Cuomo Didn’t Tell Pro-Lifers to Leave NY, Just That They Have No Place in NY

Cuomo pic The interview, heard by many now, with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sparked a firestorm of criticism by shocked and concerned citizens whom he is supposed to represent. His aides released a clarification letter regarding the interpretation of his comments insisting that the Governor did not say, “conservatives should leave the State.” That’s true. What he actually said was that extreme conservatives have “no place in the State of NY.” (Start listening to the interview at min 9:20) Feel better?

Thankfully he did take the time to define those who he believed are conservative extremists. In his mind extremists have a religiously motivated belief in ‘the right to life’ (his words), or who are anti-gay (pro-natural marriage, perhaps?), or who are pro-assault weapon (um, maybe second amendment advocates, not sure). He said that these people seem to be one and the same representing approximately 30% of the New Yorker population. He gave no citation as to his statistics. To be clear, according to a 2013 poll half of New Yorkers self-identify as pro-life and a super majority 75-80% favor common sense restrictions on abortion. Also, there is not perfect overlap of views. Not all pro-lifers are pro-gun. Not all ‘anti-gay’ are pro-life. The point is that Cuomo is alienating a lot more than just 50% of New Yorkers saying those ‘extremist’ views have no place in NY.

Meanwhile back in 2013 and again in his 2014 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo promoted the total deregulation of abortion through the omnibus bill titled “Women’s Equality Act” which would permit abortions to be performed by non-doctors through all nine months of pregnancy while insulating abortionists from any responsibility if the abortion were botched while enshrining abortion as a fundamental human right up there with freedom of speech. Whose the extremist now?

But anyway, as the interview progressed, it was tempting conclude that he was speaking to the public since he was giving a public interview on the radio. But let’s give Cuomo the benefit of the doubt and assume that he was only talking to legislators who represent the people. It is just those type of extremest legislators who have no place in government. But in a representative government, government by the consent of the governed and all that, to say there is no place for the representation of the beliefs of the people is essentially saying that there is no place for those people. There is no getting around it. If elected officials are supposed to represent the people and the people are pro-life, pro-natural marriage, and pro-second amendment then those are exactly the issues those representatives should represent.

Instead we are left to conclude that according to Cuomo, elected officials should dictate the new morality and force it upon the population because there is no place in government for these good old fashioned, I mean extremist, views held by the majority. We are left to assume that those types of people are welcome to stay in NY just not be represented.

Ironically, he did go on to say in his interview that there is a place for the moderate republicans who control the Senate. If you recall it was those same Senators who blocked Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill last year. So maybe there is a place in the New York legislature after all, at least to protect the ‘right to life’ for the most vulnerable among us, the pre-born boy and girl.

Lend to the Lord: Proverbs 19:17

In the last five years over 10,000 women at risk for abortion have gone on to have their babies nationwide because of CompassCare! In fact, Monroe County, home of CompassCare, now has the lowest abortion rate in 40 years.

There is not enough room to list all the amazing things the CompassCare team has done in 2013. Suffice it to say that CompassCare continued its extremely high rate of performance in 2013. In fact, at the time of this writing CompassCare has helped at least 96 women seriously considering abortion have their babies in Rochester, and 13% of all women served committed their lives to Christ!

Success in reaching more women and helping more of them to have their babies is rooted in the desire to please God. We see in the Parable of the Talents that God expects a return on the resources He entrusts to us (Matthew 25: 14-30). But what does God consider a good investment? Jesus answers that question in the parable that immediately follows about the Sheep and the Goats in verses 31-46. The sheep enter in to the joy of their master, just like the faithful servants in the Parable of the Talents, but for a very specific kind of investment…people. When blessing the righteous sheep with inheritance of the kingdom he explains why: “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me’” (Matthew 25: 35-36).

From God’s perspective, the only thing that can increase the value of our time and possessions is if they are invested in eternal souls, people. And since those eternal souls in which we are able to invest are more or less attached to temporal, physical bodies, how we treat them is an indicator of how well we understand and serve our King.

Further, it is not just any type of person God is asking us to serve. He is not just asking husbands to buy a dozen roses for their wives on their wedding anniversary. He is talking specifically about those that have no resources with which to protect themselves or ability to pay you back. He quantifies a good return based on our investment in individuals that have no other recourse, advocate or friend.

