Thursday, September 18, 2008

Human Life Begins at Conception

Human Life Begins at Conception

By: J. D. Longstreet

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We Americans have to re-evaluate the way we look upon abortion. With an average of 1.3 million babies a year, in America alone, being denied their God given right to life as a result of abortion, surely it has scarred the very soul of this great country.

Kathleen Parker has written an article entitled “Pope Pelosi at the Gate, Life with the Speaker”. In her insightful article she writes the following:

“In his new book, Embryo, Robert P. George, a professor of jurisprudence at Princeton and a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics and co-author Christopher Tollefsen, associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, left religion behind and set out to establish the embryo’s personhood by reviewing all the major scientific works on human embryogenesis and early intrauterine development. Included was American medicine’s most prominent human embryology text, The Developing Human, whose authors are not imprecise on the matter of life: “Human development begins at fertilization when a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoon) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to produce a single cell — a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.” In other words, human life begins at conception”. (From an article by Kathleen Parker titled: “Pope Pelosi at the Gate, Life with the Speaker”.) You’ll find it at:

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MGRhNTY1M2VjYmIzNTQwODgxYzFhMGVlZmYyNmJmMDI=



The argument over abortion still rages. It has exceeded the boundaries of common sense. Abortion is the killing of another human being. It is homicide. To attempt to choose a time, any time, after conception, to kill a child is ludicrous to the “nth” degree. Killing is killing. Abortion is the killing of an innocent, defenseless, human being who poses no threat to his fellow human beings.

I have liberal friends who ask me how I can support capital punishment and yet be so solidly against abortion? The answer is simple. Innocence. INNOCENCE!

Add to the above my belief in the tenents of the Christian faith. It is extremely difficult for me to believe that a practicing Christian can support abortion. As a result, I totally agree with the some of the bishops of the Catholic Church expressing their belief that Catholics supporting abortion should not receive communion. I must tell you that as a pastor, preacher or priest, I would be inclined to not even offer communion to a member of my parish if I knew, to a certainty, that that person supported abortion.

Abortion is the shedding of innocent blood. By some people’s standards that makes me a “fanatic”. That’s fine. I can live with that.

What value do we Americans place on a human life? Not much apparently… at least, not as much as we used to. For instance… in 1996 there were 1.37 million abortions in the US. That’s 3,700 abortions a day. We have learned that women who refer to themselves as Protestants have 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women have for 31.3%, Jewish women have for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as "Born-again/Evangelical". You’ll find this and much more information on who is having abortions in the United States at “The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform” at:

http://www.abortionno.org/Resources/fastfacts.html

I checked several sources and the average, seemingly agreed upon, for the number of abortions per year in the United States is 1.3 million. That is year after year. And we dare to call ourselves a “Christian” nation?

Can a society that kills it’s young endure… and if so… for how long? Had we not better consider the consequences to us as a people, indeed, as humans, of what has become, at least to some degree, infanticide?

The “killing of innocents”, which is what abortion is, is a gruesome sign of a decadent society, an evil society. It is the murder of the unborn child, unborn children. By allowing abortion in our nation are we not polluting the land with the blood of innocent unborn children? Can any of us, man, woman, or child, not be stained by this national abomination?

I had not intended to become “preachy” when writing this piece, but it is a difficult thing to remain dispassionate when speaking of taking the lives of unborn children.

It is my opinion that we Americans need, desperately, to step back and reevaluate our approach to abortion in this country. The cost (never allow yourself to believe that there isn’t a cost to a nation for killing her young) will be more than we can bear. And we are not prepared for it. Nobody is prepared. No country is ever prepared for the punishment for supporting the continuation of an abomination on its soil.

Slavery is oftimes referred to as the original sin of America. I submit to you, that as bad as slavery was, it cannot hold a candle to the evil of murdering 1.3 million unborn children every year in America.

There WILL be a reckoning. There always is. Are we, as a nation, as individuals, ready to suffer the consequences of the evil we are perpetrating every day on the innocent unborn children conceived and then stripped of the right to life granted them by God? Well, are we?

J. D. Longstreet


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2 comments:

Frank said...

I do not disagree, but we intern must guarantee the best healthcare and education, and employment opportunities to each and every one of our children. I am personally pro life and would personally love to see the end of abortion AND the death penalty.... (After all, Who would Jesus execute?) I view both as legalized murder, and what would stop a woman from getting butchered if we make them illegal? The same thing that kept people from getting drunk during prohibition, nothing....
Longstreet the Dems pro choice and the Repubs. "pro life" and all the issues related to "Whole Life" are something I wrestle with in my b-b sized brain everynight, I pray, yeah pray for some kind of insight into the issue and all the other issues poverty, health care, education, outsourcing jobs and futures for these kinds and their parents..... So much so it is depressing because I never seem to get an all inclusive solution. Remember if the solution pisses of the Libs. and the Cons. simultaneously then it must be the right one.

Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie said...

Morally outraged of ‘insert random western nation here’ would be busy putting pen to paper to express their outrage at child labour in Indonesia, child prostitutes in Thailand or child soldiers in Rwanda.

The murder of unborn children in their own countries seems less of an issue.