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The truth about abortion

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The truth about abortion

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The truth about abortion

  1. 1. The Fight for Life The Truth About Abortion and How You Can Save Lives
  2. 2. The Fight for Life Every time your heart beats, somewhere in this world, a pre-born baby’s heart is stopped by abortion...
  3. 3. “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb, I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalm 139: 13
  4. 4. 1 February 1997: Abortion on Demand Legalised in South Africa By 1 February 2020, more than 1 700 000 babies were murdered by abortion.
  5. 5. Over 250 babies are being murdered each day in South Africa…
  6. 6. When Does Life Begin? Life begins at conception. From conception, all the information needed to produce a healthy person, is already present (e.g. colour of eyes, gender, etc.). Except for oxygen & nutrition, nothing more is added to ensure growth and maturity
  7. 7. Milestones of Early Life • Three weeks: heart is beating • Six weeks: brain waves are measurable (able to feel pain, touch and movement) • 2½ months: body completely formed (even fingerprints!) • 3 months: all organs and systems are functioning.
  8. 8. Most Commonly Used Methods To Kill • Most common: the 'abortion pill' (Misoprostal or RU 486) • Vaccuum suction: baby parts sucked out of the womb with a vacuum apparatus • It is a proven fact that a pre-born baby feels pain!
  9. 9. Maternal Physical Complications 1) Severe bleeding 2) Perforation of the uterus 3) Bowel and bladder injury 4) Laceration of Cervix (the mouth of the womb) 5) Breast cancer 6) Infection 7) Infertility 8) Death (!)
  10. 10. Post Abortion Syndrome • Women and men suffer • Symptoms such as guilt, anger, fits of crying, fear, grief at loss of baby • Sleep and appetite disturbances • Depression and thoughts of suicide • Nightmares, flashbacks
  11. 11. The Hard Cases - Rape • Only about 1 in every 1 000 rapes result in pregnancy • The after-effects of an abortion last far longer than the trauma of a rape • No-one should deny that the woman has been the victim of another’s cruel violence. But does that give her the right to subject the innocent life inside her to similar violence?
  12. 12. Threat to the Mother’s Physical Health • Difference btw abortion for a mother’s health vs. life • If serious complications occur in third trimester – premature baby has good chance of surviving. • A doctor’s aim should be to do everything possible to save both lives!
  13. 13. What if the baby is deformed or retarded? • The doctor’s diagnosis is often wrong. • A person’s worth and value are not dependent on their physical or mental “normality”.
  14. 14. What about…? 1. The woman’s right to her own body? The baby is not part of the mother’s body 2. Back street abortions? Making abortion legal does not stop them. In fact, it increases them. 3. Overpopulation? It is a lie. The problem is over- urbanisation. 4. “I can’t afford another child!” Children are a blessing (Psalm 127:3-5, 37:25)
  15. 15. The Abortion Law in SA • Abortion on demand up until 12 weeks • Up to 20 weeks under the following conditions: pose a risk to woman’s physical/mental health pregnancy from rape or incest baby would suffer severe physical/mental abnormality affect the mother’s economic or social conditions (effectively means that abortion-on-demand is legal until 20 weeks).
  16. 16. The Abortion Law in SA • After 20 weeks: If the continued pregnancy would: endanger the mother’s life, severe malformation of pre-born child, and risk of injury to pre-born child(!) • Abortion clinics – not required to mention alternatives (non-mandatory counselling)
  17. 17. “But women were dieing from back-street abortions – abortion needed to be legalised to save their lives…” This argument seems ridiculous when you use the right words: Because people (women) die or are being harmed while killing innocent people (i.e pre-born people), the state should make it safe for them to do so.
  18. 18. The Pro-life Teaching of the Bible • Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer and the One who formed you from the womb, “I, the LORD, am the Maker of all things.. (Isaiah 44: 24) • For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb, I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made… (Psalm 139: 13)
  19. 19. • We are made in His image (Gen 1:26) and therefore every life is precious to God. • We are to love our pre-born neighbors as we love ourselves (Matt 22:39). • We are commanded to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Proverbs 31:8 • We are called to protect innocent life: “Rescue those being led away to death, hold back those staggering towards slaughter.” Proverbs 24:11 • The 6th Commandment: “Do not murder” Exodus 20:13 • God hates murder: “These six things the Lord hates…hands that shed innocent blood…” Proverbs 6:16-17.
  20. 20. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” Prov 31:8
  21. 21. How to Save Lives and Stop Abortions Caring for the Pre-Born and their Mothers “Rescue those being led away to death, hold back those staggering towards slaughter.” Proverbs 24:11
  22. 22. Prevention is better than cure: teaching abstinence • Sexual Risk Avoidance (abstinence) education has an impressive and growing body of research pointing to its effectiveness. • To date, 23 peer-reviewed studies show statistically significant evidence of positive behavioral impact for student with all levels of sexual experience. Six studies demonstrate significant delay in sexual initiation for one to two years after the programme ended.
  23. 23. Compassion • Start a Crisis Pregnancy Centre or volunteer • Call Africa Cares for Life (umbrella body of Crisis Pregnancy Centres, Adoption Agencies, and Mothers’ Homes) for training or to find the nearest Centre in your area: • www.africacaresforlife.org.za • Adopt • Foster
  24. 24. Outreaches outside Marie Stopes abortuaries
  25. 25. The doctrine of blood guiltiness… “Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land…” Numbers 35:33 “When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my face from you: even if you offer may prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood…” Isaiah 1:15
  26. 26. The Responsibility of the Elders of the City “If a man is found slain, lying in a field in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who killed him, your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance from the body to the neighbouring towns… The priests, the sons of Levi, shall step forward, for the Lord your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessings in the name of the LORD and to decide all cases of dispute and assault. Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands… and they shall declare: ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done. Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, O Lord, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent man.’ And the bloodshed will be atoned for. So you will purge from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 21:1– 9
  27. 27. March for Life to Parliament – 1 February
  28. 28. Contact us: Africa Christian Action PO Box 23632 Claremont 7335 Cape Town, South Africa Tel: 021-689 4481 E-mail: info@christianaction.org.za Web: www.christianaction.org.za

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