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A STUDY GUIDE FOR CHRISTIANS & CHURCHES ABOUT PROTECTING LIFE

Fearfully and Wonderfully made FA I T H W O R K S

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Fearfully and Wonderfully made A publication of FAITHWORKS for CHRIST

Copyright 2019 by FAITHWORKS for CHRIST Written by Jan Schultz FAITHWORKS for CHRIST, Yuma, AZ Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture citations taken from: The King James Version (KJV), 1611, 1769. Outside of the United Kingdom, the KJV is in the public domain. Within the United Kingdom, the rights to the KJV are vested in the Crown. Scripture citations marked NLT are from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Scripture citations marked NIV are taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version “NIV” copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All Rights Reserved. Scripture quotations marked ESV are taken from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means —electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or any other — except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without prior permission of the publisher. Printed in the United States of America.

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Contents what’s inside Section 1: Every child is a gift from God

Section 3: Children are the heritage of the Lord

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32 Protecting life in your community 33 A new genocide: the attack on the poor and people of color 35 Her life matters: the attack on girls

Building a culture of life Abortion: facts and statistics Methods of abortion Facts: demographics Scriptural truth Scriptural foundation for life

Section 2: The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy 18 Defeating the enemy 25 Eugenics and abortion 26 Following the money

Section 4: Rescue those being led away to death 38 Caring starts here: your church, your community 40 Proclaim the truth 41 Biblical truth 43 Protecting life at your church 44 Brothers, what you can do 45 Standing in the gap 46 Sisters, what you can do 47 Changing hearts and minds 48 Resources and links

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“Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” PSALM 100:3 (ESV) 4


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EVERY CHILD IS A GIFT FROM

GOD PSALM 127:3 (NLT)

God opens and closes the womb. So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. Ruth 4:13 (KJV)

But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb. 1 Samuel 1:5 King James Version (KJV)

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Building a culture of life There is perhaps no subject, more difficult

The purpose of this guide is to:

and divisive than the subject of abortion. It is a topic that for many years we have kept quiet about, discussed in whispers or not at all. The challenge in talking openly about the

subject is that it brings up deep concerns within our society about premarital sex and unplanned pregnancy. Further, those involved may experience deep feelings of remorse, shame, anger, abandonment and guilt.

• Provide facts about the practice of abortion within the United States. • Identify key scriptures that provide a foundation for a biblical response. • Identify legislative actions that could radically change the practice of abortion in America.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:13-14

• Understand how worldly pressure to As Christians, we must never lose sight of the

change our Christian moral values is

need for compassion in such circumstances.

impacting our communities and

The Bible tells us “For all have sinned, and

our children.

come short of the glory of God.” Romans

3:23. As believers, we are called to be the

• Empower Christians and the church to take

hands and feet of Jesus, to protect the

action to protect life, rebuild our

innocent and to offer compassion and

community’s moral value of life and offer

comfort to those who are suffering as we

comfort and biblical guidance to

share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

those affected. • Provide links to key support resources.

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood… Proverbs 6: 16-17 KJV

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Although this subject is a difficult one, it is not one that we can fail to address. By failing to protect the innocent, the Bible tells us that whatever harm we do to the ‘least of these’

we do to Christ himself. Matthew 25:40 KJV.


Choose life. 7


Facts and statistics % of Americans that believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases1

48%

49%

Of Americans identify as Pro-life

Hispanics

61% Whites

60% Blacks 1Public

Opinion on Abortion. (2018, October 15). Retrieved from http://www.pewforum.org /fact-sheet/public-opinionon-abortion/

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48% Of Americans Identify as Pro-choice


60 Abortions since 1973 in U.S.

million Percent of pregnancies terminated in abortion

881,000 Abortions every day

3,000+ in the United States

WHY?

22% U.S. Abortion Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abort ion_statistics/

Abortions in 2017

.5% due to rape 3% due to fetal health 4% Physical problems of mother

93% Elective (don’t want to be single mother, interferes with career/education, don’t want more children, other)

If we honored each baby aborted since 1973 with a moment of silence we would be

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Methods of abortion The method used for abortion is dependent on the developmental stage of the baby at the time that the abortion is performed. The most common type of abortion, surgical abortion or suction dilatation and curettage, is performed between 5-13 weeks. At this point, the baby has a heartbeat, fingers, toes, arms and legs. In the following video, Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed over 1200 abortions, describes four abortion procedures, covering the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy. For more information, visit https://www.abortionprocedures.com/.

Milestones in development1 8 Weeks • The heart is beating rhythmically. • The baby has arms and legs. • Facial features are recognizable. 12 Weeks • The toes and fingers already have nail beds. • Faint fetal movements are starting. • Early reflexes are present. • The genital is already recognizable. • Heartbeat can be detected by Doppler. 16 Weeks • An ordinary stethoscope can detect the fetus’ heart beat. • The pancreas and liver are forming. 20 Weeks • The mother can feel the baby moving. • The baby has hair. • The baby has periods of being awake and asleep. 24-25 Weeks • The baby’s brain exhibits regular brain wave activity. • Eyebrows and eyelashes are distinguishable. • The baby can open its eyes. • The baby’s pupils react to light. • If born early, the baby can survive if cared for in a modern facility.

1st trimester 1-13 wks

2nd trimester 14-26 wks

3rd trimester 26-40 wks

73% Curretage abortions (dilation and evacuation or suction abortion)

27% Medical abortions (RU486)

96% Of 2nd trimester abortions are dilation and evacuation)3

91% of all abortions 8-13 wks

7.6% of all abortions 14-20 wks

1.3% of all abortions (not legal in all states) >20 wks 53,760 babies

Abortions by fetal developmental age2

1 Fetal Development: Structures and Milestones https://nurseslabs.com/fetal-development/ 2 Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2015. MMWR Surveill Summ 2018;67(No. SS-13) 3 U.S. Abortion Statistics https://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/

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Facts demographics 25% Are unmarried

56% More than one abortion

3x More likely to terminate if they have Medicaid coverage

Percentage of abortions by age range

.3% <15

9.8% 15-19

31.1% 20-24

27.6% 25-29

17.7% 30-34

10% 35-39

1 Fetal Development: Structures and Milestones https://nurseslabs.com/fetal-development/ 2 Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2015. MMWR Surveill Summ 2018;67(No. SS-13).

