This Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, is the 47th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which gave women a constitutional right to abort the lives of children conceived in their wombs. That right may or may not withstand future Supreme Court scrutiny, such as that in a case related to a controversial Louisiana law, which will be heard in March of this year, by what is thought to be a more-conservative Supreme Court than that which heard its last case.
More than 200 federal lawmakers, mostly Republicans but also a few Democrats, have signed a “friend of the Court” brief calling the justices to consider overturning the Roe ruling, while an opposing brief was signed by just fewer than 200 lawmakers. The two sides clearly have different views of whether Roe stands as a precedent that can be overturned.
Anticipating some sort of change in federal law, some states are codifying Roe-related abortion provisions at their level, while other states are providing an inviolable right to life. And, even cities are getting in on the action, with, for example, eight Texas cities, including nearby Waskom, declaring themselves to be “sanctuary cities for the unborn.”
Statistics differ, but one estimate is that more than 60 million U.S. babies have been killed since the Roe ruling in 1973. And, World Health Organization statistics reportedly indicate that worldwide there are approximately 125,000 abortions per day, while Texas statistics reportedly indicate that 151 baby Texans die each day from abortion. Each of these lives, and the lives of each person living today, were created by God (Isaiah 49:1; Psalm 139:13) and could be or are redeemed and sanctified by Him (John 3:16).
There is no sin that cannot be forgiven those who turn in sorrow from their sin and trust God to forgive them for the sake of the God-man Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. We might commend to a loving and merciful God the eternal lives of those who have been aborted, but we do better to keep them from being aborted in the first place.
We speak and act within God’s law to protect His gift of life from conception to the earthly death that He brings about. Yet, in the end, our hope is not in ourselves and our actions, or in politicians and whatever they work, but our hope is in the Lord (Psalm 130:7)
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.