Think about it for a minute: Those that are hungry and thirsty are the poor without financial resources. The stranger is one who is socially marginalized. The naked are the demonized. The sick and imprisoned are those who have lost their physical freedom for whatever reason. Those people, the poor, the marginalized, the alienated, the sick and imprisoned represent the sinner’s position before a holy and righteous God. Jesus’ sole purpose for coming to this earth was to empty Himself of His resources for us, who were imprisoned to our sin-sick soul, without rights or standing in the Kingdom of God, spiritually emaciated. He died and rose from the grave in defeat of sin that we might be set free to go and do likewise.Gateway

“When Jesus had finished all these words [ in the Parables of the Talent and the Sheep and the Goats], He said to His disciples, ‘You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.’” (Matthew 26: 1-2). It is as if Jesus were saying, “What I just described as My expectation for the investment of your resources in those parables, I am going to do for you. I’ll show you what I mean. I’ll give you the power to do it in the Holy Spirit. Follow me.”

This investment in others is called redemption. The role we play as Christians ought to mirror that which Jesus played on our behalf at the cross. And the cross is not merely a good example, the story of some great teacher or martyr. No, it is the very gateway to the power of any and all true redemption. Any good we do investing in the lives of the people around us can only come from the power we have through the cross of Christ setting us free first. In America today the most marginalized are the woman facing unplanned pregnancy, coerced by fear, exploited by unethical abortionists, caught between what she knows to be right (having the baby) and the seeming impossibility of doing what’s right by herself. In America today, the most disenfranchised is the preborn baby deemed to have no rights as a person and no voice to speak on his own behalf. Who will speak for those children? Who will serve those mothers? Jesus did and His followers will too.

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Christmas: A Battleground for Life

First ChristmasWhat were the times like that first Christmas? Certainly the first public proclamation of Jesus’ birth by the angel to the lowly shepherds was a sign of ‘good news and great joy for all the people’ (Luke 2: 10). It is no coincidence that lowly shepherds were given the honor as the first recipients of the royal proclamation representing the poor, the weak, the marginalized, those out in the proverbial cold and dark of society. It is no coincidence that the worldly powerful had to blindly grope for any morsel of news about this atomic bomb of history. And to the shepherds, this Jesus born in solidarity with them revealed a glimpse into the resplendent glory of the heaven awaiting. Thousands of angels voiced praise to the Most High, Who was now wrapped in rags. It was cause for rejoicing, for the Savior’s birth was ‘for them’ (Luke 2:11), those with rags for armor and pain for comfort.

 But there was treachery and scheming going on. A lurking and real danger moved in the shadows. For the hard work of redeeming a lost people; blind, deaf, crippled, possessed, poor and wretched is a war. It is a fight for the dignity and liberation of each person, yes, for exploited pregnant women and their dehumanized babies. This work, while pure joy for those saved, is vile to the politically powerful and met with vitriol. “Then an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him” (Matthew 2: 13). Herod, realizing that the magi who were supposed to report back had tricked him, ordered all the male children two years old and younger within the vicinity of Bethlehem be killed (Matthew 2: 12, 16-18).Christmas Reality

 The book of Revelation clarifies what was really happening with Herod and the nativity, “And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth so that when she gave birth he might devour the child” (Rev 12:4b).

 The following days, those between Jesus’ birth and His second coming, those times in which you and I now live, are described like this, “And there was war in heaven . . . And they [the believers] overcame him [the great dragon] because of the blood of the lamb [Jesus’ death on the cross] and because of the word of their testimony [how Jesus had freed them from bondage to sin], and they did not love their life even when faced with death” (Revelation 12: 7a, 11). Christmas is a war and the war rages on. The nativity is a battleground for every life.

 It is a battle for the soul; the restoration of each human to God is what the cross is all about. And the call of the believer is no different. We are called to the same self-sacrifice on behalf of others, loving God and others more than even our own life. As the Apostle Peter says, “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps” (I Peter 2: 21). The salvation of others depends on our ability to follow Christ so well, to be so much like heaven as to be unrecognizable by a fallen world, to be so enamored with the glory of God that we consider our suffering in this life as joy in comparison.

 Christians are uniquely suited to know who those in bondage are because we also were in bondage. Christians are uniquely suited to understand the plight of the poor and powerless because we too were once poor and found true wealth. And now, so armed with this heavenly virtue of forgiveness and sacrifice found in Christ, the Christian ventures back into the bowels of this cavernous world to face the evil and free its slaves because that is what the King has done for him.

