January 17

Exodus 1-3, Psalm 17

There are so many similarities to the actions of Pharoah and the current abortion movement. To pull away from the rhetoric surrounding the current abortion debate, we must understand its history. Throughout its history, the underlying, untold emphasis has been to decrease the "unfit" or less desirable members of society while increasing the proportion of the "fit" or desirable members of society. This mission has been carefully concealed by the politicians and the media , so that many who argue on behalf of it don't realize it's evil roots. Margaret Sanger the mother of the abortion movement and co-founder of Planned Parenthood was opposed to any form of charity since it would allow the less fit to survive. She preferred decreasing the unfit rather than increasing the fit since the latter would damage her feminist model of affluent women and careers. Just to highlight a few of her quotes: "We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.", "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.", "I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world, that have disease from their parents...delinquents, prisoners , all sorts of things just marked when they're born." She was racist, anti-Semitic (talked at KKK rallies, even was sent a letter of praise from the Nazi party on behalf of her efforts and rhetoric) and considered anyone unfit who did not fit her model of fit, including income level, mental I.Q., etc. She often called the unfit, human weeds. This is only a small window of the history behind abortion.

Pharoah feared the large population of Israel within its midst. His first attempt at attacking this was persecution by hard forced slave labor. As is often the case persecution often fails. We read in Exodus 1:11-12, "Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens...But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew...". The same was said of the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia in the book of Revelation as well as we see playing out in the persecuted churches in China, Africa, and the Middle East. Pharoah' second attempt was similar to abortion, just performed just after the birth of a male child (Exodus 1:15-16). But we read the response of the midwives ordered to oversee this project in 1:17, "But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the King of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive." As a result in 1:20-21, God blessed the midwives. Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Pharoah then caring nothing of concealment came up with his third plan in 1:22, "Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive."

Pharoah acted because he feared the unknown. He didn't know if the people of Israel would become a threat or burden to them. If you look at why women choose to abort it follows similar logic. Having an unplanned child might bring unknown consequences. Women fear loss of career, loss of not being able to finish school, financial hardship, loss of autonomy, difficulty in finding a future spouse, etc. Though Pharoah's system required seeing the gender before killing, our sophisticated technology allows us to accomplish this now in the womb to the number of 58 million lives since Roe v Wade in 1973 in our nation. People are now immune to this and actually parade it as a right worth fighting for, for all women. Lastly, even when the concealment is gone like the case was with Pharoah in his third attempt, no one seems bothered now that it is out in the open. Even when videotapes revealed the horrible conversations surrounding the selling of body parts from Planned Parenthood along with eyewitness accounts of what actually transpires in those centers at all levels, society is not bothered. History is circular. It is so easy to shake our heads at the past without realizing we are still playing the same thing out now just presented a little differently.

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Marj Lancaster