John Stonestreet is President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and radio host of BreakPoint, a daily national radio program providing thought-provoking commentaries on current events and life issues from a biblical worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of BCNN1.
Even now, 47 years after the deadliest Supreme Court decision in our nation’s history, we must update our battle plans for defending preborn lives. Especially now, in fact, given the following developments.
First, appointments by President Trump to the Supreme Court have made it more possible that for the first time since Roe v. Wade, the courts could revisit and maybe even overturn the grisly ruling.
Second, demand for abortions is in decline. Abortions in the United States are at their lowest point since 1973. The abortion market (and make no mistake, it is a market) in America is shrinking, and is increasingly dominated by Planned Parenthood, who reported a record number of abortions performed in 2019.
Now no one should think that the overall decline in abortions, (which can be traced to a number of factors including widespread contraceptive use, state level abortion restrictions, and surprisingly, that young people today are having less sex) means the issue is going away anytime soon. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the most recent year we have abortion statistics for (2017) is also the year with the fewest abortions on record, but, there were still over 800,000 abortions that year. Let that sink in: 800,000 human beings, killed.
The third way the abortion issue has shifted also makes it increasingly difficult to track the actual number of abortions happening in our country. The headline of a recent article in VICE says it all: “How Women Are Training to Do Their Own Abortions.” The euphemism for the new trend described in the article is “self-managed abortions.” Medication-induced abortions aren’t the back-alley, coat-hanger procedures we used to hear so much about. The routine, in which a pregnant woman in her first trimester takes two drugs—mifepristone and misoprostol—to induce a miscarriage, is recommended and taught by the World Health Organization as well as a growing group of pro-choice activists here in America.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, more than a third of abortions in 2017 were performed using medication instead of surgery—and those are just the ones we know about.
Activists are holding events to educate women on how to use these deadly drugs on their own. Their urgency is no accident. As one activist told VICE, do-it-yourself abortions are a kind of “insurance policy” in case Roe gets overturned. Put simply, abortion is now being privatized.
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Source: Christian Headlines