By Dillon T. Thornton
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
On Jan. 22, 1973, the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized the practice of abortion. This year, America observes 39 years of abortion and more than 50 million aborted babies. Think about two things related to this. First, this means for those of us who are under the age of 39, we never have known a world without legalized abortion. Never. Second, think of the more than 50 million aborted babies and imagine how many people might have worked with you, might have walked the streets with you, might have worshiped in your church…if they had not been aborted.We live in a world where the following phrases are common:
"Safe and legal abortion is every woman's right."
"Abortion is a personal decision between a woman and her doctor."
"Freedom of choice is a basic human right."Advocates of abortion try to make this an issue of "who decides?" when really it is an issue of "who is dying?" We live in a world where what once was considered a crime is now considered a constitutional right. Some Christians hear this and think of it as a political issue. It isn't. It's a theological issue, and not a secondary one. This is an issue from which we cannot shy away. As believers, we cannot remain silent—not on this.What do we say? How do we respond to those who are considering abortions? How should we treat those who have already had abortions? What about abortion activists? What should our approach be with them? As is the case with all controversial matters, we must "speak the truth in love" (