I have debated abortion with people many times in the past. This past semester of grad school I took a class called “Issues and Policies” in preparation for becoming a Nurse Practitioner. One of the topics that we debated was abortion. I remember one person saying something like, “Abortion is the law of the land, so why are you still fighting it?” I replied, “being legal doesn’t make it right.”
Yesterday I turned on the news and saw that this man went into a school in Connecticut and killed twenty-six people, twenty of them children. They say these kids were kindergartners. You all know the horrific feeling we all felt as we watched the coverage. I heard comments. “How could someone do that?” “I hope he burns in hell” “He took the coward’s way out by committing suicide.” There were other comments made, but I’m not going to repeat them here.
Think about how you felt when you heard the news. Now imagine a world where it’s legal to shoot and kill kindergartners. Imagine that half the country thought that what that man did yesterday was perfectly acceptable behavior. What would you think about people who would support killing innocent kindergartners? What would you think about those who kill kindergartners? Wouldn’t you do everything within your power to try and make killing kindergartners illegal?
Now you know how I feel about abortion. There are between 3000-3700 abortions every day in the United States (different sources vary on the amount, but they all average out to over 3000 per day). I view each one of those abortions as murder. I view each abortion just as horrifically as the shooting yesterday. After almost 40 years since Roe v. Wade, the numbness sets in because legal abortion has become a part of the fabric of our society. But it shouldn’t be that way. If abortion is murder, then 3000 murders a day should horrify us. That figure makes twenty deaths seem small in comparison.
I weep for the twenty dead children from yesterday. I also weep for the other 3000 children that died yesterday. And so too, I believe, does God.