Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

As we approach the forty-eighth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to legalise abortion in the USA, I’m reminded of something that happened in Colorado a few years ago. The Colorado House of Representatives was honoring the ninetieth anniversary of Planned Parenthood. They had invited a young woman to come and sing the national anthem. She had cerebral palsy and as she sang, the mood became very emotional. Many representatives sang along with her.

Afterward, one representative got up and began to tell the young woman’s story. Suddenly, the mood completely changed. The young woman, named Gianna Jessen, was the survivor of a saline abortion, and it was the saline abortion that had caused her to have a disability. So, as they were celebrating Planned Parenthood, they put a personal face on abortion and what it does to people.

After being accused of playing politics, the representative who had shared Gianna’s story responded by saying, “It’s not about politics. It’s about people.”

And that’s exactly one of the main points I want to get across about abortion—it’s about people, not politics.

A baby is a person. A baby is not just a part of a woman’s body, but has its own DNA, heartbeat, blood type, etc. A baby is an entirely separate human being. One of the things the Bible has to say about a baby in the womb comes from Psalm 139:13–16 (NIV):
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
From these verses, we learn that God knew everything about us while we were still in the womb. Every detail about us—our hair color, our eye color, our personality, our traits, our talents—was established from the moment of conception.

Of course, a person’s talents have to be developed through education and training, but you cannot put in what God has left out.

When the Supreme Court decided to allow abortion back in 1973, the justification was that the baby was just a part of the mother’s body. This is flawed reasoning, but the point is at the time, people didn’t understand much about the development of a baby. We didn’t have the science and the ultrasound technology that we do today, which prove what the Word of God already told us.

Looking at the science, a baby’s development in the womb is nothing short of miraculous. By day twenty-two, a baby’s heartbeat and bloodstream have begun.Leviticus 17:11 says,
For the life of the flesh is in the blood.
By the fifth week in the womb, the baby is forming a backbone, a spinal column, and the nervous system. The liver, kidneys, and intestines have begun to take shape. By week six, brain waves are detected. By week seven, the baby’s eyelids, toes, and nose are forming, and the baby is swimming. At only eight weeks, every organ is in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, and fingerprints begin to form. Keep in mind, fingerprints are a big part of how we identify someone as an individual. It’s just incredible how a baby develops in the womb in just a few weeks.

Whether you go by the scientific evidence or what the Bible says, it’s clear that a baby in the womb is its own separate person and nobody has the right to take his or her life.

Some of you may agree with what I’m saying, but still wonder, What does this have to do with me? I’m not going to have an abortion. What it has to do with you is that it’s up to each one of us to stand up for the lives of babies, because they can’t do it for themselves. It’s up to you to lovingly speak the truth about abortion. It’s up to you to support government officials who oppose abortion. And it’s up to you to support pregnancy care centres so people have somewhere to turn for hope and help and to know that there’s a blessing in choosing life.

One of the things you can do is watch the Gospel Truth on 18th-22nd January, when I interviewed Janet Porter. She has helped introduce The Heartbeat Bill in twenty-nine states and it has been passed in ten states already. These bills have been challenged and are making their way up to the Supreme Court. We are going to see Roe v. Wade overturned in our lifetime and Janet is a big part of making this happen.

This woman is stronger than horse radish. She will encourage you. She challenged me. I felt like a “whimp” compared to her tenacity and boldness. She will get you fired up and motivated to get on board and let’s stop this holocaust of the unborn.

The Lord has blessed me to help start and support four pregnancy centers in our area, which have saved untold babies lives over the last thirty-five years. We actually had a newspaper article credit our centres with cutting the abortion rate in one county by 50 percent and decreasing the abortion rate in Colorado by one-third. Praise the Lord! Your monthly support of AWM is making this possible.

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