At a Glance
Join us in reflecting on the overruling of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and celebrating restoration of the rule of law in the United States in this area. For the past 50 years, the legality of abortion gave many in popular culture the misconception that abortion was acceptable. Now, while Roe v. Wade may be overturned, the worldview of abortion activists still exist and even thrive in today’s current culture.
These lies threaten not only the lives of unborn children, but reject the premise that our country was founded on: that all were created equal and are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s time to continue the important work of helping people embrace a culture of life, so they come to see abortion as unthinkable.
For more on the worldviews behind pro-life and pro-choice, listen to our “No Life = No Human Rights” podcast episode with special guest pro-life activist Sami Parker.
What You'll Hear
Chapter 1: The Founding Creeds of America (3:23)
- One of the founding creeds of the country is the right to life, liberty, and happiness, a creed violated by Roe v Wade.
- Roe v. Wade rebelled against the rule of law and created a culture of death.
Chapter 2: Evolution and Abortion (10:32)
- There is a relationship between the theory of evolution and racism. Hitler imaged Aryans as the next stage in human evolution and saw all other life forms were inferior.
- The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, advocated lowering the populations of colored people and the mentally handicapped through birth control.
Chapter 3: Changing the Culture (16:28)
- People still see abortion as a “right” and freedom that should not be taken away.
- There is a difference between legality and morality.
- We need to get the culture to see abortion as evil as slavery or the Holocaust.
Chapter 4: Celebration (26:51)
- Even in a sinful world, God has used unbelievers to stand for the truth and save lives.
- God has given everyone a conscience.
Chapter 5: The Church’s Actions (39:01)
- There is the accusation that the church does not care about women.
- There are 22 Planned Parenthoods in Texas, and over 200 crisis pregnancy centers, manned by churches.
- YoungLives is a ministry for teenage pregnancy, a good place to support the pro-life movement.
- There is a lot of money to be made in the abortion industry, but no one is making money on the pro-life side. They are giving sacrificially.
Chapter 6: Final Reflections (46:05)
- The pro-life and pro-abortion debate is really a clash of worldviews.
- What is our preeminent framework with which we approach and frame our understanding and conversation about this? Is it economic? If so, what is the result?
- Roe v. Wade was an overreach by the government.
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Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
“Abortion is in direct violation of our founding creed, in the Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable—that is God-given—rights, that among these are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Abortion was a direct violation of that just in the same way that slavery was. Slavery was a direct violation of that creed because it took away the inalienable rights of liberty, of freedom, for all of those millions of African Americans who were enslaved. And in the same way, Roe was a direct violation of our founding creed because it lied. And it said the Constitution allows for the extinguishing of human life if it’s inconvenient.” Scott (4:03)
“Some people who are for abortion carry metal coathangers around and say, ‘If we get rid of Roe vs. Wade, we’re going back to the coat hangers.’ I would say that people who are for Roe vs. Wade being nationalized are not pro-choice. They are pro-abortion, and they’re functioning out of a culture of death. ” Darrow (8:27)
“Abortion is evil. As much as the gas chambers in Germany were evil. As much as slavery was evil.” Darrow (21:58)
“What is freedom? It’s not license to do wrong.” Darrow (22:39)
“The idea of freedom in that worldview is, ‘I get to do whatever I want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone,’ right? Now this, ‘as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone’ never works its way out, right? Because it ends up, ‘as long as whoever I’m hurting doesn’t have a voice in the matter.’ And that’s essentially what abortion was, that unborn child never had a voice. They were the silent party to this; they were the weakest, the most vulnerable person in this whole equation.” Scott (25:36)
“Biblically, freedom requires self-government, self-control, and moral virtue. Those are essential aspects to any kind of free society or free life.” Scott (26:35)
“And you see people, even non-Christians, recognize that life is sacred and recognize God’s goodness and truth. And it moves them so far to even act on that in a really brave way, and put themselves at risk and stand up for truth and for life. It’s so encouraging to see that and that God really is at work in our world even in the lives and hearts of the unbeliever.” Luke (27:14)
“Either the church is discipling the nation or the nation is discipling the church. On a very specific topic like this, I’m curious–are we in the church trying to befriend the culture in order to not look too different? God’s ways are good and they produce truth and life. We need to come to a conclusion about what God says and live accordingly.” Shawn (37:02)
“There is this narrative out there is that the church doesn’t care because they don’t care about women. The reality is, there’s like 22 Planned Parenthood’s in Texas. There’s over 200 crisis pregnancy centers in Texas. Those are all funded by the church, those are all manned by church, and they’re out there doing what they can.” Dwight (38:09)
“Because of Roe v. Wade, 63 million lives have been lost. Nothing comes close in terms of a justice issue. So for Christians who care about justice, we can’t just speak about whatever is on the woke side of that spectrum. We have to speak about this issue.” Scott (42:25)
“And when you shape an argument, primarily in economic terms like society does, you are only addressing the part of life that is economic. Where is the sanctity of life? Yes, we may want to fight for economic justice. But there’s something more profound. What is the injustice to the child that’s aborted? What is the injustice to the woman who’s been told by everybody, ‘You should have an abortion, that’s your best choice,’ where she is forced and pressured into doing something that is against her nature. It’s against her nature. It’s against what she was made for. This is a gross injustice. So yes, justice is important. But do we frame the concept of justice and do we frame the issue of abortion within the context of life? Or do we frame it in nonlife, reducing everything to power and economic issues?” Darrow (44:30)
“What is the framework that you come from, that you bring into the discussion? That’s what we need to deal with. Otherwise, we’re just simply working from an emotional level, or working from somebody else’s framework, trying to make our arguments when somebody else has already framed the debate with the language and the parameters of the discussion.” Darrow (46:30)