The Most Basic Human Right: Life

Bloggers are uniting today for basic human rights. There so many topics to write about: humanitarian aid to Myanmar, atrocities in Darfur, sex slavery around the world, religious persecution …

These and more are terrible violations of human rights, and I pray for all of them.

The most basic human right of all is life. People are dying from atrocities committed by governments and criminals and from starvation and diseases because humanitarian aid is denied. Most people acknowledge these are horrific human rights violations, and many people contribute, volunteer, work, and pray for an end to these evils.

However, there is one human rights violation that many people accept as good and right: the murder of millions of innocent babies before they even take their first breath.

The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform quotes statistics compiled from The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood. Approximately 126,000 abortions occur every day worldwide (about 3,700 of those in the US). The worldwide lifetime average is one abortion per woman!

You can find more information at Abortion Facts.

National Right to Life reports that there have been nearly 50 million abortions in the US since 1973, when Roe v Wade made abortion legal.

Star Parker writes on

… a third of which {abortions} were black babies.

I wrote in an earlier post that slavery and abortion are moral relatives. My guess is that abortion has killed more black Americans than slavery did, though slavery certainly did a lot of physical and emotional damage that didn’t necessarily cause death.

The Bible says:

For you {God} created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. ~ Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)

As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. ~ Ecclesiastes 11:5 (KJV)

This is what the LORD says—

  your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:

  I am the LORD,

  who has made all things,

  who alone stretched out the heavens,

  who spread out the earth by myself. ~ Isaiah 44:24 (NIV)

Before I {God} formed you in the womb I knew you ~ Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

Thou shalt not kill. ~ Exodus 20:13 (KJV)

In 1869, One of the earliest feminists, Susan B. Anthony, said:

I deplore the horrible crime of child murder. No matter what the motive-love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent-the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed.

On the 34th anniversary of Roe v Wade, I wrote a post that linked to this powerful message: Think of Me Turning 34 Today.

Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust calls abortion “the evil of our generation.” This Christian pro-life activist organization says:

If you were born after 1972, we challenge you to consider yourself a Survivor of the Abortion Holocaust. 1/3 of your generation has been killed by abortion in America!

We must not continue to murder 1/3 of our children, children created by God in His image.

O GOD, merciful and compassionate, who art ever ready to hear the prayers of those who put their trust in thee; Graciously hearken to us who call upon thee, and grant us thy help in this our need; end the evil of abortion and let the children live. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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