Abortion wounds society by fostering the culture of death.
Abortion reaches far beyond the forty million pre-born children killed in abortion clinics. It fosters the culture of death that wounds our nation psychologically and spiritually.
In a society where life is not sacred no one is safe. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, "I feel the that the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion, because it is a war against the child -- a direct killing of the innocent child -- murdered by the mother herself. If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"
Abortion changes the attitude that people have towards children. Thirty years ago children were seen as a gift from God, as a sign of hope for the future. Years ago an insurance salesman told me that he started his career selling insurance policies for children. He didn't understand why he wasn't making any money until a customer told him that people don't want to think of children dying. Children are life.
Mother Teresa added that the decision of Roe V. Wade characterized the child "...as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience." In only one generation, children are no longer seen as a blessing but as a curse.
This low value we place on life affects our children. Is it any wonder that so many young people suffer from depression or low self-esteem and why children feel unimportant or unwanted? Pro-choicers promise that every child will be a wanted child. Instead they foster a world where many children are unwanted.
Consider these troubling facts. Teen suicide has tripled since 1970. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, the third for youth between 15-24, and the sixth for youth ages 5-15. (Statistics from Suicide.com.)
Child abuse has also drastically increased. According to The National Incidence Study, the cases of children seriously injured by all forms of abuse quadrupled between 1986 and 1993 from 141,700 to 565,000 (a 299% increase). The estimated number of sexually abused children increased 82%, and the number of physically neglected children rose 102%. There was a 333% increase in the estimated number of emotionally neglected children, and the number of physically abused children rose 42%.
Clearly, legalized abortion has not reduced child abuse, as many of the pro-choice advocates said it would. It has only intensified the problem by degrading human life and portraying children as a burden rather than a blessing.
Abortion is an attack on children. Jesus said, "Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these (Matthew 19:14)." Jesus also said, "Whoever welcomes in my name one of these children welcomes me (Mark 9: 37)." In another place Jesus said, "Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine you did for me (Matthew 25: 40)."
"Least brothers" refers to people in need. The most vulnerable and most in need are children (pre-born or born). We must defend those who can not defend themselves, and speak for those who have no voice.
To the Christian, abortion and child abuse is an affront to God, a violation against Him. We can make a difference. Learn the facts about abortion. The better educated we are the more effective we be in combating abortion and the culture of death it creates. A good book to read is Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments by Randy Alcron.
Abortion is not a private issue because the affects of abortion reach deep into every corner of the culture. It is not enough to say that I personally don't believe in abortion when abortion has made our world a more hostile and dangerous place to live. All that is needed for evil to flourish is for good men do nothing.
Peter Dloniak is a writer living in Kirtland, Ohio.