Thursday, January 24, 2008

Roe v. Wade Numbers

The Consequences of Roe v. Wade
Total Abortions since 1973

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= the elimination of the 8 states below
(as an illustration)

In the early 90's, as a new believer, one of the first Pro-Life books that I read was by Chuck Swindoll called, The Sanctity of Life: The Inescapable Issue [read it here]. Swindoll said, "Because I am a military veteran, for years I have been especially interested in Americans who were killed in combat. The number of American war casualties is a gripping reality, for sure. But when compared to the number of unborn children who have been killed since abortion was legalized, the contrast is shocking." Then he compares the numbers. The following is much like the one found in his book:

Revolutionary War (1775-1783) 4,435
War of 1812 (1812-1815) 2,260
Mexican War (1846-1848) 13,283
Civil War (1861-1865) 623,026
Spanish-American War (1898) 2,446
World War I (1917-1918) 116,708
World War II (1941-1945) 407,316
Korean War (1950-1953) 36,914
Vietnam War (1964-1973) 58,169
Persian Gulf War (1991) 269
Afghanistan (2002-2007) 350+
Iraq (2003-2007) 4,000+
TOTALS 52 years+ 1,269,195
Abortion totals 35 years + 48,000,000
Swindoll goes on to state, "This is no minor skirmish that is happening. This is war. And the pathetic tragedy of it all is that those who are being killed can neither represent themselves before a court of law nor defend themselves from sure death. Lives are being taken brutally, tragically, and thoughtlessly. It has come to the place where, more often than not, abortion is little more than a convenient method of contraception."

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Obama and Partial Birth Abortion

Senator Obama reiterates again where he stands regarding the barbaric Partial Birth Abortion.

Obama Statement on 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision
CHICAGO, IL- Senator Barack Obama today released the following statement on the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
“Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, it’s never been more important to protect a woman’s right to choose. Last year, the Supreme Court decided by a vote of 5-4 to uphold the Federal Abortion Ban, and in doing so undermined an important principle of Roe v. Wade: that we must always protect women’s health. With one more vacancy on the Supreme Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a women’s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe v. Wade. The next president may be asked to nominate that Supreme Court justice. That is what is at stake in this election.”

Watch Dr. Lile demonstrate what Partial Birth Abortion really is.

Where Do The Candidates Stand On Partial Birth Abortion?
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Hillary Clinton

Voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

“[Gonzales v. Carhart*] marks a dramatic departure from four decades of Supreme Court rulings that upheld a woman’s right to choose...”

Barack Obama

“I am extremely concerned that [Gonzales v.Carhart*] will embolden state legislatures to enact further measures to restrict a woman’s right to choose, and that the conservative Supreme Court justices will look for other opportunities to erode Roe v. Wade.”

John Edwards

Voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

“I could not disagree more strongly with today’s [Gonzales v. Carhart*] a stark reminder of why Democrats cannot afford to lose the 2008 election.”

Rudy Giuliani

“I support the ban on partial-birth abortion...but ultimately I think when you come down to that choice, you have to respect a woman’s right to make that choice differently than my conscience.”

Fred Thompson

Voted for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

“The Supreme Court was absolutely right in the… [Gonzales v. Carhart*] partial-birth abortion decision. The very idea that we could even have a debate over whether or not that atrocious activity should be allowable is very unfortunate...”

Mitt Romney

“[The] Court [in Gonzales v. Carhart*] reaffirmed the value of life in America by upholding a ban on a practice that offends basic human decency. [It] represents a step forward in protecting the weakest and most innocent among us.”

John McCain

Voted for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling [in Gonzales v. Carhart*] is a victory for those who cherish the sanctity of human life.”

Mike Huckabee

Signed the Arkansas Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act into law.

“I applaud the Court’s action [in Gonzales v. Carhart*], which also sends a strong reminder that we must stay vigilant in our cause to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”


Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate)

Here is part of it:

A moral, medical, and ethical consensus exists that the practice of performing a partial-birth abortion--an abortion in which a physician deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living, unborn child's body until either the entire baby's head is outside the body of the mother, or any part of the baby's trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother and only the head remains inside the womb, for the purpose of performing an overt act (usually the puncturing of the back of the child's skull and removing the baby's brains) that the person knows will kill the partially delivered infant, performs this act, and then completes delivery of the dead infant--is a gruesome and inhumane procedure that is never medically necessary and should be prohibited.

Check out other articles concerning Partial Birth Abortion:

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Tragic Anniversary: 35 years of Roe v. Wade

Today marks the tragic anniversary of Roe v Wade.

  • For 35 years we have denied the unborn human beings the right to life. The Declaration of Independence states,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers form the consent of the governed.

What about the 14th Amendment, "nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws"?

***A must read: (Monday 1.21.08) Roe v. Wade, 35 Years Later: An Interview with Robert P. George

  • Abortion is the #1 moral issue in America:

3,600-4,000 each day

1.2-1.5 Million a year

46-48 Million since 1973

National Right to Life

The Case for Life

Pro Life Training

Randy Alcorn, Prolife Answers to Prochoice Arguments (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Press, 2000).

Francis J. Beckwith, Politically Correct Death: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1993).

C. Ward Kischer and Dianne N. Irving, The Human Development Hoax: Time to Tell the Truth (1997)

Stephen Schwarz, The Moral Question of Abortion (Loyola University Press, 1990).

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

For years I have wanted to read a good book about John Newton. My kids tell me that every time we sing Amazing Grace in church, I share about how Newton was involved in the slave trade and was deep in sin; then by God’s mercy was converted on a ship. He left slave trading and became a pastor for over forty years. He was instrumental in over-turning of the slave trade in Europe. I retell the story so that people will know a little bit about the man behind the hymn. Even these few facts are not enough—you need to read the book.

Crossway has a good description below:

Most Christians know John Newton as a man who once captained a slave ship, was dramatically converted to Christ on the high seas, and later penned one of the greatest hymns of the faith, “Amazing Grace.” But he also had a huge impact on his times as an icon of the evangelical movement, as a great preacher and theologian, and as a seminal influence on abolitionist William Wilberforce. Newton’s friendship with Wilberforce is portrayed in the major motion picture Amazing Grace.
Jonathan Aitken’s new biography John Newton explores all these facets of Newton’s life and character. It is the first biography to draw on Newton’s unpublished diaries and correspondence, providing fresh insight into the life of this complex and memorable Christian. The result is a fascinating, colorful, and historically significant portrait of John Newton, a self-described “great sinner” redeemed by a great Savior through amazing grace.
“A new life of John Newton is a fitting celebration of the bicentennial both of Newton’s death and of the abolition of the slave trade, Wilberforce’s triumph in which Newton played a key role. Master biographer Jonathan Aitken is in fine form, sympathetic, insightful, scholarly, and vivid, and his book, like its subject, must be rated spectacular.”
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College
“A riveting historical account of the life of this notorious eighteenth-century sinner who was dramatically saved by God’s grace. This book should be required reading for any person who loves history, loves the song, and is serious about following Christ.”
The Honorable Jack Kemp, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; former U.S. Congressman

“A rip-roaring adventure, a passionate romance, and an astonishing journey of faith all in one. I knew the story well, but this telling made a deep impression on me.”Os Guinness, author of The Call “Jonathan Aitken has written such an intimate account of one of the great saints of God that I can now say I have been mentored by John Newton!”
Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida

“Jonathan Aitken’s fast-paced, well-researched, and detailed book shows why Newton was such an important figure. This is a book to read, ponder, and read again.”
Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

“A fresh, insightful, and inspiring account of this great figure. With that rare skill of a superb biographer, Aitken brings Newton to life for a new generation of admirers.”
Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, Oxford University

“In careful and colorful detail, Aitken resurrects this nearly forgotten giant of the faith and establishes Newton in his rightful place as one who has altered the course of western history.”
Robert Lupton, President, FCS Urban Ministries, Atlanta

“Skilled biographer that he is, my friend Jonathan Aitken has brought to life one of eighteenth-century England’s most influential Christians. The story of amazing grace both in the life of Newton and in the song that has become the Christian national anthem.”
Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship
“Only God could take a vile slave trader and turn him into a useful instrument in abolishing the slave trade and igniting a gospel revival, the flames of which are burning still. The story of Newton’s life inspires all who seek to follow the path of Jesus today.”
Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University; Executive Editor, Christianity Today

“John Newton not only wrote one of the greatest hymns of all time—he lived one of the greatest stories of salvation.”
Rodney Stark, Author of The Rise of Christianity
“Even more amazing than Newton’s life with all its drama and color is the reminder of how completely revolutionary is God’s agenda to change the world his own way and through imperfect, broken people. Newton is just another entry to God’s long resumé of his amazing grace in changed lives.”
James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
“An informed, authoritative biography of the man who played a critical role in helping William Wilberforce abolish the slave trade. His life story is absolutely spell-binding. I could not put the book down.”
Armand M. Nicholi Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of The Question of God

“Jonathan Aitken has written a book that, enriched by fresh research into unpublished papers, will enhance his reputation as one of today’s foremost biographers.”

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace

Ushering in the New Year

One of my favorite hymns is Amazing Grace. It’s author is John Newton ( 1725-1807). Last Thursday, December 27, 2007, I purchased a book by author, Jonathan Aitken, called, John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace. Last night, on New Year’s Eve, I thought I would read a chapter or two. However, I didn’t end up putting it down until chapter thirteen. I know you shouldn’t judge a book before you have read the whole thing, but this book is a great read so far. I’ll let you know my final thoughts as soon as I finish.