 A woman is at risk for abortion because she is a casualty of war, oppressed by a twisted culture, offering death as a solution. A culture bent in on itself, unable to offer hope and real help. She is coerced, pressured to make a decision alone, pursued by fear . . . and the life of her baby hangs in the balance. Our joy is to set her free, to help her insulate her baby from the elements of this stormy world. This is Christmas; hers and ours, the morning star on the edge of night. These are the circumstances for joy, the circumstances that define generosity and the gospel of life.

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Marketing Spend per Woman

$49

 


Women facing unplanned pregnancy make an abortion decision within 24 hours of their first home pregnancy test. It is critical that she can find CompassCare when she is desperately searching for answers. CompassCare’s marketing team is working hard to do just that. With an aggressive online advertising campaign, and a new website and logo design in the works, CompassCare is actively reaching even more women. Consider underwriting the cost to reach one woman at-risk for abortion for $49.

 

STD Testing and Treatment

$68

 

 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 1 in 4 women between the ages of 14-18 will contract at least one Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and 50% of those will have two or more. One of CompassCare’s primary strategies for erasing the need for abortion is to reach women before they face an unplanned pregnancy. Research shows that women experience an STD 2-4 years before an unplanned pregnancy. Consider underwriting the cost of essential STD testing and treatment for $68 per patient.

 

Transform Fear into Confidence

$350


Not a sane woman alive wants to have an abortion. She feels stuck, trapped, like she needs to have an abortion. Women at risk for abortion are driven by the fear of the unknown. CompassCare exists to erase the need for abortion by transforming women’s fear into confidence. CompassCare provides comprehensive, ethical, and compassionate medical services, giving her the support and security she needs to make a truly informed decision; a decision driven by confidence not fear. $350 provides transformational services for 1 woman, from initial appointment through 12 months of follow-up.

 

Abortion Pill Reversal

$680

 

 

CompassCare recently added an innovative patient services platform called Abortion Pill Reversal. If a woman takes the first pill of a medical abortion and changes her mind CompassCare can help her reverse the effects. The average cost for a medical abortion is $600; it costs just a little more than that, $680, to save her baby.

Is It Possible to Reverse an Abortion?

Halt Free Speech RestrictionsAbortion. It seems so…final. To abort, stop, terminate. The decision to end a pregnancy is so difficult for women precisely because they understand that the life of another human being is ending. But women choose abortion anyway because of the crushing weight of the pressures of life and relationships. Bottom line, most women are coerced into having an abortion. They are not free to choose because they believe they have no other choice. School, financial pressures, life plans, her boyfriend and even her parents all factor in to the decision, and she is in fight or flight mode. Every abortion decision represents an actual tragedy, fueled by the despairing loneliness of soul when every direction seems like it results in the end of someone’s life, either hers or the baby’s.

 

But what if this tragedy could be averted? What if a woman could reverse her abortion? What if, after starting down that dead end road to terminating her pregnancy she changes her mind? Is it too late to reverse course or can the baby be saved? What if a crisis intervention process could be invented that could be on call and CompassCare could step in at a moment’s notice to help her save her baby? Proverbs 24:11 says, “Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.” What if we could literally pull the child out of the very jaws of death?

 

CompassCare asked these questions and found that the answer is, yes, it is possible to reverse a medical abortion. RU-486 is a two pill abortion drug regimen which costs up to $600 in Rochester. 25% of all the abortions in Monroe Country are medical abortions. CompassCare has just opened another door that was previously closed for women to change their minds and have their babies.

 

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font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;” align=”justify”>Here is how the medical abortion works: A woman takes the first pill which kills the baby by blocking a woman’s natural progesterone, a hormone which sustains the ability of the1237682_untitled woman’s body to provide oxygen and nutrients to the baby. She then takes the second pill which expels the baby from the uterus. Case studies published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy demonstrate that the same pregnancy sustaining progesterone therapy used by doctors to help women with chronic miscarriage problems also works to sustain pregnancy for women who have taken the first dose of the abortion pill RU-486. And it has been found effective at least 75% of the time with no significant risks to either the mother or the child! This life-saving progesterone therapy ideally must be started within 72 hours after she has taken the first abortion pill.

 

If CompassCare can get the message to a woman having second thoughts about her abortion decision then there is a very good chance of helping her reverse the effects of the drug. And it only costs $680 to cancel out the effects of a $600 abortion!

 

CompassCare celebrates the opportunity to provide another layer of choice to women faced with difficult pregnancy decisions by offering this cutting edge abortion pill reversal service to women. And it works!