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Scriptural truth As believers of Jesus Christ, our response must be based not on what the world says is acceptable but rather on what the Bible says about life and creation, about sin and about the life we are called to lead as Christians. In this section, we will look at key scripture that conveys God’s will regarding the subject of life. Although abortion is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, there are multiple scriptures that discuss how God created us, the value of life and specific circumstances where the unborn or an infant were

harmed and God’s response. By looking thoroughly at scripture, our position as Christians becomes clear. From the very beginning, we were God’s creation.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27 (KJV)

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:15-16 NIV

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Each and every one of us is God’s creation. It

At the moment an egg is fertilized, we are

is HIS breath that gives us life. We are HIS

fully human from that moment forward.

creation.

Our DNA is immediately distinguishable from all other species.

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7 From the very beginning, we were of God, made by God and we belong to God. Do we have the right, the authority to

destroy a life created by God? No. In fact, we are commanded not to shed innocent blood, to harm others or commit murder.

Shedding innocent blood The Lord further makes it clear how he values life in Genesis 9:6.

“Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”

Children, a heritage from the Lord In the New Testament, the Greek word brephos is used to describe the unborn, newborns and youth. In the Old Testament the word used is yeled which means child. These terms are used when describing any child whether unborn, born, a toddler or older child. God recognizes that they are all his children from the moment that He breathes life into that child at conception within the mother’s womb.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous— how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139: 13-16 NLT

A fetus or a baby? Scientists use the term fetus to delineate the developmental stage of an unborn child. Referring to a child by their particular developmental stage does not change the fact that they are in fact a child and a person. Each person has value to

God from the moment of creation throughout their life and even after death. “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3 “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127: 4-5

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Abortion is Sin From multiple verses within scripture, we can see how precious God’s creation is to him. Although abortion is an evil of the contemporary world, the killing of sons or daughters is not new to the world. In the Old Testament, Psalms 106 discusses the great sin of the people of Israel when they fell into a culture of death: “They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood. They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves. Therefore the LORD was angry with his people and abhorred his inheritance. He gave them into the hands of the nations, and their foes ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power.” Psalms 106: 36-42 NIV Clearly, the shedding of innocent blood is a sin. But what is our role as it pertains to

abortion? What is the role of a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ? “If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” Proverbs 24:10 NIV

Is it OK for us to look the other

way? To say, “that doesn’t pertain to me or my family?” No.

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Scriptural foundation for life 1

We are made in the image of God. We are God’s creation. All human life is sacred. Genesis 1: 26-27, 9:6, Psalm 100:3, 139 13-16, Isaiah 44:24, 64:8, Jeremiah 1:5, 1 Corinthians 3: 16-17.

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Life begins at conception. This is a biological and scientific fact1 that is supported by scripture. Scripture states that the life of the flesh is in the blood. Fetal blood cells are present at embryonic development.1 Leviticus 17:11, Genesis 9: 4-6 Our bodies do not belong to us. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. The child’s body is separate — containing unique DNA that is different from that of the mother (from the point of conception). “My Body, My Choice” is neither accurate or truth scientifically or scripturally. 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

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God opens and closes the womb. Every child is a gift from God, a blessing. God takes an active role in human conception. Genesis 30:22, Ruth 4:13, 1 Samuel 1:5, Isaiah 66:9

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Intentionally destroying the life of a child in the womb (except in cases where the life of the mother is at stake) is a direct and rebellious act against God and his creation. Proverbs 6:17

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We are commanded not to murder. The penalty for murder is death. Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17, Exodus 21:22-25 15

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Shedding innocent blood is an abomination to the Lord — defiling (making unclean) our hands and polluting the land. Proverbs 6:17, Deuteronomy 19:10

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Shedding innocent blood is called evil and equated with murder in scripture. Financially facilitating murder is cursed.

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We are called to protect the innocent, the weak, and the orphaned. We are called to rescue those being led to slaughter.

2 Kings 21:16, Isaiah 59:7, Genesis 9:6, Deuteronomy 27:25.

Psalm 82: 3-4, Isaiah 1:17, Jeremiah 22:3, Exodus 23:7, Proverbs 24: 11-12

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We are called to set ourselves apart from the world, to correct one another as believers, to expose evil, and be salt and light — a force for good vs. evil. We are to encourage leaders to keep God’s commandments. 2 Corinthians 6: 17, Romans 12: 2, Galatians 6:1, Ephesians 5:11, 1 Samuel 12: 13-25, Proverbs 14:34 Isaiah 5:20, Mathew 5: 13-16, Romans 13: 6-7.

The sin of abortion can be forgiven through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. By repenting of sin and believing in Jesus Christ we are forgiven and saved. Women who have had an abortion, men who have encouraged / facilitated an abortion or others who have played a part in the abortion of a child can be forgiven. Scripture states that the wages of sin is death and that all have sinned. When we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, he remembers our sins no more. Romans 6:23, 3:23, Hebrews 8:12.

1 Life Begins at Fertilization, Princeton.edu

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THE THIEF DOES NOT COME EXCEPT

TO STEAL, AND TO KILL,

AND TO DESTROY.

LIFE I HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE

AND THAT THEY MAY HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY.

JOHN 10:10 NKJV

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Defeating the enemy The Bible tells us that Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy: “The thief [Satan] does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV

Jesus describes Satan as the father of lies “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:4 NIV

Using language to deceive One of the ways that the enemy deceives us is through language. Satan uses language to twist the truth. In the same way that Satan lied to Eve about what would happen if she ate of the Tree of Knowledge, he continues to lie and twist the truth using the media, false teachers and others to spread the culture of death.

