Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Prov. 31:8
On Monday evening, Politico shared a leaked copy of a draft opinion in the closely watched case regarding Mississippi’s attempt to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy (Gestational Age Act). This has been a closely watched case because of it’s potential to overturn the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision (Roe v. Wade) that legalized abortion in all fifty states. Since that tragic decision in 1973, over 60 million human lives have been aborted (legally killed).
Roe v. Wade basically provided abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Many states (like Mississippi and Kentucky) have passed legislation in an attempt to protect lives after 14 or 15 weeks from conception. Our work in protecting lives isn’t done until abortion is abolished and lives are protected from the point of conception. I say that because of our realization that God is the giver of life and all human life should be valued and protected.
On Tuesday, Chief Justice Roberts confirmed the leaked draft ruling but emphasized that the draft “does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member of the issues in the case.” Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote the draft and specified that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.” Pro-life advocates have been arguing this point for years. The US constitution does not mention or provide constitutional rights for abortion. The draft decision goes on to say, “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.” If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it will be an answer to millions of prayers that have been prayed the past 50 years. Hallelujah!!!
Until the final decision of the Supreme Court is issued, we should pray that the Supreme Court justices would not cave to the cultural pressures that have already been on display since this leaked document came out. I am amazed that there is such an outcry about something that would protect the lives of the most vulnerable (unborn babies). Not only do we want to continue to advocate for the protection of the lives of the unborn, we also want to continue to do all we can to support and minister to mothers who courageously carry their babies to term. The work and ministries of pregnancy resource centers will continue as there are so many needs and opportunities related to caring for a newborn.
Last year in Kentucky, the KY House and the KY Senate passed House Bill 91 which proposes to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to state that Kentucky’s Constitution does not secure or protect a right to abortion or funding of abortion. In November, Kentucky voters will have an opportunity to vote “Yes for Life” and approve HB 91 so that activist judges will be unable to find abortion rights in Kentucky’s Constitution if Roe v. Wade is indeed overturned.
Finally, I’ve tried to always emphasize that as followers of Jesus, our highest priority is in regards to the eternal destiny of all human lives. We want to love people enough to share the good news of the gospel with them so that they might be saved and enjoy the presence of Christ for all eternity. There is no greater way to love a person than to share with them the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s continue to stand up in defense of human life. Let’s keep focused on the Great Commission until the gospel is proclaimed unto the ends of the earth.