The Sanctity of Human Life
On January 22, 1973, abortion was legalized in the United States. As a way to redeem this day and emphasize the sanctity of human life, churches now recognize this day each year as a time to honor God’s gift of life. Recently, MTL had the opportunity to talk with Abby Johnson. Abby is an award-winning author of the book Unplanned and a former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. In Unplanned, Abby tells her story of the day she quit her job after performing an abortion for the first time and then joined the Coalition for Life. Unplanned is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.
To me, to be prolife means to uphold the dignity of every human life, in and out of the womb. I believe that every life has infinite potential and worth. My prayer is that all of those who identify as “prolife” will embrace this same consistent life ethic.
How have you seen God use your life for His glory?
Scripture tells us that God can use all things for His glory. I have definitely seen that happen in my life. God most certainly did not desire for me to work inside the abortion industry…but I have seen how He can redeem our past and turn our mess into a message for Him. Because of my past, God has helped me rescue more than 200 abortion clinic workers from their work inside the industry and get them on a path to healing.
How would you respond to someone who says that abortion is about a woman’s right?
The legal “right” to harm or kill another human being out of convenience is never right. At one point in time, it was considered a legal “right” to harm or kill people because of the color of their skin or their ethnicity. Just because something is legal does not mean that it is right.
What would you tell a woman who feels like abortion is her only option?
I would tell her that she is stronger than she believes, or what society tells her. I would tell her to visit her local pregnancy center so that she can receive all of her options and see the life growing inside of her through the power of ultrasound. She will not receive accurate information inside the abortion industry.
What would you tell a woman who has experienced an abortion and is feeling condemnation and despair?
I would tell her that there is forgiveness…that she is worthy of forgiveness. I would tell her that she needs to find a post abortion Bible study that can help her along her journey of healing. We aren’t meant to journey alone.
How can the Christian community truly embrace the sanctity of human life?
We need Christians to become actively prolife. Polls state that the majority (51%) of Americans believe that abortion is wrong…yet, it is the law of the land in our country. If Christians would actually BE prolife instead of just talking, we could make abortion illegal and unthinkable in our country. We need pastors preaching about the sin of abortion and the power of redemption from our pulpits. We need churches promoting post abortion recovery. We need congregations to embrace the culture of life by helping single moms in their churches. We need to be the prolife movement and not just say we are a part of it.
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