First chapter of Innocent Blood- The similarity between Roe vs Wade, and the Dred Scot decision


I may be charged with cant and hypocrisy, but I must regard (the children) as being created like ourselves, by the same Master, redeemed by the same Savior and destined for the same immortality”

Lord Shaftsbury in front of the English Parliament, Aug. 4, 1840

 

Chapter One

Why Only Christians Can and Should Stop Abortion

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on the behalf of them whose hearts are devoted to Him.” 1 Chronicles 16; 9

The arguments for abortion and what are often called reproductive rights are alarmingly similar, if not identical to those that were used to justify the African slave trade almost two centuries ago. For example in the Dred Scott decision the Supreme Court ruled;

“… a negro, whose ancestors were imported into this country, and sold as slaves. . . were not intended to be included under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution, and can, therefore, claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for and secures to citizens of the United States.” Dred Scott, 1857

And in the Roe vs. Wade 1973 Supreme Court Decision;

“The word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn…. [T]he unborn have never been recognized in the law as persons in the whole sense.”

In the Dred Scott case of 1857 the Supreme Court said:

A slave is the property of the master and the Constitution has “provided for the protection of private property against the encroachments of the Government.”

Roe vs. Wade decreed;

This right of privacy… is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.”

In the Dred Scott case of 1857;

“…that unfortunate race…had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order [and] they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”

And Roe vs. Wade;

“…abortion was practiced in Greek times as well as in the Roman Era…. Greek and Roman law afforded little protection to the unborn.”

In the Dred Scott case;

“…the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit.”

Roe vs. Wade;

“There is also the distress for all concerned, associated with the unwanted child, and there is the problem of bringing a child into a family unable, psychologically, and otherwise to care for it.”

In other words both Slavery and Abortion were justified by the Supreme Court because; the slave was enslaved and the child “terminated” for their own good, or for reasons of privacy or property or because they didn’t fit the description of persons or citizens under Constitutional definitions, or for reasons of historical precedent, (the blacks had been enslaved in a previous era or because the Romans and Greeks practiced abortion and infanticide.) The reasoning is for all intent and purposes, the same.

Often it is said by Christians, that we should concentrate on teaching Creation and refuting evolution more heartily, to which I would agree. Or they say, it’s not really wrong, because these girls don’t know what they’re doing, which is at least partly true. Others say that we as Christians have no responsibility in defending the rights of the unborn, pagan nations kill their babies and it’s not our job to change the culture. That also may be partly true. And I want to make it clear that I in no way wish to punish or condemn the women and girls who for a variety of reasons, have taken the carrot stick offered by a decadent society and given in to abortion.

But none of these truths, or partial truths, does much for the baby.

And I for one am glad that the Christian people of the late 1700’s through the end of the 19th century didn’t take any of these positions or attitudes towards the issue of slavery. I take pride in the fact that it was my Christian forefathers and they alone that first seriously challenged the African slave trade. And like various Christian and Jewish leaders of the middle ages and before, they based their arguments on the Scriptures, starting with Moses, and on the writings of the Jewish Talmud. And while the Torah, and New Testament and Talmudists never dealt with a trade like the African, and stopped short of banning all slavery, they all recognized the personhood of the slave and passed laws to protect them.

Students today often learn of the mistreatment of the Native Americans by the Spanish Conquistadors and North American “Expansionists” but they are not told that many Popes issued strong warnings and admonitions against the Spanish exploiters and even threatened to excommunicate them, though often to no avail. Nor do they learn actual history of how many like Crockett, Boone and Houston often fought for Native American rights just as hard as they fought the Indians during wars caused by the expansion of Europeans into Indian territories. And they held no rancor towards the Indians even though they all lost family to Indian raids and sometimes torture. Nor are they told that slave trading was pretty much outlawed by the church by the middle of the “dark ages”. And of course the Indians, like all people, also kept slaves.

Let the skeptics and critics say what they will, outside of the Judeo-Christian ethic, nowhere in history did anybody else lift a finger to help slaves. Let alone recognize their rights or outlaw the act of slavery.

But why would anybody else condemn the act of slavery or abortion? (Other than the slaves or babies themselves) Under what rationale? Even if people reject evolution, as many are now doing, that doesn’t mean that they accept that the God of the Torah is the Creator. Many now believe we are descendants of life planted by space aliens. Only the Bible teaches that all humanity is made in God’s image, and therefore endowed with certain rights which cannot be easily cast aside. No one else has any reason to take up the defense of the life of the unborn. Therefore, just as in the slavery issue, abortion will not be stopped unless Christians make the effort to stop it.

Interestingly enough, Congress has already recognized that humans are human from the point of conception;

“Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception [they defined fertilization and conception to be the same] marks the beginning of the life of a human being — a being that is alive and is a member of the human species. There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific writings. (1)

(1) Report, Subcommittee on Separation of Powers to Senate Judiciary Committee S-158, 97th Congress, 1st Session 1981, p. 7 On pages 7-9, the report lists a “limited sample” of 13 medical textbooks, all of which state categorically that the life of an individual human begins at conception.

Yale, and dozens of other universities, which are hostile witnesses, have also declared that from even a “scientific” consensus, babies are human from conception. They don’t care if the babies are human or not. And many at Yale would argue that they are not persons, just as the slave owners did. And some at Yale would say that in America religious considerations cannot be considered. However, there is no position that is not religious; atheism is most certainly is a faith position.

And besides, America did not start out as religiously neutral, nor does the constitution demand she be. America started out as a nation based on Christian values, as all the founders clearly stated as does the Declaration of Independence. (See later chapters). It was Christianity that provided the foundation for and fueled the abolition of Slavery, yesterday. The God of the abolition of slavery is no less powerful today than He was 100 or 200 years ago. He doesn’t age or wax less powerful with time.  Personally, I think unbelievers know its wrong, but they have neither real moral rationale nor the Holy Spirit to give them a reason to rise up and take a stand.

Therefore, if the practice of aborting unborn babies is going to be stopped, it will have to be stopped by a people who have a moral background and foundation for doing so. It will have to be stopped by Christians.

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