The macabre celebration of the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood and the specter of what such eugenicists have planned for the world in the next 100 years got me thinking about what it means to take a 100 year view.
One hundred years ago, Margaret Sanger envisioned society free of the people she considered a burden to women. She observed that it was women who served as the caregivers for the weak, the frail, and the needy. So, by her reasoning, if society could be free of those people, and women could be free from having to have children if it wasn’t what they wanted at the time, then, in Sanger’s view, utopia would be on the horizon.
That was radical thought a hundred years ago. Then, abortion was not only illegal, it was almost universally condemned. One hundred years ago, the New York Times was ardently pro-life. One hundred years ago the sexual revolution was in the future, but, as we now know, on the horizon.
Today, abortion is the leading cause of death in America. There are 210 induced abortions per every 1000 live births. So, America is currently on pace to terminate the lives of more than 20% of its citizens every year for the foreseeable future. One hundred years from now, if current trends continue and the eugenics agenda of Margaret Sanger progresses unabated, the 200th anniversary of the Planned Parenthood Federation could have seen the premature death of more than 100 million Americans.
Is that the future we want to see? If not, then we need to articulate a Kingdom vision for 2116 and begin prayerfully, strategically and intentionally moving in that direction.
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