in control. Otherwise, I would be terrified by the upcoming election and its dire ramifications. The other side does not fight fair and they have most of the press on their side. They are already crying out that Republicans like Santorum want to tell even married couples what to do and to force women to have babies against their will.
Please don’t believe them. He just knows our society needs to change and that unborn babies have a right to live. Please educate yourself, and don’t allow the enemy to set the debate for you. The survival of our nation is at stake!
Keeping it true! Barb