On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued its infamous ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade making abortion legal in all fifty states of America. That same month, a 16-year-old young lady walked into an obstetrician’s office for her first pregnancy appointment. With the recent case in his mind and looking at a pregnant teenager, he began the appointment by saying, “You know, we can abort this baby if you want to…”
That young lady was my mother. She and my father were married in November of 1972 when she was sixteen, and my father was eighteen. Just two months later they were blessed to learn that they were expecting their first child. As she sat in the doctor’s office that day and heard what her doctor was suggesting, she was utterly horrified. I am thankful that my mother and father understood that every life is a gift from God. On September 5th of that same year, my oldest brother was born.
Forty-six years and more than 61 million abortions later, the Supreme Court’s decision continues to reverberate through the halls of history. Life is continually and increasingly under attack in our nation. The legalization of doctor-assisted suicide is another example. Court ordered euthanasia, such as in the case of Terry Schiavo in 2005, it yet another.
It is any wonder that we see a rise in mass murders and that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States? We have created a culture of death in defiance of God, the Giver of Life. As Christians, we must stand for the sanctity of every human life, recognizing that life is a gift from God and He is the one who decides when it begins and when it ends.