IN DEFENSE OF THE UNBORN

(By Dr. Ron Woodworth)

Foreword

This January 22nd is the anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court’s decision in Roe vs. Wade (1973) which legalized abortion on demand in the United States. The tragic result of such “legislation”1 has been the abortion of nearly 40 million unborn children. That equals 3,500 abortions each day—that’s approximately the size of my daughter’s high school. That is more than those who died on 9/11 in the twin towers in New York—which catapulted our present war on terrorism. In essence, American secularism has declared Jihad against the unborn for which reason we must not, and will not, remain silent.

“The only thing for evil to triumph is for good men [and women] to do nothing” (Edmund Burke).

To this end, please join with millions of believers who are today praying for the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Lord Jesus, may this be the day of deliverance for the unborn. Amen!

In your prayers consider these sad statistics:2

In the United States alone…

…1,310,400 die every year

…3,600 die every day—7 days per week

…2 ½  unborn infants die every minute

…Every 24 seconds a child dies by legalized abortion in American today

…25.5% of women who decided to have an abortion want to postpone childbearing

…21.3% of women cannot afford a baby

…14.1% of women have a relationship issue or their partner does not want a child

…12.2% of women are too young (their parents or others object to the pregnancy)

…10.8% of women feel a child will disrupt their education or career

…7.9% of women want no (more) children

Introduction

The following is a compilation of the basic content of a message I shared on behalf of the unborn at the Arizona House of Representatives Judiciary Committee meeting on January 19, 1981, and also that which I had prepared to share, but was unable to, before the Senate Judiciary meeting, shortly thereafter. Even if you have read this before, please do so again in a prayerful attitude–as our corporate prayer of agreement to Jesus, “who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:10)

In Defense of the Unborn

Mr. Chairman and members of the Judiciary, I consider it a rare privilege to speak to you on behalf of the unborn. My commission to do so comes from Proverbs 31, verses 8 and 9, which says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Defend the rights of all who are afflicted and unable to plead their own case.” And so, on behalf of the unborn, I stand before you to plead their case, so help me God.

I do want to say at the outset, that it is not my intent to castigate or insult those who disagree with my convictions, since we both are equally entitled to the freedom of thought and speech. But with good will I entreat them to forebear me, as I do them. I would also call upon those who are of the ‘pro-life’ persuasion, and who claim to be ‘champions of the truth’ to remember that we are not struggling against people but against ideologies which certain people hold. Therefore, with patience, gentleness, and due respect toward all, we should share the truth in love.

The topic of human life and abortion is not unfamiliar to me since I encounter it quite frequently in my work [I was introduced as Reverend Ronald W. Woodworth], as well as having confronted the issue head-on among my own family and relatives. The Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Molten ‘promulgated’ on January 22, 1973, stated that ‘only viable human beings who have the capacity of meaningful life may, but need not be, protected by the state.’ In so doing, the consequences are staggering now with nearly one and one-half million babies killed each year, and not as was originally espoused, ‘to alleviate the sorrow of parents who conceived anything less than a ‘perfect’ baby.’ But now the termination of life is predicated on inconvenience, personal shame and disgrace, lack of desire to care, and it’s all being done in the name of liberty and rights!

Human rights and the unborn

But if we are to talk of rights, should we not consider the rights of the unborn? The framers of the American Constitution held certain truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness-all of which are currently denied the unborn! It seems that the things that we once held as self-evident are now in need of justification. The justification of defending the unborn can be simply stated by quoting Genesis 1:27, “And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him.” Since man, woman, and the resultant process of birth are from God, it is to be revered and uninfringed upon by men. That, itself, is the justification.

Now, instantly, I realize I have exposed the real under girding tension in the controversy. We have two antithetical presuppositions in conflict. One is a belief and a reverence for the Divine, and the other is relativistic humanism that acknowledges no such obligatory subordination. If one believes in God, then one must search for and subject oneself to His will. If, on the other hand, one purports to not believe in God, then the will of man is sovereign, and he is ‘god,’ arbitrarily determining what is right and wrong for himself. The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation who’s God is the Lord”-not the people! Now, lest you misunderstand, let me say that although I know many are historically misinterpreting the First Amendment, I do believe in separation of church and state, but I do not believe in separation ofGod and state!

It is after careful search and thorough inquiry into the scriptures and knowledge of the ways of God that I have concluded that abortion, the imposed termination of fetal life in any stage and for any reason, other than perhaps the imminently endangered life of the mother, is murder and a grievous sin against God, Who is the giver of life.

The perspective of science…

From a scientific point of view it is an indisputable fact that all that we are as adults was determined in a split second at the time of conception. Our stature, color of hair, eyes, sex, height, etc., and, in fact, nothing of what we are now has changed since conception, except growth aided by food and oxygen! Therefore, to mock the small fertilized egg is to scoff at oneself. This fact of life is interestingly confirmed by Dr. Bernard Nathanson who was the foremost leader of abortions in America, and who personally ‘had responsibility for the oversight of sixty thousand abortions,’ and who, after an intensive study of the fetal region for over two years, concluded that the small developing embryo is human life and, as such, needs to be protected. These facts are published in his book, Aborting America.

