Every human life is sacred

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I am responding to the Feb. 19 letter “Leave choice to women.” A child is not a mere “choice,” and certainly not a medical condition, as this letter seemed to imply. New life always is to be celebrated.

At the moment of conception, Almighty God breathes a soul and life into a child as it begins to form. Many Planned Parenthood workers conveniently refer to this growing person as a “blob of tissue,” careful never to say the word “baby.”

God is the author of life. To end a pregnancy is to end a life – a life God has a plan for, and a life that will matter to so many. Abortion hurts women. So many post-abortive women suffer from depression, and some even try to take their own lives. Abortion never is OK with God.

There is hope and help. Right across the street from Planned Parenthood in Augusta is the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center. It has the resources to help women with unplanned pregnancies. Affiliated churches also are there to stand with women.

To illustrate my point, I was listening to radio station WAFJ-FM (88.3) recently when the call-in topic was gratitude. So many are feeling grateful for weathering the recent ice storm as well as we did. A woman called in to say she was 34 years old and is grateful for getting to meet her birth mother the following week. She said she knew they would be reunited in heaven, but didn’t expect she ever would get to meet her in this life. She sounded so happy. It really touched my heart.

To think she, too, could have been an aborted child in the garbage can at Planned Parenthood. Every life is sacred.

We all need to continually work, pray and vote to end the tragedy of abortion.

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deestafford
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deestafford 03/12/14 - 07:15 am
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Molly Bowman is right in everything she says...

Molly Bowman is right in everything she says; however, in order for people to believe what she says they have to believe in God. I mean really and truly believe in God and the Bible.

I don't think the pro-abortion people give more than lip-service in a belief in God. They are like patrons at a cafeteria going down the line picking and choosing what they want and discarding what does not appeal to them.

They are the same way in reading, if they do read it, God's Holy Word---just picking out and spouting the "good" parts which "justify'' their beliefs and actions.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/12/14 - 05:12 am
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abortion is also another tool for the racists

previous generations of "liberals" believed in eugenics to control the races they didn't like
but since eugenics became an unfashionable word
abortion is their preferred replacement
even in those first few cells of the wombed baby
is all the dna a human needs
and abortion ends what each of us once was
and if you end what a human is
you end a human

myfather15
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myfather15 03/12/14 - 05:23 am
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deestafford

You're right. The people who advocate abortion couldn't care less about what God thinks!! Most, believe themselves to be the only superior beings!!

They believe MANKIND does have the right to decide when life begins AND how and when it should end!!! If this doesn't scare the living crap out of you, then you have no idea about human history!! If this were true, they can decide to pull the plug on ANY OF US!!!

myfather15
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myfather15 03/12/14 - 05:28 am
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ymnbde

I agree with you!! Margaret Sanger started planned parenthood and advocated abortion as a way to control the minority (especially black) populations!! Margaret Sanger was a devout RACIST and actually attended white supremacist groups (Including KKK) in upstate NY!! She is actually RECORDED as saying this from her OWN MOUTH!! That she wants to create a way to control the population of the n-word-ers!!

Yet, she is celebrated by the left as a Champion of civil rights!! Are you kidding me?? The ignorant, blind followers of the left have no clue who people truly are, but still blindly follow them!!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/12/14 - 05:54 am
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I guess the people at church
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I guess the people at church taught you that. Well, it's not it's own life until it can survive on it's own.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 03/12/14 - 06:01 am
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Universal access to contraception would help.
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Of course, you'll have to reconcile that with your religious worldview for the greater goal. Like it or not, you're already paying for the welfare and incarceration of unplanned lives, so which would you prefer?

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/12/14 - 06:37 am
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They're anti-abortion, not pro-life. Don't let them fool you.

"christian" concern for life ends once it passes the cervix. They'll happily support slave wages, no access to health care, and giving a free pass for someone who shoots an innocent life in the head by "standing his ground" and shooting the wrong person. They live their lives filled with hate and spew it every day. Just read the words of so called "christians" on these comments. My dog is more Christian than these people. He has love that is unconditional. I see zero from these folks.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/12/14 - 07:19 am
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dang, bod... your dog?

so, the policies of democrats have harmed black people
more than the kkk and jim crow ever did
and you're obviously a democrat
yet you feel morally authoritative enough
to comment on Christians?
wow...
you don't educate black kids, so they can not get a job
that pays more than "slave wages"
you do that
poor people just have to show up at any emergency room
and they get health care
many doctors (Christian doctors!) give of their time freely to the poor
yet you want a government bureaucrat to control doctors
and you spout hate about people who do not spout hate!
is your vocabulary more than 26 words (Orwell, 1984)
congratulations on your Christian dog, though!
racism is a disease that first prevents the infected from seeing
they're infected
look at your policies, man... and how they've affected black people

FormerAugustaResident
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FormerAugustaResident 03/12/14 - 07:33 am
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Bod...I take exception..

Bod...where do you get such silliness that concern ends at the cervix? Having 3 adopted grandkids....1 a survivor of a botched (safe, legal, rare?) abortion...I find your statement uninformed and disingenuous.

