40 Years of Roe v. Wade: The Natural Right to Life

Today is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision that made abortion – the violent death of a human being – legal on demand. 55 million babies have lost their lives since that day, all who had a “natural right to life.”

“Natural rights are rights not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture or government, and therefore universal and inalienable. In contrast, legal rights are those bestowed on to a person by the law of a particular political and legal system, and therefore relative to specific cultures and governments.” (Wikipedia)

Is there a Christian version of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, or International Service for Human Rights? None of these organizations give natural rights for the unborn. None give the unborn any legal human rights either. All three groups instead argue for “reproductive rights” (abortion) alongside the “right to life.” So the World Health Organization and other groups have made abortion a legal right.

International Human Rights (Natural)

According to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948),

Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.

Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

This document does not give women “reproductive rights.” Not only that, abortion violates all three articles – especially #5. Unborn persons are cruelly and inhumanely tortured in abortion.

American Human Rights (Legal)

We find language similar to the United Nations’ Human Rights Declaration in the United States Declaration of Independence (1776).

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The fourteenth amendment of the United States Constitution (1789) says that

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

I believe Roe v. Wade (1973) is unconstitutional. First, unborn persons are deprived of the “right to life” through abortion. Second, such persons are denied the possibility of citizenship. This country is committing national suicide.

Besides, Supreme Court decisions are non-binding. The judicial branch does not make laws. That is the role of Congress, the legislative branch. Since when did the Supreme Court become God? Since when does its every decision become law that must be obeyed?

Giving the Unborn the “Right to Life”

Unborn persons should enjoy the same natural “right to life” as born persons for these reasons.

  • “Reproductive rights” and the “right to life” cannot co-exist. It is logically impossible. A so-called “reproductive right” for a pregnant woman who wants an abortion denies the natural “right to life” for her unborn child. That child is inside her body, but he or she is not the same as the woman’s body. The unborn child has a separate and distinct body of his or her own. A “reproductive right” is not a natural right. It should not be a legal one either.
  • Medical science says an unborn person is a human being from conception. He or she cannot be confused with any other species besides homo sapiens! Anyone who denies this is evil, mentally ill, or dumb.
  • The Bible says that life – the divine spark – begins at conception. Human beings are made imago dei, “in the image of God” (Genesis 1:27), from conception. This element is missing from the pro-life movement.

Problem 1: Money

William Wilberforce – “Amazing Grace” (2006)

I fear that the pro-choice and pro-abortion groups’ denial of these arguments, and their insistence on reproductive rights, are all smokescreens – red herrings. And the pro-life movement is taking the bait. We’re being deceived from one of the enemy’s real objects: money.

British MP William Wilberforce tried for two decades to make slavery illegal. It was finally abolished in the United Kingdom in 1807 and throughout the British Empire in 1833. I assume Wilberforce argued for the imago dei among other things, but I don’t know the details of his campaign. The main problem was that slavery was just good business.

Abortion today is also good business. The pro-life movement must trace the money and then turn off the tap! They’re clearly doing that with Planned Parenthood. But they can do even more. How does PP use this money? What happens to the dead bodies? How are they used in medical science? All these things must be traced and stopped.

Problem 2: Utilitarian Personhood

Some people, most recently Australian ethicists, believe a human being is not a person and does not have a natural “right to life” unless he or she can contribute something to society. So it is not wrong to kill pre-born and newborn humans. Such people use this utilitarian concept of personhood to apply to senior citizens and those who are mentally and physically handicapped. Go to Life News, Live Action, Life Site News, and The Blaze to learn more.

These people don’t value others unless they do something. They insist that a person’s identity come from their work, from what they do, instead of who they are. The homeless, the unemployed, vagrants, the mentally and physically handicapped, senior citizens, children, the unborn – all these people cannot or do not work. As a result, society tells them they’re useless, that they have no identity, and therefore should be removed or killed. These people are not allowed to just be.

Real personhood rests on who we are. In order to do anything for society, we must first be. Only then do we have the potential for great deeds. Doing without being is logically impossible. Yet utilitarian personhood insists on actuality and denies potential. It leaves no room for growth. Humans aren’t potential persons. They are persons with potential.

