This week, Christians commemorate the martyrdom of the Holy Innocents: the murder of thousands of Israelite infants and toddlers at the order of their own king, Herod “The Great.” As their king, Herod’s prime responsibility was to protect his citizens’ lives and property. Instead, in a fit of paranoid jealousy against the prophesied newborn King, Jesus Christ, he instigated the foul mass murder that made him infamous for all time. According to Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition, Herod’s soldiers killed 14,000 children.
Two thousand years later, here in America, we too have a government whose prime responsibility is to protect the rights, including the right to life, of its citizens. Since the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, “abortion providers” have taken the lives of about 30 million unborn infants. Since this amounts to about 4,000 deaths per day, Herod’s heinous crime is being matched in the United States every three and one-half days. Our government is presiding over a mass infanticide which dwarfs that of King Herod. Adding insult to injury, Federal and state taxpayers have been forced to pay for many of these killings.
Just looking at these facts, one wonders how opposition to abortion could even be controversial. Don’t most Americans believe that murder should be illegal? As with so many questions of public policy, this one is a matter of balancing the rights of individuals and the powers of government. In this case, both sides claim to be defending fundamental rights. The “pro-choice” people believe that an unborn child is not a human being, and his destruction is not murder; therefore, making abortion illegal is a violation of a woman’s right to choose her own medical treatment. The “pro-life” people, on the other hand, believe the exact opposite: that the child is human and his destruction is premeditated murder (in most cases a contract killing, since the “doctor” is paid for the murder). Murder, of course, is the most serious violation of an individual’s God-given rights, and justice demands that government prohibit it.
Clearly the critical question is whether or not the unborn child is a human being. The key to stopping the mass murder that is abortion in America is to convince as many people as possible that human life begins at the moment of conception. Until people are convinced of this basic fact, some will protest that the government has no business outlawing abortion. So let’s get the word out: LIFE BEGINS AT THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION! After all, reception of a full set of human genes at conception starts the child on his lifelong development from single cell to infant, child, adult, and senior citizen. At no other point in this development can anyone rationally say that the non-human has become human.
If a large proportion of Americans becomes convinced that life begins at conception, legislation and Supreme Court decisions will change; most women will find ways to avoid or cope with problem pregnancies without resorting to abortion; and America will start on the long road back to being a Godly nation. If we fail to convince America that our unborn children have a right to live, we will be in serious trouble as a nation. Thomas Jefferson said it best when commenting on slavery, the great injustice of his day: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”