This is the generation that will abolish abortion

The Other Invisible Children – Kony is Alive In America Also

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I noticed that a lot of bands, individuals and organizations are getting involved to help bring the atrocities that are happening to these children to the light. Everyone is sharing this video on their facebook, tumbler, blog….. People are willing to go the extra mile to make sure everyone knows about the Stop Kony campaign. The video went viral and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon.

While I am in full support of the work being done for Invisible Children and would encourage everyone to take a look at the website, (www.invisiblechildren.com), I am somewhat confused.

I have approached many of these same people who are getting involved with Invisible Children about another horrible tragedy that sees thousands of little children brutally killed every day. I have told them about the almost 4,000 little babies that are ripped from the protection of their mother’s wombs on a daily basis in our own country. I have posted videos about the plight of these invisible children with nowhere near the same response from people.

From many of these people I have heard things like:

I don’t want to get involved with a political issue.

I know it is wrong but it is not for me to tell someone else what to do.

At least they won’t have to grow up in this world.

Abortion is inevitable, so we might as well keep it safe and legal.

We don’t know the parents’ situation; maybe they can’t afford a baby.

That is cool that you stand up, I just have other things I am called to do.

I don’t want to judge anyone.

The fetus is not “really” alive yet.

We just need to talk about Jesus, instead of political issues.

I can’t deal with abortion; it depresses me to think about it.

Abortion is too controversial; I don’t want to offend anyone.

I don’t believe in legislating morality.

These are actual excuses I have heard from people, and there are so many more I can list. When I say I have heard them from people I am also talking about people who claim to be pro-life or Christian, they just don’t want to be vocal about it.

The problem is that abortion is seen as controversial, and the Invisible Children project is not. For some reason Christians have developed an attitude that they can never offend people so we stay away from things we call “controversial issues”.

I say the only real controversy is that people who believe that every child is created by God and has value as a human person are silent. When we know that thousands of innocent human persons are being slaughtered every day in America and we choose to be silent, that is where the true controversy lies.

Since when is raising our voices to shed light on the plight of innocent children being systematically butchered, offensive?  Just because there are those who deny the abortion holocaust and claim that those being killed are not human, does not mean exposing the truth is offensive. I am sure that those who deny the Nazi Holocaust took place are offended when we show the truth of that tragedy. The fact that they are offended in no way can justify that we stop showing the truth; in fact it makes it more important for us to show the truth.

I would also say it is offensive to God that we would turn our backs on His precious little children because we don’t want to be political. While there are many aspects to standing up for life that fall into the political arena, the bloodshed of over 55 million children since January 22, 1973 is not a political issue, it is a life and death issue.

Abortion is a hidden crime that takes place behind closed doors and we seem to want to keep it that way. Our silence has helped energize the abortion industry and helped them to steer their rhetoric to convince people that it is inevitable, so we might as well accept it.

I cannot and will not ever accept that the killing of an innocent child is inevitable. I cannot and will not ever say that we cannot make a change in this world and bring a stop to the holocaust that is killing over 1/3 of our generation. I cannot and will not ever believe that the killing of a child can be safe and should be legal.

If you think this is a pointless battle and that we can never win, I ask you, “How big is your God”? It amazes me some times that people think that we can’t accomplish things. Through Christ we can accomplish anything. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

I know that this may make you feel uncomfortable and if you are one of those who have given an excuse as to why you can’t take a stand or be a voice, it should. When people challenge society with things like the Invisible Children film it is meant to get us out of our comfort zones, and make us realize that we must take action.

Christ tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves, and when we know our neighbor is in danger we have an obligation to stand up. He taught us in the parable of the Good Samaritan that our neighbor is not just the person who lives next door. Our neighbor is our fellow human person. The priest and the rabbi walked by the man in the ditch and ignored the plight of their neighbor. The Good Samaritan stopped and loved his neighbor. He did not stop and ask God if he was called to a ditch ministry, he simply helped his neighbor because he knew we are all called to do so.

The Invisible Children are our neighbors and it is our duty to be a voice for them. The other invisible children, the ones who die by the thousands every day in America are also our neighbors and we have a duty to be a voice for them as well.

It is time we as believers realized the only true controversy about abortion is our silence. If we believe that the children in their mother’s wombs are children, there is no excuse for silence. While the world may try to smother us with their rhetoric about “choice” we must hold firm to the truth. The truth is that God is the creator of every single human person, and He commands us not to commit murder.

I want you to think about your reaction to what happened on 9/11. Think about what went through your mind, what your feelings were when you saw the carnage of the attacks. Remember the overwhelming feelings you may have had that day. We as a nation saw thousands of people die in one day and we reacted. We poured our hearts out and did so much to help as we were confronted with a horrible evil. We saw the truth and had to do something about it

More people die from abortion every day in this nation, than the number of people who died in the attacks on 9/11. Why are we not overwhelmed by this evil? Why is it not registering that what takes place in abortion mills around the country is not just as horrific?

Maybe it is because we have allowed it to remain invisible.

