The Truth About Abortion
By Chuck Baldwin
Today marks the 37th anniversary of the infamous US Supreme Court Roe v.
Wade decision, which, in effect, legalized abortion-on-demand nationwide.
The aftermath of this tragic ruling is the deaths of over 40 million (a very
conservative number) innocent unborn babies. It is no hyperbole to say
abortion is America's holocaust.
Think of it, every American citizen today,
37 years old or younger, has never known a country that respected and
protected innocent human life in the womb. Put it another way: when Hitler's
Third Reich was at its zenith, the abortion rate was 40%. In 2003 (the last
year that I checked), the abortion rate of the county in which I live was
39%. And I live in the heart of the so-called "Bible Belt." In fact,
statistically speaking, the most dangerous place to be in America is not in
an automobile without wearing a seat belt, or in a commercial airliner with
a potential terrorist on board. Statistically speaking, the most dangerous
place to be is in the womb of one's mother.
Dr. Bernard Nathanson once headed America's largest abortion clinic in New
York City. He admitted superintending over the killing of 75,000 unborn
babies. He later recanted his pro-abortion activity and wrote what may be
the quintessential book defending an unborn child's right to life, "Aborting
America." Dr. Nathanson said, "There is no longer serious doubt in my mind
that human life exists within the womb from the very onset of pregnancy."
Dr. Mildred Jefferson was a surgeon at Boston University Medical Center, a
diplomate of the American Board of Surgery with many honors and awards. She
said, "Many people try to hide behind the confusion of not knowing what
happens before a baby is born. But we do not have to be confused. We in
medicine and science have a different name for every stage of the
development of the baby, but it does not matter at all whether you know
those names or not. When a young woman has not had much opportunity to go to
school and she becomes pregnant, no one has to tell her that she is going to
have a baby.
"I became a doctor in the tradition that is represented in the Bible of
looking upon medicine as a high calling. I will not stand aside and have
this great profession of mine, of the doctor, give up the designation of
healer to become that of the social executioner. The Supreme Court Justices
only had to hand down an order. Social workers only have to make
arrangements, but it has been given to my profession to destroy the life of
the innocent and the helpless.
"Today it is the unborn child; tomorrow it is likely to be the elderly or
those who are incurably ill. Who knows but that a little later it may be
anyone who has political or moral views that do not fit into the distorted
new order. To that question, 'Am I my brother's keeper?' I answer 'Yes.' It
is everyone's responsibility to safeguard and preserve life. A child is a
member of the human family and deserves care and concern."
How many physicians, scientists, teachers, pastors, missionaries, statesmen,
musicians, businessmen, and notable contributors to society have been
murdered in the womb?
At this point, I can hear someone interrupting, "What about cases involving
rape or incest?"
While these cases number less than 1% of pregnancies, consider this case
history: a 12-year-old girl was raped and became pregnant. "Get an
abortion," you say? Congratulations. You just killed Ethel Waters.
And as Dr. Jefferson said, just where does the acceptance of abortion lead?
If we listen to the former governor of Colorado, Richard Lamm, elderly
people who are terminally ill have a "duty to die and get out of the way."
(Source: New York Times)
And does anyone remember Baby Doe in Bloomington, Indiana?
A little baby was born April 9, 1982, with Down's Syndrome in a Bloomington,
Indiana, hospital. The parents refused to allow a doctor to correct a defect
in the esophagus that prevented eating because the child was born with
Down's. The Indiana Supreme Court upheld the parents' right to make this
decision. Despite many couples on hand willing to adopt the child, adoption
offers that came in from all over America, and an appeal pursued to the U.S.
Supreme Court, Baby Doe died of starvation on April 15, 1982.
Add to this blatant disrespect for human life the potential for mandated
government-run national health care--complete with cost-related
rationing--and one can only imagine how the value of human life will
continue to decline in these United States. Plus, if you want to do some
personal research that will really send chills up your spine, start
investigating the fact that many scientists and researchers are seriously
discussing genetic manipulation and genetic engineering. Good grief! Our own
government and military are already culpable in grotesque medical
experimentation with both civilian and military personnel.
Our own Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has admitted to using military
personnel as human guinea pigs for medical, biological, and mental
experimentation under various programs associated with the now-infamous
title, MK-ULTRA. CIA officials say the programs have all been scrapped.
Don't you believe it.
In addition, consider the testimony of Dr. Carolyn Gerster, a physician
specializing in internal medicine and cardiopulmonary diseases. She obtained
her medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland.
She spent two years as a medical officer in the US Army.
Dr. Gerster told Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, "I was asked to become a
member of the American College of Physicians many years ago. It's any
honorary society of internal medicine. I was very proud right up until the
day that the society gave the James D. Bruce Award for Medical Research to
Dr. Saul Krugman for the following experiment. Dr. Krugman had taken living
hepatitis virus MS2 and injected this living virus into 25 retarded children
in Willowbrook Home for Retarded in upstate New York. This was defended on
the basis that they would probably get the hepatitis virus anyway."
