On the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as demonstrators march on Washington both for and against abortion, it is worth noting that the South Dakota legislature is going to try another attempt at banning abortions in their state. I find it most notable that this bill is titled the "Woman’s Health and Life Protection Act". It reveals the awareness of the damage abortions do to the mother, both physically and psychologically.
This is not the first time this has been attempted in SD – there was an attempt in 2004 that failed by 1 vote, due to pressure from the governor, who had "concerns" with some of the provisions of the ban. These issues have been addressed, and the legislators feel that now is the time for the federal showdown in the Supreme Court.
SD has one of the lowest abortion rates in the nation, due to strict laws that limit abortions, as well as the realization that abortion kills a distinct, living human being. (It’s pretty safe to say that the "my body, my right" argument does not hold, since the fetus has a different set of DNA/chromosomes from the mother.) However, there are other states shipping in "doctors" to perform the abortions South Dakotans will not. This is an abuse of state’s rights, on top of an abuse of every person’s right to life. However, more and more laws, quotes from founding fathers, and even from the Bible are being co-opted by those that would destroy life for purely self-centered reasons.
As the demonstrators make public witness for the protection of the right to life (as well as liberty and the pursuit of happiness), let us pray that our country will be turned around, away from the culture of death. It may also do well for us to remember the one who put the most loving context on the favorite call of the pro-choice advocates, "This is my body."
1 Cor 11:23-27 – For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.
Pray that our country ceases to drink condemnation to ourselves. I don’t think any of us want to answer for the death of Jesus, no less the deaths of 40+ million babies. Pray for God’s mercy and forgiveness on our nation, and on each of us individually for our lack of effort in doing more to prevent these deaths, for we, unlike Cain, cannot claim ignorance – we are our brother’s keeper.