Chilling. Appalling. Staggering. These words probably do not capture the significance of a recent study revealing what is now the number one cause of death globally.
Worldometers, one of the most reputable reference websites voted “best” by the American Library Association, just released their figures for population, births, and deaths. Closing out the year, 8.2 million people died from cancer, 5 million from smoking and 1.7 million died of HIV/AIDS.
41.9 million babies, developing and destined for birth within weeks or months, had their lives terminated prematurely through abortion. Worldometers recorded the total number of abortions based on the most recent statistics published by the World Health Organization. Extermination of the unborn is now the primary cause of death worldwide with ten infants aborted for every thirty-three live births.
This past year, 60% of black babies were dismembered by abortion in America. I concur with my dear friend and dedicated pro-life advocate, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who calls this “genocide.”
Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand invalidating fifty state laws, almost 61,000,000 babies have lost their lives in the womb. Think of it: since 1775 to the present all Americans who have lost their lives in wars represent a 91:1 statistic where ninety-one babies lost their lives for every one soldier.
What should we do?
God‘s commandment throughout the entire Bible is to respect the dignity of every person and protect human life. Our Founding Fathers reinforced the value and sanctity of human life in our founding documents inscribing that every person has the “right to life.”
Sacred scripture records, “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him... hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16).
Therefore, the Author of life directs us unequivocally, “Open your mouth for the speechless in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy”(Proverbs 31:8-9).
“If you refrain to deliver those who are drawn unto death, and those who are ready to be slain; if you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who ponders the heart consider it? And He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to every man according to his works?”(Proverbs 24:11-12).
From a biblical standpoint, it is impossible to be an authentic Christian and remain silent, sitting on the sidelines and not speaking up for the unborn! Pastor Martin Luther King Jr. who wholeheartedly supported the sanctity of life said it excellently: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Pastors take notice if you’ve been submitting to the fear of man not equipping people to speak up for the unborn or support pro-life candidates in elections.
Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe” of the Roe v. Wade infamous decision legalizing abortion in America and influencing nations abroad, revealed how she was manipulated and exploited on this issue in an unconscionable way. She said, “I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name!”
Other options and opportunities
Besides engaging people winsomely and confidently on the sanctity of human life, we can financially support crisis pregnancy centers and couples considering adoption. We might explore the possibility of adoption for ourselves. Through our families and churches, we can also reach out to single moms and help assist any way we can in their unique situation.
Attend Annual March for Life
As a 42-year board member of “Intercessors for America” national prayer ministry and a public policy advisor with “Liberty Counsel” litigation and education ministry, let me take the opportunity to encourage you to be a part of the January 18 “March for Life” in Washington DC. Our purpose is to “end abortion by uniting, educating and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square.” The theme this year is, “Unique from Day One.” (Go to Marchforlife.org for info.)
With high-tech sonograms clearly revealing moving, conscious, innocent babies in a mother’s womb, there is no more rationale for allowing the extermination of precious little babies to continue anymore. What is now the leading cause of death worldwide is totally preventable and the time is long overdue to bring an end to the slaughter of innocents in America today.
Larry Tomczak, www.larrytomczak.com