Consider, too, that, contrary to what most people assume, the vast majority
of physicians graduating from medical school today no longer take a
Hippocratic-type oath--an oath that binds physicians to the following: "I
will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability
and my judgment and never do harm to anyone. I will not give a lethal drug
to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will
not give a woman a pessary [medical device] to cause an abortion."
As Schaeffer and Koop pointed out in their book, "Whatever Happened to the
Human Race?" "The Declaration of Geneva (adopted in September 1948 by the
General Assembly of the World Medical Organization and modeled closely on
the Hippocratic Oath) became used as the graduation oath by more and more
medical schools. It includes: 'I will maintain the utmost respect for human
life from the time of conception.' This concept of the preservation of human
life has been the basis of the medical profession and society in general. It
is significant that when the University of Pittsburgh changed from the
Hippocratic Oath to the Declaration of Geneva in 1971, the students deleted
'from the time of conception' from the clause."
Today, the ageless principles that had guided the medical profession
throughout Western Civilization have been expunged from a majority of our
physicians' training and practice. And the Roe Supreme Court decision had
much to do with this.
What is especially irritating about the whole abortion debate is the way the
subject has been used as a political football by those on both the right and
the left of the political aisle. While the national Democratic Party proudly
touts itself as being "pro-choice," (meaning, pro-murdering unborn babies),
it has been the so-called "pro-life" Republican Party that is mostly to
blame for legalized abortion being left as the law of the land for nearly 4
Think of it: the GOP has dominated US Supreme Court appointments for the 37
years since the Roe decision. In fact, the 1973 court that released the Roe
decision was a Republican-appointed court by a 6-3 margin. The same
GOP-dominated court also rendered the Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decision
Consider still: the "pro-life" Republican Party controlled the entire
federal government from the election of 2000 to the election of 2006: six
long years of GOP domination of both houses of Congress, the White House,
and the US Supreme Court. And in all that time not one single unborn baby's
life was saved. NOT ONE!
And, yet, each year, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) would introduce the
Sanctity of Life bill. And each year, the bill would sit in the document
room of the Capitol Building and gather dust. What would Rep. Paul's bill
do? Two things: (1) It would define unborn babies as persons under the law.
(2) Under the authority of Article. III. Section. 2. of the US Constitution,
it would remove abortion from the jurisdiction of the court. Had the
"pro-life" Republican congress passed Dr. Paul's bill, and the "pro-life"
President, G. W. Bush, signed it into law, Roe v. Wade would have been
So, why didn't President Bush trumpet the bill? Where was the Republican
leader in the Senate? Where was the Republican Speaker of the House? Where
was Orrin Hatch? Where was John McCain? Where was Lindsey Graham? Where was
Glenn Beck? Where was Rush Limbaugh? Where was Newt Gingrich? Where was Sean
Hannity? Where was the National Right to Life Committee? Where were the tens
of thousands of "pro-life" pastors and Christians?
And, yet, these same "pro-life" pastors, church members, and "conservatives"
refused to support Congressman Paul for President in 2008, because he was
not "conservative" enough. Actually, they opposed him because he opposed the
war in Iraq, which means they would rather support a politician who promotes
taking America into unconstitutional wars--but who will do nothing to
overturn Roe and save the lives of unborn babies--than support a man who
demands that the Constitution be followed, and actually had a constitutional
plan to overturn Roe and end abortion-on-demand as a national "right." No
wonder Jesus noted that unbelievers often have it over believers in the
brains department. (See Luke 16:8.)
I remind you that preserving life and liberty is the primary purpose of
government (read the Declaration of Independence, for example). At this
point, however, I think it is safe to conclude that to pretend there is any
hope that Washington politicians (from either party) will do anything to
overturn Roe is pure fantasy. At this point, it is up to State legislatures
and governors to preserve life in their respective states. Several states
are already beginning to do just that.
According to Fox News a few years back, 30 states were poised to pass laws
outlawing abortion if and when the US Supreme Court ever reversed its Roe v.
Wade decision. What they need to do is stop waiting for the US Supreme Court
to reverse itself, and go ahead and stand on their own State authority and
autonomy, and outlaw abortion in their states now, as legislators in South
Dakota, Georgia, Michigan, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia are already attempting
Legalized abortion is a national holocaust; an affront to our national
character; a contradiction of established principles subscribed to from the
beginning of Western Civilization; an insult to the principles of our
Declaration of Independence; a bane of our national spirit; and a stench in
the nostrils of Almighty God. That we have allowed it to continue for 37
years now stands as an indictment against this generation of Americans and
bodes ominously for the well-being of our posterity.
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