In Remembrance of Roe

My Dear Pro-Life Friend: 

On a warm summer morning in 1945, the sun appeared to rise twice over a lonely desert plateau in New Mexico. The world did not know it then, but it would never again be the same. The explosion that blotted out the sun that fateful morning, ushered in what would later be referred to as the age of the atom.

Most people that were going about their daily activities on the 22nd day of January 1973 were also unaware of what was about to transpire. A group of men would make a decision. The Supreme Court ruling that said unborn children are not persons and are not deserving of the protection of our Constitution would influence our culture and question our right to be referred to as a civilized society. Once again, our lives would never again be the same.

It is only proper that during this time of year we pause to remember the forty-five million babies who have died in what has been rightly called the "American Holocaust," though it is seven and a half times larger than the loss of life of the Jews in Nazi Germany.

Today, those aborted babies would be graduating from college and impacting our communities and our country in many significant ways. But one out of every four of them is not here: not here to be valedictorian, not here to become a doctor, lawyer, minister, or priest; whatever . . . perhaps the greatest person of the 21st century.

Someday people will look back at this tragic part of our history and ask, "How could America at that time have been so blind, so morally obtuse? How could we have allowed such a thing to happen?"

It is important to remember the context in which the Roe v. Wade decision was made. Our nation had just come through the sexual revolution of the sixties. Values that governed Western civilization for two thousand years were crumbling before our very eyes. Acting in a moral vacuum, the Supreme Court moved to provide what they felt was a solution to the problems created by the blatant immorality in America. And so the SIN, which was engendered in the sexual revolution, was to be covered up by the abortion solution. Thus began the parade of the dead. Birthed in ignorance, lies and deception, and motivated by a new freedom of sexual independence, women boldly paraded to abortion mills to establish their constitutional "right to choose."

Many forces today battle for the destruction of human life in one form or another, whether it be abortion or infanticide (Partial-birth abortion), organ harvesting from unborn babies, physician assisted suicide, or sexual promiscuity that leads to AIDS. But of all of these, the right to life itself will always remain the central issue for Alliance for Life Ministries to address.

As recent as ten years ago, most people in the U.S. were ignorant regarding the development and humanity of the unborn child. This is no longer true today. Inch by inch that excuse has been dispensed along the roadside and replaced by the stark reality that an unborn child is undeniably a person!

But regardless of that fact, the issue after these many years remains basically the same - with one exception; the viewpoint of much of society has changed. In particular, we are witnessing a shift today in the way people regard human beings, spiritually and otherwise. In other words, the doctrine of being created in God’s image is no longer valid for a large portion of our society and does not justify intervention.

It begins, as always, with semantic manipulation. Abortion is now looked at in New Age theology as nothing less than a "spiritual experience" in which the mother (through meditation) communicates with her unborn child and is able to justify his/her death as "sparing them the hardships of life." A member of the clergy from her church usually participates in this pagan ritual. In addition to this, an abortion can now be viewed as a "betterment to mankind" through the use of fetal parts. A marketing ploy of Dr. Miles Jones, West Frankfort, IL states, "HOW YOU CAN TURN YOUR PATIENT’S DECISION INTO SOMETHING WONDERFUL." How nice!!!

It’s called the "dumbing down" of America. We are told not to judge about any "controversial" subject, which is another way of saying we are not to think or not to use the brain that God gave us to discern and evaluate right from wrong. We might offend someone. Listen to the anarchy in the pulpits of many of our churches, men and women who claim to speak for God while they twist scripture for personal gain. In an attempt to establish "common ground" between believers, Christian values are traded off as though we were playing a game of poker. But in an abortion mill there is no such thing as common ground between child and abortionist. I wonder just how many of you who attend church on the Sundays immediately before and after January 22 will hear the word abortion mentioned from the pulpit; even once? Think about it!

We hear much about the few "extremists" in the right-to-life movement. Today, that could include virtually anybody who does more than attend a banquet each year or vote every four years. The truth is the vast majority of the movement’s members are kind, peaceable people who were just minding their own business until some of the results of the abortion culture tumbled down a roadside embankment and into their lives.

Such was the case in Chino Hills, California, that was reported by George Will, in the December 3, 1998 edition of the Washington Post. Where Route 71 crosses over Payton Drive, at the bottom of the steeply sloping embankment; two boys, who were playing nearby, stumbled on boxes stuffed with the remains of 54 aborted fetuses. The boys bicycled home and told their parents they had found boxes of "babies." Children are more apt to believe their eyes than the courts.

The first count came to a lot less than fifty four. Forgive the counters’ impression. Many fetuses had been dismembered; hands, arms, legs, heads jumbled together; by the abortionist’s vigor. An accurate count required a lot of sorting out. The fetuses had been dumped there, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, on March 14, 1997, by a trucker who may not have known what the Los Angles abortion clinic had hired him to dispose of. He served 71 days in jail for the improper disposal of "medical waste."

Disposing of fetal remains poses a perennial challenge to abortion clinics. The last thing one wants to leave evidence of is mangled bodies that look all too human. Solutions to the disposal dilemma runs the whole gamut, from the truly repulsive to . . . the unbelievably repulsive. Wichita’s George Tiller, for example, is known for stoking an on-site incinerator with the day's work product. But the obvious parallels to Auschwitz probably discourages the widespread use of his "final solution."

Then there’s Dr. Park’s meat grinder and the Mayfair Women’s Clinic in Aurora, Colorado, where former owner-operator Dr. James J. Parks, M.D. reached what one had thought was the nadir of disposal practices: grinding buckets full of 15 to 22 weeks gestation fetuses through a hand-cranked, old-fashioned meat grinder until they took the consistency of "multiple tubes of pink toothpaste," able to be flushed down sink drains.

Before you become too shocked, I want to inform you that I attended a meeting some years ago in Madison, Wisconsin where a nurse from our local abortion mill verified a similar "final solution."

By God’s grace, Alliance for Life Ministries will continue to bring truth to our society concerning this evil that is destroying our communities and our country. We may not live to see the end to this carnage, but we are experiencing victories and progress. Our job is to be faithful; the fruits of our labor are for God to sort out.

"Once to every man and nation Comes the moment to decide, In the strife of truth with falsehood, For the good or evil side; Some great cause, God’s new Messiah Offering each the bloom or blight, And the choice goes by forever ‘Twixt that darkness and that light." ~ James Russell Lowell

Please pray for Alliance for Life Ministries as we labor together to bring truth to our land.

Paul Lagan, President, AFLM

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