This is Pastor Tim’s article that appeared in the Evening Leader on Tuesday, August 16, 2022
One of the main criticisms that I hear about the anti-abortion position is that instead of being pro-life, we are pro-birth. That means that all we want is for babies not to be killed in the womb. Once they are born, we no longer care about those children. This is probably the only valid criticism of the pro-life movement, that birth is an expensive option. These mothers and children will need medical attention when the child is born and in many situations, social services will be required as well. And none of that is free, I get it.
But I really struggle with the idea that the only option we have left is to kill the child who had absolutely nothing to do with the predicament they are in. To murder these children and call it a solution is cruel. This is when I want to remind all of you that the person who is most responsible for the abortion movement is a woman named Margaret Sanger. She lived in the generations following the Civil War when there began to be questions about what to do with all of these freed African slaves. Her idea? Genocide. She began to offer birth control and clinics to help curb the growing number of African Americans. This is a morally bankrupt and unbelievably racist position that she held. The organization she started became what we know today as Planned Parenthood, a 501c3 “non-profit” that is responsible for millions of dead babies.
I am the president of the Family Life Center of Auglaize County, so you can imagine that I do not think much of Planned Parenthood and the incarnate evil that they inflict on our world. People who have a different opinion than mine would say that hating Planned Parenthood only makes me pro-birth. And they would be correct. Just thinking that an evil organization is evil is not enough to make me pro-life. That is why, for me, it does not stop there.
Being pro-life means more than celebrating being alive, it means creating environments where we are actually living. I believe in supporting important organizations like Churches, and community clubs like Kiwanis and Rotary, because they lead to life. Saving the lives of babies is more than just preventing their execution in the womb. It is about having healthy communities and opportunities available to them through all stages of life.
This is why it takes all of us working together to be pro-life. Those who hold this position need to be working to create the kind of communities that these children who are born will live in and own someday. I found one interesting way to support the pro-life position. Now that states are allowed to come up with their own laws concerning protecting children who are not yet born, Georgia had a very interesting idea. They have amended their laws so that the child tax credit extends to pregnancy. That means that if a pregnancy is verified, the family can claim the baby on their taxes before the child is born. This is genius because pregnancy lasts 9 months, meaning that this would give the family a chance to claim the child for one extra year because once the child is born, he or she is already a tax deduction.
I am all for the families getting a $3,000 tax break. But I am far more interested in the statement this makes. This places measurable value on the life of the child from the moment the child exists. In the eyes of the law, this baby is a life from the moment of conception. What this means is that the people of Georgia truly see the value of every life and that value is given a token expression in the tax laws of their state.
Georgia, you have my respect for this decision. Interestingly, the article in which I read about this new tax law was written with an edge by NBC. I could tell it was poking fun at the uneducated and unsophisticated people in Georgia. If only they had attained a higher level of learning, they would be able to understand why killing babies is better than letting them be born.
Georgia, as a proud, uneducated, unsophisticated person myself, I solute you.