Celebrate human life; share God’s gifts

From: Helen Bunge
Wednesday of this week, Jan. 22, will mark the 41st anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand for all nine months of pregnancy.
Minnesota Concerned Citizens for Life (MCCL) will again sponsor the MCCL March for Life at our state capitol in St. Paul, Wednesday, Jan. 22, at noon. This March commemorates 41 years of unborn babies killed by abortion.
Approximately 56 million little lives have been slaughtered under the death cry of “right to choose,” since 1973. We encourage pro-life citizens to brave the winter weather and join the March.
Pro-life laws are saving lives in Minnesota, and turning back the horrific culture of death. One example of this pro-life legislation is “Woman’s Right to Know,” which ensures that abortion-minded women are informed of basic abortion facts and alternatives. Another is “Positive Alternatives,” which provides grants to life-affirming organizations that help pregnant women in need.
But, we must add, the Minnesota Legislature passed seven MCCL-based pro-life measures during 2011 and 2012, and Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed all of them.
In 2013 alone, a total of 42 US abortion centers have shut down. Fewer abortion clinics mean fewer unborn babies aborted. However, webcam abortions are taking place without the presence of a doctor, where the RU486 abortion drug is administered. We need to ban these Internet abortions, as the state of Iowa has done. This procedure has many health risks.
Through pregnancy care centers and other life-affirming organizations, we are teaching citizens the truth about the suffering abortion inflicts on unborn babies. Through ultrasound, mothers can see the life God has created within their womb. They can hear the heartbeat of their unborn babies.
As Christian citizens, we reach out with compassion and Christ’s love to those who are suffering spiritual consequences of past abortions. They feel their sin in unforgivable. But the Good News we can share with them comes from God’s Word: Jesus forgives sin.
God sent His Son, Jesus, to this universe to be born as a baby in Bethlehem, to become like one of us, to be the savior of the world. His love was demonstrated and confirmed on the cross, and His continued presence comes through the empty tomb. He lives! He forgives!
This is the hope we need to share, as we celebrate the sanctity of human life this week, and every day.

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