In the Foundations for Life, we clearly see that humankind is the pinnacle of God’s creation. In John 10:10, we read, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.” What is this thief after? The answer is anything that is God’s, and humankind sits in the bull’s-eye of the thief’s target.
We know that Satan has no regard for life. We saw him lead Pharaoh to destroy all the baby boys in the days of Moses, and then we saw him lead Herod to do the same thing during the days of the birth of Jesus.
Today, we see Satan leveraging his crafty, deceptive skills on muddling the understanding of what and when human life begins. The semantics have moved from when life begins to when does personhood begin and other more erroneous definitions.
When does life begin? Clearly, we know when life ends. Why is it so difficult for some to come to an agreement on when it begins? In the wake of legalized abortion and infanticide, we must ask ourselves what value we place on human life in its earliest stages?
God has made the importance of children clear, “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…” Psalm 8:2
When Does Life Become Valuable?
Scientists agree that at the moment of fertilization, a new human’s complete genetic composition is formed. Still, that same moment is where the controversy begins. The preborn are at the mercy of a nation’s culture, moral attitudes, and socioeconomic factors. However, in the book of Jeremiah, God declares, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1: 5-6)
Today, modern science gives a baby born at just 24 weeks an 80% survival rate if given specialized care. The line between viable and non-viable is narrowing.
What about poorer nations where adequate health care is less accessible? A country where a woman is legally allowed one child only? Or, where the prospect of a decent wage to put food on the table is unthinkable. Does that make these children any less valued? Individually, we must wrestle with the statement, “Life, in all circumstances, is valuable.”
Statistics of Life and Death
Global birth rates are affected by several factors. Government policy, health care, poverty, natural disasters, and women’s opportunities all affect the statistics. Easier access to birth control, financial challenges, and more women focusing on their careers are some of the reasons given for the drop in the United States.
The Birth and Abortion Rates in America
- Just under 4 million babies are born each year in the US.
- The birth rate in America has steadily been decreasing and is at its lowest point in 32 years.
- Even though the number of abortions performed in America has decreased over the years, it remains over 660,000 annually.
- Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, over 62,889,000 babies have been aborted in the US alone.
The Birth and Abortion Rates Globally
- Although it is impossible to get an exact number, the UN estimates that around 385,000 babies are born each day worldwide.
- Roughly 140 million babies are born each year.
- By 2023, we are projected to have a world population of 8 billion.
- Worldwide, abortion figures are difficult to tally. The estimate is around 32 million annually.
- In the last 40 years, over 1.6 billion babies have been aborted.
Loss of Children Through Infanticide
Infanticide seems like an impossibility in the 21st century, but it is very real in some countries. Newborns are at risk if the child is deformed or premature, if its mother already has other children, if it’s illegitimate, if the country is especially impoverished, or just because it is female, in some countries.
- In India, second daughters are often killed because families cannot afford the price of a dowry. Nearly a third of the world’s newborn deaths occur in India and the country has lost 10 million girls in the past 20 years.
- At least 117 million girls around the world demographically go “missing” due to sex-selective abortions
- In 2015, China ended its one-child policy now allowing Chinese families to have two children.
- “Reproductive tourism” is the practice of visiting countries which allow ultrasounds specifically to identify the sex of a baby from countries that do not. Millions of girls go missing each year and as per the United Nations Population Fund, over 170 million girls are missing in Asia alone.
In Brazil, children are killed for religious or spiritual reasons according to Indigenous leaders. Disabled children are believed to be cursed and twins or triplets are assumed to be harboring evil spirits. Sometimes, a Shaman can choose to have a child killed simply because he got a bad impression.
Many of the same arguments to justify the rational for abortion will and are being used to justify infanticide.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13
Reaching the World One Child at a Time
Although how an abortion or infanticide is performed varies widely around the globe, the outcome is the same. Whether in a clinic in NYC or a remote village in China, every woman choosing abortion profoundly believes, “I cannot have this baby.” Fear, shame, financial circumstances, traditions and many other reasons crowd out truth and reality.
Not only is she affected by her choice, societies are changed. In countries like China and India, there is an enormous lack of females endangering the reproductive ability of the society. The value of life is cheapened and therefore the value of everyone’s life is in question. As nations produce fewer and fewer children, resources dwindle and so does their culture.
What if we could reach her with a life-affirming message first? What if there was a way to reach even the most remote villages with information that would help women and families facing unplanned pregnancies? This is one of the key focuses in our Sanctity of Life endeavor.
Connecting the World
The more we are able to interact with each other, our world grows smaller. Today, it is possible to train and equip leaders in even the most remote communities. It is possible to connect life-affirming instructors to community leaders, community leaders to local workers, and local workers to families. It can be done.
Make A Difference
You can play a role in a global effort to change the hearts and minds of women, men, families, and entire societies. It sounds like an impossible task, but Jesus said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” MT 17:20
Investments designated toward the population of those experiencing a disability will be used to help empower those afflicted and create pathways for them to engage and contribute to society.
- SOHL Care and SOHL Packs for reaching her in every nation
- Sonogram machines which help convert 67-85% to life
- Church engagement that makes life-giving ministries sustainable
- Abortion pill reversal programs, awareness, and training
- Outreach that effectively competes with abortion advocates
Whether born or unborn, their voice is silenced, but with you, they can have a voice. Now is the time to make a difference for life.