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Why Is this Crime Acceptable?

There was a very disturbing article last week in the local news. In a nearby small town with a population of only 38,000, a woman was arrested and charged with capital murder – in the stabbing death of her 8-year old son. Understandably, this has rocked the entire community.

In response to the statement released by the police department, people have offered up prayers for the officers and first responders who encountered a very horrifying scene. They have commented on the difficult situation of the teachers and parents explaining to other children why their friend and classmate will no longer be at school or on the playground. Many people have described how dreadful and hard this little boy’s life must have already been for it to end in such a horrific way.

But most comments center on what should done to this woman, someone who would do such a gruesome and hate-filled thing to her own child. Some have suggested sending her straight to the electric chair. Some have said she should already be executed, or that maybe other prisoners should “take care of her” in prison. Some blame it on the drugs she must have been on. Some say drugs or not, no person should ever harm an innocent child.

One commenter said, “No remorse for someone that murders, especially a child…your own child.” Another said, “What in the world caused her to kill her own child?! This is just awful!! Who does that! And why…that poor baby.”

Those last two questions are probably what everyone is asking in the aftermath of such a terrible tragedy and unnecessary loss of an innocent life. What would cause a mother to kill her own child? And who would do such a thing?

According to Guttmacher Institute, in just 2020, there were 930,160 other mothers who chose to kill their own children. And between 1970 and 2019, there have been 63,459,781 other mothers who have killed their own children. They just chose to do it in utero.

To repeat the question posed about the local arrest, what in the world caused them to kill their own children?

There usually are plenty of reasons offered as an attempt to explain away killing your own child. But it really all boils down to the same underlying issue. The life of the child was no longer important to the mother; the child was not wanted, just like the poor child stabbed to death by his mother in this small Southern town.

Given the reactions to this woman who stabbed her son, one would think that a mother killing a child is repulsive and vile. Certainly, this kind of action shouldn’t be accepted or allowed, right? Well, according to the recent Supreme Court ruling, if a state wants to continue to allow mothers to kill their own children, then they can. Currently, 37 states allow mothers to kill their children.

But why should the response to abortion be any different than the response to this woman arrested for murdering her son? When people are outraged that a woman could stab her 8-year-old son to death, shouldn’t they be just as outraged when a mother does that to a baby still in her womb? Does it make it less offensive because with abortion, instead of the mother stabbing the child to death, the mother pays medical personnel to pull her child apart limb from limb? Apparently, our culture finds that to be an acceptable way for a mother to kill her child.

Maybe it is because our culture has grown numb to what abortion really does. One article written by Pew Research discusses the methods of abortion with such terms that it almost doesn’t sound like anything horrible has happened. It describes the abortion pill as a method to “cause the uterus to empty.” What is really happening is nutrients are cut off from reaching the baby, and then early labor is induced to force the baby to be delivered prematurely. “Emptying the uterus” is killing the baby.

The other methods of abortion are described as a “suction process” or a “dilation and evacuation.” Both methods pull the baby apart, piece by piece, one with suction and one with forceps, and extract each body part. This is no less gruesome a scene than what the first responders encountered with the woman who stabbed her son. Why are we appalled at one, yet applauding the other?

Instead of recoiling at the horrifying process of abortion, people proudly shout their abortions and encourage others to do the same. Instead of being disgusted and shocked at the idea of a woman killing her own child, like the reactions in this news article, people are demanding mothers have the right to continue killing their children if they so desire – as long as the child hasn’t been born yet.

And there are probably many people reading this who have unfortunately made that decision to end their pregnancy and take the life of their unborn child. Even with such a tragic decision, there is forgiveness available only through Jesus Christ. According to God’s Word in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” You can find peace in your hearts even after abortion through confession and forgiveness that comes through Jesus.

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1 thought on “Why Is this Crime Acceptable?”

  1. Great article, Cathryn!

    You should see the responses that I get when I point out that the Idaho butcher (who killed 4 college students) is less guilty in God’s Eyes than an average abortionist is in an easy morning’s “work.” Yet nearly half of the country votes for the Party of Child Sacrifice that backs these baby butchers to the hilt.

    Or, when I point out that the monster who killed Gabby Petito is no more guilty in God’s eyes than any mother who willfully aborts her child? Do we think that women get a pass from blood guilt just because they are women? That is feminized thinking, and the wide road to destruction.

    All murderers have their part in the Lake of Fire. The only way out is repentance (not just guilty feelings) and surrender to Jesus Christ. What then will be the fruits of repentance for a post-abortive woman who has been healed by Christ? For one, she is going to speak out, or work, on behalf of the unborn who have not yet been murdered. All of us should.

    If a post-abortive woman continues to be silent, in shame or for other reasons, or worse continues to support abortion even while calling herself “Christian,” it is because she has not yet been healed by Christ. Those who have been born again are new creatures and no longer child murderers in God’s Eyes. They, we all, in fact, now have the solemn obligation to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. That’s Biblical. If the Holy Spirit isn’t “calling you” to care about the unborn, then perhaps you aren’t yet indwelt with Him?

    Where are the churches to call murderous “mothers,” and “fathers,” to repentance??? Silence is lukewarm complicity, and we know that the lukewarm are spit out of Christ’s Mouth. How can we ignore the slaughter of innocents in our midst and on our watch while calling ourselves “Christian”? Our churches, with rare exceptions, are “loving” babies to death and women to Hell in their apathetic silence.

    If you don’t have a heart for the 65 million innocents slaughtered in America the past 50 years, I ask you to reconsider your standing before Christ. Our Lord and Savior literally entered the world in the womb of His mother – when He could have done so in many other ways. He established the Personhood of every unborn child in His Own Incarnation in the womb, when God became flesh – as Zygote, Embryo, and Fetus, the very least among us. Every willful abortion is the physical murder of the Image of Christ and the spiritual murder of Christ Himself – in the womb.

    “We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other.” – Mother Teresa

    “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:45)

    “I am not the least embarrassed to say that I believe one day each of us will be called upon to render an account for what we have done, and maybe more importantly, what we fail to do in our lifetime, and while I believe in a merciful God, I believe in a just God, and I would be terrified at the thought of having to explain at the final judgment why I stood unmoved while Herod’s slaughter of the innocents was being reenacted here in my own country.” – Henry Hyde

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