“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” -Isaiah 5:2
Isaiah’s words ring as true today as they did over 2500 years ago. We continue to confuse good and evil. Today, the press, the government and the public promote removing a baby from its mother’s womb as “caring about the mother and her rights to her body.” The press emphasizes that abortions don’t hurt women, yet we know that 1/3 of those who have an abortion, will suffer negative consequences, whether emotional or physical. Abortion hurts babies, women and our society.
There has been much talk about the horrific sale of the body parts of aborted babies by Planned Parenthood in America. We ask ourselves “how could those people do that?“ I ponder, not how could “they” be so heartless, but how could “we” as a society allow the murder of the innocent. Around the world, according to the World Health Organization, there are 125,000 abortions each day—40 to 50 million abortions annually. In Israel, there are approximately 125 abortions each day—40 to 50 thousand annually. Our government, through national health insurance, pays for approximately 18,000 abortions annually. Surveys have indicated that 20 or 30 thousand abortions are done privately and are not recorded. The question is “What has become of our conscience as a nation that allows us to spend public funds to take the lives our own babies?“ “What becomes of the thousands of hurting women?”
Recently, we sent letters to a large number of Knesset members asking them to help us stop abortion at 24 weeks, the point that it has been proven that the unborn can feel pain. Most either ignored our letter or responded politely. One Knesset member invited us to meet with him. During the visit, we asked him why he’d invited us. He responded that he was glad to hear that we help parents of handicapped God has given us a CHOICE children. On the other hand, when we asked him to help us stop abortion, he shared this story: “Before joining politics, I was the principal of a high school. During my time there, I helped several girls have abortions. The responsibility of those abortions is on me.”
May God have mercy on those who would choose to bear the blood of the innocent. May God have mercy on our government, our nation and our children. The safety of our nation depends upon our response to the choice that was given to us in Deuteronomy chapter 30:
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you that today I have set before you life or death, blessing or curse. Oh, that you would choose life; that you and your children might live! Choose to love the Lord your God and to obey Him and to cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days. You will then be able to live safely in the land the Lord promised your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
This article originally appeared in Bead Chaim Newsletter, Fall 2015.