National Sanctity of Life Week
January 15-22

Lo, children are an
heritage of the LORD:
and the fruit of the
womb is his reward.
Psalm 127:3

January marks the 33rd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that unleashed a terrible disaster upon our nation. It has cost more American lifes than the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict, Viet Nam, Desert Storm, and the war on terror, all combined. This disaster is Roe v. Wade, which unleashed the horrors of abortion on demand in this country.

I believe that each of us will one day stand before our Lord and answer to Him when He asks us what did we do to stop the slaughter of millions of unborn babies. What will we say to him on that day?

Perhaps we've been silent because we think the issue does not affect us. That is not true, however. Aside from the moral issue of not shedding innocent blood, there are very real issues that affect society as a whole. For one thing, abortion on demand has increased the lack of respect and dignity for ALL human life. If even the tiniest and most helpless among us are not protected, every life is in danger.

For instance, there is an ever-increasing demand for assisted death and legalized suicide in this country, and an ever increasing tendency to value "quality" of life over life itself. And increasingly, courts are ruling that for one whose "quality of life" is not sufficient, death can be hurried, even though that person may not be terminal and may not have chosen that course. Are any of us truly safe from such a decision?

We also see an alarming increase in the number of murders and other horrific violent crimes, most especially those being committed by schoolchildren, in classrooms all over America. But how can we be surprised? When life is not held sacred, what is to prevent the taking of it at will?

Another way abortion affects society as a whole is financially. We all know the shortages Social Security is facing, but did you ever stop to realize that abortion is one of the factors contributing to that shortage? Consider that in the past 33 years, there are more than 45 million people who are not and will not be paying into Social Security, because they have been aborted. As more and more people are living longer and longer, there are fewer and fewer people paying into the system; a sure-fire recipe for financial ruin. Meanwhile, abortionists get rich with their blood money.

Abortion is not just a women's issue, either. There are thousands of men who have been wounded by the trauma of abortion. There are thousands of men who are fathers, but their child is dead because of abortion. Thousands of men are married to women whose past abortion causes them physical and emotional distress to this day. In addition, there are thousands of grandparents who will never get to hold their grandchild in this lifetime.

As the Director of a Crisis Pregnancy Center, as a woman, as a wife, mother, and grandmother, I pray that as we enter into this new year, each of us will do whatever we can to put an end to the abomination of abortion. I pray that as Christians, we will speak up for those who are unable to speak for themselves. I pray that each of us will be led to give generously to our local Crisis Pregnancy Center, where the lives of many are being impacted for eternity. Please prayerfully consider what you can give to help us as we reach out to those in need of our help. Let's all do whatever we can, to reach out with love to women, and their unborn babies,