Today I listened to an extended interview on the radio of a seventy plus year old woman who while a young woman had three “backstreet abortions”, euphemism for illegal abortions. This woman was well educated and from a privilege background so having the abortions wasn’t because of a lack of education or poverty the two main reasons many western women give for having abortion.

The interview was conducted on the eve of the fiftieth year since abortions became legal in the UK, except for Northern Ireland . So the interview was to tell how it was for women before abortions became legal.

The final words of the woman when asked if she had any regrets (the interviewer was a woman), her response was no, adding “thank God”. I doubt that she meant thank God that she had three abortions but I think she meant thank God that the law was changed making it lawful to have an abortion because of the dangers of backstreet abortions.

Whilst I understand the dilemma women then and now have when finding out they are pregnant and don’t want to have the baby it still is wrong to abort the unborn child.

The word abort or abortion has been sanitised because it doesn’t truly convey what is involved in the process but simply put, it’s very ugly, messy and psychologically disturbing. So disturbing is the procedure that images of what happens cannot be shown on TV or any mainstream media. The Advertising Standards Agency, the BBC and all regulators will not allow such images to be shown.

Protestors against abortions who display such images in front of abortion clinics and other public places are vilified and accused of cruelty, bullying and of being offensive. What about the unborn child who is weeping for them? Photos of the unborn child are unmistakably human. The abortion procedure includes the dismemberment of the foetus piece by piece with a sharp instrument.

If such images were shown it is very doubtful that the law would remain unchanged; there is talk of changing the law to make it easier to have an abortion in that it should only require limited pre-counselling and that a termination should be allowed to take place beyond twenty four weeks, the current maximum. There is exception to this rule if the mother’s life is at risk or there are foetal abnormalities, then there is no limit. There is also no age limit for treatment.

Will the law change in terms of making it illegal? Not in my life time and perhaps never for the argument against it is not encouraged for “it’s the woman’s right to choose” and it’s “her body”.

Abortion has nothing to do with God, indeed God disapproves, and it’s a sin because it is the wilful taking of life. The unborn child is protected by its mother in the womb where it develops for nine months and then at the appointed time it forces the mother to allow it to leave. When it is born it gets all the support of the law and cannot be neglected, abused or hurt in any way. Society is very hard on anyone who fails to look after the baby right through to adulthood. As an adult we are protected from harm and in particular any attempt to kill us. Murder is still the highest and most heinous of crimes.

As a society we have become desensitised to the act of abortion. The very word is euphemism for something very bad and ugly. Each new generation is even more insensitive to the act because the images are hidden, debate is shut down and the voice of protestors are made to appear offensive, cruel and even unchristian.

Finally, there are many things we must give God thanks for but abortion is certainly not one of them.

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 The Lord’s servant

 Lloyd Denny