 

We have already witnessed first-hand the effectiveness of this life-saving therapy. This is the only option available to the women in Rochester and the surrounding regions that change their mind after taking the abortion pill.

 

Please consider helping CompassCare promote and provide this essential life-saving abortion pill reversal service with a financial commitment.

Real Results: Lasting Impact

ROI. Return on Investment is the rally cry of all financial planners. And apparently it was important to Jesus too, in light of the severe denouncement of the ‘wicked’ servant who simply buried his master’s talent instead of putting it in the bank (Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25: 14-29). What kind of ROI is the Master looking for in a ministry to which you give? What makes you so excited about CompassCare’s mission that you feel comfortable investing your talents here?ROI

 

Is it that CompassCare insulates women facing unplanned pregnancy from the overwhelming pressures that drive her to get an abortion? Is it that we believe women deserve to be fully informed in a stress-free environment before they determine the outcome of their pregnancy? Would those be what it takes to receive the Master’s hearty ‘well done’?

 

Or is it that the future reproductive health of every woman is being protected by CompassCare with services like STD testing and treatment, offered to her at no cost? Perhaps it’s that women feel empowered by the nurses, who give her insight into her pregnancy with an ultrasound scan? Would those be enough for the Master to entrust the organization with more talents?

 

Well doneMaybe it is that the Master approves of the fact that most women, after being cared for by kind and compassionate nurses, feel safe and secure enough to have their babies, receiving a vision of their future after having their baby boy or girl? The fact that women can come to the emotional oasis that is CompassCare to take a deep draught in the waters of life before diving headlong back into the lonely heat of her desert world might also be just enough for the Master to say, ‘Enter into the joy of your Master.’

 

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0px; margin-bottom: 0px;”>What about the woman who has begun the process of a medical abortion using the abortion drug RU-486 and then changed her mind? Would the ROI be enough for the Master if we could help her reverse that abortion, saving her baby?

 

The answer is, YES. And yet there is more. The other day, a man and his wife attended a CompassCare Vision Tour. When the tour presentation was over and people were shuffling Proud Papaout, he took me aside, and with tears in his eyes, told me the beautiful story of a woman who courageously refused to have an abortion. Despite the threats of her husband, the baby’s father, she had a son. This son grew up, got married, had seven wonderful children and now enjoys 29 grandchildren. You’ve probably guessed that the grandfather was describing the circumstances surrounding his very own birth. You see, it was not just the life of the little boy at stake but generations of little boys and girls. His mother did not simply say, ‘Yes’ to her son, but to all the future generations as well. She said, ‘No!’ to the stifling air of the worries and cares of this world. She said, ‘No!’ to the iron-fisted oppression of a short-sighted culture and husband.

 

This woman’s son reminded me that CompassCare is not just sparing women from the pain of abortion, not just saving the lives of babies in the here and now, which alone would be enough to justify the investment. CompassCare is also encouraging women to pronounce a resounding ‘Yes!’ over all future generations of the crown of God’s creation.

 

What kind of ROI is it that can spare scores of lives just by reaching one? It costs $350 to serve one woman. For $350 you can ensure that the destiny of hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands can be spared. Now that’s a return on an investment!

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Obamacare, Abortion, and Your Choices

Obamacare creates a moral crisis for America and every Christian, not only forcing us to pay for the destruction of the most vulnerable human life, but making it illegal or difficult not to do so. Everyone will fall into one of the five decisions categories below either intentionally or unintentionally. CompassCare is committed to helping you make an informed and ethical health insurance decision. By January 1st, 2014 we all must choose between the following:

  1. Choose a plan through a state exchange where your premiums will directly pay for abortion. 
  2. Enroll in a plan in the traditional insurance market via your employer which will also likely pay for abortion or abortion-causing contraception.
  3. Become a ‘conscientious objector’ by opting out and not purchasing health insurance at all and pay financial penalties14 to the IRS, up to 2.5% of family income or $2,085 (whichever is greater) by year 2016 (‘Rendering unto Caesar…’ Mark 12:17).
  4.  Engage in ‘civil disobedience’ opting out AND refusing to pay the fine (‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you…’ Acts 4:19). However, since the Supreme Court ruled the individual mandate constitutional, legal defense would be challenging.