Stirring up strife between believers Satan also seeks to divide God’s people by trying to stir up anger between ethnicities and nations.

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“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” EPHESIANS 6:12 KJV

The abortion industry disproportionately targets poor women and women of color.


Here are some lies we hear every day. My body, my choice! From the moment of conception, there is another (2nd) body growing inside of a woman. For the statement, “My body, my choice to be true,” we would have to be speaking about a pregnancy that involved only 1 body (the mother’s). That is simply not the case. We are not talking about 1 body because women do not have four arms and four legs . Scientifically, factually, from the moment of conception, a second person begins growing inside the mother’s womb. When we kill another person or pay another person to kill another person, that is murder.

A “fetus or product of conception” is not a baby. The term fetus is scientific term that refers to the developmental stage of a human being. Referring to a child by their developmental stage does not make them not human. Neither is there any logic in determining that a person can live or die based on their developmental stage in life. If that were true, we could decide that toddlers could be killed or adolescents.

It’s not a person! It’s a clump of cells! “Upon fertilization, the baby’s DNA is separate from its mother. The baby has a separate heart beat from the mother at just three weeks. At just six weeks, the cerebral cortex is formed. At seven weeks, the baby is hiccupping and kicking. At ten weeks, the baby has distinct fingerprints. The baby is awake when the

mother is asleep. The baby can have a separate sex and blood type from the mother. There is no checkpoint during the pregnancy in which the “clump of cells” magically becomes a human. In some jurisdictions, when a pregnant woman is killed it counts as a double homicide; the law thus recognizing the preborn child is in fact a distinct and separate life. The preborn child is no more a mere “clump of cells” than you or I.1

It’s not a baby until it can survive on its own outside the womb. Personhood is not established based on whether we can survive on our own. If this were true, we could determine that anyone receiving life-saving treatment whether temporary or permanent is not a person and thus can be killed.

It’s legal, so it’s OK. Slavery was also legal for a time in the United States and yet it was morally wrong. Honor killing and genital mutilation are also legal in some other countries and this does not make them morally right.

Abortion is “Reproductive Healthcare”. Healthcare is defined as the improvement of health via prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, illness or injury. First, pregnancy is not a state of illness, injury or disease. Further, any treatment of a pregnant women would mean that the doctor has 2 patients: the mother and child. The ending of one of those patient’s lives via elective abortion is the absolute opposite of improvement of health. 1Klein,

A. (2018, September 24). Debunking The 5 Most Common 'Pro-Choice' Arguments. Retrieved from https://humandefense.com/debunking-the-5-most-common-prochoice-arguments/ 00

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The enemy using scripture Satan will twist the meaning of scripture to try to deceive people. Among some of the more disturbing arguments for abortion are those in which proponents use scripture to try to justify abortion. In this section, we will look at some of the often quoted verses and address these deceptions.

The Book of Hosea, Old Testament Claim: Even pregnant women can be slaughtered. Scripture cited: Hosea 13:16 “Samaria shall become desolate; for she has rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women who are pregnant shall be ripped up (Hsa 13:15-16).” FALSE. The prophet Hosea (son of Beeri) prophecies that Samaria (which was the head of Ephraim – one of the ten tribes of Israel) shall become desolate and death will come by the sword to its people. This is a reminder, in prophetic form, from God that the wages of sin (in this case idol worship) is death. When we sin against God, we bring about our own destruction. God does not want to see his children harmed and thus provided Hosea

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with prophecy to warn the people of God to turn toward God and turn away from sin. This scripture in no way justifies slaughtering pregnant women. It expresses a scriptural truth and predicted outcome. Do bad things, bad things will happen. This is the nature of a fallen world. When we turn away from God we move out of the protection of God and expose ourselves to the enemy. Here, the prophecy points out the types of things (death by sword and cutting up the people) that occurred during this time period — perpetrated by Israel’s cruel enemies.

Claim: The fetus can be killed too. Scripture cited: Hosea 9:16. “Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.” Hosea 9:16

FALSE. The prophet Hosea again warns of vengeance to the Israelites. This portion of the prophecy uses the analogy of a tree in describing the type of destruction the people will bring upon themselves if they continue with their sinful ways. This, again, is an analogy and a warning that when people sin there is a consequence. It is important to note that this is not God’s preferred outcome nor a justification or statement that killing of children is acceptable but rather the direct consequence of turning away from God. In today’s world, if a parent chooses to do drugs and take their child into places with dangerous people. It is likely that this behavior could possibly lead to death of the parent and/or child. We live in a fallen, cause and effect world. Sadly, we see this type of scenario play out often in the news.


Neither of these scriptures state that women can/should be slaughtered or that children (or fetus – which is Latin for small child) can/should be killed.

(murdering or otherwise abusing their wives) without God’s judgement. As strange as this seems to contemporary readers, this was done to protect women.

These verses of scripture are prophetic warnings that sin brings death and that it is the willful action of the people, who turn against God, that bring about this death and destruction. God’s not “OK” with it. If he were, there would be no reason to warn and remind his people.

Claims: 1) When conducting a census, ignore children under one month old. 2) A child less than one month old has no value.

The Book of Numbers and Leviticus, Old Testament

Scripture cited: Numbers 3: 15-16 “Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them.”

Also cited: Leviticus 27:6

Claim: It is permissible to induce a miscarriage. Scripture cited: Numbers 5:21 "Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell;“

FALSE. This scripture is a test for adultery. In this case, if a woman was thought to be unfaithful, (there is no reference that she is pregnant) then by drinking a bitter water, prepared by the priest, her guilt would be revealed by the swelling of her womb. If after drinking the water she was found to be guilty (swollen abdomen) then her womb would no longer be able to conceive. There is NO reference to pregnancy and no reference to miscarriage. The purpose of this test was to place judgement for sin in God’s hands rather than in man’s. In 5:16 the scripture states she is “set before the Lord”. This law prevented jealous husbands from being overcome by anger (if they suspected their wife was guilty) and taking matters into their own hands

“And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver.”