“If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small. Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Prov. 24:10-12)

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper

55 Comments

  1. Posted March 8, 2012 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I see no one has left a comment. Maybe too many agree with the excuses of those you posted. Everyone DOES have a limited amount of things they can do in this world. There are countless causes to become involved in so that we can get it all done. If everyone concentrated on the same thing nothing else would get done. It is good that some work for one cause and others for another cause. Life does matter and one life is not better than any other one born or unborn. Sad that if these same people have the opportunity to help the unborn too they would instead simply make excuses not to do so.

    I have found that excuses are available at every turn for any thing. Feel good causes usually get more support than politically incorrect ones. And once there is a momentum people like being part of “something big.”

    I have found people who are fight vehemently for the unborn that don’t have the same feelings for the rape/incest baby.

    God will judge each of us for what He has charged us to do. NO exceptions.

  2. Lauren
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree…this has been in the back of my mind while all of the KONY2012 has been happening.

    The reason why it’s controversial is because of the fact that some people don’t believe a fetus is a human life.

    I find myself at a loss because one of my best friends had an abortion (before I met her) and I don’t know how to respond to it. It’s only been brought up in conversation among a couple other close friends and they all are pro-choice. I say I’m pro-life but that’s the end of the conversation for fear of hurting her feelings. It’s true that I don’t want to offend her or accuse her of killing her baby…she’s my friend. What’s done is done and she can’t take it back. Unfortunately now she’s become infertile anyway (probably due to the abortion)

    So that’s where I get stuck. I REALLY wish it wasn’t so controversial and that every time I post something about it online I get so much backlash and I’m looked to as an “evil conservative”. This war on life is so hard and so frustrating. I wish it wasn’t so hard for these people to see what’s really going on here.

    • CeCe
      Posted March 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      The same thing was at the back of my mind as well. It makes me feel a lot better that there are people that were thinking the same thing.

      When I first got out of high school a friend who was away in college had an abortion, but she didn’t talk to me first because she knew that I would be against it. It really broke my heart. For years after that I tried to mend things, but she continued to live the same lifestyle and we slowly drifted apart. I still see her around, but it’s not the same and I pray for her often. This has also made it difficult for me to bring this issue up with new friends becuase I know how controversial it is.

      Also, I come from a somewhat small community where I am the Parish Respect Life Coordinator and I’ve struggled tremendously to get people in my church to be involved in one way or another. It is so disheartening how passive they have become. I don’t think it’s hard for people to see what’s really going on here, but that they choose not to see it. That is why I rely on these types of social networks to give me some kind of hope and encouragment that there are a lot of people out there that do think the same and are working to spread the truth.

    • Tina Treat
      Posted March 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      CeCe, I want to encourage you to continue to stand for the little babies. I know it’s difficult and you are not a bad person at all for believing abortion is wrong. My 12 year old niece argued with me about this very issue, which makes me very sad. What we can do is pray for those who have bought into the lie that they should have the right to kill an unborn baby. If you know someone who has or is planning on terminating the life of their baby, or believes that it is their right, here is what I said in my comments on FB:

      Hopefully you will never have to face this situation. I do know that God’s grace is great and that if anyone reading this has made that decision, that He is a loving and forgiving God and will forgive. I have had friends who have made the decision to abort and have deeply regretted it. One, in particular, asked God for His forgiveness and know’s that He has. I am not downplaying any difficulties that facing an unwanted pregnancy raises because they are very real. Just know that there are many people willing to help out and support in the cause for life. Here in OKC is the Hope Pregnancy Center who offers FREE services for anyone facing an unwanted pregnancy and helps them through this difficult time.

      You could find information on a similar organization in your area and have it ready to present to your friends. You are doing the right thing by standing against abortion. Just keep the focus on the issue: An innocent human life is taken with each abortion. Continue to stand on the truth.

      ‎”Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
      ensure justice for those being crushed.
      Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
      and see that they get justice.” -Proverbs 31:8-9

  3. Posted March 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    For me, it comes down to one thing: how can I expect to right the injustices of the world if I can’t even fight for the right to life by which all other rights emerge? No cause has greater, more immediate, more long-term or more direct and indirect impact on society as whole and as individuals than abortion.

    It’s that simple.

  4. Posted March 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Having listened to, played with, prayed with, and ministered to some of Kony’s invisible children and their adults in one of their villages, the link between that horror and our American version never occurred to me. Of course, I can’t listen to, play with, or pray with any of the victims of our own holocaust… they are not here.

    Thank you for so eloquently, and more important, obediently sharing this insight. How horrifically correct is your assessment. Thank you for showing me how these two worlds collide.

    May you find favor with the Lord and may He pour out his richest blessings on you and all you do in His name. Amen.

  5. cynthia gedick
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Amen!

  6. Posted March 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Very well said. I needed to read this. Thank you.

  7. Mia
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is “Abortion”, because it is a war against the child… A direct killing of the innocent child, “Murder” by the mother herself… And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love… And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts…”
    ― Mother Teresa

  8. Posted March 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on heartsinspring.

  9. Mdk
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Its none of your business to decide what I can and can’t do with my body. People don’t want to support your cause for the radical and sensationalized stance you take. To even try to attach your cause on the hardworking and dedication of the Kony 2012 organizers is disgusting. You do not get to decide what is right for me. You do not get to decide how I should live my life. You do not get to judge me for decisions I have to live with. This “article” is disgusting and the fact you try to diminish 9-11 and Kony 2012 with your own agenda is disturbing.