Opt out and join a Christian cost-sharing community such as MediShare or Samaritan Ministries, membership in which would exempt you from any penalties.15

At the Heart of the Government Shutdown; Obamacare and Abortion

Jim HardenYou and I are being forced to make a choice. Obamacare brazenly mandates that all U.S. citizens purchase health insurance that directly pays for abortion and abortion-causing ‘birth control,’ or face stiff financial penalties. This violates the religious beliefs and moral convictions of millions of Americans. Curiously, Planned Parenthood (PP), the nation’s largest abortion provider, had a hand in developing these mandates and has been hired by the Federal Government to enroll members in the new State health care exchanges beginning October 1st. However, Obamacare is experiencing massive resistance and is currently in flux. The Senate is deliberating whether to delay funding for Obamacare till January 2015. If they vote to pass the Blackburn Amendment then the deadline for compliance will be postponed for one year. 

Twenty-three states have passed measures barring the use of health insurance premiums to directly fund surgical abortion, but there remain several problems even in those states:

  1. Most insurance companies do not have ‘pro-life’ plans.   Cuomo on Reproductive Health Act
  2. Since most plans cover abortion and due to the long-standing Hyde Amendment forbidding federal funding of abortion, an ‘abortion surcharge’ of at least $1 per month will be deducted from each employee paycheck under section 1303 of Obamacare.  
  3. All federally subsidized plans available in all 50 States will include abortion and abortion-causing contraception which will be paid for by tax dollars. 
  4. Every plan, including those that do not cover surgical abortion, treats abortion-causing ‘birth control’ as a separate issue from abortion. Even if you are fortunate enough to find and enroll in a plan that does not cover surgical abortion, it will cover abortion-causing contraception without co-pay or deductible. These ‘contraceptive’ methods include the Pill, IUDs, the morning after pill (Plan B), and the week after pill (Ella) – which are all proven to create inhospitable uterine environments making it difficult for the fertilized egg to implant in the uterine lining thereby ending a pregnancy (i.e. abortion). This does not even address the extreme cancer-causing nature of these drugs (see National Institute of Health Report and World Health Organization Report).

CompassCare’s policy on contraception stands in stark contrast to Planned Parenthood’s and the prevailing conventional wisdom. Given the government takeover of American medicine via Obamacare and the fact that forced contraception coverage creates a massive violation of religious liberty, we thought it timely to discuss CompassCare’s position. CompassCare educates all patients on all forms of contraception and how they work. However, CompassCare never provides or refers for contraception.

So why doesn’t CompassCare refer for or provide contraception, aside from the obvious carcinogenic and abortifacient nature of a majority of the methods? Doesn’t it reduce non-marital pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STD)? The simple answer is, “No.” Why? Because of a sociological phenomenon called “risk compensation.” Dr. Jokin de Irala, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Navarre in Madrid, Spain, defines risk compensation as people increasing “risk-taking behaviors if they perceive themselves to be at less risk due to a technological preventive measure. The benefits of an intervention can be offset by this increase in risk taking” (video minute 12:30). Dr. de Irala goes on to site examples such as sunscreen use and increased skin cancer; seat belts and increased reckless driving. In regards to sexual activity, if students are told that condom use will protect them from pregnancy and STDs, they will likely increase the number of sexual partners and the frequency of sexual contact, thereby offsetting the potentially protective effects of the technology. Therefore pregnancy and STD rates go up with ‘safe sex’ campaigns because of increased risk-taking behaviors. It’s also important to note that condoms have been proven ineffective at avoiding HPV, Herpes, and Chlamydia (New England Journal of Medicine June 22, 2006 Vol 354, No 25 shows 100% condom use equals 38% HPV infection rate). 

According to the Guttmacher Institute 54% of all abortions were given to women who became pregnant during the same month they were using a contraceptive method. The percentage of unmarried births skyrocketed from 18% in 1980 to 41% by 2010, and STD rates are at epidemic levels despite the massive amounts of resources pouring into ‘safe sex’ education. Studies have demonstrated that the introduction of contraception has actually increased the incidence of pregnancy and STD rates as seen in Britain, the U.S., and other places, while rates decline dramatically when abstinence or fidelity is promoted as in Uganda.

Ignoring the facts, Obamacare and Planned Parenthood are committed to providing free, easily accessible abortion-causing ‘contraception’ under the guise of women’s health. Now they want you and me to pay for it through our health insurance premiums or face fines. You and I are being forced to make a choice.

