Continuing the Series:
If I may apologize for my bluntness up front. We, as a nation, have a very important decision to make. Do we want to protect the rights of an un-born child, or the rights of a woman to kill said child? Those may seem like harsh words, but it is a reality of the society we live in today. In trying to avoid absolute generalizations, Democrats generally support the woman’s right to kill, and Republicans generally support the rights of the un-born child. At least those are the stances taken in their respective party platforms. I do not know of too many people who would argue against the positions the two parties hold. It is very obvious and neither denies it. It goes without saying that emotions run high on both sides of the issue. Progressives have long argued that abortion is a fundamental right. Unfortunately many professing Christians have joined in support of this position. Others argue that while they personally believe it is morally wrong, we have no business pushing our morality on others. If you have been reading this series the latter argument has already been rebuffed from a Biblical standpoint. I hope to address the moral implications in this post.
As usual, all answers up front. The Bible supports the idea that life begins at conception, thus getting an abortion constitutes murder of a human being, the one creation God made in his own image. From a government’s perspective, this means that the practice should not be legal. With it currently being legal, it means that our government at the very least should not fund groups that perform abortions with taxpayer dollars, nor should these dollars be used to promote the legalization of abortion in the rest of the world. It becomes not only a moral issue, but an issue of religious freedom. The bottom line is that if you are voting for Democratic candidates with a record of supporting the legal practice of abortion, then you are on the wrong side of the Bible. Personally, I believe that an improper stance on this one issue alone is sufficient for a Christian to not vote for a candidate. This is something I will reiterate later. Now to the Bible and what it teaches on this particular issue.
The Bible and Abortion
When you talk about the issue of abortion, we are really talking about the issue of life and death of one of God’s creations. So we first need to look at how God sees us because we are indeed unique among his creations. In the creation story God says the following:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)
In this passage God declares that we are made in his image. This differentiates us from other creatures on earth. The significance of such a statement is really hard to describe. But here are a couple of pieces of scripture that helps put it into perspective for me.
“what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;” (Psalms 8:4-6)
“With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:9-10)
He has crowned us with glory and honor despite of ourselves, but even more specific, in James it says that we should not even speak maliciously toward another human being because we are made in the likeness of God. What does that say about how we treat the issue of abortion, which is much more serious? It is a matter of life and death. As obvious as such an answer should be, a large portion of our population have still managed to get it wrong. Luckily it is one of those issues that the Bible addresses very clearly. Even before the 10 commandments were given to the nation of Israel, God addressed the issue of murder of humans.
“Whoever sheds the blood of man; by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” (Genesis 9:6)
These were the words spoken to Noah. Because man was made in God’s own image, God would require life for life. This is the first instance of God ordaining some form of civil institution for carrying out the justice of God. It shows just how important we are to God, and the importance of being created in his image. But just about everyone believes that murder is wrong. The question always arises…when does life begin? For Christians it is an easy answer. It’s at conception. Here are some examples that show that God’s creation begins in the womb:
“On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.” (Psalm 22:10-11)
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalms 139:13-16)
“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalms 51:5)
”Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
“what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him? Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb? (Job 31:14-15)
“for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.” (Luke 1:15)
“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit,” (Luke 1:41)
“But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,” (Galatians 1:15)
From King David to Paul, in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, the Bible is clear that life begins in the womb, not after a child is born. But the Bible goes even further. In two places in scripture, it specifically addresses the death of unborn children and the repercussions of such acts. The first is in Exodus 21:
“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life,” (Exodus 21:22-23)
This verse speaks to some very relevant current laws. Many progressives in the Democratic Party have long argued that if a fetus is harmed during a crime, a person should not be charged with murder. This verse contradicts this notion. It confirms that life begins in the womb and that killing life at this stage requires the same punishment as killing someone once they are born. A second reference is found in Amos:
“Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of the Ammonites, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they have ripped open pregnant women in Gilead, that they might enlarge their border.” (Amos 1:13)
The final question is how government should be involved with an issue such as abortion. It all goes back to the Biblical purpose of government, which is to promote good and punish evil. Here is that post in this series. Obviously from the previous scripture references, killing an unborn child would be considered evil. But in the case of abortion, it goes even further. There is specific Biblical evidence that God requires capital punishment from man for such actions.
