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The Most Dangerous Place in America

Today is my birthday. After deciding I must be about 58 by now, I feel like I hit the jackpot! Because after doing the math to confirm my intuition, I discovered I was wrong. I’m only 57. It was like miraculously gaining a whole nother year! So today I’m celebrating life. Life that I often take for granted in a post Roe vs Wade society.

It’s recently come to my attention that my birthday falls on the anniversary of that fateful day 47 years ago when the safest place to be became the most dangerous: inside your mother’s womb. Since the court decision to legalize abortion, over 60 million children have been denied what you and I enjoy every day in this country. The right to life. That number is not only staggering. It’s horrifying. But to give some perspective, let’s look at some other very dangerous places across our nation. In the year 2015—35,485 people died in a car accident. An estimated 3,500 people lost their lives due to drowning. And 569 people were murdered in Louisiana (the state with the highest homicide rate). But by far the most dangerous place to be was in utero: 340,255 babies were aborted in that year alone.

The good news is that abortions overall are on the decline! With the advancement of science and technology, and so many pro-life movements, God is on the move to change hearts and minds about the reality of human life before the moment of birth. And for that I am grateful, as I’ve spent the day in contemplation and prayer for that downward trend to continue. One day in the future I hope Americans will look back on this period of our history like we look at other regrettable periods: with sorrow and remorse at the callous disregard for human life. Abortion isn’t primarily a political or religious issue but rather an issue of basic human rights and dignity. Please join me and get involved in some way to end this travesty. What a gift that would be for my birthday!

Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die.

Don’t try to disclaim responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it.

For God, who knows all hearts, knows yours, and he knows you knew!

And he will reward everyone according to his deeds.

Proverbs 24:11-12

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