    • Posted March 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

      The problem is that the child in the womb is their own person, not part of someone else’s body. Do what you want until you decide to harm another human person.

      • Posted March 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

        This point right here is what I totally agree with @Bryankemper. That it IS another human being whether we like it or not. There IS life in the body of those that go to get abortions and they are DESTROYING that life that didn’t even get a choice. It’s not just your body, Mdk. You are killing another human being. You agreed that it’s wrong for Kony and 9-11 by your disgust, but it’s the same idea. It’s their choices to kill others. Why shouldn’t we let them if we can let people destroy human lives every day through abortion?

    • Posted March 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

      Nobody tried to diminish 9/11 or the Kony cause. It’s a comparison. And a valid one at that. If you can’t see the comparison between them, then that is where the fundamental difference lies between your stance and the pro-life stance.

      Ethically, your rights only extend to yourself. Once they infringe upon somebody else’s rights, then you’ve crossed the boundary between what you can do with your own life and what you can do with somebody else’s life. Which makes your statement all the more ironic and… dare I say… hypocritical.

      • Vanessa Wolf
        Posted March 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

        And no one, not even a fetus, has the right to infringe on anyone else’s body and demand they use their organs as life support.

        Why should a fetus have more rights than a 5 year old, than a 35 year old?
        It cannot feel, it cannot think, it cannot live outside of her body, why should it have more rights than a living, breathing, feeling, thinking, person with friends, family and experience.

        And no no one says a fetus isn’t human or alive, those are straw men built up, and complete lies. I say living in a philosophical way, using the definition of having experiences, like a “sex life”.
        (to in advance deal with attacks saying “omg it’s a human, it’s alive, pro choice says different, so pro forced birthing is correct!”)

      • Posted March 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

        Vanessa,
        Let me ask you: What right is more pressing, more important? What right gives all other rights a leg to stand on? Which right is the basis of ALL other human rights?

        I’ll give you a hint: it’s not the “right to your own body”.

        Let me help you out. The basis of all human rights is… *gasp* the right to life.

        Yes, I agree with feminism and believe that a woman should have EQUAL rights with any man. The one area I disagree with hard-lining feminists is that a woman should have the right to an abortion. You have the right to take birth control, to use protection, to simply say not to sex. But once that decisions is made and another life is involved, that “right” you proclaim has no merit in relevance to the more important right to life.

        You speak as though having a child is a horrendous and demeaning thing for a woman. You also call it “Forced birthing”. Unfortunately, that takes the personal responsibility out of the entire situation in suggesting that the woman didn’t have a choice in her sexual habits to begin with. Nobody “forced” the child onto you except by your own choices and actions.

        Furthermore, nobody is asking that an unborn child (or fetus as you prefer) should have any MORE rights than a person that’s born. Just the same rights… especially those concerning the right to life (as clearly expressed in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence).

        BTW, I beg to differ with your position that nobody argues that it’s not human or not alive. There are MANY people who do argue that point despite all the medical and scientific evidence.

        • april61
          Posted March 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

          Casey Robbins: Excellent reply to Vanessa! Thank God that you expressed the values involved so clearly.

    • BarbZ
      Posted March 9, 2012 at 5:29 am | Permalink

      You’re absolutely right..it IS your body and life! However, please think about the ACT of creating life as more than just a mere “activity”. It seems that youth are so quick to “hook up” that they don’t really care what the consequences are! With that mentality, I would feel sorry for a baby brought into the world who is not really “wanted”. However, I know that once you experience a movement inside your womb, you will quickly begin to think BEYOUND YOURSELF at that moment and how to be the best “mom” and bring an innocent life into the world. You’d be SURPRISED what a difference THAT decision would make. You people are way too quick to make EXCUSES to justify taking the unborn’s life…I do believe that most girls/women who follow thru with an abortion REGRET that decision and have to live the rest of their life knowing that they have a precious infant in HEAVEN…and can NEVER hold him or her in their arms and tell THEM that “everything is going to be ok”. WE are not radical or extreme…but, pro-abortion people have been totally misled by politics and “war on religion” to think clearly about what abortion is really all about….can you say, FOLLOW THE $$$. You are giving your baby away to people/institutions who are more than willing to do the “dirty deed” in exchange for $$$. Your side has bought into that mentality hook, line and sinker.

    • Gina
      Posted March 9, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      @Mdk, If only it were as simple as “its my body, I’ll do what I want”. Yes, if you were removing a tumor or a limb than no one would speak out. That in fact IS your body. However, the baby that was growing inside you was NOT your body. It was a separate body. One created inside you. One with an intent to live, to breathe, to create and to love. One put there by God, intrusted to you to nurture and grow and protect. But the governmental, and dare I say, ultimately Satanic powers that be have convinced you and millions of people in the world that it is YOUR choice to end that life. To kill all that potential love. To go into that sacred place and rip life from your own body is your choice. It is your freedom. It is an atrocity. If it were not, than why would it be a choice you had to “live with”. If it were so okay, than why the grief in your tone? My heart is not full of judgment, but of sadness. As a mother of two, I understand the fullness of the potential and love that God “created in my inmost being”. (Psalm 129) There is never a moment that goes by that I’m not grateful to the Creator and Author of life for giving me the chance to be the receiver of such love and for entrusting me to mold and shape the life of another. I had a “choice” to snuff out that light that I see in the eyes of my children. We are poor. We struggle. But with a changed perspective, we are rich and we thrive! My prayer for you is that you would release your sorrow, that God would change your heart and that you would experience the sort of grace, love and life that God intended for you and for ALL the unborn.

