Shame on Us if We Ever Neglect the Unborn

The NYT has just released a heart-rending story about “pregnancy reduction,” a euphemism for selective abortion.  Read the whole story here.  This is a snatch from the article, which made me sick to my stomach:

As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen. She didn’t want to see the two shadows floating inside her. Since making her decision, she had tried hard not to think about them, though she could often think of little else. She was 45 and pregnant after six years of fertility bills, ovulation injections, donor eggs and disappointment — and yet here she was, 14 weeks into her pregnancy, choosing to extinguish one of two healthy fetuses, almost as if having half an abortion. As the doctor inserted the needle into Jenny’s abdomen, aiming at one of the fetuses, Jenny tried not to flinch, caught between intense relief and intense guilt.

Here is the whole piece, entitled “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy,” written by Ruth Padawer (HT: Denny Burk).

Much has been made of the so-called “culture wars” in our day, the fight over social matters that divide America roughly in half.  The media decries battles over abortion, gay rights, euthanasia, and other issues, and some evangelicals have joined the chorus, opting to focus primarily on causes that share universal approbation, like fighting sex trafficking.  I am all for working to end that heinous practice, but I find the championing of popular cultural causes (and ignoring unpopular ones) a devil’s bargain.  Shame on us if we ever turn away from the cause of the unborn.  Shame on us if we ever lose the will to stop fighting for the weak and marginalized.

Right now, there are needles “aiming at” helpless, innocent, life-exhibiting fetuses.  Shame on us if we turn away from the “shadows floating inside” expectant mothers.  In hope borne of trust in a great God, may we work with all our strength in peaceable ways to overturn this great evil.   In the process, we seek to extol the glory of Christ, who saves a fallen humanity even as it turns the knife on itself, killing offspring bearing God’s image in order to save money and steward time.  Our aims are twofold: to save human lives (the fetus) and to save human souls–the fathers and mothers, lost just like we once were, who opt to kill their children rather than love them.

As powerful as evil seems to be, after all, God’s grace is stronger still.

(Image: Katherine Wolkoff for the NYT)

  • jason b hood

    Wow, Owen. Tough painful stuff but thanks for this important challenge.

  • owenstrachan

    Appreciate your words, Jason.

  • Alex Humphrey

    Amen. I just read about this on another blog. I’m weeping. I honestly don’t know what to do except for encourage those I know who find themselves pregnant and to vote well.

    • Allison


      There are lots of things you can do to help save the lives of unborn children. There are Christian, pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that are dedicated to sharing the gospel with men and women who are experiencing a crisis pregnancy and helping them to keep their babies. I’m a staff member at such a center. And I can say with confidence that pregnancy centers across the country are always looking for volunteers in a variety of roles. You can use the website: to find one near you.

      Hope this is helpful.

  • owenstrachan

    Allison, great response to Alex’s understandable reaction. We should weep, I think; we should pray, and very hard at that; and we should work.

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  • Scott Klusendorf

    Great stuff, Owen. Thank you.

  • Andy Nagel

    Thank you. I serve a church less than two miles (and I live just down the street) from one of the few late-term abortionists in America. Every Monday in my neighborhood the needles are quite literally aiming at the hearts of third-trimester, viable children. The churches are the only ones speaking up, and some of us catch heat for doing so (even from some in our own congregations). These words are a great encouragement to me. Thank you.

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