Removing the Shame of Abortion

Josh Buice

What is abortion?  It’s an alternative word that we use in our culture to describe the act of murdering babies.  Similar to the way we redirect the shame of adultery by calling it an extramarital affair.  For many years since Roe v. Wade, the United States of America has openly supported, legalized, and flaunted baby murder under the tag line of “women’s rights” and “reproductive freedom.”  Once again, rather than dealing with the issue of life, our nation and political leaders have bought into the idea of radical feminism that has popularized the idea of choice – no matter what.

Consider the Shame of Abortion Statistics

The abortion statistics in our nation are staggering.  Abortion numbers for the United States are generally available from two sources—the Guttmacher Institute (AGI) provides private statistics and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers public research statistics.  Over 1 million abortions occur each year in America.  Planned Parenthood facilitated 327,653 abortions in 2014.  Just through Planned Parenthood, the abortion stats are enormous: approximately 37 lives are snuffed out with the approval of mothers every hour or 1 every 90 seconds.  Planned Parenthood is a government funded organization in America.

Since Roe v. Wade, over 57 million babies have been murdered under the idea of a “right to choose.”  The problem is, the baby wasn’t given the right to choose.  The mother was given the right and her right was slanted and dependent upon many factors such as marital status, age, reproach, shame, money, school, career, and a variety of other considerations.  The baby had zero choice and the rights of babies have been violated through the act of abortion from the beginning.

Consider the Shame of Abortion Procedures

Abortion procedures are not sterile and clean as some organizations such as Planned Parenthood try to suggest.  No matter how clean or sophisticated the abortion seems to be in the doctor’s office, the painful death of the small baby is nothing less than terrorism in the womb.  Abort73 is a website that provides information on the different abortion procedures and other helpful statistics regarding abortion.  For someone considering abortion, it would be beneficial to take a good look into the actual practice and procedures of abortion before making that final choice.  Abort73 points out the fact that abortion violates the main goal of all physicians:

“The Hippocratic Oath, which also vows to “never do harm,” it is a reminder that the physician’s role is to heal, not to harm. While many surgical procedures carry the risk of harm, their intent is to provide healing for the patient. The explicit intent of abortion, however, is to harm the embryo or fetus to death.”

Consider the Shame of Abortion Ethics

Let’s be clear on the issue of abortion.  It’s murder.  There is no other way to define it.  Abortion consists of taking the life away from a living baby in the mother’s womb.  No matter what our nation, politicians, scientists, or the women’s liberation movement desires to label abortion, it’s murder.  We are a nation of inconsistencies.  We have instances on the books in recent years where a pregnant mother has been involved in an automobile accident and her baby’s life was taken, and the driver of the other automobile was charged with vehicular homicide.

university study in England has produced some troubling images of babies in the womb covering their faces and eyes as their mother smoked.  This has caught the attention of liberals in America.  Apparently smoking while pregnant is a violation of rights for the baby, but taking the life of the baby through abortion (and there are various methods) is not a violation of human rights, because we all know it’s just a mass of cells – right?

In keeping stride with the radical feminist agenda, Carafem, a Washington, D.C. clinic has produced a 30 second advertisement that seeks to normalize abortion.  Carafem is dodging the shame of abortion with pink heels, a youthful look, and modernity.  With a mixture of old and new, Carafem puts away the idea of a young girl taking a trip out to the countryside or a sudden bout with appendedicidis.  As their advertisment makes clear, they want to point out the pink elephant in the room and they’re not ashamed of it.  In fact, their advertisement clearly says, “Because there’s no shame in it.  Abortion.  Yeah, we do that.”  They’re seeking to turn the abortion clinic into an “abortion spa” with a modern look, hot tea, coffee, and a comfortable feel.

I find it interesting that as this article was being written, the Carafem advertisement had been viewed over 202,000 times and had 45 likes and 409 dislikes on YouTube.  No matter how much money is spent on advertisement campaigns, abortion is shameful.  The act of abortion is one of the most unnatural acts of depravity.  For a mother to kill her own child is unnatural.  For a grandfather to pay for his grandchild to die by abortion is unthinkable.

The ethics of humanitarian care in America are inconsistent and politically driven.  If a terror group wants to blow up our buildings, we will become outraged.  If a mother drives her SUV across a beach with her children inside and plunges into the ocean, we will protest.  If an inner city gang performs a drive-by shooting and kills small children in the process, we will insist that justice is carried out on the gunman.  If smoking harms babies, we will consider placing restrictions upon the act of smoking while pregnant.  We live in a nation that often cares more about trees and the wellbeing of animals than unborn babies.  A large population of people in America focus upon preserving nature, recycling aluminum cans, and protecting the whales while their bumper sticker on the back of their car reads, “Support Women’s Right to Choose.”

Scott Klusendorf, in his helpful booklet, Pro-Life 101, writes:

 “Elective abortion unjustly takes the life of a defenseless human being. The rationale for that argument is clear and to the point:

  1. Intentionally killing an innocent human being is a moral wrong.
  2. Elective abortion is the intentional killing of an innocent human being.
  3. Therefore, elective abortion is a moral wrong.”

Often America wants to lead the charge in humanitarian efforts around the world.  We demand that other nations protect children and keep them from becoming slaves in factories as young children.  We stand against genocide attacks in third world nations all while promoting the woman’s right to kill her own baby.

There is hope for those who have made the choice to fund abortion and perform abortions on the unborn.  Jesus died for sinners and took the wrath of the Father on Himself as He was nailed to the cross.  For the person who has chosen abortion, there is forgiveness available in Jesus.  As Scott Klusendorf writes in his article, “Clarity Not Gadgetry: Pro-Life Apologetics For The Next Generation” – “Like all sinners, post-abortion men and women need this gospel. With it, they live each day assured God accepts them on the basis of Christ’s righteousness, not their own. Without it, they perish.”

Helpful Resources:

LTI: Life Training Institute – Scott Klusendorf

Wretched Radio – #LifeIsBest

Desiring God Resources on Abortion

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Josh Buice

Pastor Pray's Mill Baptist Church

Josh Buice is the founder and president of G3 Ministries and serves as the pastor of Pray's Mill Baptist Church on the westside of Atlanta. He is married to Kari and they have four children, Karis, John Mark, Kalli, and Judson. Additionally, he serves as Assistant Professor of Preaching at Grace Bible Theological Seminary. He enjoys theology, preaching, church history, and has a firm commitment to the local church. He also enjoys many sports and the outdoors, including long distance running and high country hunting. He has been writing on Delivered by Grace since he was in seminary and it has expanded with a large readership through the years.