Almost every day, we hear numbers reflecting the national debt now at nearly $20 trillion. Much of the debt was added during the eight years of the Obama administration — which, strangely enough, was a proponent of abortion at all stages of pregnancy.
The untold truth is how much better off the United States would be if abortion rights had never been supposedly “found” in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution in 1973 by the Supreme Court.
“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Let’s start with the chilling numbers.
1.) The Human and Financial Toll
If we start our analysis at 1950, near the beginning of the baby boom, with the cumulative number of abortions each year controlled for the respective annual birth rates, infant mortality rates, and general mortality rates as of 2014, America has sustained a population loss of at least 125 million persons due to abortion.
This is roughly a third of today’s population.
Macroeconomics would tell us that a shortage of 125 million persons would cause significant economic problems. The negative economic impact in real dollars is derived by taking each annual population loss total due to abortion and applying the “per capita” individual federal income and social insurance taxes paid for each respective year — so when totaled, as of 2014, the federal government has sustained a loss of about $20 trillion in revenue due to abortion. Over time, in fact, the abortion rate and the federal debt rate follow the same growth curve.
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While it’s true the abortion rate has fallen during the past few years, now — in 2017 — according to the U.S. abortion clock, 3,000 babies per day are killed by abortion. If they were allowed to live, our country would have had more children and increased the birth rate from 2.0 children per household to 2.1, which is the number needed just to replace the dying adult population.
Instead, as baby boomers retire, we now have an increasing number of seniors using Social Security and Medicare and fewer young people paying into the system. What’s worse, the boomers probably paid into Social Security for 50 or more years — and the government has already spent every dollar paid “borrowing” from the Social Security “lockbox” as it blows through $4 billion per day in what amounts to nothing more than a failing Ponzi scheme.
2.) The Loss of Potential
For those who have participated in the process of creating new life and rearing children with all its joys and sorrows, just the thought of killing the unborn for whatever reason is simply unconscionable.
For parents who have lost a child through disease, accident, or murder, one of the most painful things to deal with is the lost potential of that child if he or she had lived to adulthood. Perhaps this child would have grown up to be the person who discovered a cure for AIDS or the Ebola virus. Perhaps this child would have been successful in business or grown up to become America’s next president. Or perhaps this person would have brought peace to a war-torn country.
All of that potential has been lost because these innocent babies were murdered before their lives ever began.
3.) The Moral Morass
The Bible is quite clear that murder is blatantly wrong. Some people, however, have talked themselves into the humanistic untruth that an unborn baby is not really a child. Job 3:16 refers to the unborn as infants.
David said in Psalm 51:5: “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
He was conceived. He was not some blob of ambiguous tissue to be murdered and discarded like trash. Like all the unborn, David was a person. Proverbs 6:16-17 says God hates those who shed innocent blood. Who could be more innocent than an unborn child?
4.) Shame, Heartache and Regret
The preamble of the Declaration of Independence was once memorized by every school child. The first paragraph declares the bedrock principles upon which our country was built: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The origin of all life is the giver of life, God Almighty. But the most defenseless members of our society — unborn children — are discriminated against in an unspeakable way. They are murdered before being born. They are deprived not only of life, they will also never experience liberty or be allowed the pursuit of happiness. Why? Because many in our country have denied God, decided that they are their own god and able to call for the murder of their own children, knowing there will be no punishment under our nation’s law for this heinous sin before God.
The Declaration does not, however, declare that any “right” is unchangeable when it says, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Over the next several weeks, we will likely see and hear many lies directed toward the denial of the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice. It is our job to allow this change to be made, and it is totally in keeping with the writings of the Founders. We should call our senators’ offices daily and challenge them to vote for the approval of Neil Gorsuch as the new SCOTUS justice.
This is really a “life and death” battle. By confirming this new pro-life justice, we may see the birth of many new American citizens. We will also be helping our current fellow citizens. They are currently operating under a delusion about when life begins; in their desire for convenience, they’re being relieved of their responsibility for their sinful actions.
In the book “The Christian and Social Issues” by Tom Wallace, a reference is made to a full-page Washington Post advertisement, dated June 13, 1983. A woman who had undergone a saline abortion six months earlier described the mental torments that she suffered daily. She spoke of her “everyday hell of never hearing a baby cry without crying within myself; counting days to see how old the baby would have been; wondering what contributions my baby would have made to our desperate society; and wondering if there will ever be another chance for motherhood.”
Of the abortion itself, this woman recalls “sitting in a crowded waiting room studying each other’s fearful, anxious faces … signing death certificates for what is very much alive within you … seeing crying women given tranquilizers and sent home to recuperate and try to forget.”
Let us never forget the millions of silent, voiceless unborn citizens who have a right to life under God and our original founding documents, and work to give them the freedom their parents currently enjoy.
The Hon. Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today’s pressing issues. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 18 years and a candidate for governor in 2010, and is co-host of the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” national radio program on 425 stations.