Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January 14, 2015

"Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

Abortion is the most dangerous and destructive lie perpetrated on the human race since the serpent's deception in the Garden of Eden!

In this week leading up to Sanctity of Life Sunday I want to do my best to expose some of these lies and elevate the truth.

This morning, I want to share the first five facts that destroy the myths about abortion.

Myth No. 1: Abortion is legal only during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Fact: Abortion is legal during all 9 months of pregnancy.

Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade declared abortion a constitutional right. The Court divided pregnancy into three trimesters but ultimately ruled that women have a right to abortion any time an abortion doctor deems the abortion necessary for her “health.” The Supreme Court defined “health” as “all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’sage—relevant to the well-being of the patient.”

Myth No. 2: Abortion is legal because the Constitution says so.

Fact: Legal abortion is the fruit of judicial activism. It has been imposed upon the country by judges.

The word “abortion” does not appear in the Constitution. Nevertheless, in Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that a right to abortion was part of an implied right to personal privacy emanating from various constitutional Amendments —in other words, that a right to abortion is an “implied” part of the Constitution.

It is the chief modern example of judicial activism—judges imposing their own policy preferences rather than interpreting the law as written. When judges act in this manner, they usurp the role of the legislators, whom the citizens elect to represent them in deciding disputed, difficult policy issues. Thus, judicial activism undermines the very basis of our representative democracy. This ruling has been sharply criticized by legal scholars, federal judges, and seven other Supreme Court justices. 

Myth No. 3: Most Americans agree with current U.S. abortion law.

Fact : The vast majority of Americans strongly disagree with it.
According to various national polls:
  • 61% of Americans say abortion should be illegal after the fetal heartbeat has begun — which occurs in the first month of pregnancy.
  • 72% of Americans say abortion should be illegal after the first 3 months of pregnancy.
  •  86% of Americans say abortion should be illegal after the first 6 months of pregnancy.
  • Only 16% of Americans say abortion should be legal at any time for any reason.
However, Supreme Court decisions make abortion legal throughout all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason.

Therefore, abortion law today is completely out of step with Americans’ views on what it should be.

Myth No. 4: Abortion is rare in United States.

Fact: The U.S. has the highest abortion rate in the western world.

There are 1.31 million induced abortions every year in the United States. 24.5 percent of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion.

That means 3,500 children are aborted every day, 145 children are aborted every hour, and 2 children die every minute due to induced abortion in the U.S. In fact, the U.S. has the highest abortion rate in the western world, and the third-highest abortion rate of all developed nations worldwide. The U.S. abortion rate is higher than the abortion rate in Spain, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, Italy, France, England, Wales, Denmark, Tunisia, Finland, Uzbekistan, Croatia, Japan, Israel, Hong Kong, Canada, Norway, Singapore, Azerbaijan, New Zealand, Sweden, South Korea, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Georgia, Australia, Kyrgyzstan, and  Puerto Rico.

Myth No. 5: Most abortions in the United States are done for health reasons or because of rape or incest.

Fact : Most abortions in the United States have nothing to do with these reasons.

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute (a pro-choice organization), 93.5 percent of the abortions every year are done for reasons other than health, rape or incest. Their survey shows women have abortions for the following reasons:
  • 25 % - “not ready for (another) child/timing is wrong”
  • 23 % - “can’t afford a baby now”
  • 19 % - “have completed my childbearing/have other people depending on me/children are grown”
  • 8 % - “don’t want to be a single mother/am having relationship problems”
  • 7 % - “don’t feel mature enough to raise (another) child/feel too young”
  • 4% - “would interfere with education or career plans”
  • 0.5% - “husband or partner wants me to have an abortion”
  • 0.5% - “parents want me to have an abortion”0.5%-  “don’t want people to know I had sex or got pregnant”
Less than 8 percent of abortions every year are done for reasons of health, rape or incest:
  • 4 % - “physical problem with my health”
  • 3 % -  “possible problems affecting the health of the fetus”
  • 0.5 %- “was a victim of rape”
  • 0.5 % - “became pregnant as a result of incest”
Yet, under current U.S. abortion law, all of these abortions are legal.

These are the first five of ten myths about abortion. These myths have cost millions of precious innocents their lives.

God, have mercy!