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By Tom Venzor
The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued two devastating blows to life and religious liberty.
First, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (“Hellerstedt”), by a 5-3 opinion authored by Justice Stephen Breyer, the Court struck down a Texas law that had required abortion clinics to meet the safety standards of ambulatory surgical centers and required doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges.
Second, in Stormans, Inc. v. Weisman (“Stormans”), the Court denied review of a Washington State regulation requiring a pharmacy to deliver all prescription medications (including abortifacient contraceptives), even if the owner of the pharmacy has a religious objection. Continue reading
If one produces enough abortion-related content, he will notice certain trends and patterns among the pro-choice responses. Certain arguments are made repeatedly and become regular talking points in discussions. Here are some of the arguments I’ve noticed recently, and a brief response to each:
1. Zygotes, embryos and fetuses are potential human beings. They are no more complete human beings that an acorn is a complete oak tree.
Second, we know that a zygote, embryo, or fetus is a living human being because it is growing. If it’s growing, it’s alive, and if it’s alive, it must belong to a species. That species is homo sapiens. Further, if it’s growing, that makes the zygote, embryo, or fetus qualitatively different from an acorn, a single sperm, egg or any entity that is not a unique, growing organism.
Third, a human embryo has a beating heart 21 days after conception and measurable brain waves about 45 days after conception. By 42 days the skeleton is formed and the brain is controlling the movement of muscles and organs. All that happens before the unborn human being is even classified as a fetus. At varying times between the fifth and 12th week after conception, the preborn baby will be able to suck his thumb, smile, squint, kick, roll over, make a fist, curl his toes, and grasp an object placed in the palm.
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As you’re probably aware, earlier this week the Supreme Court came down with its most important ruling on abortion in years. The ruling struck down a law out of Texas which required, among other things, that abortion facilities meet the same minimal health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers and that abortionists have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
It was arguably the most sensible law ever enacted related to abortion. It meant that abortion facilities could not be filthy wastelands, needed to meet fire codes, and had to be capable of wheeling an unconscious person outside to an ambulance in the event of an emergency. It meant that if a woman suffered a ruptured uterus during the procedure, the abortionist would need to be able to admit her to a hospital as expediently as possible.
But the law was struck down. The ruling – aside from being one more example of the federal government infringing on the rights of states to govern themselves – served to demonstrate just how entrenched abortion is in the modern political sphere.
There is no shortage of takeaways that one could glean from this, but here are three of the most important.
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Bob Hayes, who previously wrote an open letter to men suffering after an abortion, was on KVSS radio recently to share his story of post-abortion healing. Take a listen to hear Bob’s testimony.
In April 2011, I began working with the post-abortion ministry Rachel’s Vineyard. The ministry hosts weekend retreats for men and women who have chosen or been a part of an abortion. Over the years I have witnessed many amazing transformations in the lives of retreatants. Not only that, I have learned an incredible amount about faith, forgiveness, and the pain that abortion can cause in a person’s life.
The retreat weekends have a unique way of helping men and women come to know forgiveness and experience the loving acceptance of others who have also chosen to abort their children. The weekends offer a safe, non-judgmental, non-politicized environment for post-abortive persons to tell their stories, examine how abortion has affected their lives, and be heard.
But what makes the weekends so effective at bringing about healing and peace in a person’s life? Perhaps the secret lies in the importance of storytelling.
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The story of Jade Rees was making its way around the internet last week, and rightfully so. It was a tragic story of depression complicated by abortion that ultimately ended in suicide.
As the original story acknowledged, Rees was far from mentally stable before the abortion, having suffered from a history of depression and eating disorders. The abortion, by all accounts, is what pushed her over the edge. The story maintained that she was listening to an Ed Sheeran song about miscarriage while she penned her suicide note.