“Living is easy with eyes closed.” John Lennon
I met Cindy in the mid 1980’s. She was a young woman with small children and I got to know Cindy because she came to my door selling Avon. She was a couple of years younger than I was and managed to convince me that I should sell Avon as well. It was a good lesson for me in that I learned without reservations, I am not a sales person. I was very poor at selling and managed to mess up most of the orders I took. As we sat talking about life and about selling Avon, she was rather upset. It seems that in the news paper that morning, there was a ruling in the state of Minnesota, I believe, that forbid a mother from suing a drunk driver for the death of her unborn child. Cindy was livid. It seems that she had had a miscarriage fairly far along in one of her pregnancies. She spoke of how she and her husband had so longed for this baby. How they had planned for her birth. Then she was devastated when the baby died. “How dare them,” she cried. “My baby was every bit a person as any new born child. What gives them the right to say there was no victim?”
I did not want to get into any argument but I quietly answered, “As long as abortion is legal, then they can’t say the unborn baby is alive and a victim.”
Cindy’s reaction took me by surprise. Her anger took a 180 degree turn as now she was angry with me for saying something negative about abortion. I really did not say something negative though, I only stated the facts. If a mother can choose to kill her baby up until the day that child is born, then how can the state say the unborn baby is a victim in one case but not in another?
“The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.” (Psalm 146:8)
Cindy explained how before she got married, she was working at a mall in the southeast section of Albuquerque. She had been walking to her car after the mall was closed one dark night and heard footsteps behind her. She decided to run to her car just in case someone was behind her and her instincts were dead on and her decision run was a very good one indeed. She no sooner got into her car and locked the door when a man tried to get into her car with her. He was angry that she had gotten away from him so he pounded on the driver’s door shouting obscenities. Then he jumped on the hood of her car and started banging on the front window. Terrified, Cindy gunned the car out of the parking space leaving the man in the lot behind her. There were a series of rather well published accounts in the local newspaper of a serial rapist in this area and Cindy was certain she had met him that night in the mall parking lot.
Now I was confused. She was angry for the courts ruling an unborn child is not a victim. Then she was angry at me because I said it was because of legal abortion. It was like her emotions collided head on. Cindy, I don’t think you can have it both ways. But like so many pro-abortion women before her that I had met, most are victims or as in Cindy’s case, near victims of sexual assault. I understand to a point. No one most certainly wants to be sexually assaulted or raped. It is a horrible crime that should never happen. The desire to control what happens to our body is not an abnormal response or desire – it is paramount to our wellbeing and self-preservation. The good news is that rape rarely results in pregnancy. That sad news is that it does happen and even if rarely the thought of carrying a child because of rape is terrifying.
The very thing that makes rape so horrible is that an innocent helpless person is subjected to a terrible brutal indignity that changes their life forever. Sadly, this is the same thing that happens to the unborn child in abortion. A helpless innocent person is subjected to a terrible, brutal indignity that results in their painful death – a life cut short forever.
“I will bring distress on mankind, so that the they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the Lord; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung.” (Zephaniah 1:17)
Even today in some states, do not allow a person to be prosecuted in the death of a preborn baby. Deaths of preborn babies are not even counted in the death toll of mass killings. Drunk drivers in these states cannot be charged with murder if an accident only kills a preborn infant. You can assault a pregnant woman and even if the baby inside of her dies, it is not murder, the charge will only be assault against the woman. If a man feeds his pregnant girlfriend an abortifacient that kills the unborn baby, it is not manslaughter.
“But whoever hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1 John 2:11)
We thought that we were making progress when the Unborn Victims of Violence Bill was passed and signed by President George W Bush in 2004 that defined a preborn baby as fully human. But federal law does not have jurisdiction over state laws and currently only 38 states have a similar Unborn Victim Laws. The irony is even though the bill states that the child in utero is fully Homo Sapiens – a member of the human race, it makes abortion exempt from prosecution. We are back where we started. I can kill my baby in the womb and call it choice but if you kill my baby in my womb it is murder. The result is the same, one dead baby. If murder is the taking of human life how can the intent of someone’s choice make the result any different?
“to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” (Acts 26:18)
I wonder about Cindy today and if she ever able to reconcile her two equally painful emotional experiences that collided that morning. Before that moment, she blinded herself to the truth in order to live with the conundrum that allowed her to form the opinion that life in the womb is only relevant if you want that child, that abortion is a necessary evil and then in the end analysis stay blind and try not think of it at all. It is blindness that creates the conundrum and blindness that allows it us to live with it rather than solve it.
“Then Jesus said, ‘I came into this world for judgement, so that those who do not see might see and those who do see might become blind.’” (John 9:39)
Curtesy of the National Right to Life Organization: http://www.nrlc.org
On Jan. 7, Ashley Lyons, 18, of Scott County, Ky., was found shot to death in her car. Only hours earlier, she and her mother, Carol, had watched a brand-new ultrasound videotape of Ashley’s unborn son, Landon.
“Nobody can tell me that there were not two victims,” Carol Lyons said. “I placed Landon in his mother’s arms, wrapped in a baby blanket that I had sewn for him, just before I kissed my daughter goodbye for the last time and closed the casket”
See attached picture for second story.
In both of these cases, no murder charges were filed on behalf of the unborn child. Murder? Involuntary manslaughter? Reckless homicide? No. It was not legal to do so.
States that currently do not recognize pre-birth babies as victims of violence:
Colorado, Maine, Wyoming, Delaware, New Mexico, Georgia, Iowa, Oregon, Vermont, Connecticut, Hawaii and New Jersey.
States which only have partial coverage for the deaths of unborn babies:
California, Maryland, Montana, Rhode Island, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, and New York.