Recently I watched a YouTube video in which, among other things, Amazon’s Alexa defined an abortion but then said she did not know the related answer of when a fetus could survive outside a uterus. The video perhaps was entertaining enough in its own right, even if one does not ultimately find technology companies’ liberal bias or the matter of abortion to be at all amusing.
The whole matter of fetal viability was given greater legal importance by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which essentially upheld the Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide, but rejected that ruling’s differently prohibiting and allowing various state laws during each of the three trimesters of a pregnancy. Whether based on trimesters or viability, current U.S. law ultimately continues to hold, contrary to Holy Scripture (for example, Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:16; Luke 1:41-44), that babies in the womb are not people guaranteed their own rights.
The ruling in Roe was released 45 years ago this coming Tuesday, and one estimate puts the number of babies aborted since then at more than 60 million! In 2015, the latest year for which data apparently is available, 55,287 babies were aborted in Texas, the equivalent of 151 baby Texans’ being aborted every day. While we cannot recover any of those lives and commend them to God to judge justly, we can and do deal with the lasting impact of those abortions and try to prevent abortions going forward.
The God-man Jesus Christ died on the cross for any and every sin of every person! All those who are sorry for their sin, trust God to forgive their sin for Jesus’s sake, and want to do better than to keep sinning are freely forgiven by God through His Word read and preached and through that Word applied individually in Holy Baptism, private Absolution, and the Sacrament of the Altar, in which bread and wine are Christ’s Body and Blood given and shed for us, for our forgiveness and so also for our eternal life and salvation.
The Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler is Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.pilgrimlc.org.