George Bowers Sr. A tragedy averted
Nearly 32 years ago, a pregnant young woman visited a Woodstock physician for her first prenatal appointment. During that visit, the doctor encouraged her to abort the child because her “fetus” would be born paralyzed from the neck down. Crestfallen and distraught, this young lady had a friend take her to another physician for a second opinion, which contradicted the first. The mother-to-be ended up carrying her baby to term and delivered a boy who was not just healthy, but precocious.
This child grew to become an Eagle Scout and serve his country as a soldier in Iraq. He is now a responsible father of three who is a great provider for his family and a taxpayer in our economy. This young man is Michael Cutlip of Brownsboro, Texas and his grandparents, Earl and Teresa Cutlip of Strasburg, couldn’t be more thankful that his mother rejected the first doctor’s advice. Sadly, millions of others have not been as fortunate.
Monday marks the 45th anniversary of the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states. Since then, a bloody march of sadness, murder, and deceit has plagued our country.
The number of children killed under this legal provision is now just shy of 60 million. This horrific figure represents doctors, teachers, scientists, construction workers, soldiers, and moms and dads who never were. Speaking of soldiers, for every one of our uniformed men and women who have been killed in battle, 91 babies have been killed in the womb. That’s 91 times the combined total of all who died in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Indian Wars, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the Global War on Terrorism.
If Kim Jong-un launched his nuclear missile at the U.S. and destroyed that many of our people (roughly 20 percent of our population) the remaining citizens would be literally up in arms to avenge the loss and prevent further death and destruction. Yet under the guise of privacy, this practice continues to decimate our country, robbing us of our greatest resource and hitting minorities the hardest. But because we do it to ourselves, we accept it as justifiable and humane. It is neither. May God have mercy 60 million times.
Tragically, we now know that the original case argued before the Supreme Court was built on several lies. Abortionist Bernard Nathanson backed the legalization of this practice and presented statistics of those performed illegally. Years later, after being spiritually convicted of the horrific truth of what actually happens to each unborn child, he quit his practice and explained how he had inflated those numbers to make their case more convincing. It worked. Although we now call such shenanigans fake news, God calls it bearing false witness.
In addition, Norma McCorvey, who was the plaintiff renamed Jane Roe in this landmark case, has now admitted to lying about her claim that her pregnancy was caused by rape. She testifies that she did so at the advice of her lawyers to make her case stronger. It did. But the truth has now come out 60 million deaths too late.
Sadly, Justice Harry Blackmum also randomly invented the “trimester framework” now used to describe pregnancy. With no medical understanding of fetal development whatsoever, he utilized this terminology to advance the idea that something magical happens at two distinct times in a mother’s womb. He admitted that his reasoning was arbitrary but needed some cutoff point. The truth is that from the moment of conception unbroken growth and development continue to the moment of delivery and more and more research is affirming this fact. Today, the blood of nearly 60 million infants is on Blackmum’s hands and those of his six fellow justices that agreed with him. And the rest of us who tolerate it.
Praise God that Michael Cutlip’s mother decided to carry her child to term and that many millions of others have done the same, despite the advice of health care providers and friends. And praise God for the work of the Shenandoah Pregnancy Center that provides advice and support for expectant mothers both before and after delivery. May God continue to convict and change hearts throughout this nation until abortion is again illegal. Praying, George
George Bowers Sr. is the Senior Pastor of Antioch Church of the Brethren and has authored nine books in addition to contributing to Let The Earth Rejoice, 365 Devotions Celebrating God’s Creation by Worthy Inspired. He can be reached through www.georgebowersministries.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org.