IS IT MURDER?
In 1994, Susan Smith of South Carolina shocked the nation when she reported that she had been carjacked by a black man, and that her two boys, Alex (14 months) and Michael (3) were in the car when this occurred. It would be nearly a month when the same nation that once waited anxiously, prayed, and even cried as she poured out her heart to reporters over her terrible ordeal, discovered the horrific truth. She cowardly abandoned her part in a murder-suicide plot, allowing her children to drown while imprisoned in their car seats.
Was it murder?
In 2001, Andrea Yates, a mother of 5 in Houston, Texas was suffering from postpartum depression, postpartum psychosis, and schizophrenia. On June 20th of that same year, Andrea drowned all five of her children: Noah (7), John (5), Paul (3), Luke (2), and Mary (6 months) in the bathtub. To this day, she lives a cushy existence in a mental institution she chooses to stay in. Apparently, at this point it’s an option. No death row for this murdering momma.
Was it murder?
As seemingly simple and common-sense as the answers would seem to be, let us view this issue in the proper context:
Ask anyone you know, and they will no doubt agree with you that America is a torn country. They will probably also agree that it is torn on many issues, from religious views and political parties to same- sex marriage and gay rights. But few issues are we as divided on as the right-to-life, or more appropriately known, abortion. With the
possible overturning of the 1973 Roe vs Wade ruling that led to the subsequent murders of more than 62 million innocents looming in our collective backdrops, we as a nation are forced to no longer, “get around” to how we feel about abortion- it is staring us in the face.
For many, this is a contentious area because as with so many other issues everyone feels that they are right. And because it is a moral position as well, many in the media, along with likewise minded politicians manipulate, toy with and mold unsuspecting American minds like playdough. These puppeteers know that people, despite
how it may appear, sincerely want to do the right thing.
As a result, they go after the jugular, i.e., the heartstrings, and tell them lies about abortion, to coerce their complicity.
But what does the data say?
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a once affiliate of Planned Parenthood, they report it this way:
- At least 96% of all abortions are due to inconvenience.
- 3% of all abortions are to protect the health of the mother.
- 1% of all abortions are because of rape or incest.
Despite those statistics, many do it anyway, citing:
- “Now’s not a good time in my life.”
- “We really can’t afford a baby right now,”
- “I don’t want to raise a baby by myself.”
- “I’m just too busy to have a baby.”
It still begs several questions.
Why would anyone want to murder a baby? Under what circumstances would “your choice” be considered murder? Are people so cruel and morally devoid of heart that human life is so insignificant? That an innocent baby’s life means nothing?
In most cases, no. However, to make their case, those politicians that you voted for, and many others, devised a Big Lie. They said (and many still contend) that the infant-up until actual birth, was not really a baby- yet. That’s right. No heart. No feelings. A pre-baby thing. A.K.A. parts of conception. So, if you aborted it, i.e., “ended the pregnancy” it wasn’t murder.
Generations of us fell for it. I fell for it. Millions today are still falling for it. Now, were we heartless? Uncaring? Not always. However, we still believed the Big Lie. Unlike so many of us, the ones telling us the Big Lie always knew that it was a lie.
They had the truth all along!
Eventually leaked it to us. Unfortunately, the truth about lies is, that if you continue to tell them enough, many will believe it regardless of the inherent dangers of doing so. As a result, the gloves are off. There is no place they will not go; and literally nothing that is a bridge too far.
In 2019, then Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam defended his new proposed abortion bill by stating: “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he continued. “The infant would be delivered. Then the infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
This came and went with little to no backlash from the professing Christian community.
Is that murder?
Now, to the bigger picture.
Many of those same individuals that scream, curse, attack, and march under the banner, “my body- my choice” and, “abortion is healthcare” today, were horrified and stunned upon hearing the news of Andrea Yates’ and Susan Smith’s ghastly deeds at the time. They were shocked and appalled at how anyone could murder their children.
Yet for many of us, we did not have to change the context to understand that regardless of condition, circumstance, or even age of the child, it is unimaginable to take the life of your own offspring. Make no mistake about it, by every measure, under any reason, abortion is murder-and most know this. They may cover it up with
narratives, rhetoric, false facts, and excuses, but they know it.
Unfortunately, there is as much (if not more) pro-choice support in the professing Christian community then in the secular world.
Today, ask yourselves, what quantifies a life’s value? Is it at ages 7 years-old to 6 months, as with Andrea Yates, or perhaps 3 years or one year, as in the case of Susan Smith? Is it when the heart has just begun to beat, or when a toddler has just learned to walk?
When is it murder?