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Real Answers™
Copyright: © 2008 Gary Hardaway
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By:  Gary Hardaway


January 22, a grievous day of infamy in America, is again upon us. On this date thirty-six years ago the Supreme Court of the United States declared open season on unborn children by abolishing all state laws prohibiting abortion. The immense social and spiritual damage is incalculable. 

  • 45 to 50 million innocent lives have been snuffed out.
  • The awful pace continues -- four thousand babies every day.
  • Killing the unborn is promoted and enforced as a “right.”
  • A death-dealing, multi-million dollar industry has arisen.
  • By fostering promiscuous sex, the abortion culture has spawned vast increases in sexually transmitted diseases. Such promiscuity undermines one’s ability to bond in wholesome, faithful marriage.
  • The culture devastates families by pitting men against women, husbands against wives and parents against teens.

By and large, we’ve grown used to all this. Our hearts have gradually become hardened; we no longer weep for the dying little ones or the women who daily deliver them to the executioner. 

As if to seize the day of our apathy, the pro-abortion movement (and the industry it has spawned) is now pressing for the so-called “Freedom of Choice Act,” – the antithesis of freedom. If passed this act would: 

  • Invalidate all state bans on partial-birth abortion
  • Remove bans on abortions in government-operated hospitals
  • Forbid states from requiring parental notification or consent, or judicial authorization, before an abortion is performed on a minor.
  • Prohibit laws requiring women to receive information on fetal development and alternatives to abortion, followed by a 1-2 day waiting period prior to having an abortion.
  • Prohibit doctors, nurses, or other state-licensed professionals, and hospitals from refusing to provide or pay for abortions.

The abortion industry seeks an iron-fisted monopoly on public policy concerning the unborn. The “Freedom of Choice Act” is aimed at crushing the pro-life movement and punishing people and institutions that cherish its values.

We  who defend the unborn are variously condemned as divisive, fanatic, sexist, racist (one-third of the dead are black) and labeled as religious nuts and/or Nazis. This rhetoric serves the purpose of avoiding real discussion about abortion’s gruesome realities. Pro-abortionists know they would lose rational argument on that issue.  Abortion is the most indefensible evil of our time.

Their ferocious outrage tells us something about their moral predicament.  They know they are doing wrong. They are repressing that knowledge of guilt. They are striving mightily to convince themselves that they don’t know what they do know. This kind of self-deceit and self-justification requires enormous effort. It takes its toll deep in one’s psyche and in one’s personal relationships.

This whole project of repression extends more widely than the abortion issue. If abortion is wrong – and in our hearts we all know that it is – then other things we believe and practice must be wrong as well. The propaganda of “sexual liberation” proves false. “Reproductive rights” and “choice” are unmasked as bogus. Our sense of unlimited personal autonomy must bow before a greater principle. Our convenience and lifestyle preferences are not supreme after all.

If this house of cards falls, abortion promoters are stripped naked and defenseless in the public square. Rage erupts. Conscience is deliberately squelched but refuses to keep completely quiet. The soul must find someone to blame and attack for this offense to its fragile self-esteem. Thus they desperately, passionately seek to destroy pro-life ideas and action.

Sigmund Freud suspected that much anger is actually self-guilt projected and displaced onto others. First century Christian Scripture offers a universal axiom that indicates Freud was onto something. “The requirements of the law [basic understanding of good and evil] are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now defending them.”  

Pro-life advocates, though embattled by massive political forces, have an ally on their side – the small voice of an undeniable “law, written on the heart.”

NOTE: The author is indebted to J Budziszewski for his incisive analysis of postmodern humanity. 

Gary Hardaway, a regular contributor to the Amy Internet Syndicate, directs Summit School of Ministry in Bellingham, WA.

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