I wanted to share some thoughts regarding the recent leak of the draft opinion at the Supreme Court. It appears that Roe V Wade will be overturned if the draft becomes the final ruling of the Court.
How are followers of Jesus to respond? Will this eliminate abortion?
What I offer below are reasons that I think are aligned with a Christian (aka Biblical) understanding of the world and everything in it. I am not offering political statements. Rather, I am attempting to look at this situation from a Christian understanding and offer some things to keep in mind. Some of these statements may feel political because there may be agreement with one of the two major political parties in the U.S., but a political party's platform is not my foundation or starting point. I share these thoughts because following Jesus touches every aspect of our lives. Jesus has something to say about this.
First, what is abortion? It is the intentional removal of a child from the mother's womb, anywhere from the earliest stages to full-term, and the intentional termination of that child's life. With the exception of the age and location of the victim, abortion is identical to what we call murder, the intentional termination of someone else's life.
God is a God of life. Abortion is a practice of death. In the Old Testament, we read of worship to the god called Molech. One of the worship practices was to offer babies to be burned as a sacrifice. God strictly forbade it (Leviticus 18:21; 20:1-6). Even Israel participated in this practice (Jeremiah 32:26-35). No matter the reason, God is opposed to the killing of babies, whether in or out of the womb.
Since abortion falls into that category, then any follower of Jesus ought to be against it.
Roe V Wade was a judicial decision that allowed abortions to be legal in all 50 states. It is not law. Only Congress has the authority to pass laws, which are signed or vetoed by the President. Now I am not a lawyer and I do not practice law. The following comes from what I have heard from those who practice and study law. If the leaked opinion remains and Roe V Wade is overturned, then abortion will not end. It will be up to the state legislators to decide whether or not abortion will be legal.
I have also heard analysis that Roe V Wade was a bad decision based on legal merits. If this is the case, and this decision is overturned, then that is a good thing. As followers of Jesus, we would want the best laws and the best judicial decisions to stand for any nation. What I mean by "best" is what is aligned with God's goodness, which is the standard of good.
So, from a Christian understanding, Roe V Wade, which has been the direct cause of death for over 60 million children, should be overturned and a better, more just law put in place. As great as that would be, Christ-followers must keep in mind that this will not end the practice of abortion. Overturning Roe V Wade, puts it in the hands of the states to decide. Those who are for life, need to keep up the work in persuading and showing our culture that there are better ways to care for and handle unexpected or unwanted pregnancies besides killing the child.