13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
All of this talk about The Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood has really got me (and a lot of people) thinking again about the issue of abortion. I had somewhat unclear views and beliefs about abortion for a while, but recently I have settled on my stance.
Transport yourself back 2,000 years into the first few centuries AD. The Greeks, the Romans, and many other Pagan cultures practiced rampant infanticide. It was legal, and even encouraged, to dispose of babies with any birth defect or were simply deemed “weak.” It was also common practice to dispose of female babies.
They would get rid of these babies by various methods. Some parents would go so far as to sacrifice their child to whatever god they were worshiping. Parents–burning their children alive–on an altar–to a false god.
Other parents would slit their child’s throat and let him/her bleed out. Some would drown their baby so that the water would muffle his/her screams. Still others (more commonly) would simply take their child out to the town dumb and leave it to die in the elements.
If your stomach is churning right now, good. That means you have a heart and a soul. You are probably thinking, “I can’t believe anyone would do that!” or “What were they thinking?”
And this was a normal/expected part of life. Why? Because a child was viewed as the property of the father to do with as he saw fit. If the child was diseased, disfigured, weak, or the wrong gender, he could simply eliminate the problem. Children were the property of the parents.
I would encourage you to read this article: Pagans, Christianity, and Infanticide, by Christopher Price. It’s an eye opener!
As horrible as those practices were, have we really come any farther in the last 2,000 years? Unfortunately, no. A baby is still viewed essentially as the mother’s property to do with as she pleases, at least until the third trimester! Don’t want the baby? Does the baby have a birth defect? Would this baby ruin your life? Dispose of it.
Browsing through Planned Parenthood’s website is just as sickening as reading through the infanticide practices of the ancient Greeks and Romans. They try to sugar coat it, but it’s truly disgusting once you look past that.