Today marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade.
This is particularly important in the realm of disability. Many people who are normally against abortion are acting against that conviction when the child still in the womb has a disability. Since the 1990s, from 40% – 50% of American’s have claimed to be pro-life. Yet abortion rates have approached or exceeded 90% for some disabling conditions, like Down syndrome.
That child is no less human. But the cultural desire to control the future, claim sovereignty over the rights and dignity of small human beings, and to avoid all forms of suffering is strong. Is it not amazing that Jesus, who actually does control the future and truly has sovereignty over all human beings, does not avoid suffering but actually chose to suffer?
I found these posts, all from or linked to The Gospel Coalition, to be informative and helpful on this subject of abortion, though not specifically on disability. It is important for us to be ready, and to speak clearly, and to pray earnestly:
Clarity Not Gadgetry: Pro-Life Apologetics for the Next Generation by Scott Klusendorf
The Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, and Abortion Law by Justin Taylor
Randy Alcorn to Pastors about Abortion linked by Justin Taylor
Abortion Is About God: Piper’s Passionate, Prophetic Pro-Life Preaching by Justin Taylor. This last one is by far the longest to read, but it provides an in-depth look at Pastor John’s preaching on this subject. My only regret is that Justin wrote this chapter for the book, For the Fame of God’s Name, before Pastor John gave his sermon last year, Born Blind for the Glory of God!
May 2011 be the beginning of the end of this abhorrent practice forever.