    • Sarita Bridges
      Posted March 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      Dear MDK: No one is telling you how to live. God has already done that for all of us. The fact is that I know I will have to stand before God one day and tell Him why I didn’t stand up for what He said is right. That’s why I am praying for an end to abortion and doing all I can to support children and families where I live.

      There are other alternatives. In Texas, we have the Baby Moses law. A woman can safely leave a baby/child at any hospital, police station or fire hall, no questions asked. There is adoption.

      This is an important topic for me, because I used to say the same things you did years ago. I have been changed by the love of God to see things differently. Peace to you.

  10. Posted March 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on rainydaystar and commented:
    Absolutely fantastic. I have thought about this the moment I saw the Kony 2012 video. If everyone speaks out against this, why is it that abortion is left to be perfcetly “inevitable”.

  11. Posted March 9, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Ok, one those “babies” aren’t sentient. Two we should be caring more about the living breathing people on earth that can actually feel emotions and pain. Three, abortion being illegal has been PROVEN to be unconstitutional, there is way to many things to argue against this.

    • Posted March 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      Corey,
      Abortion in and of itself was never declared “Constitutional”. The case that paved the way for legalized abortion was Roe v. Wade (as I’m sure you’re well-aware). However, while abortion was the catalyzing component of the case, the issue at hand that was decided by the Supreme Court was the right to privacy regarding one’s health care. Not abortion itself. And that was the interpretation (read: opinion) of most (but not all) justices on the Supreme Court at that time. Nothing was “proven” about the Constitutionality of abortion in that case or any other.

      Roe v. Wade Dissenting opinion (Justice Byron R. White):

      “At the heart of the controversy in these cases are those recurring pregnancies that pose no danger whatsoever to the life or health of the mother but are, nevertheless, unwanted for any one or more of a variety of reasons — convenience, family planning, economics, dislike of children, the embarrassment of illegitimacy, etc. … I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court’s judgment. … As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court.”

      Read the Declaration of Independence (framed by Thomas Jefferson), that document that officially declared the US as an independent nation (The Constitution came after the US was already independent and had won the revolutionary war). In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson writes, “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.” Now read the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution which states, “nor [shall any person] be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” And also reiterated in the Fourteenth Amendment, “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.”

      Which means the deprivation of life requires due process of law in each and every circumstance for alleged crimes committed. Which any logical person who defines an unborn child as “life” or “person” would reasonably conclude that abortion is, in fact, unconstitutional.

      But again, through pure opinion of their interpretation of the Constitution, the slim majority of the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that a woman has reasonable expectation of privacy in regards to her health care. Not on abortion itself. That decision was merely the platform used to justify having an abortion in the privacy of a doctor’s office with no consequence.

      Now if you’d like to discuss whether or not an unborn child is “life” or a “person”, or whether abortion is really health care, we may have some ground to stand on and have a discussion.

  12. Leslie Johnson
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I stand with you Bryan. I am going to PP to devote my prayers and help there. Your works are pleasing to God.

  13. Jack Brehm
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Satan will always destroy the seed of Eve, he can’t change his plan even though he is defeated, damaged and destined. Abortion is a sin of convenience, a trespass and we must remember there is judgement for this type of action. Pray for the dead and the living, if you think of killing your brother, you are convicted. God is holy.

    jjajjajack

  14. Posted March 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m so tired of seeing all these KONY2012 posts. I’m positive most activists in the world have known about this issue. Now we have wannabe-activist who think it’s cool to stand up for something just because everyone else agrees with them. Try standing up for an issue that is unfavorable, then see how much of an activist you really are. It takes more effort than sharing a YouTube video.

  15. Molly Barron
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this! You perfectly put into words my thoughts.

  16. Michelle Thuldanin
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this Bryan. I have had a really tough pro-life week and when I saw this Kony thing being promoted by all my friends on facebook (rightly so) while at the same time they have blocked my pro-life posts and some of them have even dropped me from their feeds altogether, my heart did a flip flop. Awesome that the world is hunting this criminal. Horrible that the world is paying for the death of millions and millions of children. Promoting it, touting it, chanting it, praising it.
    I NEED beautiful articles once and a while to say exactly what runs through my mind and in my heart, what I could never say as eloquently and concisely.

