Last September, I turned 40 years old. I share that because of something that happened almost five full years before I was born. Considering that this week is the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, I have literally never lived in a time when abortion was not part of the American landscape. I do not know any other world than what might be called a “post-Roe” world.
However, just because something has been around for some time does not make it right. Also, just because something has, seemingly, been impossible to eradicate does not mean we should give up the fight. Abortion is still murder, and murder is still wrong. God still hates “hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16-17).
I am writing these words on Monday, January 22, 2018. Exactly 45 years earlier (January 22, 1973), the United States Supreme Court gave its decision in Roe v. Wade. Since that time, the carnage is frightening and tragic. It is a blight on our nation, as the blood of tens of millions of babies is on the hands of our society.
Abortion is so accepted that, according to one source, there have already been just under 55,000 abortions in the United States in the year 2018 (as of when I am writing these words). It is 8:35 AM as I write the words, and the same source estimates that 906 babies have been aborted in America already on this cool January day.
Each year on this anniversary, my heart hurts. I sometimes do not know what I can do, but I do know the One who can solve this horrific tragedy if we would all turn to Him and rely on Him. For the sake of the children He so loves, and for the sake of the life He blesses them with, we must keep up the fight until abortion, as was slavery, is a tragic memory in the annals of our nation’s history; one we remember, but remember with shame.
Though in my 40 years I have never lived in a nation without abortion, I long for the day when I live in an America where the safest place to be is in the womb. May God helps us bring that to reality.
AUTHOR: Adam Faughn