The anniversary of Roe v. Wade (22 January 1973) is a troubling reminder that abortion is still legal in America. Sadly, after spending millions of dollars to reverse the court’s decision, the pro-life movement has had little success.
In June 2003, Christians rejoiced briefly when the US Congress enacted the first limits on Roe v. Wade: a ban on “partial-birth” abortions. But that law is now tied up in court. Even if it survives litigation, the new law will save only a few hundred of the estimated 1.3 million babies killed each year in the United States.
What Can the Average Christian Do?
While the courts are bent upon protecting the “right” of mothers to kill their babies, they have stepped up their attacks on freedom of religion and religious expression—including the display of the Ten Commandments in public places. The US federal appeals court in San Francisco has even ruled against including the phrase “under God” in the national pledge of allegiance.
The situation seems hopeless. Under such a hostile court system, what can Christians do?
Finding answers to fight abortion has always been a key theme of Answers in Genesis. Ken Ham, president of AiG–US, has been recognized by the pro-life movement for his anti-abortion efforts (see Ken Ham receives Pro-Life Award!). But his proposal involves much more than dismissing a few Supreme Court justices.
Ken laid out the problem—and solution—back in 1987, in his documentary The Genesis Solution. In that film, nominated “best Christian film–documentary” of the year, he made a prophetic claim: even if abortion laws are changed, the next generation will change them back if the nation continues to hold a non-biblical view of human origins.
The film noted that abortion is not the problem—it is just a symptom. The ultimate problem is that the culture as a whole, including many churchgoers and church leaders, has exalted man’s beliefs above the authority of God’s Word. The prevailing view—that modern man “evolved” over millions of years of senseless death and killing—has destroyed the historical basis for the dignity of human life, based in the history of Genesis, which says that man was made in the image of God.
Ultimately the only way to turn the tide against abortion and rampant immorality is to restore faith in God’s Word as the absolute authority in not just all matters of faith and practice, but everything else the Bible touches upon, such as history and science.
“Jane Roe” Speaks Out
Abortion is not a difficult moral issue if you begin with Genesis.
Nor is it difficult to find the solution to abortion. The key is to turn the hearts of individuals back to the true history of life, found in Genesis.
The Creation magazine article “The Baby-Killers” identifies one staunch pro-abortionist who had a change of heart: Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade. Her conversion caused shockwaves in the pro-abortion movement.
McCovery now runs a ministry called “Roe No More.” In June 2003 she even dared to file a motion to re-open her case and overturn the 1973 ruling. Though her legal maneuver was unsuccessful, she continues working one-on-one to point individuals back to the truth—that God established the sanctity of life in Genesis.
Commenting on the 1992 court decision to remove “under God” from the U.S. pledge of allegiance, McCorvey shows why it is so important for society to go back to Genesis:
In many ways, this day reminds me of another dark day in our history, namely, January 22, 1973, when in a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court decided that it was the constitutional right of women to abort their children in uteri. At the time, I believed that it was right—but I did not know what I was doing … . But by the power of God, by the power of His Word, I was able to free myself of the belief that we ourselves are gods, and that we alone can decide the fate of ourselves and our children. I am living proof that this is not true and will never be true.
If we allow decisions like Roe v. Wade and the recent San Francisco decision to go unnoticed, we too, will be responsible for the demise of America. … I return to Scripture as a source of strength: in Genesis, He writes that God is the Creator of all things from conception until natural death. He also instructed us to go forth and multiply, to teach our children, and to glorify His name, for it is through Him that we have eternal life.1
The message of Genesis is still “
and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12). Like a mirror, the Word of God exposes the folly of following
man’s way and the wisdom of following God’s way. One way
leads to destruction, and the other leads to life. We are not gods,
as the serpent told Eve, but the Creator is God, and His Word rules forever.
So the first priority of Christians, if they want to win the battle for the culture, is to restore confidence in God’s Word, including its absolute authority and impeccable accuracy from the very first verse.