The historical-biblical perspective…

From a historical-Biblical perspective, this is not the first time a society has degenerated into unprovoked massive extermination. In 1500 B.C. the king of Egyptcommanded the extermination of all newly born male children for political expediency! Again, at the time of Christ, Herod brutally murdered all male children, two years old and under, who were in Bethlehem and in all its environs. And who can forget Hitler’s holocaust?! The only difference is that now-a-days we’re more sophisticated and we kill them earlier.

The perspective of Justice

Finally, from the perspective of justice I quote Proverbs 6:16 and 17, “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him. Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.” To be innocent means that one is free from guilt. The only time God, the giver and taker of life, permits governmental authorities to take life, is on the grounds of proven guilt, deserving of death. To permit life to be cut off where there is no guilt is to bring blood guiltiness upon us as a nation, for which God will surely avenge. For if the innocent blood ofone man, Abel, cried to God from the ground, how much more is the united voice of over eight million innocent children murdered arousing the heart of God!

What guilt is there to be conceived unwanted? What guilt is incurred in being crippled or lame? That goes for rape and incest, too. Punish the offender, don’t give permission to kill the innocent! If we concede that there is such a thing as a life not worthy to be lived, then I ask you, who will determine who has that right to life? It was noted that during Hitler’s regime that the attitude in early stages of exterminating people concerned itself merely with the severely and chronically sick. Gradually, the sphere of those to be included in this category was enlarged to encompass the socially unproductive, and ideologically unwanted, the racially unwanted, and, finally all non-Germans.3

Who determines the rights of others?

If we, as men, begin to make arbitrary determinations upon who has the right to life and who does not have it, based upon our assessment of the value of their life, then we have surely left a hazy line of demarcation, and have subsequently opened a wide door to infanticide and euthanasia; and what of the unrehabilitatable veterans who fought so sacrificially to defend our country?! I entreat those of you who fear God, do not give license to those who abuse and selfishly exploit liberty! The word of God says in Proverbs 24:11 and 12, “Deliver those who are being taken away to death and those who are staggering to slaughter, oh, hold them back. If you say, see, we did not know this, does He not consider it who weighs your hearts and does He not know it who keeps your soul, and wilt He not render to man according to his works!”

In Egypt, God established those midwives who refused to obey Pharaoh’s edict with their own households, and He will so establish you, also, if you do what is right in His sight without being frightened by the fear of loss of office. Do not allow personal aggrandizement to cause you to vacillate from moral conviction, but rather make full use of your office and all the influence you can muster to discharge the responsibility and purpose of your appointment, and in so doing look to God to establish you as leaders through integrity and righteousness.

Conclusion…

In closing, listen to the word of the Lord God from Psalm 139:13-16,

“Thou didst form my inward parts, Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb, I will give thanks to Thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me when as yet there was not one of them.”

John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in the womb, and even Christ Jesus, the Savior of the world, was born of a woman, having been tenderly and vulnerably carried in the womb. We must protect the unborn-for who but God knows the destiny and precious value that such a life will be to mankind if just given a chance to live. Please hear my defense and appeal on behalf of those who are what we once were-the unborn!

Mr. Chairman and members of the Judiciary, our prayers are with you. May God forgive us this grave sin, turn from His wrath and grant repentance, and may we as a nation humble ourselves, admit our error, and amend our ways.

(The proposed bill was passed in the House of Representatives, but declined in the Senate)

Lord God, please help the little ones, forgive us our sin, and let a cry go out from us on behalf of those who cannot speak, and cause that cry to reach the ears and hearts of our legislators just as it has reached Your Own, we pray Thee in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Little Ones, by Phil Keaggy

Who will speak up for the little ones?
Helpless and half-abandoned?
They’ve got a right to choose life
they don’t want to lose;
I’ve got to speak up, won’t you?

Equal rights, equal time
For the unborn children
Their precious lives are on the line
How can we be rid of them?

Passing laws, passing out
Bills and new amendments
Pay the cost and turn about
And face the young defendants.

Who will speak up for the little ones;
Helpless and half-abandoned?
They’ve got a right to choose life
they don’t want to lose;
I’ve got to speak up, won’t you?

Many come and many go
Conceived but not delivered,
The toll is astronomical
Oh, how can we be indifferent?

Little hands, little feet
Tears for Him Who made you
Should all on earth forsake you now
He’ll never forsake you.

Who will speak up for the little ones,
Helpless and half-abandoned?
They’ve got a right to choose life
they don’t want to lose;
I’ve got to speak up, won’t you?

 

Credits: “Little Ones”, song by Phil Keaggy
Cherry Lane Music Co.  publisher.
Used by permission


1) I put legislation in quotes because the Supreme Court is not supposed to legislate–but only to interpret. The problem is that we have judges making law from the bench in violation of the function of the court. I encourage you to join me in a prayer I originally heard from Derek Prince decades ago, “Lord Jesus, raise up the righteous and root out the wicked from the government of the U.S.”

2) These statistics can be found from at least two sites athttp://womensissues.about.com/cs/abortionstats/a/aaabortionstats.htm & http://www.pathlights.com/abortion/abort10.htm.

3) Karl Binding, Doctor of Jurisprudence and Philosophy, and Alfred Hoche, M.D., “The Release of the Destruction of Life Devoid of Value”