FALSE. Neither of these scripture support abortion any more than the fact that if you have a small child, you can go to the movies and not have to pay for a child under 3. The fact that the small child is free does not mean they have no value. Lev 27:6 is referencing the cost to “buy back” a child that has been dedicated (given) to serve the Lord (in the temple) for a special vow. If the parent wishes to redeem said child they must pay the redemption value. In the case of a child less than 1 month old, no money had to be paid to redeem the child. In Samuel 1:24 Hannah dedicated young Samuel to the Lord. Numbers 3: 15-16 explains there was no need to count a child under the age of one month in the census. Census were taken for purposes of taxation and/or military recruitment. In this case, there was no tax money due for a child under one month.

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Neither of these scripture are a reference to the value of a child in God’s eyes. In contrast, the Bible specifically points out in Exodus 21:22-24 that if a pregnant women is harmed (by accident) and she suffers miscarriage, the price is “life for life”. This reflects the truth that God values unborn children at the same value as any other person.

Claims: Live children can be disposed of by stoning, drowning, starvation, cannibalism, burning, stabbing and poison. Scriptures cited: Mathew 18:6, Deuteronomy 21:22 and 32:24, Ezekiel 5:10, Genesis 19:24, Joshua 10:36) FALSE. These scriptures are “cherry picked” and often taken radically out of context and used as justification for abortion. All are false: “But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Mathew 18:6

In this scripture Jesus is likening new believers to small children (they are innocent and uneducated like children). He warns that it would be better for someone to drown than to cause a new believer to stumble. To deceive is a sin. Sin leads to death. If we die without turning to Christ for repentance, the punishment is that we will spend eternal life in Hell. What Jesus is saying is that drowning would be better than what will follow in Hell. This scripture in no way suggests children can be drowned. “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have

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chastened him, will not heed them, then

his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city. And they shall say to the elders of his city, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.” Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear.” Deuteronomy 21: 18-21

Again, like the woman accused of adultery, this law prevented fathers in the patriarchal society of Israel (where the father’s word was law) from taking action against rebellious children without first consulting the elders at the city gate. There, the testimony of the parents and the child would be considered by the community. Such a capital crime, at that time, would have required the testimony of two or three witnesses. This was an early form of “due process” preventing a parent from unjustly murdering their child. “They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.” Deuteronomy 32:24

This scripture is part of a song that the Lord spoke to Moses to share with the people of Israel. The song was given to Moses to teach the people of Israel to “fear” (respect) the Lord their God. The people were guilty of idolatry and breaking many of God’s covenants. After Moses spoke the words of the song to his people he commanded the people to turn their hearts back to God. It’s important to point out here that God is a just God. God is also the creator of all life. It is within God’s authority to give and take life. However, in his mercy we see over and


over in the Bible that God grants mercy to his children. Although this scripture states that God may bring lethal consequences as just punishment for sin, it does not say that men could render such punishment. So no, this scripture does not justify burning children as the claim implies. “Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.” Ezekial 5:10

In this scripture, the prophet Ezekiel predicts the outcome of the people of Israel turning away from God. He predicts multiple catastrophes that would affect God’s people and that only a remnant would remain.

Among the catastrophes was a famine where people would starve and resort to cannibalism. When we turn away from God, we open ourselves to the enemy. In this case, in 2 Kings 6:26-31 we see that Ben-Hadad of Aram besieged Samaria and this led to famine, starvation and cannibalism. This was a consequence of the enemies of Israel besieging Samaria (acts of men). God was so concerned about things such as this happening that he sent prophets to warn the people to turn back to Him. So, no God does not condone cannibalism of children as the claim implies. If He did, he would not have warned the children of Israel.

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A New Holocaust Language similar to what was used in Nazi Germany to justify the torture and murder of Jews is now strikingly similar to language we hear repeated by politicians and the media every day on the topic of abortion. Recently Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia supported infanticide (where a child born alive after an attempted abortion could be killed)

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Nazi use of language regarding Jews

if the mother so chose:

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he said. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” Governor Ralph Northam, VA

1973

Contemporary use of language regarding unborn babies

Hitler calls Jews “parasites”. (Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 419.)

Gloria Steinman refers to unborn babies as “parasites”. (Gloria Steinman, author and feminist leader, on CNN, Sept. 9, 1981.)

The German Supreme Court refused to recognize Jews as legal “persons”. 1936

U.S. Supreme Court in its Roe v. Wade decision ruled that unborn babies are not legal “persons”

Jews are identified as being “subhuman” in a pamphlet published by the Race Settlement Main Office. 1942

The Hastings Center Report, publishes “The Fetus as Organ Farm” comparing fetuses to fish or insects. Hastings Center Report, Volume 9 (3) – Jun 1, 1979

Jews are referred to as a “mass” by Franz Stangl explaining how he viewed his part in the killing of 1 million Jews at Treblinka. (In interview with author Gitta Sereny which later appeared in the book Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience). 1983.

Drs. J.F. McDermott and W.F. Char referred to the remains of aborted babies as a “protoplasmic mass” in order to pacify nurses at a Hawaiian Hospital. (Sereny, Into that Darkness, p. 201.)

Dr. August Hirt refers to torture of concentration camp victims as “experiments”. (Aziz, Doctor of Death, 3, 305)

Dr. Marti Kekomaki justified conducting experiments involving slicing open the stomachs and cutting off the heads of live late term aborted babies in his statement “An aborted baby is just garbage and that’s where it ends up,” he declared, “Why not make use of it for society?” (National Examiner, 8-19-80 pp. 20-21.)

