Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
40 Days For Life: DAY 37: USA, China, North Korea
Dear Deacon John,
Every abortion ends a human life in barbaric fashion.
The practice of late-term abortion — and the fact that abortion is allowed through all nine months of pregnancy— puts the United States in a category with just a handful of other countries ... including China and North Korea.
On the newest edition of the 40 Days for Life podcast, we take you inside the late-term abortion industry with our interview with Joanna Hyatt of Life Action ... who went undercover into a notorious late-term abortion facility.
Regarding late-term abortions ... Mississippi just enacted the toughest abortion law in the United States ... a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
When he signed the bill into law, Governor Phil Bryant said, "we'll probably be sued in about half an hour."
Mississippi's only abortion center — which is the site of a 40 Days for Life vigil — did indeed haul the state into court within an hour of the signing ceremony.
"That'll be fine with me," Bryant said. "It'll be worth fighting over."
Less than a day later, a federal judge blocked enforcement of the law ... so the long legal battle the governor expected is well under way.
The 40 Days for Life volunteers in Timisoara bring their own stories to the vigil — impressive stories, said one of the team leaders.
"Some are survivors of abortion, others want children ... and others celebrate their parents' decision to give birth, despite the cost they had to pay."
One young mother shared her story. When her mother was pregnant with her, the doctors said it was a high-risk situation and they recommended abortion because both mother and child were in danger.
The volunteer's mom rejected abortion and decided to give her child a chance to life. The baby was born healthy ... but sadly, nine months later, her mother died.
Today, this young woman honors her heroic mother, who sacrificed everything her for her. "With joy, the team leader said, this volunteer "now promotes the value of life."
Spring Valley, New York
Eileen, the 40 Days for Life leader in Spring Valley, says she is most thankful again this campaign for "the 25 angels praying and singing among us."
That would be the Sisters of Life, who pray often outside the Planned Parenthood facility.
But they're not the only ones making their presence felt. One afternoon, a young man in a hoodie walked past and stopped to read the signs at the vigil site.
He turned to Eileen and said, "I stand with you!"
"That is exactly what my new friend did," she said. "He stood with me for a little while and then walked away with a thumbs up. A multitude of motorists pass by thanking us, peeping horns of support, thumbs up, and the beautiful words —God bless you!"
I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
— Romans 12:1
God Almighty, You alone are worthy of our praise and worship. Having accepted Your Son's sacrifice on my behalf, I in turn present my body to you as a living sacrifice. I pray that you would use me as your vessel to rescue others who are perishing.