Embryology and Science Denial
by Patrick Lee and Melissa Moschella
from The Public Discourse
Embryology and Science Denial
by Patrick Lee and Melissa Moschella
from The Public Discourse
I am appalled when I hear of a young married man and woman being asked to spend nights apart because of ministry duties.
God created human society. At humanity’s core is the intimate relationship between man and wife. It is the nucleus of the relationship between man and woman; it is the Big Bang which creates the family; it is the center of all human relationship. Church, village, nation, world–all human society springs concentrically from the source of this physical/spiritual union between man and wife.
God designed the marriage relationship as a human mirror of His most intimate, unconditional and expressive love. His love for His Bride.
The marriage bed is respected and set apart — or made sacred — by God the Creator. Have we bought into the world’s evaluation of married sexual relationships? The newly married couple–wink wink–now can have some legal fun. No big deal if they have to put other priorities before this bit of self-indulgence.
No, no, no. This is what God has to say in His Word about married sex:
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Hebrews 13:4
Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Proverbs 5:15
Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. Malachi 2:15
God designed the first years of marriage as a special time when a couple nurtures and builds their love. He knows that physical expression binds the two together in a connection so close that we can hardly comprehend. It is a mystical union meant to reflect the faith, constancy and intense affection that He has for us. It is how we seal the ownership of one another, heart, body and soul. It is a time to develop a new wordless language unique to each relationship. It takes time, intentional effort, and self-sacrifice.
But I’m in a struggling ministry and I’m needed, you say. If you are married, you will never have another ministry which supersedes your marriage. It is your Number One Ministry Priority. The cultivation of your marriage as an expression of God’s gift, and its maintenance as a representative of God’s unbounded love, far surpasses any other ministry goals over time.
We are here to represent God to a world which needs Him. We are here to love God through loving (verb) His other human creations. How better to do that than to live out a marriage as He designed, since your marriage is an example of how God loves each of us?
The marriage bed is not to de slighted. It is the far more important than the world knows. Let’s be the ones who respect the marriage bed. The freedom of the married man and woman, particularly the newly married couple, to cultivate this most vital foundation—unhurried, unhampered, undistracted—should not be infringed by anyone. No one should tempt a newly married man or woman away from the marriage bed, from the right to spend private time together overnight in their own home. The marriage bed takes precedence over other relationships. The marriage bed comes far before any other ministry responsibilities.
And no man, and no woman, having recently married, should submit to a request to spend an overnight apart from his or her spouse. To do so is to slight the other, and the marriage, and the Lord who sealed your union.
How do I know? This is what God has to say on the subject of young marriage:
“When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife whom he has taken.” Deuteronomy 24:5
God is not winking and nudging at honeymoons. He does not think the man and wife self-indulgent who enjoy their new intimacy. Even our Creator respects the marriage bed and tells us that it is of first priority over virtually all others.
According to Obianuju Ekeocha:
Someone at the @UNHumanRights committee is trying to redefine Right to Life to exclude unborn.
“This nightmare is now unfolding before our very eyes as the UN Human Rights Committee wraps up a draft legal commentary on the right to life that excludes unborn children from membership in the human family and the protections of international treaties.”
Let that last phrase sit in your consciousness for a minute.
“…excludes unborn children from membership in the human family and the protections of international treaties.”
Wherever abortion is legal, literally the only defense a pre-born baby has is the personal inclination of his or her mother. No state will protect him, no law will recognize her right to exist. Whether an unborn child gets to grow up and become a member of human society, exactly like you and I did, or whether she is terminated and dismembered, or forced through premature delivery before viability, depends entirely and solely upon the attitude of her host.
If the UN Human Rights Committee has its way, whenever a host-mother is inclined to terminate, no one in the world will recognize the right of that unborn child to protection. Unborn children will be legally excluded from the human family, and officially unrecognized as humans deserving any rights or protections whatsoever. If the pro-abortion activists in support of Article 6 have their way, there will be no place on Earth where an unborn child has protection under the law.
Unwilling to allow sovereign states to decide their own policies toward life, the U.N. wants to overrule any possibility for the defense of the most vulnerable of our world. What is this obsession with ensuring potential death for children everywhere?
We are lost in an unfamiliar town. We are–all–looking for familiar reference points. But in our search for home, we are only getting more lost.
The world where we grew up is long gone. The world we felt we had mastered as adults is past. The world we recognized as changing quickly–but still secure–is quickly vanishing. The world you depended on just last year, obliterated by a furious need for quixotic social micromanagement, gone.
The culture of the left is imploding. Hollywood, no longer content with lecturing the Man and its audience, has turned its newfound strident sanctimony inward and is cannibalizing itself.
And the sanctimony will not be satisfied until every molecule of what we called culture–sports, entertainment, social media–is policed, weighed, and certainly found wanting. According to whose scale no one really knows.
Many commenters left and right have observed that progressive culture is eating itself as well. Upholding unexamined faith in a hundred contradictory premises is exhausting. The political left is splitting into increasingly smaller and increasingly self-important factions. Substitute tribes for families, congregations, and communities–and you get war.
Washington culture is sick and highly contagious. The political right is ineffectual because it is complicit.
Some on the right may cheer the downfall of the culture of the left. But let’s think about this for just a minute. What will replace it?
If it is true that our progressive elites are going down, if we are about to enter a new paradigm…what will that be? If it is true that the chickens have come home to roost, that the world that the change agents worked for is unsustainable, that the practically-atheist context is about to collapse under its own weight of illogic and to vanish in its thin moral vapor…
Are we who watched and shook our heads and abstained, we who prayed and criticized from the margins, we who talked good games about the world we would prefer…are we prepared to come into the vacuum and be what we were meant to be?
