How is it that we as women seem to fall so easily into the ‘photo-op’ blame shot of human history mega sin? –Not saying all mega sin that has occurred – but at least two that I’m aware of anyway. The first epic historic stitch-up (still in use today) has been well and truly covered in previous posts concerning Eve’s contribution (or more precisely her lack of contribution) to the ‘Fall of Man’ and sin’s entry into our world.
The other may well be happening right now in our lifetime.
It seems we as women have chosen to block our ears to our natural biological design and grasp the law with both hands to demand full blame on us alone in the killing of our unborn sons and daughters. How convenient, to make it all about the woman.
September 19, 2019 – midnight, saw the close for all public submissions for or against the pending New Zealand Abortion Legislation Bill to the government select committee. Previously on August 8, 2019, Parliament had it’s first reading and a conscience vote was taken which saw 94 Members of Parliament voting in favour of decriminalising abortion, and making it simply a women’s ‘health’ issue (solely about the ‘wellbeing’ of the woman). 23 Members voted against it, as no consideration was given to the unborn child.
So saying, it was a definitive first win in New Zealand for those wanting it to be a woman’s choice as to whether her unborn child lived or died, and as such was hailed as a huge success for women’s pro-choice abortion (her body – her choice).
(NZ’s Family First Party let us know 23,000 New Zealanders made submissions for the rights of the unborn child to the select committee within the six week period given).
Amnesty International estimates 1 in 4 pregnancies are terminated worldwide and sees legalised abortion as necessary for the health of the woman needing it (in avoiding unnecessary risk of death and disability by ‘back alley’ abortion procedures).
So New Zealand seems to be keeping up with the rest of the world in removing legal obstacles for the elimination of an unwanted group of people.
!! Are we that far removed from the WW2 holocaust that saw 6 million men, women and children eliminated simply because they were Jewish? Their rights stripped and genocide occurring to factory efficiency?
According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day. (Wikipedia has the figure as being around 56 million abortions performed/year worldwide)
Thats most likely more than the current populations of New Zealand, Australia, Sweden and Ireland combined (44,905,135 persons).
At 12:43pm today, on the worldometer for this year already, we have reached 31,350,083 induced abortions – with each one occurring less than a second apart 😦
This is staggering!!
How do we comprehend the enormity of damage occurring to both women and unborn children every day in this world of ours?
I think we can all understand there are many things that cause a woman to decide or agree to go down the abortion route when faced with an unplanned / unwanted pregnancy. Unless totally clueless as to what abortion is, I am sure every woman struggles deeply within herself as to the action she becomes willingly or unwillingly a participant to.
It seems without YeHoWaH in our lives there appears little advantage, if any, for a woman to go against the prevailing pressure to terminate her unwanted child growing within her.
Questioning the developing child’s legitimacy in terms of when or if he/she can be considered fully human with rights attached, is a very convenient position to take. It’s what happened in WW2. The term ‘fetus’ dehumanises the unborn child and allows us to close our eyes as to the enormity of what we are doing.
This dehumanisation is in our children’s school textbooks and at the base of the Darwinian Theory of man’s evolution. Just as the knowledge of God has been steadily eroded by social engineering so our intrinsic worth has been obscured, and in our material world people become yet another commodity, their lives increasingly determined by those in control.
Biased media portrayal, concerning environmental sustainability and population growth, desensitises us to the idea of depopulation and the means by which it could and does happen.
But these are lies making the elimination of those who are silent and socially invisible all the more reasonable a solution for the problem of our sin – that we treat as our human right and choose to defend.
We need to open our eyes and not be afraid to question the popular narrative and understand social conditioning is actively occurring via media, through government policies, in learning institutions publicly and privately.
Economic and social pressures, violence and coercion can pit a woman’s own foreseeable survival in this life against the life she finds herself nuturing. The want of control over her own body to determine her own life irrespective of another is so appealing, and closing her eyes, so as not to see the consequence of her choice is but a momentary comfort, her eyes eventually opening again. It is a hard, lonely place to be in because someone always dies in an abortion… here of course lies the problem. His or her death is hidden from the eyes of society and even the mother herself lest she realise what she has done. The machinations of governing population policies would grind to a halt if we had to personally look upon the dead bodies of our children. At least I would hope that’d be the case because then things would have to change. Instead of it merely being a ‘women’s health issue’ it would be damning on the community who forsook the woman in placing the responsibility of her unborn child’s life or death on her head alone.
“MY BODY – MY RIGHT” states a boundary and is an angry vent of protest for women whose lives and bodies historically belonged to men. (Pretty sure these protest banners are not seen in Muslim lands…). My understanding is that it is saying, ‘a woman has authority over her own body, therefore anyone within her, is under her dominion.’
Since “MY BODY – MY RIGHT” usually – if not always – coincides with the abortion of the unborn child, the woman is essentially that of a despot, having the power of life or death over another.
Our sin never gets any better… only worse.
This cry of hers for autonomy, however, is but a branch extending from the girth of our sinful world system of human power, and its fruit – the premature death our children.
So I ask the question –
Where are the men
Who lay with the women?
Who found themselves pregnant
And carry the cost alone.
When men and women finally stand before God and He shows us the extent of our sin, will the response be reminiscent of Adam in Genesis 3:12
Her body – her choice.
Fortunately God is wholly adept at reading the heart and renders justice to all.
I write as one never having been in the same situation as others having to choose to keep or abort their unborn children.
I am very grateful for that.
My second child Grace -now 17 was born with Down’s Syndrome and needing open heart surgery within her first year to survive. Her condition was a surprise (at birth) for my husband and I. God spared me even the suggestion of abortion in my pregnancy with her for which I am so grateful and so was free of any painful thoughts to regret later.
Though it seems an impossible mess to sort out with so much damage already done, and hardened hearts and people set on their own paths in opposition to God, there is always hope to give the individual who has either walked down that path or is considering abortion as an option. – Remember Who it is who keeps us, and be ready to give your personal testimony of God’s grace.
I leave you with the words of David: Psalm 16 – it can be their testimony also if they choose to place their hope in Him.
Preserve me, O God,
for in You I take refuge.
2I said to YeHoWaH, “You are my Lord;
apart from You I have no good thing.”
3As for the saints in the land,
they are the excellence
in whom all my delight resides.
4Sorrows will multiply
to those who chase other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood,
or speak their names with my lips.
5 YeHoWaH is my chosen portion and my cup;
You have made my lot secure.
6The lines of my boundary have fallen in pleasant places;
surely my inheritance is delightful.
7I will bless YeHoWaH who counsels me;
even at night my conscience instructs me.
8I have set YeHoWaH always before me.
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will dwell securely.
10For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
nor will You let Your Holy One see decay.
11You have made known to me the path of life;
You will fill me with joy in Your presence,
with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.