The one event I don't recall ever hearing about, and that isn't to say that it was never spoken about, I just don't recall, is the January 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v. Wade making abortion in the United States of America a constitutional right. The impact or legacy of this decision by our highest court has been the abortion of over 50 million babies in the past 40 years.
Throughout the years of our marriage Dan and I have talked about getting involved in the pro-life movement and have, inconsistently, participated in the local Walk for Life. We've talked about volunteering at our local crisis pregnancy center, but we've never pursued it. Life can be busy, you know. Basically, we've done lots of talking but not a lot of doing. Talk is cheap.
What I'd hate to have happen 40 years from now is to have my sons and daughters reflect on what their parents used to talk about. Not that what we talk about isn't important, but I'd so much rather have them remember what we did -- how we invested our time.
That said, it's time to get involved. A quick search on the Internet gave us the dates and locations of three local-ish events/rallies to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. If you're local, click here for events in Vancouver (today from 1 - 2 p.m. at the Clark County Courthouse--we're going!), Portland, and Olympia.
Before I sign off, I'll leave you with this quote (and encourage you to click over to read the full article when you're finished here)...
“In front of every abortion clinic there needs to be a sign that reads, ‘Here by permission of the Church.’” [Francis Schaeffer]So will you join me in getting involved? Not one of us is too busy, and I just can't believe we really do want it.
Why is it that forty years later we have made no progress? Why are we no closer to ending this holocaust then we were forty years ago? The key to the answer is found in Schaeffer’s quote. We still have abortion because we permit it. We permit, I would suggest, because we want it. Why though, would we want it?
~R.C. Sproul Jr.
PS: Many thanks to my friends Piper and Mary (and RC) who inspired me/us to get off the fence.
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