The uproar over
These and similar efforts in other states are the rotten fruit of a culture that has long-abandoned the sanctity of life. Listen to the rhetoric for proof. Women make abortion decisions, no one else. Men lost their right long ago to have a say in the matter. The familiar clichés about "a woman's right to choose" and "a woman's body" are repeated as if that settles everything.
Even in cases of abortion after birth, which a 2012 article by bioethicists Alberto Giubilini and
And then there's Norwegian bioethicist
Sound extreme? Abortion on demand once sounded extreme, too.
What has been legislated in
Child sacrifice was specifically condemned in the Bible. In Leviticus 18:21, 20:3 and Deuteronomy 12:30-31 and 18:10, there are condemnations and laws against child sacrifice, along with human sacrifice in general. Human sacrifices are seen as the barbaric customs of idol worshippers. "They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and daughters to false gods. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of
Modern idols -- personal peace, convenience, pleasure -- are more sophisticated. Our sacrifices today are justified on the basis of who is inconvenient, imperfect or even the wrong sex. Did we think we could get away with this and not suffer national, cultural and spiritual consequences?
Many countries disallow abortions after 20 weeks.
We've abandoned the slippery slope, and now find ourselves wallowing in an ocean of blood.
"These two words [birth control]," she wrote, "sum up our whole philosophy. ... It means the release and cultivation of the better elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extinction, of defective stocks -- those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization."
When the story of America is written in the past tense, its collapse will have been caused by our indifference to God, and to all of the horrors that historically and inevitably follow it.
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Cal Thomas, America's most-syndicated columnist, is the author of 10 books.