Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a roundtable discussion on June 6 with a group of faith leaders and local politicians in Los Angeles on the subject of so-called “reproductive rights.” Although she raised the topics of hate and gun violence in her brief remarks at the beginning of the roundtable, the primary purpose, according to a White House press release on the meeting, was to build coalitions with faith groups to support abortion.
“We need faith,” Harris began. But only abortion-affirming faith.
But the vice president didn’t mention God in her remarks. “We need faith in each other, in our nation, and in our future,” she explained.
She touched on the subjects of hate and violence in our communities before turning to the subject of abortion.
“So, we will talk about that, and also I would like to talk with these faith leaders about the impending decision from the United States Supreme Court that we believe will undo the very principles and premise of the importance of the privacy right that Roe v. Wade stands for,” Harris said.
“To support Roe v. Wade and all it stands for, does not mean giving up your beliefs. It is simply about agreeing that a woman should be able to make that decision with her faith leader, with her family, with her physician. The government should not be making that decision for her,” she added.
But abortion does not affect just the woman involved; it destroys the human life within her. Who in those discussions that the vice president mentioned speaks for the baby that God created and sustains through His goodness?
Science confirms that at the moment of fertilization in the womb we have all the DNA we will ever have. According to the American College of Pediatricians, “The predominance of human biological research confirms that human life begins at conception—fertilization. At fertilization, the human being emerges as a whole, genetically distinct, individuated zygotic living human organism, a member of the species Homo sapiens, needing only the proper environment in order to grow and develop.
“The difference between the individual in its adult stage and in its zygotic stage is one of form, not nature.”
The Bible confirms that life in the womb is a distinct human life, ordained by God, who knows us and calls us by name.
God told Jeremiah the prophet, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 ESV)
Psalm 139:13-14 underscores for everyone what Jeremiah learned about his own prenatal life: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
The psalmist continues that thought in the verses 15 and 16: “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
Permit me one more Bible verse just to emphasize the point that life in the womb is under God’s authority and calling. Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
There are many other verses that underscore that a baby in the womb is human, such as when the preborn John the Baptist leaped in Elizabeth’s womb when he heard Mary (pregnant with Jesus) greet them. See Luke 1:41.
All of which is why it’s so difficult to hear political leaders tell us we do not have to give up our beliefs to support abortion. Not only do we have to disregard the science, but we also must reject the Bible’s clear teaching about when life begins in order to support the murder of preborn babies.
If and when the Supreme Court overturns Roe in its anticipated decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, may the only “coalitions” formed in the faith community be ones that come alongside women who need support in raising their children, such as is being done very effectively right now through the work of pregnancy resource centers and faith-based adoption programs.
Focus on the Family has always been unashamedly pro-life. Please join us for our SeeLife 2022 streaming event on June 14 to hear speakers like Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens, Jeanne Mancini from March for Life, and others talk about building a culture of life in this country, and listen to inspiring worship music from Dove Award winner Phil Wickham.
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