By Marie Bowen, Presbyterians Pro Life
On January 22nd, thousands will gather for the 41st time in Washington D.C. as an expression of objection to the legalization of abortion and also to commemorate the tiny and precious lives of 55 million babies aborted.
The tragic loss of life due to abortion is staggering. The 55 million babies lost to surgical abortions in America since Roe v. Wade are just the beginning. No one knows how many chemical abortions are added to that number through abortion causing drugs such as RU 486 and the “Morning After Pill”—now available over the counter even to 11-12 year old girls! Globally, the number of babies destroyed by abortion is estimated to be 120 million every year. No one can calculate the loss of God’s intended blessing to the world through those aborted babies. No one can measure losing the gifts God planned to birth through the offspring of each of those individual lives.
Gratefully, euthanasia remains illegal in all of the United States, but four states (Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Vermont) have legalized ‘Physician aid in dying’ (PAD) or ‘assisted suicide’. In PAD the doctor or other third party administers the dose and in the latter the patient self-administers the deadly chemical. In Oregon where assisted suicide has been legal for 10 years, the number of persons choosing death has grown steadily each year reaching 77 in the year 2012. One study reports that 3.7% of physicians admitted to performing euthanasia while 10.8% had performed physician assisted suicide. Like me, you have probably heard stories from individuals who have given a little extra pain medication to a loved one to speed the end of their suffering. Whether legal or illegal, hastening the death of any person inside or outside the womb is to assert our own wisdom above that of God who has appointed to each of us a time of natural death (Hebrews 9:27).