One additional verse I did not expound upon when I discussed the purpose of civil government is Psalm 82:
“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:2-4)
This Psalm is one directed toward leaders. It is telling them to protect the weak; those who cannot defend themselves. While we live in a different government structure than those in the Old Testament, government still has a certain responsibility to protect the weak and defenseless. And who is more defenseless than an unborn child. Just added justification for government’s role in protecting the unborn. Oddly enough, those on the left often use Bible verses such as this one to defend their welfare programs, but not life. Now that we have covered what the Bible has to say, it is time to look at Obama’s record.
Obama and other progressives in the Democratic Party are proud of their pro-choice stance and are very vocal about it. They support abortion providers and these providers support their campaigns in return. They say they are protecting women’s rights, but let’s be clear on what right they are actually protecting. As previously stated, the Bible says that they are protecting women’s right to murder an unborn child. That is not my opinion, but rather what the Bible teaches. It is not a pleasant truth, but truth nonetheless. The Obama record of promoting the legalization of abortion is so long that I cannot cover it all here, but I will cover a good portion of it. To understand the mindset of Obama on this issue I think it is important to first look at his record while he served in the Illinois State Legislature where he voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act on numerous occasions. Jill Stanek’s blog has links to his entire record on this issue. Of particular significance is Obama’s verbal opposition to Born Alive Infant Protection Act on the Illinois Senate Floor on March 30, 2001. This early record reveals a few things (1) when it comes to the abortion issue he does not look to the Bible for guidance (2) he feels legalized abortion is a Constitutional right (3) his attitude toward protecting life in the womb is cold and heartless (at least that is how it comes off to me)…he speaks of the unborn child as if it is a thing instead of a human life. His comments begin on page 86 of the transcript:
“Well, it turned out — that during testimony a number of members who are typically in favor of a woman’s right to choose an abortion were actually sympathetic to some of the concerns that your — you raised and that were raised by witnesses in the testimony. And there was some suggestion that we might be able to craft something that might meet constitutional muster with respect to caring for fetuses or children who were delivered in this fashion. Unfortunately, this bill goes a little bit further, and so I just want to suggest, not that I think it’ll make too much difference with respect to how we vote, that this is probably not going to survive constitutional scrutiny. Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a — a child, a nine-month-old–child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it — it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an antiabortion statute.”
Obama shows here that he was more concerned with protecting the practice of abortion than protecting human life. This record continued in the United States Senate. Here are a few tidbits from his voting record there:
- Obama was rated 100% by NARAL for supporting legalized abortion. He was also rated 0% by the NRLC, a pro-life organization.
- Voted NO on prohibiting minors from crossing state lines for an abortion (Mar 2008)
- Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines (Apr 2007)
- Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out of state abortions before they are performed(Jul 2006)
- Another note from his record as a State Senator that I forgot to mention is that he actually voted Present on abortion bills. The now famous PRESENT votes of Obama in the Illinois State Legislature were actually a part of a strategy of Planned Parenthood that Obama was carrying out. So began his storied relationship with this organization, which is the largest abortion provider in the United States.
At an early stage in his Presidency, it was clear that Obama would continue to promote the legalization of the practice of abortion. The first indication was the appointment of numerous pro-choice personnel for his administration:
- I guess the very first appointment would technically be Joe Biden, his Vice-Presidential running mate. Mr. Biden obviously has a record of supporting the legalization of abortion, but perhaps not as a radical of a record as some of Obama’s other appointees. The first being his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. Mr. Emanuel supports all forms of abortion to include partial birth abortion. He is an avid supporter of Planned Parenthood and taxpayer funding of the organization.