  17. pro-choice
    Posted March 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Abortion IS a very controversial issue that can offend a lot of people, the excuses that you heard are all very correct. Sometimes it is better for a woman to abort her pregnancy than to bring a baby into this world who might have a horrible life. If the mother can’t support her child, or for any other reason wants to have an abortion, than it is HER decision to abort NOT yours. Religion should have nothing to do with it. What if she was raped? or for some medical reason could die if she continued on with the pregnancy? Quite frankly I find it ridiculous how you think you should have a say in what women do with their own bodies while the baby is still a fetus, because that is what they are, a fetus, they aren’t babies yet. This does not compare to the Kony invisible children issue, where children are being taken from their homes and used for sex slaves and soldiers. Abortions are going to happen whether it is legal or not, there is no way for you control that.

    • Hunter Hayes
      Posted March 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      Of all the women who get abortions, 1% claim that their child resulted from rape. Even in these cases, they often did not. If you want to stand up for this virtually non-existent minority, I won’t argue with you. I won’t agree, but I don’t think that these women should have to suffer further either.

      Now let’s talk about the 99%. What can be said about them? That it’s ok for them to end someone else’s life simply because the wanted to expirience sex? If that’s the case, what’s so bad about rapists? At least they don’t kill their victims. Getting pregnant isn’t somthing that just magically happens. If you aren’t ready to have a baby, don’t make one. I believe in choice. The choice on abstinence.

  18. Posted March 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Why people want to look for causes in places hard to verify is the governments’ job. In our country, citizens should be concerned about the invisible children that are missing because of the atrocity of abortion. Nazi ideology is alive and well with abortion. That is the only cause you will see me give my money and time to is pro-life.

  19. Posted March 10, 2012 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    I appreciate Bryan’s article and all the posts after it. listening to others’ perspectives on the subject bring new information and clarity for explaining our own. fighting for the children who are abducted and forced to do unspeakable atrocities is a noble cause. I first found out about this through Joyce Meyer’s organization and television program and they are already on the ground in Africa, building orphanages and partnering with other organizations to bring healing to these children soldiers and the families victimized by their actions in Biblical education and hope for their future.this is not a religious issue, but for the pain that goes this deep, mere psychology and feel good wishes will not expunge the overwhelming guilt and pain these people feel. they need assurance that there is Someone bigger, Someone who will forgive and help them begin again without the pain of the past pulling them down and constantly reminding them of their dark past. The is where Jesus comes in. It is the same with abortion. and that is why talking about this is good. For anyone who is standing up for life or “choice”, understand that God is also pro-choice. He gave a free will and the ability to make our own choices. We do have a choice of what to do with our own bodies. But some choices are simply wrong. as an example, kidnapping is a choice, but it is criminally prosecuted as a wrong choice. rape is a choice, but it is also criminally prosecuted. when your choice harmfully impacts the life of another person it becomes more than just your decision to make.When you look at the science of human development and find out like I did that the heart of the fetus starts beating 20-21 days after fertilization and that by 23 days, the blood pumping through those blood vessels is often a different type than the mother’s, there is no question that growing child is its own person. it just needs more time reach physical maturity. the eye color, hair color, and hundreds of other characteristics were already determined as soon as the egg and sperm cells came together. 23 days isn’t even enough time to find out you’re pregnant. By the time only 40 days goes by after fertilization, the baby may only be 1/2 inch long, but the ears, eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, fingers, toes, spinal cord and vertebrae, thyroid gland, lungs, liver, stomach kidneys and intestines are all clearly visible with the right equipment. All before 6 weeks have past.iI can understand people defending choice based on feeling compassion for a scared and unknowing little girl who was acting like a grown woman having sex with someone way before she should have. I can understand those who have not experienced rape, saying out of compassion for that woman that maybe a child resulting from this action might be a painful reminder of an event she wants to ignore or leave behind. But I can only agree with that reasoning so far before knowing what I know about that baby’s growth. And I can not keep defending the elective death of these tiny children even in these tough cases after talking with women like Rebecca Keissling and Ashley Sigrest. Women who are respectively a product of and victim of rape.Their stories were heart-wrenching and are now hope-filled. True compassion lies in seeking justice for the crime and healing for the pain. Ask these women what they now would choose. I cannot turn away from the truth that abortion ends human life for the intention of making someone else’s easier – and fails to fulfill that promise. I am not condemning those who have made this choice – I AM one of those who made this choice! I was that scared little girl playing at adulthood with no idea how it would affect me. I am AMAZED at how many areas of my life the pain, regret and shame I lived with for years affected me! so now I reach out in hope to those who have been where I was. To those who now understand all too clearly the results of that choice. Jesus can bring purpose out of that pain and extend joy and beauty to and through lives set free from that regret. Linda Cochrane’s book, Forgiven and Set Free along with the woman who walked me through this 9 week process was the healing I needed and the vehicle God used to free me from that perennial ache. Those who understand will hear and speak for those who can’t. those who didn’t understand can learn and receive forgiveness. Those who still defend what they refuse to learn are to be pitied and prayed for – in hope.

