The Abortion Battle in the us – Killing the Tree One Leaf at a Time
In my yard. you will find a 30-foot oak . The tree is old, diseased, and too near to the house. It is a hazard. I must get rid of it. So, first thing in the morning, I will get a ladder, climb to the most notable of the tree, and pluck all of the leaves I can carry. The very next day, I will go get a ladder, climb the tree, and pluck leaves. Your day after that, I’ll get the ladder…
I am never likely to get rid of that tree by pulling leaves.
In 1973, Rove v. Wade moved abortion to the frontlines of America’s political conscience. It moved to the front and stayed there. Thirty-five years later, we are no closer to resolving to this issue. The “pro-life” movement has been plucking legal leaves. Some anti-abortion activists have so centered on overturning this legal ruling they have forgotten the purpose of the fight. Stop abortions.
The law is one very small component in the abortion fight. Legal victories have had little effect on the number of abortion performed in this country. The Heritage Foundation analyzed abortion data in states that have enacted restrictive abortion laws. They studied four major areas of legislation: parental consent, Medicaid funding restrictions, informed consent, and partial birth abortion prohibitions. Only Medicare funding restrictions had any statistically significant effect on the state’s abortion rates.
Consider the aftereffect of the recent Supreme Court ruling on partial birth abortion. Pro-life legalists wasted fifteen-years to obtain a handful of leaves. This pro-life ruling won’t prevent one abortion. This law delineates the acceptable located area of the abortion. A doctor may dismember the kid in the upper portion of birth canal however, not the lower. It generally does not deter legal abortion; it defines legal abortion. Someone forgot the target.
Likewise, there is absolutely no evidence that overturning Rove v. Wade will stop abortion. Rove v. Wade established abortion law as a federal matter. When Roe is reversed, control of abortion law reverts to the states. Even yet in a post Roe era, no American woman will live a lot more than three states from usage of a legal abortion. We will have a patchwork of fifty state abortion laws. Legal analysts separate states into three positions based upon projected law.
22 states will probably impose significant new restrictions on abortion
12 states will probably impose some moderate new restrictions on abortion
16 states and the District of Columbia will probably continue current usage of abortion.
What if all fifty states passed highly restrictive abortion laws? Data indicates that even restrictive abortion laws have little effect on abortion rates. Latin American countries have probably the most restrictive laws on the planet. However, abortion rates in Latin America’s are 50% greater than current US rates. Abortion may be the primary birth control method in these countries. Worldwide, there is virtually no correlation between the stringency of abortion law and national abortion rates. Availability of reliable contraception, economic factors, and social mores are more predictive of a nation’s abortion rate than its legal structure.
So should Christians who hate abortion abandon the legal battle? No, we don’t abandon the legal area. However, we should notice that legal matters will never be the primary front. The legal forays will be the most time consuming, priciest, and least productive section of the abortion battle. And while there’s significant evidence that abortion rates tend to be more attentive to economic factors than legal ones, I propose Christians invest their energy in to the most productive area of change. Law and economy aren’t the primary abortion issues. Sin may be the primary abortion issue. We cannot diminish the abortion rate without changing social mores.
95% of Americans engage in premarital sex. Significantly less than 7% of pregnancies within marriage are aborted while 40% of pregnancies to unmarried women result in abortion. Conception outside of marriage is the greatest predictor of abortion. Sex sin is the primary abortion issue.
This nation will not pass a law against premarital sex; it will be ridiculously ineffective. Experience teaches that individuals would not honor this new law since they don’t honor the old law. In Deuteronomy, God gave law about sex sin and the people didn’t keep it. God’s law is perfect and His law does not end abortion. The Supreme Court of america cannot issue a ruling which will be more effective than God’s preexistent law. Individuals are sinful. They couldn’t keep the law then; we can not keep carefully the law now.
Except by grace through Jesus Christ. For sin shall not need dominion over you: for ye are not beneath the law, but under grace. ( Vagina Aesthetics cost Turkey :14 KJV)
Jesus died on the cross so that man would have the opportunity to overcome sin. By grace, we are able to avoid the sex sin that leads to murder sin. Without this, there is no ability to keep carefully the law. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to abide in us and keep us from being sin controlled. The remedy to abortion is evangelism.