There have been almost 59 million abortions performed in America since January 20, 1973.
Without question, that represents the most horrific national tragedy in our history and it all began on January 22, 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion here in America. Since that day, nearly 59 million babies have been ruthlessly, senselessly murdered in what was supposed to be the safest place on earth, a mother’s womb.
Who would’ve dreamed this same great country that has fought two bloody world wars to protect and defend the virtues of freedom, human dignity, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, would in 1973, by a 7-2 majority vote of the Supreme Court, take away all the privileges and rights of what has now amounted to close to 59 million human beings?
Justice Blackmun, who wrote the majority opinion, wrote one year later, “This case will be regarded as one of the worst mistakes in the court’s history or one of its greatest decisions … a turning point.” Without question, it was the single worst mistake in the history of the Supreme Court.
Thankfully, according to Baptist Press: “The abortion rate in the United States declined to an all-time low, while the number of lethal procedures dropped below a million for the first time since 1975, according to a new report.
The Guttmacher Institute reported Tuesday (Jan. 17) the rate fell to 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women 15 to 44 years old in 2014, which is a decline of 14 percent since its most recent survey in 2011. In its census of all known abortion providers in the country, Guttmacher found abortions totaled 958,700 in 2013 and 926,190 in 2014.
The abortion rate reached its zenith at 29.3 in 1980 and ’81, and the total number of abortions peaked at more than 1.6 million in 1990, according to Guttmacher.
Pro-life advocates welcomed the report and pointed to the work of pro-life citizens and legislators as a reason for the dramatic decline in abortions and their rate.
‘The falling abortion number is due to the ceaseless advocacy and ministry of the pro-life community in neighborhoods all around this country,’ said Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). 'The pro-life movement advances by calling out to consciences with the truth of what unborn human life is and matching that call with real ministry to women in crisis.
‘While a lower rate is undoubtedly good news, the violent taking of the life of even one unborn child ought to cause us to weep and redouble our efforts to protect every human life and contend against the predatory abortion industry,’ Moore told Baptist Press in written comments.”1
Today, our nation will observe the anniversary of the now infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America. It’s an anniversary we’d just as soon forget. Unfortunately, we can’t and shouldn’t. The blood of close to 59 million babies demands a response of some kind from every one of us.
The blood of close to 59 million babies demands a response of some kind from every one of us.
Let me tell you of one man’s response. Several years ago, in an edition of The Dallas Morning News, there was a story about a gentleman in Austin who took his stand against abortion in a unique fashion. His name is Chris Danze and here’s what happened. According to the Dallas newspaper, “Weeks into the project, a contractor hired to build an abortion clinic hit a brick wall: Plumbers and carpenters would not work for him. Drywall installers and heating subcontractors would not do business with him. Cement suppliers for miles around would not touch the job.”
What happened? Chris Danze had organized a boycott of the construction company that had been hired to do the job. “Browning Construction Company finally quit the job after six weeks in what national Planned Parenthood officials said was the first such boycott. ‘I never thought so many different trades would join in’ the boycott, said James Browning, who runs San Antonio-based Browning Construction.”
Mr. Danze, a 48-year-old construction worker who has protested abortion in other ways, compared the building of an abortion clinic to construction of a concentration camp during the Holocaust. "We can’t just look the other way," he said. "We can’t just take the blood money and run.”
Today, as the anniversary of Roe v. Wade has rolled around again, why don’t you think about what you can do to make a difference. And do it! Imagine the kind of impact we might have if every one of us did something.
One more thing … did you notice, once again, God used the life of a carpenter to impact ours?
© 2017. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.