In an official Nazi report of the fate of 15,000 Jews killed near Serbia, the report refers to the killing as “evacuation”.

Dr. Edward Allred, a millionaire abortionist, when asked what happens during an abortion, Dr. Allred said: “the contents are evacuated.” (Assignment Life, New Liberty Films).

Total persons killed in the Holocaust estimated between

Total persons killed in abortion since 1980

10 and 17 million

1, 459,464, 217 (almost 1.5 Billion - worldwide)

https://www.abortionfacts.com/literature/abortion-the-hidden-holocaust

After Governor Northam’s statement, the Born Alive Protection Act was introduced for a procedural vote. In the vote, all but 3 Democratic senators voted AGAINST protecting the lives of “born alive” survivors of abortion—effectively demonstrating that the majority of Democratic Senators stand in favor of killing a baby after it is born.

Interestingly, every Democrat that voted against the act received money from Planned Parenthood. Fact Check: 'every Single Democrat That Voted Against The “Born Alive Bill” Received Money From Planned Parenthood' Jimmy Lewis - https://checkyourfact.com/2019/03/25/democrat-born-alive-planned-parenthood/

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Eugenics and abortion Margaret Sanger was an American “birth control activist” who opened the first “birth control” clinic in the United States and established the organizations that became Planned Parenthood Federation. She was also a believer in Eugenics. Eugenics is a set of beliefs that practice or aim to improve the “genetic quality” of the human race by excluding certain groups of people that are judged to be “inferior” and promoting other groups that are judged to be “superior”. Hitler was also a supporter of Eugenics. Here are just a few quotes by Mrs. Sanger:

“How are we to breed a race of human thoroughbreds unless we follow the same plan? We must make this country into a garden of children instead of a disorderly back lot, overrun with human weeds.” Radio WFAB Syracuse, 1924-02-29, transcribed in “The Meaning of Birth Control”, April 1924, p. 111

“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966, “Letter from Margaret Sanger to Dr. C.J. Gamble, December 10, 1939.,” Smith Libraries Exhibits, accessed March 18, 2019, https://libex.smith.edu/omeka/items/show/495.

YOU DECIDE. According to protectingblacklife.org, an organization with the primary objective of taking the pro-life conversation into the black community:

“Birth Control is not contraception indiscriminately and thoughtlessly practiced. It means the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks — those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.” "Apostle of Birth Control Sees Cause Gaining Here", The New York Times, 1923-04-08, p. XII.

Although some media channels have tried to state that Mrs. Sanger’s comments about “The Negro Project” have been taken out of context, copies of her letters and her viewpoints are well documented and available online. She wrote and spoke extensively about her views and advocated on behalf of her clearly racist views.

79% of Planned Parenthood surgical facilities are located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino communities. View the interactive map here: https://www.protectingblacklife.org/pp_targets/index.html

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Following the money Beyond the moral implications of abortion, there is also the financial motivation behind this grisly industry and that can be summed up very simply in one word: Greed. The following, reflects research from The Center for Medical Progress, a group dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.

Cell Technologies fetal tissue collection for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (again, a SINGLE Planned Parenthood affiliate in Texas).

How Planned Parenthood profits from fetal body parts

“8 fetal specimens/day x $150/specimen x 5 days/week x 50 weeks/year = $300,000/year”

According to CMP and research presented in court records, Planned Parenthood obtains profits from “Fetal Donation” via two methods:

1. Tissue Procurement Organizations For example, court records provide the following evidence from StemExpress procurement logs for a SINGLE Planned Parenthood affiliate in California:1

“8 fetal parts/clinic x 4 clinics x $55/part x 3 days/week x 50 weeks/year = $264,000/year” 2. Direct Supply Profits made from the sale of fetal body parts to biotech or university laboratories. The following are logs for Amphioxus

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According to Mathew Clark, in an article for Life News, Planned Parenthood makes as much as $23 million from selling aborted baby parts. The House of Representatives Select Investigative Panel found that Planned Parenthood did in fact profit from selling body parts.3 1Melissa

Farrell, pg. 46, 9 April 2015. http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/wpcontent/uploads/2015/05/PPGCtranscript04092015_final.pdf pgs. 45-46. 2 Planned Parenthood Makes As Much As $23 Million Annually From Selling Aborted Baby Body Parts https://www.lifenews.com/2015/07/24/planned-parenthoodmakes-as-much-as-23-million-annually-from-selling-abortedbaby-body-parts/ 3 Congress's Planned Parenthood Investigations Find Horrifying, Criminal Practices Phelim McAleer https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2017/01/15/mcaleerplanned-parenthood-investigation-finds-horrifying-criminalpractices/


Tax payer funding Additionally, American’s tax dollars are used to fund aborted baby parts sales: “Taxpayers fund aborted baby parts sales with millions of dollars each year. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports spending a minimum of $76 million in Human Fetal Tissue-specific grants and

Rubella virus. Later, another Scientist, also working for WiStar, developed

the cell strain WI-38 from a similar aborted child. This cell line and the MRC-5 cell line led to the development of a variety of vaccines still in use today including2: •

Hepatitis A vaccines [VAQTA/Merck, Havrix/GlaxoSmithKline, and part of Twinrix/GlaxoSmithKline]

Rubella vaccine [MERUVAX II/Merck, part of MMR II/Merck, and ProQuad/Merck]

Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine [Varivax/Merck, and part of ProQuad/Merck]

Zoster (shingles) vaccine [Zostavax/Merck]

Adenovirus Type 4 and Type 7 oral vaccine [Barr Labs] *

Rabies vaccine [IMOVAX/Sanofi Pasteur]

nearly 1.4 billion in Stem Cell Research grants in 2014. These figures represent

minimal estimates because the NIH category definitions “do not reflect the entire NIH research portfolio and budget” and projects under $500,000 may not be reported. Some research projects may use fetal tissue but may be reported as another category.”1 1-The Center for Medical Progress “Fact Sheets.” The Center for Medical Progress, 25 Aug. 2015, www.centerformedicalprogress.org/human-capital/fact-sheets/.

