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Abortion has led nation “into the wilderness”

To the editor:

Next Tuesday, Jan. 22 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down all laws regulating or restricting abortions, thus effectively making abortion-on-demand the law of the land.

These 40 years since 1973 remind me of the wilderness wanderings the children of Israel endured which we read about in the Biblical account of Exodus. Our nation too has wandered in a “40 year wilderness” that has now made us comfortable with the culture of death.

Now our secular society no longer speaks about keeping abortion rare, but is concerned only that it is available and affordable. Christians are even being drawn into abortion’s web. Our tax dollars fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. The new health care law, a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services, requires employees to include abortifacient drugs as part of their health care plans.

Our U.S. Constitution guarantees us the “right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” But in abortion a life is taken! The inherent value of life as God created it is disregarded. In the past 40 years, since that deadly decision, 55 million Americans have been killed. Think of the states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. Picture those states completely uninhabited — that’s 55 million! Every day, abortion takes from us the number of people lost in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Everyday 3,000 little children are dismembered with trash bags as their coffins and Dumpsters as their graves. And after every abortion there are two casualties, a dead child and a wounded mother. (My thanks to Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., for these figures.)

The tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook got our nation’s attention! There is no respect for life anymore. “What is wrong?” and “How can we make our children more secure?” are the questions being discussed. For 40 years of history — a child was no longer secure in the womb.

The problem is sin. We no longer follow God’s word — the Bible. We need to repent and ask God for forgiveness. God’s son, Jesus,  made His home in Mary’s womb until His birth. Jesus is our Emmanuel — God with us, to give us courage and strength to speak up on behalf of all children whom He loves.

Pray for our nation. Mentor the young people in your family and community on the importance of standing up for life. Make known the blessings of adoption. Embrace those women who have had an abortion and now live with guilt. Remind them Christ’s forgiveness is greater that their guilt. Volunteer at a woman’s care center. Join the thousands of Minnesotans on Jan. 22 at the annual MCCL March for Life at our state capitol, beginning at noon.

Helen Bunge