What did you do today? Print
Written by P.J. Southam   

scheduleWhat did you do today? If you had a job you maybe did a variety of things, perhaps stocked shelves and helped customers, or cooked or served food at a restaurant, crunched numbers and kept books for a company. There are a variety of jobs that people do that fill our eight or more hours per day with all kinds of tasks. Some jobs have quantifiable results.  When I worked in a metal foundry we knew how many pounds of finished product we had prepared each day. Other jobs are less quantifiable, such as counseling and guiding. If you are a parent or caregiver, your day may be filled with laundry, cleaning and meal preparation. Perhaps you have kept track and know exactly how many diapers you change in a day. That too is quantifiable.  Whatever your vocation is, I hope that it is satisfying and leaves you with the feeling of having done a good days work. 

 Here are some numbers that trouble me:  In 2008 there were 1.21 million abortions in the United States.  (Due to reporting and compiling, the numbers for the last few years are not yet available.)  Of those, 1.3% were after 21 weeks gestation.* I will get to the importance of that number in a moment.

numbers At the recent Sundance Film Festival, a film lauded by those who hate life was "After Tiller", a documentary about the four physicians in America who perform late term abortions.  I have not seen the film but read that one of those physicians was quoted as saying that late term abortions were only about one percent of all abortions, so that it was really a small number.

Well, here is what the numbers work out to:  1.3 % of 1,210,000 abortions total works out to 15,730 late term abortions.  If you divide that number by four, each of the four late term abortionists performed 3932.5 abortions.  If they work hard and only take two weeks off for vacation every year that works out to 78.65 babies killed each week for fifty weeks.  If you divide that number by 5, each late-term abortionist kills 15.73 babies per day on average.  That is quantifiable.  It is also an assembly line of slaughter.  And for four late term abortionists, it is their days work.

Numbers, however, are merely representations.  Each abortion was a child created in the image of God.  Each mother was a woman in probable desperation who just did not want to be pregnant any longer.  These are all real human beings, and like all of us, really need Jesus Christ.  Let us get on our knees and pray for the hearts of the four late term abortionists to change.  Let us continue to reach out in love to those women who are considering abortion, to provide them with the better alternative of live birth, giving them the support and resources they need to carry their children to term.  Let us pray for God to strengthen and encourage us as we continue this long hard work of ending abortion in America.

*For more information, see:  Third-trimester abortions in America: 'Healthy babies at seven, eight and nine months gestation', by Sarah Terzo, posted on LifeSiteNews.com.

The Rev. P.J. Southam is pastor of Big Creek Presbyterian Church and a member of the Board of Directors of Presbyterians Pro-Life.