Medicines

How body parts are used As mentioned previously, the remains of aborted children are used in laboratory experiments, for stem cell research and to develop vaccinations and other medicines.

Medicines that contain aborted fetal material include:3 •

rhFVIII, rhFVIX, Nuwiq: for Hemophilia (Octapharma)

G-CSF: a white blood cell stimulant(Octapharma)

Vaccines

Pulmozyme: for Cystic Fibrosis (Genentech)

Development of vaccinations using cells from aborted fetal remains began in the 1960s with the work of Dr. Stanley Plotkin, MD at WiStar Institute in Philadelphia which led to the development of the Rubella vaccine. Using tissue from a baby aborted from a mother diagnosed with Rubella, Plotkin was able to isolate the

Enbrel: for Rheumatoid Arthritis (Amgen)

Abciximab/Repro (Eli Lilly) Aranesp, Procrit Darbepoetin alfa Epogen, Epoetin alfa (Amgen)

2 Human Cell Strains in Vaccine Development https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/huma n-cell-strains-vaccine-development 3 Vinnedge, D. (2018, December). U.S. Aborted Fetal Cell Products [PDF]. Children of God for Life.

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Medical Experiments

As a result of a boycott in 2012. Pepsi forced

In August, 2018 The Catholic Medical

Synomyx not to use any aborted fetal cells in

Association publicly condemned the US Food and Drug Administration for using human fetal tissue to transplant into “humanized mice” to determine how they responded to certain drugs and biologics. This is being paid for by US tax payers.1

Other Uses Scientists are now also using body parts for research on other things such as for flavor enhancers and for cosmetics.

PepsiCo research. Still, other companies continued to contract with Senomyx to develop products using the HEK-293 fetal cell line including: • Nestle (all refrigerated coffee creamers ketchups, sauces, seasoning, and instant noodles ). • Firmenich: FreezeStorm products • Ajinomoto: (Spices and seasonings) Aji-NoMoto – Umani seasoning, Hondashi – Flavor Seasoning, Techno-A – Savory Seasoning

Flavor Enhancers

Other companies including Kraft, Solae, and

In 2012 PepsiCo defended its use of human

Campbell Soup cancelled their contracts with

embryonic kidney (HEK-293) to produce flavor

Senomyx after the Pepsi boycott.

enhancers for their beverages to the SEC. At the time, PepsiCo was contracted with

Cosmetics

Senomyx. Which develops flavor enhancers.

Cosmetic companies also began using tissue

Although there is no fetal matter in the Pepsi

from fetal remains for anti-aging skin creams

products themselves, Synomyx contracted with

such as:

Pepsi to develop patented flavor enhancers using the fetal cell lines. Wikipedia provides an

Neocutis:

explanation as to the work Senomyx does:

Biogel, Prevedem, Journee, Bio-Serum, Lumiere and Bio-Restorative Skin Cream.

“Senomyx develops patented flavor enhancers by using “proprietary taste

Decouverte Cosmetics which contain

receptor-based assay systems.” These

tropoelastin from embryonic skin cells.2

receptors are made from HEK293. HEK stands for Human Embryonic Kidney cells. These cells, which were cloned, originally came from healthy, electively aborted human embryos. Using information from the human genome

sequence, Senomyx has identified hundreds of taste receptors and currently owns 113 patents on their discoveries.”

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1 Catholic Medical Association Condemns the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Use Of Aborted Babies' Tissue in Experiments https://www.cathmed.org/catholic-medical-associationcondemns-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administrations-use-ofaborted-babies-tissue-in-experiments/ 2 Vinnedge, D. (2018, December). U.S. Aborted Fetal Cell Products [PDF]. Children of God for Life.


What about YOUR money? Are YOU unknowingly contributing to companies that provide funding for abortions? You may have not thought about this, but some of your money (other than your tax dollars) may be going to companies that indirectly or directly provide funding to organizations that perform or profit from

corporations and organizations funding liberal advocacy.” By putting big business on watch through their extensive research on the most important issues of the day, their mission is to expose the corporate influence on matters of culture and policy and turn the tide on the attacks on conservative values and principles. Using 2nd Vote’s search engine, you can look

up the names of companies for which you regularly purchase products and view their scores in a variety of categories including Life.

abortion. You may be a customer of such companies buying products like groceries or clothing or other merchandise, or your financial investments may be directly contributing to these companies. Any profits

from such investments that benefit you could be resulting from abortion-related investments. Simply

said: You could be

personally profiting from the abortion industry.

Inspire Investing According to Inspire Investing, 24% of companies in the S&P 500 can be caught up in supporting abortion by: • Investing in funding for abortion drugs • Supporting hospitals or clinics that provide abortion facilities • Supporting legislation and promotion

Finding out if you are

contributing financially or profiting from the business of abortion:

of abortion • Contributing to charities which in turn support companies such as Planned Parenthood.

Two organizations can help you find out if you are contributing to or profiting from the business of abortion: • 2nd Vote

• Investing in biotech companies that perform stem-cell research or cloning using the remains of aborted children. Visit inspireinvesting.com to learn more.

• Inspire Investing

2nd Vote 2nd Vote (www.2ndvote.com) describes themselves as “a conservative watchdog for corporate activism”, and exposes the Fetus age 10 weeks

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“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV 30


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LO, CHILDREN ARE AN HERITAGE OF THE LORD: AND

THE FRUIT OF THE WOMB IS HIS REWARD. PSALM 127.3

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Protecting life in your community As we move toward the 2020 elections, the opportunity to change the direction for America to a culture of life hangs in the balance. Christians are needed within every state, every community, every church to

speak out and take action to change the hearts and minds of Americans. Public opinion polls reflect attitudes that indicate that we have fallen away from God. The enemy has taken hold. We must take back our cities, our states and our churches. We must break the strongholds that ensnare our communities, our families and our children in the culture of death.