  20. Katie Short
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I’m wondering about how you can want the state and laws to uphold your religious positions, but fume when the state meddles to allow things you believe are wrong. (When I say “you”, I mean “every Christian I have ever known, including myself when I was one.) You want to force me to abide by your beliefs, and want the government to cross the line between religion and government to do so. You allow government into your churches and activities to make it happen. But when that same government says Catholics have to provide birth control, there is an uproar. Why is it that you cannot live according to your beliefs while I live according to mine (assuming neither of us infringes on ther other’s right to life, liberty, or property)? I fully agree with stopping abortions after the point of fetal viability – that is now a person who can breathe and digest necessary food and communicate. Prior to that moment, it is not. It is a potential human, for certain, but in this country, we do not punish or reward people for potential. We do not toss kids in prison because they were raised by drug addicts and will probably become criminals. We do not give very smart people scalpels and prescription pads. People must actually become criminals in order to be imprisoned, and actually become doctors before we let them practice. If you wish to define “human” according to mystical beliefs, then you are free to live by those definitions. But in order to make something law, or force others to live in a certain way, you need to have something more than belief. You need facts and proof. If I have an abortion, you believe I have murdered my child. But if I eat poorly, take meds that benefit me too much to stop during pregnancy even if there is some risk, have an amniocentisis that causes problems, or have a miscarriage, nobody says that. My doctor who did the amnio isn’t a killer, it’s just an effect that happens rarely after the procedure. If I miscarry without reason you can discover, I might even be told that there never would have been a “real” baby anyway, and that I should be thankfulit happened now and not later.
    I totally agree with your rights to talk to people, to put up signs on your property, to write letters to the editor, and to post blogs about the evils of abortion. I support your right to start shelters for unwed or poor mothers, to promote adoption, and to volunteer to counsel women who wish to talk about it. But I cannot support laws based on religious ideals. I have to ask – how does my having an abortion impact your freedom of religion or your ability to live as you believe is right? I can tell you how you making laws against it can impact my rights to the same. I hate abortion. It seems quite vile to me. But that doesn’t give me the right to force those opinions on other women. Religion also disgusts me, and I don’t have the right to keep people from believing. In a rights-protecting society, we both live as we choose. In what we currently have, neither of us truly has that right.

    • Casey Robbins
      Posted March 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Katie,

      I sincerely ask you to study the Constitution further, including its origins and language.

      You say as long as your right to abortion isn’t infringing upon anyone else’s right to life liberty or property, then it’s not the government’s job or right to decide on the issue. But this is EXACTLY what abortion does, it deprives another human being of their right to life.

    • Hunter Hayes
      Posted March 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      I always get confused when people say “religion”. You say it as if good and evil are tangible things, not beliefs, just like religion. You don’t have a problem with the state outlawing murder, but is murder really bad? That is an opinion. Most people say that murder is obviously wrong, but there are some that would disagree. Some people would say that laws forbidding murder are infringing on their rights, and that the general consensus of “murder is wrong” shouldn’t mean that the government can stop them from killing people. Of course it’s the government’s job to enforce the beliefs of it’s subjects.

  21. Cate Wilkinson
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I had the same thoughts ENTIRELY! when I saw the Kony video. I think people are attracted to it because 1) It feels do-able and 2) It doesn’t appear controversial – but what people do not realize is that it is controversial because it is war and governments and another nation we’re talking about poking our nose into their business – that’s a recipe for controversy! If America doesn’t start taking care of things at home there will be no America to help anywhere and like you said “Kony” is in our backyard! Next it will be our government going into low-income homes, killing their newborn babies… just look at the new ethisist reports from leading colleges about newborns being as “unhuman” as fetuses! We’ve got to WAKE up! Thanks for the great article!

  22. april61
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    The thing about abortion is that we have many good people trying to change the legality of it through the political system, but it isn’t working.
    When hearts and minds change, however, abortion will decrease, and I’ve heard some statistics that show that this is happening.

    Another problem in our world is human trafficking. Slavery is still rampant. Many products we buy (coffee? chocolate? clothing? cellphones?) are produced through slave-labor. Forced prostitution is a lifestyle for God-only-knows how many girls and boys, women and men. More invisible people who need someone to stand up for them.

    Meanwhile, I am challenged just to fulfill the responsibilities God has given me: love my husband, love my children, share the gospel with those I meet. Can I walk closely enough with Him that I know when He calls me to a task? If so, then I will fulfill His plan for my life, whether that leads me to be a champion against injustice in a big way, or to glorify Him through loving others in a small place, in small ways.

  23. Vanessa Wolf
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    SO I take it there is no opposition to abortion other than extremely poor, offensive, incorrect “comparasins” and a religion that not everyone in this “theocracy”…errr I meant, “democracy with freedom of religion” believes in.

    • Posted March 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      Vanessa,
      The whole issue of religion in this context is played up as a straw man for the argument of keeping abortion legal. In fact, taking religion completely out of the equation doesn’t change a single fact of the pro-life stance. But well played. You have managed to perpetuate the idea that this is a theological discussion and not one of human rights, legality and philosophy as well.

      BTW, I know PLENTY of atheists and non-Christians who, by virtue of good moral judgment, realize and acknowledge that abortion is wrong just as much as I’ve known many Christians who will justify and endorse abortion. This is not a theological debate, contrary to popular opinion. It just so happens that the Christians speaking out against abortion use God, Christ and the Bible to show the immorality of it within that context and framework which only solidifies the argument for the pro-life stance even more beyond the human rights, legal and philosophical discussion of abortion.