I am one of the "they" about which you speak...and have been involved for years in working with troubled youth and see first hand the effects of generational entitlement and the damning effects if has on all who rely on the government bread basket. btw...not just minorities but all races are equally enslaved by such a system.

You really should get out more and open your eyes. You have a very dangerous and skewed worldview.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/12/14 - 07:57 am
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Would to GOD that all abortionist had had parents of like mind.
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Would to GOD that all abortionist had had parents of like mind.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 03/12/14 - 08:52 am
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There is one BIG

There is one BIG misconception - that anyone advocates FOR abortion. No one does. Everyone would love to see a world in which there were fewer abortions. Everyone, no matter what side of the aisle they sit on. The political angles are that life should be protected from conception on, equally, or that early in pregnancy, the mother has some rights to decide whether to carry to term or not.

Not surprisingly, those who would legally protect embryos also oppose birth control for women - which is a practice that has enormous, undebatable, positive health benefits for women. Embracing universal birth control coverage is a move that both sides should be able to agree will reduce the number of abortions, and that is a great thing.

Counseling, significant financial support, and a stronger adoption network could also reduce the number of abortions. If a woman became pregnant without an active father, and she had financial support and an easy route to adoption, she would have options that were more desirable relative to abortion. And the number of abortions would be reduced. How much is that embryo worth to you, as an otherwise uninvolved citizen? Would you support financial restitution to the mother until she brought the baby to term and sent it for adoption? Or is she supposed to live with the costs of the pregnancy and be banned from taking what appears to her as an easy way out?

The debate is not about whether one side wants to save lives and the other wants to end them. Both sides want to save lives. But one side also has significant concern for the outcome for the mother. If both sides had such concerns, then real progress could be made.

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crkgrdn 03/12/14 - 08:52 am
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Self Evident Truths

Whether one believes in God is the beginning point. Our inalienable natural rights come from God, not from man or government. Government has one purpose and that is to secure those rights. When people choose to ignore natural law and its author the result is chaos and confusion and the gift of free will is spent.
I expect that one day we will be judged by others for our self-righteous destruction of life...just as the Nazis continue to be. And, that future generation will ask the same questions that we ask about the Holocaust.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 03/12/14 - 09:53 am
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Bod, everyone is entitled to

Bod, everyone is entitled to their opinion and I certainly have no expectations of you ever changing your point of view. You talk about unconditional love - it sure seems from your comments that your "love" certainly has conditions. Are you that pure that you can cast stones?

You talk of Christians living with hate and spewing it every day - you might want to take a big look in the mirror. I rarely see you make a positive comment on anything - sure seems like you have plenty of hate in your heart too.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 03/12/14 - 10:49 am
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@WalterBradfordCannon

Technically, if you are in favor of allowing abortions, you are an advocate. Where it gets muddled is in what circumstances do you advocate for abortions - rape/incest? mother in critical physical distress? significant birth defects? simple birth control? The list goes on. It's a moral dilemma that I fear has no clear answer, hence all the debate.

I personally respect all life - there's a part of me that says it's not my choice to say who lives and who dies. I'll admit this is a topic I struggle with, as there's a side of me that also tries to see another point of view. Like in the cases of significant birth defects - is it merciful to end the pregnancy - not just for the parents, but for the baby? There's the strong faith side of me that says it's God's will - but then do I really know what His will is?? Can I only assume what His will is based on my beliefs? It certainly is a conundrum.

What I am vehemently opposed to is abortions for the simple sake of birth control. With contraceptives readily available and in a lot of cases FREE, there needs to be a personal accountability there. I didn't expect John Q. Public to pay for my contraceptives, and I didn't engage in sexual activities when I knew I couldn't support a child, should one be conceived. Expecting taxpayers to pay for my bad decisions was not something I ever considered. I am my own proof that it can be done responsibly and on my own - why shouldn't I have the same expectations of others?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/12/14 - 11:05 am
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At the moment of conception?

At the moment of conception? Seriously? It that in the bible somewhere? So according to Molly, here's the way it goes:
A man and a woman rent a room together at the Knights Inn on Boy Scout Road.
They share an intimate moment together and AS SOON AS the act is completed and EVEN BEFORE the woman can ask the man "what are you thinking?" and EVEN BEFORE the man asks the woman would she please get up and bring him a wash cloth, THERE ARE NOW 3 PEOPLE IN THE ROOM! Oh ya, and right after she checks out of the motel, she can start driving in the car pool lane.
1) Do people even know how rediculous they sound?
2) Why does the AC print this nonsense?

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 03/12/14 - 11:25 am
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C'mon, GAD - conception

C'mon, GAD - conception doesn't happen THAT fast. She's simply stating the belief that many have that life begins at conception...not at birth. It's not ridiculous unless you can prove otherwise. I have to say, your timeline did bring on a chuckle - wash cloth?? I'll have to remember to bring my own when I go on vacation from now on...eeew.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/12/14 - 11:30 am
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Ok let's say conception

Ok let's say conception happens more slowly. According to Molly, if the woman is 2 months (8 weeks) pregnant and goes snow skiing and falls down the hill and miscarries, she either gets charged with manslaughter or child endangerment. It may have been an accident but she knew the risks involved.

