Trying to Outdo New York

It’s like the states are having a contest to see whose abortion laws can be the most outrageous. And the laws seem designed to protect—not the mother–certainly not the child–but the one performing the abortion–which no longer must be a physician in New York–a provision which may soon pass in other states as well.

Some significant changes in New York: “New York’s RHA also repealed a section of the public health law that required the following: that abortions after 12 weeks be performed in a hospital; that an additional physician be present for abortions after 20 weeks to care for ‘any live birth that is the result of the abortion’; and that such babies be provided ‘immediate legal protection under the laws of the state of New York.”

As outrageous as that is, Illinois and Vermont are in the running to outdo New York by including a provision in their laws (not yet passed, but Vermont’s bill is on its way to the Senate which has a Democrat supermajority). The Illinois provision says that the “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the law.” The Vermont provision uses similar wording.

The laws will have the same effect as New York’s–abortion until birth. New York jumped through the hoop of making a provision for health of the mother but then neglected to define health, thus leaving it up to personal interpretation. The result allows late-term abortion for preference and convenience.

Vermont and Illinois cut to the chase. Their proposed laws contain provisions that declassify the unborn as humans with rights, which has the effect of not outlawing fetal experimentation and organ harvesting (even for profit).

Planned Parenthood employees will be able to go to lunch, in at least those two states, and negotiate the prices for the livers, brains, and hearts of the unborn without fear of legal retribution.

Further, the Illinois law would require all insurers to cover the costs of abortions–even those of religious organizations. And it “repeals laws that allow husbands to block their wives from aborting their child, eliminates requirements to investigate fetal or maternal deaths resulting from abortion, and allows minors to receive abortions without ever having to notify their parents.”

It’s a dream come true for anyone with a kitchen table and a butcher knife to prey on the unsuspecting and desperate.

Legalizing abortion was supposed to prevent just that kind of back alley scenario.

Alexandra DeSanctis comments: “To the left, abortion is no longer a last resort, an option to be prevented, a difficult and sad choice that some women feel forced to make. Abortion is now a fundamental right, a social good so worth preserving that it is necessary to explicitly dehumanize living human beings to justify it.” (DeSanctis’s emphasis).

We stand at a crossroad in America today. Will we continue down the trail New York has blazed? Or will we choose a different path?

Because of the new abortion law, some New York Christians proclaimed last Saturday as a day of mourning and repentance. And repent is what we must do.

“[I]f then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land.” (II Chron 7:14 NABRE)

Let us humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn away from this evil. Please, Lord, hear us. Pardon us. Heal our land.

Please.

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40 Replies to “Trying to Outdo New York”

  1. Nancy, I echo your prayer: “Let us humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn away from this evil. Please, Lord, hear us.” Amen.

  2. I have never – ever – been so disgusted in my life. I don’t understand how adoption fees are so tremendously high and these babies are murdered. My heart cries every time I run into another thing like this. Return, O Lord, how long?
    In reality, wickedness will only increase worse and worse.
    May God help us endure.

  3. The saddest statement — “To the left, abortion is no longer a last resort, an option to be prevented, a difficult and sad choice that some women feel forced to make. Abortion is now a fundamental right, a social good so worth preserving that it is necessary to explicitly dehumanize living human beings to justify it.” Killing is never a fundamental right. My heart breaks. Thank you for your words, Nancy!

  4. I spent over four amazing years ministering at a crisis pregnancy center. During that time, I was privileged to meet some of the babies the Lord has used me to save. One thing God has been challenging me to do in many areas, not just abortion, is to turn my outrage into action. Legislation is failing; we must seek the hearts and minds of these scared women and show them there’s another choice.

    1. Yes, Candice. Thank you! We can speak truth into the lives of women. We can seek out the desperate and offer them help and hope. The abortion numbers are going down because people are realizing the babies are real babies. The politicians who don’t get that are really a step behind. God bless!

  5. Another friend, whose opinion I strongly respect, recently said to a group, “People, statistics, the science of numbers, reveal Christians continue to overwhelmingly refuse to speak into the political realm, is staggering. Therefore, the church is silent. This must change.” Personally, Nancy, I thank God for your sensitive and informed posts.

    1. Thank you, grAnnie. The issue relates to politics as we see from the vote in the US Senate yesterday. But life is not a political football or hot potato. It’s life. It’s beyond politics. It’s a human rights issue and a Christian issue. How can we help but speak up? God bless!

  6. Thank you for tackling this issue! The Church has been complicit in our silence – politically and in our own spheres of influence. I teach a Sunday School class for women where we discussed abortion in our nation under teaching on “Thou shall not murder.” There was a visitor from another evangelical church who was stunned. She said they would never discuss abortion in her church for fear of offending someone! I was flabbergasted. If the Church will not speak – who will defend these babies? And, how will Christians grow in understanding of what God says about it?

    1. For fear of offending someone? We do need to be sensitive. But sensitive isn’t silent. And if we are willing to talk about abortion–maybe someone who’s had an abortion–and is suffering from it–can feel comfortable enough to speak up to find healing. Thanks for a thoughtful comment, Beth. God bless!

  7. It’s all so troubling, Nancy. This is worth reflecting on for all of us, “We stand at a crossroad in America today. Will we continue down the trail New York has blazed? Or will we choose a different path?”

    My husband and I heard on Fox News this morning about a Doctor who has been performing abortions for years, walking away from it. Why? After his own daughter died in his arms. I don’t know the full story if she was an infant or an older child.

  8. Certainly prayer is our response as this is a spiritual battle in a greater war. This is sad news. God formed each fetus and our nation is more interested in bloodshed. Still praying on my end, Nancy. Thank you for keeping us informed.

  9. Well-written post!

    It is a sad fact that many Democrats don’t believe the unborn has any value unless the mother decides the unborn has value.

    The more radical Democrats become, the more likely Trump will win in 2020.

  10. Nothing short of tragic. And we’ve had the gall to call the Romans barbaric for the games and for leaving unwanted babies on the rocks to die.

    “To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.”
    (Daniel 9:8-10)

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