  24. Posted March 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Unheard Voices and commented:
    This is a great article written by Bryan Kemper. Why are so many people willing to post the Kony 2012 video yet they ignore the 4,000 killed daily in America.

  25. Connie Timms
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t see the Kony video. I am prolife. I recently put on my facebook page about a local man that was put in jail and fined $25,000 for drowning 2 puppies, but it is ok for a lady to have an abortion. Do you see how warped this is? You can google about the puppy and it see it for yourself.

  26. Danni
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    When you can extract the fetus i dont want from my body and incubate it artificially you are very welcome to. But until you are capable of such an act, nothing, and I do mean nothing, that I do not want to inhabit my body will inhabit my body. Call it what you will, call me what you will, but if I do not want it there, within my body, it will leave. Period. No one LIKES abortions and in a perfect world no one would have them. All babies would be born healthy to those that want them and people that didn’t want them/ couldn’t support them would not. But we don’t live in such a world.

    A good way to prevent abortions would be to provide adequate and comprhensive sexual education and making contraception affordable and available. Not illegalizing abortion. Illegalizing it doesn’t help in anyway. The amount of harmed and dead uteri-possessing individuals increases and the amount of abortions doesn’t actually change.

    • Posted March 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      Or another way of looking at it is this: until we can find the technology to keep the fetus alive after abortion, then maybe we shouldn’t kill the unborn child.

      I agree, though. Adequate and COMPREHENSIVE sex education should be taught in schools to our kids. It should start in the home first. And then the values should be re-stated in the school. And that sex education hinges on the FACT that abstinence is the ONLY way to prevent things like: emotional problems of inadaquecy expressed through sex, the dangers of STDs (that can be potentially deadly as well as affecting your ability to have kids when you’re ready, unintended consequences of having sex (i.e. getting pregnant), and the responsibility of all that those come with. I’m not advocating ABSTINENCE ONLY sex education (pssssh, that would just be wrong to teach our kids not to have sex before they’re ready for the physical and emotional things that encompass having sex).

      But let’s get real, an abstinence focused sex education is truly the best. I have no problem giving all the facts to teach young kids about sex. Would you have a problem in teaching them that abstinence is the ONLY way to prevent any of the unintended consequences of sex? I happen to know Planned Parenthood and many other sex education resources DO have a problem with teaching abstinence as a priority. They seem to rather favor teaching another sex education agenda more.

  27. Anonymous life
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    It is incredibly dissappointing to me to see abortion being compared to the holocaust and the children in Uganada. You’re milking an issue for your own gain! A two month old fetus that can’t comprehend pain or anything being “removed” is NOT comparable to years of sex slavery, starvation, and violence. I support quality of life not quantity. 55 million extra children is something we can’t afford if we want to keep children living at a high QUALITY of life.

    • Posted March 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      Sounds like a Eugenist/population control response to me. Would you also be in favor of ridding society of its “unproductive” members by euthanasia?

      I agree, quality of life is important. And as much money is spent between the hundreds of millions of the federal government, and even more hundreds of millions by private donors, I’m sure we could take all that money (billions of dollars) and apply it to something more useful and practical… like adoption services, child an woman services and things of that nature… to increase the quality of life of the children both born and unborn.

      By the way, 6 million people killed vs. 40+ million. You’re right, there’s no comparison.

      • Danny
        Posted March 12, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

        Historically, it was more common for women to induce their own miscarriages, rather than carry the pregnancy to term and then give the child to someone else.

        Now secular studies (you know the ones that require evidence and fact) state that women who carry to term then adopt the child out they experience far more regret and mental anxiety than women who go for an abortion, who mostly experience relief.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2072035/Unwanted-pregnancy-doubles-womens-risk-mental-health-problems-abortion-impact.html

        Not to mention, that abortion is *not* eugenics. If you want to see what a true proponent of eugenics is about, you should check out the book “Ecoscience” by John P. Holdren, forcible sterilizations and forced abortions are eugenics, not selective abortions opted for by the carrying woman. Ethnic cleansing is a form of eugenics…not a woman terminating an unwanted pregnancy.

        Most if not all abortions are completed within the first two trimesters and *long* before fetal viability, meaning that women do not wait until the fetus could live outside of the womb when they decide to terminate.

        Fact: 77% of all pro-life proponents are men, 100% of them will *never* be pregnant.

      • Posted March 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

        Danny,

        I think you might be mistaken on more than one front.
        1. The DailyMail is a British tabloid newspaper. If you actually read the article, though, you would have read the part about there being no difference in the rate of mental health between women who choose abortion and women who choose to give birth. The study says nothing about women who carry to term and then give the child up for adoption.

        2. In case you weren’t aware, Planned Parenthood and the abortion movement was founded by Margaret Sanger, a known eugenicist. Have the times changed all that much? Perhaps. Then again, looking at the statistics, it seems there is a grossly disproportionate amount of minority women who abort compared to white women (http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0101.pdf). I don’t think there’s any denying the connection between the abortion businesses foundation and the current state of inequality in regards to race and abortion.