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Fetus at 10 weeks of age


A new genocide Statistics show that African American women are disproportionately represented within abortion statistics. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Among black women, 36% of pregnancies end in abortion. Black women were more than 3.5 times more likely to have an abortion in 2015 than white women (CDC).

According to the National Vital Statistics Report from June 2012, African American women experience an average of 1.6 times more pregnancies than white women, but have 5 times more abortions over their lifetime. Hispanic/Latina women experience an average of 1.5 times more pregnancies than white women, and have 2.3 times as many abortions over their lifetime.1

1 National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 60, No. 7, June 20, 2012, Page 6, Figure 7. Accessed at: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_07.pdf)

In New York City, more black babies are aborted each year than born alive.2

# of aborted pregnancies among African Americans 2

36% 2 Riley, J. L. (2018, July 10). Let's Talk About the Black Abortion Rate. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/lets-talk-about-theblack-abortion-rate-1531263697

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1 in 4 women will have an abortion by age 45

96% of pregnant women that come to Planned Parenthood for counseling, have abortions. No more than 1.2% are referred for adoption.1

“Abortion’s negative impact has significantly contributed to African Americans being the only minority in America whose population is in decline.” “Hispanics are now the largest minority group in the country. If the current trend continues, the black community may cease to make a significant positive contribution to society.” US Census Bureau

Affects on the Poor

“The abortion rate among poor women remains the highest of all groups examined in the study, at 36.6 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. Abortion has become increasingly concentrated among poor women, who accounted for:

49% of patients in 2014.”

Abortion also disproportionately affects the poor. 1 Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Annual Report 2016-2017. 321,384 abortions / 7,762 prenatal services / 3,889 adoption referrals.

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50,000 female children are aborted every month in India.

#She too

her life matters When feminists tout the “virtues” of choice, they are forgetting about the rights of the female children they advocate aborting. Where are the “rights” for these little girls who will never be born, grow up, experience love and happiness? Beyond the shores of the United States, the impact to girl children from

abortion is even more grave. India has lost more than 60 million women in the past decade to sex-selective abortion. The #VanishingGirls campaign is an initiative of ADF India that was launched in 2016. Chief Minister of Delhi: "We are killing our unborn girls in their mothers' wombs". (n.d.). Retrieved from https://adfinternational.org/news/chief-minister-of-delhi-weare-killing-our-unborn-girls-in-their-mothers-wombs/

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In China, due to the “One Child”

One of the results of the One Child policy was

policy in effect from 1979 to 2015,

sex-selective abortion. Male children were

336 million children were aborted

favored and the result was a reduction of female children. There are approximately 100

through forced abortions and

million girl children missing from China.

sterilizations.1

Reasons for this include sex-selective abortion,

Steven Mosher (a social scientist allowed to perform anthropological research in rural China after the cultural revolution) stated in his book Broken Earth that police began arresting pregnant women by force. They were then restrained as their children were forcefully aborted. When women went into labor and the labor could not be stopped, the infants were killed immediately after birth via a formaldehyde injection into their brain.2

female infanticide, abandonment and neglect. American tax dollars via the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) provided financial support for family planning in China and was associated with the One-Child policy. During the Reagan administration, funding was pulled as news of civil rights violations were publicized. In 2009 President Obama resumed government financial support for the UNFPA. President Trump recently rescinded UNFPA

funding. The long-term effects of the disproportionate number of males to females are increased societal instability and insufficient children to provide care for the elderly.3

100 million girl children are missing from China. Reasons for this include sex-selective abortion, female infanticide, abandonment and neglect.

1 Moore, M. (2013, March 15). 336 million abortions under China's one-child policy. Retrieved from https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9933 468/336-million-abortions-under-Chinas-one-child-policy.html

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2 Mosher, S. W. (2008). Broken Earth. Riverside: Free Press. 3 Zraick, K. (2017, December 21). China Will Feel One-Child Policy's Effects for Decades, Experts Say. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/world/asia/china-willfeel-one-child-policys-effects-for-decades-experts-say.html


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RESCUE THOSE BEING LED AWAY TO DEATH;

HOLD BACK THOSE STAGGERING

TOWARD SLAUGHTER. PROVERBS 24:10

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Caring starts here If we are to bring about real change within our country, if we are to transform our culture from a culture of death to one that values the sanctity of life, we must start with looking deeply within ourselves, our church and our own community. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? MATTHEW 7:3 The truth is that many of the women walking into an abortion mill to end the life of their baby are our own sisters in Christ. In a survey performed by Care Net, a nonprofit organization supporting more than 1,100 pregnancy centers across North America, they found that:

4 in 10 women who have had an abortion were churchgoers when they ended their pregnancy.1 We need to get serious about what we are doing to support women in making Godly choices. We need to empower them to choose life by providing compassionate support and access to essential resources. We need to move beyond judgement, for we have all sinned. 1 Warren, R. C. (n.d.). Abortion and the church: What can we do? Retrieved from https://www.care-net.org/churches-blog/abortionand-the-church-what-can-we-do

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Short and long-term

affects of abortion

50% higher risk of breast cancer1

7 times more likely to commit suicide

27% 5-8x

post abortion infection that can lead to reproductive damage.2

Increased risk of ectopic pregnancy3

66%

of teens that aborted their first pregnancy experienced miscarriage or premature birth in later “wanted” pregnancies.4

1Dr.