We gratefully accepted those margins because that little space gave us cover. It’s much easier to feel righteous when you can shake your heads at the unrighteous from the CCM-approved safe space.
Are we, the faithful, ready to take dominion over the earth, not in any political or socially-engineered sense, but as living representatives of the Creator? The people whom He has redeemed and called His own, the people who are called by His name, the people who He has commanded to represent who He is to an uncomprehending world—we have a calling. And it may be that, instead of hiding our lights under bushels in our contemporary Christian ghetto, we will soon have an opportunity to refresh the culture with His presence.
Are we ready?
Really, almost half? So more than half of the babies survive?…No, really? Who ever heard of an unsafe abortion?
A procedure performed at a facility with minimal clinical safety requirements, possibly by someone who is not an M.D., the purpose of which is to suddenly halt a healthy pregnancy by extracting the fetus, which may include inserting cutting instruments through the cervix into the uterus and dismembering the fetus, or transforming the nurturing fluid in which the fetus thrives into a hostile burning solution then vacuuming the contents of the uterus…can be unsafe?
Concise and correct response to headline: All abortions are by definition “unsafe”. Every single one results in a killed child. Abortion does not exactly sound safe for the women either.
Let’s take a look at this piece. First, the article is written not from an objective perspective but promotes one side of an entrenched debate. Bias is all over it. Witness the “Mexico City Policy” renamed the” Global Gag Rule”. “Experts say the proposed cuts, together with the reimposition of the restrictive Mexico City policy (also known as the Global Gag rule) which forbids US federal funds to any organisation that counsels women on abortion, can only make things worse.” What kind of “experts,” and could you find a less informative adjective than “worse”?
Second, how are statistics on illegal abortions validated? I am dubious of the legitimacy of numbers given on procedures which are designed to be hidden because of illegality or societal disapproval. Official records are maintained? So those numbers (which are helpful to said bias) are suspect.
Look at the bar chart. Looks like North America is Abortion Heaven, doesn’t it? That doesn’t square with the apocalyptic hysteria from Planned Parenthood.
The article unwittingly hints at one of the actual problems for women in less developed countries: lack of “well developed health infrastructures”.
“They say women may die as a result of more serious complications because of the dangerous methods used to bring about an abortion – and their health services may then not have the skills or resources to treat them.”
I’m going to surmise that any procedure performed at a facility lacking basic clinical safeguards, medically qualified clinicians, or well developed health infrastructures is much less safe than any procedure performed in first-world facilities. Abortion is selectively highlighted, and they literally don’t care about the other items.
Where are the billionaire celebrity philanthropists and childless world politicians when Africa needs basic medical infrastructure? Their generosity is conditional and laser-focused: kill more babies and we’ll give you the means (to kill more babies). Helping you with basic medical care doesn’t make me sexy enough.
Other internal contradictions: abortion by pill is unsafe, then it’s safe. “…and of them 17.1 million were unsafe because the woman was taking pills alone” but “Safe abortion is a very safe procedure…It isn’t even necessary that it has to be a procedure. Now you can use tablets.”
And here, according to my research, is an urban myth, an outright lie: “There was no evidence that the Gag rule resulted in a decrease in the incidence of abortion,” she said. A couple of studies in sub-Saharan Africa had suggested it led to an increase as a result of the shrinking of contraception provision by NGOs.”
In reality, under the Mexico City Policy, organizations may still give contraceptives, post-abortive care, prenatal care, and even advise and refer abortions where it is legal, and under several circumstances such a rape. Some organizations, such a International Planned Parenthood choose to leave rather than have restrictions imposed upon them, leaving women without care. Here is a comprehensive assessment:
Let’s keep hope for a world where most people care about the health of everyone, both mothers and children.
This, from Public Discourse:
6. The Botched Illegal Back-Alley Abortion. With considerable indignation, students frequently protest that if abortion is banned, then women will die in back-alley abortions. These deaths, indeed, are double tragedies, for they take two lives.
How common—and how dangerous—were back-alley abortions before Roe? How common and how dangerous would they be if abortion were made illegal in some states? The cogency of this pro-abortion argument depends on the answers to these empirical questions.
Even before answering them, though, we have to ask whether permitting abortion would be a sensible and ethical response to the occurrence of dangerous back-alley abortions. Fetuses and newborns have comparable metaphysical and moral status, rendering their deaths more or less equally harmful. If parents were accidentally killing themselves in attempts to commit back-alley infanticides, the correct response from society would not be to legalize infanticide and train personnel to kill in a manner that is safer for the parents. If the dangers of self-inflicted wounds would not warrant legalizing infanticide, why would life-endangering back-alley abortions?
Obianuju Ekeocha is an African pro-life advocate who is making a documentary: “Killing Africa.” Excerpts from this article:
“It will show a side of Africa never covered by the usual international press. The main ones are CNN and BBC. They ignore stories that don’t fit a certain narrative. All these news organizations are interested in is showing how much Western funding given to Africa for ‘reproductive health’ and ‘family planning.’
The new film will show exactly what happens at the end of these “reproductive health” funding streams. It will show how abortion is being pushed by Western organizations in Africa. And it will show how abortion is inflicting so much pain on African women.”
” Another aspect of the documentary will show the heart-wrenching end result of some of the multi-million dollar contraception projects. Poor and rural women suffer the debilitating side effects (everything from numbness, to headaches, dizziness, sporadic bleeds and loss of libido). Most of these women didn’t just decide to use artificial contraceptives. They were talked into Western-sponsored “free” contraception. Yet when they struggled under the side effects, they had no money to go to the hospital to get treated or have them removed.”
Their voices are some of the world’s ignored and unheard voices.”