Jeremiah 1-3, Psalm 13
Approximately 15 years ago, during an ultrasound performed at 32 weeks of pregnancy, we diagnosed a baby with Dwarfism. That the patients were upset was not surprising, but what happened next was. After I consulted with them and gave them the expected good prognosis with this condition, though with the obvious physical differences, they sought out to find someone who would be willing to abort the child. I offered them information about a group called, “Little People of America” who could assist in finding parents willing to adopt their child. Much to my surprise and shock they found someone in another state who for $5000 was willing to abort their child at 35 weeks (at this late time in pregnancy the child would have survived probably even without any assistance from the newborn ICU). Approximately 5 years ago, I came into give the news, after doing the anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks, that their unborn baby girl appeared beautiful. This was their second child. The father was bouncing their first daughter (about 3-4 years old) on his knee. He asked me if it was too late to abort this child at 20 weeks, simply because he already had a girl and wanted a boy. After much discussion ( it was only the potential danger the abortion may have posed for the mother), they changed their mind and had their child. Though I don’t and never have performed an abortion, these are two of many stories of patients who have sought to abort their babies for a multitude of reasons, probably the most common being inconvenience (not married, financial implications, would hurt their educational or vocational opportunities, might cause the end of their relationship with the father).
We read in today’s reading one of the greatest verses against abortion and shows just how God feels about it, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5). We read another powerful portion of Scripture by David in Psalm 139:13-16, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” We also read in Scripture of John the Baptist’s commission before he was born in Luke 1:15along with Paul’s in Galatians 1:15.
Though the world would like you to believe that the baby developing inside it’s mother is nothing more than a lump of tissue, nothing could be further from the truth. This baby is fully formed by the 8th week with all of it’s organ systems functioning before the end of the first trimester. God’s blueprint is written within the genetic code of each us. In fact, we adults each have between 70-100 trillion cells in our bodies. Each cell contains 6 feet of tightly coiled DNA. If this DNA were straightened, each of us individually have enough DNA to be stretched back and forth from the earth to the sun 610.9 times. This is how different and genetically distinct we all are. So, whenever a baby is aborted, though that mother can often have another child, that genetically distinct child that was aborted will never be duplicated. With approximately 60 million abortions alone in our country since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973, it is staggering to consider the loss all of those individuals and the contributions they could have offered to our world.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: