Forty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court said in its Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton companion decisions legalizing abortion that no one knows when life begins.
The court rationalized their decision by finding a non-existent "right to privacy" in the shadows of the Constitution.
The people living since 1973 have witnessed 40 years of the unintended consequences of abortion. Few today would argue with abortion's destructive effect on the social, legal and moral order or the magnitude of its human destruction.
The number 40 is the most used number in the Bible and it has important Biblical significance to Christians: In Noah's time, the rains fell for 40 days and 40 nights. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert before finding the Promised Land. Moses was on the mountain for 40 days to receive the law. Both Saul and King David reigned for 40 years. Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness and 40 days after resurrection, Jesus ascended to the Father.
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Many Christians today believe God's judgment on our nation is close at hand because we have allowed the legal killing of over 55 million children. This human tragedy is unequaled on any scale in human history. The number of deaths related to all the wars our country has ever fought does not come close to the number of dead babies legally killed in abortion clinics. Christians know abortion is primarily wrong because it takes the life of a defenseless human being.
If one looks at the fractured state of today's families or the violent and sexualized nature of our entertainment or the staggering numbers of sexual and physical abuse or the pornography epidemic or the drugs and suicide epidemic, one sees a generalized disrespect for all human life and human welfare at every age.
We must respect and protect life during its most vulnerable stage, the full 40 weeks of a normal pregnancy. Medical science tells us that time and nutrition are the only difference between a human life in the womb and an adult life.
Is it possible we are already living with the consequences of a devastating judgment on our nation because we have allowed abortion to continue? If this is true, then we are living with a judgment which is of our own making.
At issue: Jan. 19 Associated Press article on Kentucky.com, "Roe v. Wade: After 40 years, deep divide is legacy.