Problem 3: Spiritual Abortion

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. . . . Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” ~ John 3:3, 5 (NKJV)

In order to see the kingdom of God, we must be “born again.” We must experience the new birth through water and the Holy Spirit. Yet this is where many Christians, both pastors and lay persons in the church, make grave errors. Like Jim Elliot once said, “We perform abortions at the altar.” I fear that spiritual abortion at the altars of the world’s churches is in direct proportion to physical abortion.

This will be graphic, but bear with me. During sex, a man’s penis enters a woman’s vagina and inserts semen full of sperm (seed). That sperm travels to the woman’s fallopian tubes seeking an egg to implant. The moment the sperm enters the egg, voila! The miracle of conception takes place and a unique person made in the image of God (imago dei) is created. Roughly nine months later, as God has designed it, that unique person is born into this world.

Sex, conception, and birth are real events. But they’re also metaphors for the greater reality of the miracle of a unique person being born again into the kingdom of God. Just like physical conception, spiritual conception is short and pleasing. A person is conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of God when he or she hears the seed of the Word of God, Jesus Christ, and responds with conviction.

This isn’t salvation, far from it. True salvation is spiritual birth. It is sincere repentance and faith in Jesus Christ at the altar of God – whether that altar is a church, a bedroom, or a street. And just like physical birth, it’s long and painful. As a woman must endure long hours of labor to bring her child into the world, so also Christians must endure long hours of praying through to bring God’s newborn child into the kingdom of God. That child can be of any physical age. Yet he or she is God’s property and a member of his family, not the property of the church.

In the meantime, just like the unborn baby is fed nutrients from the mother through the blood-filled umbilical cord, spiritually Christ’s blood connects the new convert and his or her parent. Think Hannahs and Marys and Pauls travailing in prayer – 1 Samuel 1-2, Galatians 4:19. The spiritually unborn can hear the Father’s voice, even if they can’t respond.

Spiritual birth is not water baptism. It’s more like a woman’s water breaking in labor. The water of baptism is a physical symbol of a spiritual reality, but it does not and cannot save a person’s soul. Spiritual birth is not conviction either. It is not the “sinner’s prayer.” It is not signing one’s name on the dotted line. And it certainly is not instantaneous. Until people experience sincere repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, through the travail of a Christian and the Holy Spirit, they are not “born again.”

You can’t force birth. The baby must come naturally in God’s chosen timing. Yet every time pastors give bad altar calls, recite sinner’s prayers, tell convicted people to just “believe,” or preach a bad gospel without Jesus and the cross – they’re performing spiritual abortions. They’re ripping apart limb from limb, severing the head from the rest of the body. How many spiritually dead babies have we littered our churches with? How many such babies have we tossed into the world, only to end up in an eternal hell?

God is Life and Light, and the author of both in this world. The devil loves darkness and death. When will the church stop helping the devil in spiritual abortion and start hurting him?! When will we be children of light and fight abortion?

Fighting Abortion

  1. Aim at heaven above all. Fight for spiritual life in your churches, for true conversions and births. Only then will you “get earth thrown in.” Only then will you see physical babies saved and abortion outlawed. This is the problem with many pro-life websites and pages I follow on Facebook. They want people to be “for” life regardless of religion and sexuality. Atheists can’t be “for life” when they believe that God the Author of Life is dead. Gays can’t be “for life” when they believe God made them for the same gender – denying the scientific purpose of sex. The pro-life movement doesn’t need such voices!
  2. Pray, pray, pray! Cover the pro-life movement and its leaders with prayer. Pray at abortion clinics. Pray in your homes and churches. Pray with and for women considering abortion. Pray with and for the babies’ fathers. Pray for abortion clinic workers, both doctors and nurses. Pray for their salvation.
  3. Appeal to the heart and mind: use science and reason, share photos and videos of babies (both dead and alive) plus good pro-life movies like “October Baby” (2011).
  4. Join / Walk: The annual March for Life in Washington, DC, will take place this year on Friday, January 25.

One thing is certain. Until the church gets it right in the altar, the pro-life movement won’t get it right in the world.

Images: Live Action / Walden Media & 20th Century Fox

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