Janet Daling, Risk of Breast Cancer Among Young Women, J. Nat. Ca. Inst., Vol. 86, No. 21, 11/2/94, pp. 1584-1592. “Legal Abortion, A Critical Assessment of Its Risks”, The Lancet (December 4, 1971), pp. 1245-1249. 3Chung, et.al. Effects of Induced Abortion on Subsequent Reproductive Function and Pregnancy Outcome, University of Hawaii (Honolulu, 1981). 4Russel, “Sexual Activity and Its Consequences in the Teenager”, Clinics in Ob&Gyn, (Dec. 1974). vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 683-698. 2Stallworthy,

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Proclaim the truth 1

Share your faith with others.

2

Share pro-life messages on Facebook or Twitter.

3

4

Write your congress persons and encourage them to support pro-life legislation. Speak out at community meetings about the sanctity of life. Work with other

5 church leaders and their members to create a network of support for women and men in your community. Support pro-life

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Biblical truth God opens the womb. So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. Ruth 4:13

God closes the womb But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb. 1 Samuel 1:5

God knew us before we were in the womb. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. Jeremiah 1:5

God shapes each one of us individually and ordains our days. You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb…Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13,16

God instructs us to choose life. I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. Deuteronomy 30:19

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Protecting life at your

church

1 2

3

Take a stand for the lives of the unborn in your community. Share the truth about the value of life with your congregation.

Minister to young women and couples faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

4

Develop a response plan for supporting and providing aid to young women and couples within your church.

5

Empower the women and men of your congregation to stand for life by providing access to Christian resources.

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Provide leadership by organizing a task force to take a stand for life.

8

Pray for pro-life ministries and their leadership.

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Donate or fundraise for pro-life organizations.

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Brothers what you can do 1

2 3

4 5

6

7

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Talk with your children about the value of life and explain that all children are God’s creation. Emphasize to teens the importance of saving sex for marriage. Provide appropriate supervision and guidance for young teen couples. Participate in the prolife movement. Be an advocate for young men who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Provide emotional, material or financial support for young couples.

Lead your community in taking a stand for life.


Standing in the gap What is our vision for a world without abortion? We talk a lot about ending abortion, about the horror and sin of abortion. But, do we spend time visualizing and taking action that will lead to a world where abortion would be considered unthinkable? How will we transform the minds of mothers, parents, grandparents and the community? What are the actions that we need to take to support mothers and fathers? What can we do to stand in the gap for our church, our community? In Ezekiel, God was looking for just one man who would stand in the gap.

Action Plan _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30

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Just one man. It would take just one person to take a stand for God to take action. Let us be in action. Let us be at work. Let us be the hands and feet of Jesus, taking a stand for the unborn.

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Sisters

what you can do 1

2

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Talk with your children about the value of life and explain that all children are God’s creation. Emphasize to teens the importance of saving sex for marriage.

3

Counsel unwed mothers to preserve life.

4

Provide financial, material or emotional support for unwed mothers or couples.

5

Volunteer at a pro-life women’s clinic.

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Babysit for an unwed mother or young couple.

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Speak out and share your Christian views about the value of life with others.


Changing hearts & minds Listening to their cries.

how I did.” “I don’t want this child to grow up poor.” “I can’t take care of this child.” They are crying from their very souls I AM NOT ENOUGH!

As you listen to the videos of pro-life advocates witnessing to women and girls as they walk into abortion mills to take the lives of their children, there is a very obvious theme that emerges. That theme is “I AM NOT ENOUGH.” So many of these women say things like: “It will be better than the life I could give this child.” “I don’t want this child to grow up

Watching these videos, I want to step in and say to these young women “Who told you these lies? You don’t have to do this by yourself! You ARE enough! You can overcome. Your life will not end when this child is born. The opportunities for your life will NOT simply disappear! Don’t you see, you’ve got a God that loves you on your side!”

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They are listening! What also becomes obvious is that these women and girls are repeating things that THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD by others. Although this “advice” may come from well-meaning family or friends, they are not receiving Biblically sound advice and the consequences are grave.

If we want to bring about an end to abortion, we have to not only change the hearts and minds of women, but also of the community around them. Although we can and should teach about sexual abstinence, once a woman is faced with an unplanned pregnancy, circumstances have changed. We are in a new place as a

community. We must now transition into a place of compassion and support. We need to speak powerfully into the hearts of these women in such a way that we support them in drawing closer to God, living Godly lives and raising Godly children. All is not lost! We have a new opportunity to celebrate life and new possibilities. God has created new life.

64% of American women said they felt pressured by others to have an abortion.1 1 - Vincent M. Rue, Priscilla K. Coleman, James J. Roe, David C. Reardon, “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 2004; 10(10): SR5-16.

“I’m sixteen and I recently had an abortion. I automatically fell in love with my baby – but when we told our parents our happiness soon faded. When I found out that I actually had an appointment to let someone kill my child I couldn’t believe my mom couldn’t understand what I was going through. The whole time the doctor did the abortion I was crying. I couldn’t believe my baby was dying. I don’t even want to sleep at night because I have nightmares and replay the whole thing over and over in my head.” --16–Year-Old Female Why Women Have Abortions. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.paprolife.org/why-women-have-abortions

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Resources and links Abort73.com

choose

Life

Pregnant? Afraid? If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and need prayer or support, there is support available. You don’t have to face this challenge alone. As a brother or sister in Christ we want you to know that you are loved and we are here to listen and to support you. Please reach out to any church elder or call the 24- hour help line.

1-800-848-5683 National Life Center

AbortionFacts.com Americans United for Life https://aul.org/

Black Genocide http://blackgenocide.org/

Bound4Life Care Net https://www.care-net.org/

Children of Life for God https://cogforlife.org/

Christian Life Resources https://christianliferesources.com/

Clinic Quotes https://clinicquotes.com/

Focus on the Family https://www.focusonthefamily.com/

Life News https://www.lifenews.com/

Prolife Across America https://prolifeacrossamerica.org/

Pro-Life Action League https://prolifeaction.org/

Protecting Black Life https://www.protectingblacklife.org/

The Center for Medical Progress http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/

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I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. Deuteronomy 30:19


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