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Partial Birth Abortions – The Crime Against Conscience?

Posted by Orrin Woodward on January 14, 2009

The following discussions is designed to get people to think and examine their beliefs and values.  We may disagree, but we can disagree respectfully as human beings with different thoughts on the issues.  I feel our society loses when we lose the ability to dialogue and reason.  Today’s post is an issue that is heated on both sides.  We need cooler heads to discuss and not name call either side of the issue.


Our post modern culture is good at casting aspersions on our forefathers for their hypocrisy.  I will use just three examples to share my point.  Have you ever heard any of the following?


1. Founding Fathers were hypocrites to say that all men were equal, but some had slaves.


2. Manifest Destiny was just a nice way of saying we are going to steal the land away from the Indians who could not stand against American firepower.


3. America needs to bring its troops home and let the countries that are defenseless against our firepower make their own decisions in government.


I believe each of these points has some validity and that we should discuss the ideals and the realities in each case.  What concerns me is that our post-modern culture can clearly see the fault of past generations, but never seems to look inward at our own hearts.  Jesus said, “Before you remove the speck from your brother’s eye, remover the beam from your own eye.”  The Bible is clear that Christians should defend the defenseless, ensure justice to the weak against the strong, and stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.


The slaves during the American Revolution could not stand up for themselves and even though individual founding fathers did make stands, it took a Civil War to finally settle the slavery issue.  The founding fathers had ideals, but could not implement without risking the entire American Experiment.  Were they right or wrong to do so?  Great questions and great topics of discussion that will be discusses for as long as people reason.


The Indians on our great plains could not stand up to the land hungry Americans moving west.  Did individual American’s attempt to enforce the Indian nations rights?  Yes, some did, but justice was trampled for expediency and Indians were herded off to plantations instead of being assimilated into the American experiment.  Should America not have headed west at all?  These are great questions for ongoing dialogue that will be discussed for as long as people reason together.


The sovereignty of other countries is intervened by our powerful military and political machines.  Does America have the right and responsibility to ensure justice for the oppressed around the world?  These are more intelligent discussions with well reasoned argument on all sides.  If America is threatened, do we have the right to intervene?  There must be limits and principles applied to each situation. 


The point is that we should always examine the past and the present to ensure our hearts are right on these matters.  The goal of studying history is to learn the past so we can apply the right principles at the right time in the future.  As Harry Truman said, “There is nothing new under the sun, only the history that you do not know.”


I have said all of this to bring you to our post-modern culture’s biggest hypocrisy and crime, in my opinion.  How can we deftly point out the hypocrisy in our past and not blush with shame with our culture’s stand on abortion?  Isn’t the American creed to stand up for those that are defenseless?  Isn’t it the blatant hypocrisy that gets our gander up when we see the double standards from our past of (free men & slavery), (right to own property & land grabbing migrations), and (national sovereignty & empire building government)?  How is it that we see their hypocrisy, but miss our own? 


Can we truly say we are concerned about the welfare and rights of our defenseless brothers and sisters when we allow partial birth abortions?  What more defenseless human being can there be than a baby in their mother’s womb?  I can see future generations looking back on this generation with disdain.  They will mock our hypocrisy that we were so concerned about the defenseless until it called for a personal sacrifice.  Yes the modern God is the God of convenience and we are for doing right until it hurts.


It has been said that integrity is not doing wrong, but character is doing right.  You may not support partial birth abortions nor have had one and so you have integrity.  But I would submit to you that character would go the next mile and defend in a constitutional way the rights and the justice our speechless defenseless brothers and sisters.  America’s ideals have always stood for coming to the aid of the defenseless against injustice.  Please consider your positions and examine your own heart.  Do you have a double standard when it comes to judging the past and the present?  Do you, like our forefathers, use misleading arguments to justify the hypocrisy?  Like attempting to show that babies in the womb are not really human babies yet?  Doesn’t this sound frighteningly similar to bogus argument about Blacks not being fully human in an attempt to justify slavery?  Does it sound like bogus arguments that Indians could not be fully civilized in an attempt to justify rapaciousness?  Does it sound like fallacious arguments that the weaker countries need us to force upon them our form of government even though we would fight to the death to not allow a foreign power to do the same to us? 


The Bible compels us to go beyond integrity and into character.  I have made stands in my life that have cost me plenty.  Money, friends, reputation must all be put on the line before you surrender your character and your principles.  Can it be tough at times to stand for truth?  Sure, but not as tough as looking in the mirror and knowing that you are a hypocrite.  John Wooden said, “The softest pillow is a good conscience.”  Is your pillow soft at night?  Please watch the videos and think on these things.  God Bless, Orrin Woodward


The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would eliminate every restriction on abortion nationwide.

  • FOCA will do away with state laws on parental involvement, on partial birth abortion, and on all other protections.
  • FOCA will compel taxpayer funding of abortions.
  • FOCA will force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities to perform abortions.

FOCA Would Wipe Away Every Restriction on Abortion Nationwide

This would eradicate state and federal laws that the majority of Americans support, such as:

  • Bans on Partial Birth Abortion
  • Requirements that women be given information about the risks of getting an abortion
  • Only licensed physicians can perform abortions
  • Parents must be informed and give consent to their minor daughter’s abortion

FOCA would erase these laws and prevent states from enacting similar protective measures in the future.


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