        Here are a few articles about the abortion-eugenics connection:
        http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/users/rauch/nvp/consistent/hentoff_eugenics.html
        http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/users/rauch/abortion_eugenics/american-spectator_eugenics.html

        3. I’m not sure where you get that 77% of all pro-lifers are men, but here’s the real facts (from Gallup): http://www.gallup.com/poll/118399/more-americans-pro-life-than-pro-choice-first-time.aspx
        Obviously if 49% of women are pro-life (vs. 44% pro-choice), and 54% of men are pro-life, then men cannot logically make up 77% of the pro-life constituency, especially since the male and female population is split nearly 50/50 (number of males vs. number of females).

        Furthermore, does the fact that you don’t live in Africa and probably never will negate your right to speak on an issue or even negate your position on that issue? To say that because I’m a man, my position on abortion is automatically negated is a logical fallacy. It simply doesn’t compute.

        I also see that the study in the article you cited never mentions anything about the mental health of a man whose child is aborted. Yes, there are men who have been through the pain and agony of wanting a child and yet the woman doesn’t and there’s absolutely nothing you can do or say about it.

        I’m one of those men. That’s why I’m pro-life. I’ll never be able to see my son take his first steps or say his first word much less go to his sports games, see him graduate, watch him get married… simply because I’m a man and I should just be silent and not say anything. Doesn’t that seem a little backwards to you? Doesn’t it seem like the inequality has shifted from one side to the other? It sure feels like it to me.

        3.

  28. Angelita
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    I thank the Lord for people like you, Bryan. I am not an American but I weep for all the tiny babies everywhere that are being slaughtered in the mothers’ wombs because of selfishness. I keep praying that your government will rethink and reverse the Roe vs. Wade case. When this happens, the other countries will follow.
    Again, thank you for being these children’s voice.

  29. Danny
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    I think it is atrocious of you to compare a woman’s right to choose to a sadistic man who is taking LIVE children from the protection of their families and is forcing them to do hellacious things.

    May I remind you, that abortion is as old as humanity itself. Women for thousands of years knew exactly which herbs to take that would induce a miscarriage because there was no contraception. And it is as true then as it is now, pregnancy is *solely* the woman’s choice. Oh and just in case you were wondering, frankincense and myrrh, were used together to induce a miscarriage, that is right the gifts the three wise men brought to Mary the night of “Christ’s” birth, are used to induce a miscarriage…

    This knowledge disappeared when they started burning women as witches during the middle ages onward because they possessed knowledge of herbs and their uses. When you look at a “holy” book that gives instructions as to what to do if a woman is raped (namely stoning her to death, yes, that is called an Honor Killing and you deplore Muslims for having that tradition when it is just as deeply rooted in yours), and then say that god is pro-female is a joke. Deuteronomy 22, just in case you were wondering. And no where in the bible, did it actually say that a woman is not allowed to induce her own miscarriage.

    • Posted March 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      I think it’s atrocious that calling a child by any other name makes it all of a sudden not a child and easier to justify killing it.

      I think you are making up the idea that frankincense and myrrh were used together as abortifacients. Myrrh was used in healing. Frankincense was burned as a means of worship (i.e. burnt offerings as stated in the Bible). Both were very precious commodoties during the time of Jesus, before Jesus and even now. Neither has any evidence of ever being used as an abortifacient during that time or any other.

      And really, the question is: what does that matter? Are you suggesting the magi brought those gifts to tell Mary to abort Jesus? If that were the case, I think it would make the argument against abortion even stronger amongst Christians.

      I’m sure there were certain things used in the middle ages by supposed witches to cause abortion in women. Does that make it okay? Does that justify it? Maybe that’s a part of the reason they were considered to be witches… which never has a positive connotation except amongst… witches. Perhaps people in the middle ages saw the evil of what they were doing, couldn’t explain it and so called their killing of unborn children “witchcraft” for lack of scientific understanding. But the moral dilemma still remained: they were killing innocent children. And apparently even people in the middle ages knew that was wrong.

  30. Bryan
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink
  31. Magdalene
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    A “right” to choose….to kill? This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue and you do not have to be a Christian to know that.

    So if someone does not feel pain, like in a coma, would it be okay to kill them and rip them limb from limb?

    If someone is dependant on dialysis or medication to live, is it okay to kill them?

    Is all the extra ‘sex ed’ working to help prevent pregnancies or is it sexualizing the children so that more pregnancies and more abortions occur?

    The more promiscuity is promoted, the more killing goes on.

    The taking of an innocent human life, yes a fetus is human, is murder…sorry but that is the way of it.

    Would you all like to see a forced one child policy like in China? Then continue on this slippery slope. But it will not stop with the unborn, folks. One day you will be old or sick or disabled and not worth the dollars to keep alive.

  32. Posted March 15, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Operation Save America – AR.

  33. Christina Murray
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Have you people seen how many humans are on this earth?? If we didn’t allow abortions we would have a huge population of unwanted children and if you watch the news you’ll see that foster care is not a very good alternative. Another side note to bring you out of your bubble… Lots of abortions are for women who have been raped by strangers or molested by family members. What would you prefer, someone who doesn’t have a baby or someone who has it and then treats it like crap.

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