This post is written to Christians claiming to believe in life from the moment of conception. If that's not you, don't read it. Or do, but don't argue with me about it from that perspective.
This week was the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade - the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. Since then over 58 million unborn babies have been discarded like trash - well, not like trash, actually as trash.
Most pro-lifers would do anything they could to help any born person, so this post is not the tired rhetoric and logical fallacy often thrown out by pro-choice people that pro-lifers only care about the unborn. We all know that's not true, no matter how much they say it.
And I'm not going to talk about the spineless hypocrisy of law makers who claim pro-life status but, like cowards, act more pro-self than anything else.
This post is about two things commonly ignored in Christian circles, but might as well be big red Hs on the chests of Christians everywhere. Not just those who are participating in these two things, but those that are silent about them. I've already done posts about both - just follow the links.
Hypocrisy #1 - Widespread use of chemical birth control and IUDs. ALL of them are abortifacients, yet pro-life Christians are still using them. Not to ignore the incredibly important point that these methods of birth control do not affirm the life of the mother either. They can have dangerous (even deadly) side effects and cause long-term health complications. And Christian men - if you sit by while your wife poisons her body and her reproductive system like that, shame on you.
Hypocrisy #2 - Saying IVF can be a moral option for infertile Christian couples. I did a "Think About It" post on IVF awhile back. I'm not going to change it, but, reading it now, I almost feel like I was too kind. My hubby and I were talking about it last night - babies in the petri dish, babies in the lab, babies in the freezer… so, so many babies "conceived" by parents who implore God to allow some of them to live through the overwhelmingly traumatic and dangerous IVF process. (A sad thing here is that many couples struggle with infertility caused by the use of their birth control.)
If life is life at the moment of conception, we have to stop defending these things. We have to stop being silent on these things. We have to help each other stop being hypocritical.
"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward."