“#1: The Bible Affirms Life. Scripture is clear that all humans have value because they are imago dei, or made in the image of God [Genesis 1:26-28; James 3:9; Ephesians 4:24]. In other words, humans are valuable by virtue of who they are, not because of what they can do. Humans have value simply because they are human. Because humans bear the image of God, the shedding of innocent blood is strictly forbidden [Exodus 23:7; Proverbs 6:16-19; Matthew 5:21].
#2: Science Affirms Life. The science of embryology is clear that from the earliest stages of development, the unborn are distinct, living, and whole human beings. True, they have yet to grow and mature, but they are whole human beings nonetheless.
#3: Logic Affirms Life. If humans only have value because of some characteristic they possess in varying degrees, those with more of it have greater rights than those with less. Then human equality is a myth. But, pro-life Christians have a better explanation for human equality. Our value is grounded in our common human nature, not a degreed property like self-awareness that none of us share equally and may come and go in the course of our lifetimes. When did you get that human nature? You got it the moment you began to exist— conception.
#4: Our Founding Documents Affirm Life. Some of our country’s most important documents – like The Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, and Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” – have their roots in the biblical concept of the imago dei. If God doesn’t exist, where do human rights come from? If they come only from the State, the same government that grants rights can take them away. If human rights are to be absolute, they must come from a source higher than the State. That’s what the authors of our founding documents believed: that every human being is “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” The first of these rights is the right to life.
Abortion Facts And Statistics:
- About one in three women will have an abortion by age 45.
- Nearly two-thirds of women having abortions say they are Christians.
- Almost half (49 percent) of abortions are among women and teens 24 years old and younger.
- More than 85 percent of “abortion-minded” women will change their minds about having an abortion if they are allowed to see an ultrasound picture of their babies.
- About 13 percent of American women are African-American, yet they account for more than 35 percent of all abortions.
- Less than one in seven Caucasian pregnancies end in abortion, but almost one in two African-American pregnancies end in abortion.
- Hispanic women account for 21 percent of all abortions.
- About 85 percent of women who had abortions in the U.S. were unmarried“ A
Notes: A- Here is a link to the source of the summary above and “21 Days of Prayer for life–calling Christians to unite, to pray, and to engage for the case of life”– http://www.breakpoint.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FINAL-2018_21-Days-PDF_v1_sm.pdf
Henry Luke 1/24/2018
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