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daalper84 03/12/14 - 11:54 am
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Jim Crow and KKK

Someone said "...the policies of democrats have harmed black people
more than the kkk and jim crow ever did..."

Its important to point out that Jim Crow and the KKK ARE Democrat policies. Democrats historically, and some would argue still are the racist party in America.

daalper84
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daalper84 03/12/14 - 11:59 am
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No Justification

The bottom line is, there is no moral justification for abortion. The only possible way it can be justified is if the baby is not human, which no honest and intelligent person would argue. A fetal heart beat can be detected by the time a woman even notices she may be pregnant.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/12/14 - 12:04 pm
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how can the GOP reach out to

how can the GOP reach out to women when they label the 1/3 who've had abortions murderers?

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Fiat_Lux 03/12/14 - 12:11 pm
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When in doubt, it is better

to err on the side of life. Although we may know generally when and essentially what happens, we can't know THE exact, precise moment when conception occurs.

What we do know is that after that precise moment, a totally unique new life has been created. Speculating about when it is "a person" is a game of speculation for fools. No one can know that, probably not ever.

What all this finally boils down to is just who or what you believe is has the bottomline authority in your life. If it's God, then you probably have some respect for the gift of life as something over which God has ultimate say. Therefore, if every sex act has the possibility of creating a new eternal being, then every sex act has eternal importance. It's not something Westerners really grasp very well, even most Western Christians who aren't serious Catholics.

As for Muslims, the general understanding is that "ensoulment" occurs 3 months after conception. That is just another heresy as far as Christianity is concerned.

When it comes to agnostics and atheists, most seems to be making it up as they go along, picking what they find admirable or despicable according to their own lights. There's no point for people of faith--almost any faith-- even addressing such an important issue with people of that bent. There is no basis for rational discussion because the foundational assumptions about reality itself are so disconnected.

Nevertheless, people of good will would tend to agree that, when it doubt, it is better to err on the side of life and to do no harm.

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Bizkit 03/12/14 - 12:23 pm
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Gosh Bod you complain spewing

Gosh Bod you complain spewing hate against Christians who you claim are filled with hate-something paradoxical about those statements. I don't know where you get your info MSNBC?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/12/14 - 12:37 pm
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GAD that is a combination of

GAD that is a combination of the Achilles heel and False dilemma logical fallacy. Biologically life begins at conception (life is a continuum and cycle) and then the developmental biology of man continues from fetal, birth, adolescent, maturity, senescence. We aren't born complete in any way and life can be cut short an any stage-why discriminate against fetal-isn't that age discrimination)Every child has at least 60 mutations unique from either parent, which provides the diversity for evolution to act on. But biologically human life isn't significant it is all a delusion of religious myth or personal delusion-really no difference between killing a man or a mouse. We make the distinction of man being special but it is based on belief. Personally I couldn't find any logical or scientific reason to give any special purpose or significance to any human life-we come we go, but then I had a experience and became a Christian so now from that world view I give special significance to human life. I know logically in the cosmic universe a speck of a human is meaningless.

daalper84
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daalper84 03/12/14 - 01:01 pm
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Women are murderers?

Giants all day said "how can the GOP reach out to women when they label the 1/3 who've had abortions murderers?"

The answer is: There are at least 2 victims in every abortion. One is the child, and one is the woman who has been lied to and led to believe this procedure is safe, moral, and will solve her problem. I think pro-life people need to remember that women are also victims of abortion, in most cases.

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InChristLove 03/12/14 - 01:17 pm
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(WBC) "Not surprisingly,

(WBC) "Not surprisingly, those who would legally protect embryos also oppose birth control for women "

That statement is a flat out lie and exaggeration. Universal birth control....it already exist. It's called a condom.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/12/14 - 01:24 pm
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"My dog is more Christian

"My dog is more Christian than these people. He has love that is unconditional. I see zero from these folks."

Bod, hate to burst your bubble but having unconditional love does not make you a Christian.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/12/14 - 01:35 pm
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"1) Do people even know how

"1) Do people even know how rediculous they sound?" Evidently GAD doesn't.

"At the moment of conceptions? Seriously? It that in the bible somewhere? "

Well not in those exact same words but His Word does say "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13" And it also says "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3"

So according to the Bible, God considered what you refer to as a "blob", something He has knitted together, a special person, His creation, a reward. So to answer your question......Yes in the Bible.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/12/14 - 01:48 pm
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Fiat lux

Bravo Sir!! Excellent post!!

myfather15
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myfather15 03/12/14 - 01:49 pm
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GAD

"Do people even know how rediculous they sound?"

I don't know; do you realize how ridiculous you sound?

myfather15
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myfather15 03/12/14 - 01:51 pm
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WBC

Not everyone who dispises abortion, also doesn't support birth control, but nice try!!

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