The War Against the Unborn Continues

by Ted Kyle

There have been some interesting developments in the war on America's next generation-otherwise known as the pro-life vs. pro-choice controversy, or simply as the ongoing debate over abortion.

One of the most interesting is the refinement of three-dimensional ultra-sonic imagers, which have been credited with providing "startling images of tiny unborn babies sucking their thumbs and walking at 12 weeks gestation,'" according to a report from LifeSite

"The images are the result of new developments in ultrasound technology, led by Professor Stuart Campbell, former professor of obstetrics and gynecology at King's College, London," the report said. The images allow viewers to witness details of the unborn child's activity previously hidden to researchers.

Babies can be seen stretching, kicking, and leaping at 12 weeks, making intricate finger movements at 15 weeks, and yawning at 20 weeks, the Guardian reported. Babies at 18 weeks gestation were shown opening their eyes. Prof. Campbell, now head of the fertility clinic Create Health Clinic, said he had seen an image of a child at 18 weeks making a "crying" face, a revelation of potential feeling in the unborn which he says must be examined further.

So alarming was publication of these and similar ultra-sound images in London that pro-choice spokesmen raised their defensive shields and attempted to fire a return volley of arguments. Three UK "experts" said images showing pre-borns stretching, kicking, and sucking their thumbs are "dangerous," but promptly added that this does not prove the babies have feelings in the uterus.

That "dangerous" label is interesting. One has to wonder for whom these revelations are dangerous-certainly not the tiny tots.

Meanwhile, a dispatch from the rear area tells of a statement issued by Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) entitled "That They May Have Life." It makes the case for what has been termed "the culture of life"-meaning that not only the unborn but also those who are severely disabled, the dependent elderly, and the dying are entitled to care instead of destruction.

In this new document, the defense and respect for the integrity of all life are termed "an inescapable consequence of the gospel" and an obligation of the church. The document pleads with those professing Christians who support abortion and other life-threatening teachings and practices of the culture of death to "consider whether they have not set themselves against the will of God and, to that extent, separated themselves from the company of Christian discipleship."

It is a call for Christian unity in the face of society's fast-solidifying culture of death. Those in the trenches urgently need the support of a unified home front behind them.

Let us all join this fight, whatever our role, lest we suffer the fate of the German people who succumbed to Nazism in the days before World War II. In the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

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