The cynicism of the abortion lobby knows no bounds. The billboard above ran in Oklahoma City. The smiling women convey a message that suggests God loves abortion. The message is part of a growing movement which presents abortion as a moral good, complete with theological underpinnings which shout out: ‘thank God for abortion!’
Over at www.ThankGodForAbortion.com, they present human abortion as a gift from God. Even more, they sell T-Shirts touting their misguided theology.
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the Texas billboard that proclaimed:
“Abortion is self-care. Black women take care of their families by taking care of themselves.”
The old notion touted by former president, Bill Clinton, that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare has been replaced with the tragic ethos that abortion should be celebrated, that women should actually “thank God for abortion.”
Abortion violates the Fifth Commandment
Iowans for LIFE embraces all of the reproductive teachings of the Catholic Church. The Church opposes human abortion as a violation of the Fifth Commandment: “you shall not kill.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains what this means generally:
2258 “Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.”
The Catechism then looks at abortion specifically:
2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.72
2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.
2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense.
How could it be otherwise?
Sacred scripture repeatedly tells us that God knew us before we were born, in the Book of Job (10:8-12); in the Book of Jeremiah (1:5); and in the Book of Psalms (22:10-11).
Scripture says that even more, we were made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).
And Who is God? Love. God IS love, according to 1 John 4:7-21.
We were made in the image of Love.
The decision to abort the baby in the womb is certainly not an act of love, since it is killing the love deposited in the soul of the unborn person who was made in Her creator’s image.
So to the billboard above that says, “God loves those who have an abortion”: of course he does, but he doesn’t love the sinful actions that separate us from Him.
God forgives a contrite heart. What this awful billboard does is to suggest that abortion doesn’t require forgiveness, because there is nothing wrong with it. That’s why post-abortive women suffer such acute pain.
All the bromides and dishonest billboards in the world can’t soothe the grave wound inflicted on moms and dads who choose abortion.
Post-abortive women CAN experience authentic healing
One of the most beautiful sacraments in the Catholic Church is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There, women and men wounded by abortion can begin the journey of healing.
Many require further counseling, such as the wonderful support offered by Restored by Grace Ministries. Executive Director, Laura Limmex, works with women wounded by human abortion and understands what is necessary for healing and restoration:
“I have worked with women who had no spiritual or religious beliefs at the time of their abortion. However, whether it was a few months later or years later, they came to deeply regret and struggle with the pain of the decision to have an abortion.
As women, we were created to nurture and protect our young. Abortion is contrary to that deeply embedded nurturing attribute.
One of the biggest pieces of healing and restoration happens when a woman who has had an abortion can fully repent of her sin and acknowledge her need for forgiveness from God. Receiving forgiveness enables a woman to also receive of the fullness of God’s love.”
Don’t wait: Be restored
Don’t celebrate the sin of abortion.
Turn your life around and be restored by God’s unimaginable willingness to forgive a contrite heart.
Remember, God IS Love. He can do anything with your life if you let Him.
[Iowans for LIFE agrees with the Church that abortion is the #1 social justice issue. Be sure to attend our October 24th symposium: “The Social Justice Creed.”]