- Obama’s first choice for Health Secretary was former Senator Tom Daschle. While he voted for the ban on partial birth abortion, he did attempt to weaken the legislation before the final version was voted on. Every other abortion related stance falls directly in line with the President and Mr. Emanuel. Of course Mr. Daschle had to pull his name for consideration because he failed to pay taxes. That left the door open for Obama to appoint probably the most radical abortion supporter in public office, Kathleen Sebelius. She is most famous for her close relationship with George Tiller, an abortion practitioner who illegally performed late term abortions. And her vetoes of legislation that would prevent late term abortions. Like the others, she has close relationships with organizations that provide abortion services to include Planned Parenthood.
- Both of Obama’s Supreme Court Nominees are supporters of Roe vs. Wade, but Elena Kagan is probably the more radical of the two. She has publicly attacked government regulations that would prevent taxpayer funding of abortion groups, but the most obvious illustration of her radical support came from her time working for the Clinton administration. During this time she altered medical findings in a report for the Clinton administration to fit her views that partial birth abortion should be legalized. She now sits on the Supreme Court.
- The list of pro-choice appointees is too long to list here, but I will point out one final name. Obama’s nominee for Deputy Secretary of State, James B Steinberg. Mr. Steinberg has stated that we have a Constitutional obligation to fund abortions with taxpayer dollars. I feel this position is important because he can influence American policy abroad. I believe this has been felt in areas such as the Obama administration taxpayer funded support of a Kenya constitution that legalized abortion. And Hillary Clinton’s attempts to promote abortion at the UN. Clinton one of those many appointees I left out. By the way you can check out more of these appointees in this list of pro-abortion activities of the administration.
Here are other items of interest that give us an idea of his position on abortion:
- Planned Parenthood has made its way into many of these bullet points so we should probably cover Obama’s relationship with this group in more detail. Last year Obama defended the taxpayer funding of the abortion provider in a speech to a another group that supports abortion rights. Obama always tries to tout the idea that we should fund groups like Planned Parenthood because they perform other services as well. While they do, this is simply a veil to hide their true agenda. Nothing illustrates this better than what happened this year in Texas. The Texas Legislature de-funded Planned Parenthood and used the money to fund other women’s health groups that do not perform abortions. (a key point here being there are other women’s health organizations that do not provide abortions). The Obama administrations response was to stop federal funding to the Texas Medicaid Women’s Health Program until the state re-instated funding for Planned Parenthood. It is very clear from this incident that Obama’s priorities are protecting the funding of an abortion provider rather than protecting the healthcare needs of low income women. The administration has used similar tactics in other states that de-funded the group to include Indiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee and New Jersey. The Obama campaign’s latest ad now attacks Romney and Ryan’s stance that abortion should be illegal and that Planned Parenthood should not be funded with taxpayer dollars.
- The Obama administration celebrates the Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade every year. This past year he called abortion a “fundamental constitutional right”.
- On the first anniversary of this day (which occurs right around inauguration time…meaning this was one of his first acts as President), Obama rescinded the Mexico City Policy by Executive Order. This allows federal funding to organizations that promote legalized abortion or provide such services oversees. This, in turn, allowed renewed funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which was defunded by the Bush administration because it supported China’s one child policy. China’s one child policy was enforced with things such as forced sterilizations and abortions, often dictated by the sex of the child. Additional executive orders allowed taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
- In 2009, Obama held a health care summit in which groups such as Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Council of La Raza were invited while Pro-Life groups were excluded.
- The terrorism guide from the Obama administration that most people are familiar with (became big news when it was accidentally leaked) described Pro-Life Advocates as violent and racist in their terrorism. Perhaps not the specific view held by Obama himself, but it was created by those who he appointed.
And the list goes on. This is one of the more clear cut issues where Obama splits from the Biblical teaching on government. I think it is significant enough that Christians should not vote for him for this stance alone because it involves the protection of human life. And not just any human life, but a defenseless human being in the womb of the mother. We need a leader of this country that will stand up and protect life. Not fund those that help destroy it. Obama’s record shows that he is not willing to be that leader at this time. I hope eventually those in the Democratic Party will come to the conclusion that this evil is worse than past evils they have supported (ie…slavery) and change their stance to create a unified front to protect human life. How awesome would it be if God were to change Obama’s heart on this issue that should transcend political ideology.