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Will Abortion Ever Be “Settled”?

Posted by Joe Scheidler (May 28, 2014 at 11:38 am)

mildred stanley and lawrence welk 240“History will sort out right and wrong,” Josh Noel assures us of this in his May 27 Chicago Tribune column.

Noel’s column features a photo (at right) of bandleader Lawrence Welk and singer Mildred Stanley displaying a sign urging the U.S. to keep out of World War II. Their sign says, “Keep US out of war. Be neutral.”

The photo was taken at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel on September 11, 1939, just ten days after Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Noel says the sign they are holding and their isolationism now look “…at best, hopelessly naive.”

Of course, we entered the war two years later and crushed Fascism, and that was the right thing to do, just as entering World War I a generation earlier had been the right thing. History says so. Noel points out that being right both times cost the U.S. half a million lives, then lists among other wrongs that were ultimately righted slavery, voting rights for women and Blacks, and inter-racial marriage.

But whatever you get out of Noel’s thesis that history will sort it all out, his most interesting comment is this: “While I suspect the matter of abortion will never be ‘settled,’ gay marriage and marijuana legalization seem likely candidates.”

But why won’t history be able to sort out abortion? Noel doesn’t elaborate. Didn’t the U.S. Supreme Court make a slam dunk on the issue in 1973? Wasn’t that history “sorting it out?”

settledNo, Noel is right: abortion isn’t settled, although he probably doesn’t know why.

It’s because the issue is about defenseless human life. It’s because an overlooked, underestimated, and belittled pro-life movement will not step aside and simply let history sort it out.

After 41 years, we won’t let history settle it until it gets settled in favor of life. And that may take some time.

But, thanks, Josh, for leaving us out of the sorted-out things, at least for the time being.

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3 Responses to “Will Abortion Ever Be “Settled”?”

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  1. Jerry Vilt says:

    Right On!

    May 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm
  2. Terry Yaki says:

    In 1968, a symposium sponsored by the Christian Medical Society and Christianity Today, the flagship magazine of evangelicalism, refused to characterize abortion as sinful, citing “individual health, family welfare, and social responsibility” as justifications for ending a pregnancy.

    In 1971, delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, passed a resolution encouraging “Southern Baptists to work for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such conditions as rape, incest, clear evidence of severe fetal deformity, and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother.” The convention, hardly a redoubt of liberal values, reaffirmed that position in 1974, one year after Roe, and again in 1976.

    Read more:

    May 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm
  3. Elizabeth says:

    “When we love, respect and fear GOD above all things as proactive Christians – then every creation made, much more human life is treated as SACRED.”

    May 29, 2014 at 11:45 am

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