Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children of Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under. Matthew 2:16
Few will read or hear the Gosnell story and think it acceptable (follow this link to the horrific story http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/04/10/philadelphia-abortion-clinic-horror-column/2072577/). But is our nation on a path to changing its collective mind on this subject? What difference is there between Gosnell’s approach and “partial-birth abortion” besides the flesh of the mother? If one is murder, and we all know it is, why not the other? The line drawn between life/murder and something else is completely arbitrary. If we refuse to honestly explore the implications of legalized abortion (especially partial-birth abortion), let alone speak up about it, we are holding hands with Herod in his satanic attack of the babies and toddlers of Bethlehem.
The time has come to end the killing. This also means the time has come to provide expecting mothers of unexpected/unwanted pregnancies better options. What will you do to ensure a generation of children allowed to be born will live loved? This question goes well beyond the argument to “end abortion” and calls upon all, especially Christians, to take an active role in the solution.
The children massacred by Herod are deemed the Holy Innocents. Our nation has nearly two generations of Holy Innocents thanks to legalized abortion. If we are to stave off the bloodshed, abortion must come to an end and we must rise up to provide for the nurture and care of those who would have been cast aside. This is exactly Jesus’ point in the parable of the Good Samaritan. A man was beaten and cast aside, left for dead. Jesus tells us people like him are our neighbor and we have a responsibility toward them. All people, whether just created or days from death, are our neighbors. Let us pray Christ bands us together to make a lasting change in our culture and world; in the life of one child at a time.
Christ, have mercy upon us. Amen.