“Whoever Saves One Life Saves the World Entire”

America’s abortion laws are some of the most inhumane on Earth. European, South American and African countries all have stronger laws protecting pre-born children and their mothers. Knowing that America has altogether dehumanized the pre-born boy and girl encouraging an ‘anything goes’ mentality, the great challenge of our day may prove to be the greatest challenge of all time. We must accept this destiny as from the sovereign hand of God as we rise to meet this challenge with wisdom and courage. The cause of protecting the child and insulating the mother from coercive pressure falls to you and me. If there were ever a mission worth continuously improving, it is the mission of helping women at risk for abortion to have their babies.

to-the-dump-1-1005156-sWomen living in a throw-away culture like America’s are often defenseless against the pressure to abort an unplanned pregnancy. They are coerced with false time pressure, no information, misinformation, anti-family careerism, and posh standard-of-living expectations. Politics, education, medicine, media, and even sometimes and sadly the church conspire to justify this violent mutilation done upon her and her child. To dehumanize, like the Supreme Court did to babies in the Roe vs. Wade decision, in order to justify the destruction of that class of persons, degrades not just the babies and the mothers, but all of us. If we as humans do not place definitive value on each other as created just a little under God, then there is no end to the violence we will justify, legalize, and perpetrate to accomplish our selfish goals.

CompassCare empowers a woman with a vision of her future after having a child, standing not just for women and children but for all humanity. An ancient Hebrew teaching states that,success “Whoever saves one life save the world entire.” Unlike abortionists, CompassCare is marching to the beat of a different cultural drum having to fight to reach and effectively serve every single patient, each of whom is desperate for ethical medical care. Therefore, CompassCare must be brutally honest when assessing how its current services are reaching and serving women. After that the team develops a plan to modify existing services or add new ones to get even better at reaching and serving women at risk for abortion. That plan is then implemented. After that the team reassesses. This is CompassCare’s dedication. Because human life is worth every great thought and every small thought dedicated to protecting it. Protecting human life is worth the hard work and resources needed to improve existing services and it is worth taking the risk on a new plan that has never before been tried. So we constantly scan the horizon for opportunities; assess, develop, implement, reassess, and do it all over again to save just one more life. To say to the world, “This one life stands for us all under God and made in His image!”

Women don’t have abortions because the societies in which they live respect their rights or choice. Women have abortions because they are told in a thousand different ways that they are on their own. Women feel as though unplanned pregnancy is a life or death situation. She says to herself, “It is either my life or the baby’s life.” She feels that her life as she knows it will be over if she allows the pregnancy to continue. After all, abortion is not about choice but fear, not about freedom but society’s choice not to support women who find themselves pregnant.

So CompassCare seeks to erase a woman’s perceived need for abortion by transforming her fear into confidence with services and support that are relevant to her, now. And in a changing culture the definition of what is relevant changes and so must we. There is no improvement too small that CompassCare will not implement, like testing another online marketing track to reach a few more women. There is no innovation too big that CompassCare will not try, like adding a mobile medical unit to serve even more women. Every woman insulated and every life protected shouts the message that all human life is valuable and must be dignified with protection.

By God’s grace the abortion rate is coming down dramatically in Rochester. This is because of God’s grace in people like you, working sacrificially for the future of the human race. Changing a culture is always messy, unpopular, and uncomfortable work. But it is always worth it. Thank you for all you do to erase the need for abortion.

Thank God our time is now when wrong

Comes up to face us everywhere,

Never to leave us till we take

The longest stride of soul men every took.

                                                -Christopher Fry

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Does the Bible Say When Human Life Begins?

I was asked this question just recently when a small group leader in an otherwise pro-life church stated that she thought abortion is not wrong according to the Bible. Her basic rationale for her position was that human life did not begin until a person took their first breath. She supported her theory with Genesis 2:7 when God created Adam and ‘breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.’ This idea taken as a principle applied to the beginning of each human life breaks down immediately with Adam’s progeny. This is so given the obvious fact that this section of scripture describes the fountainhead of the chain of all human life. No human person springs from the dust of the ground anymore as Adam did but from Adam’s successive generations. Even scripture itself attests to this, God having given Adam the pro-creative mandate thereafter to ‘be fruitful and multiply.’ Life begets life of which God is the prime mover.

But beyond that, we as persons can know God’s truth about when human life begins in two ways: through 1) natural revelation (in the created order around us) and 2) special revelation (scripture). In nature we see that the issue of when human life begins is not disputed thanks to the study of embryology and genetics. Human life, like all life, begins when a separate and distinct DNA strand comes into existence. That point in time, post-Adam, is called ‘fertilization.’ A person’s DNA is what governs the entire growth and maturation process from that point until death. The only thing required for that entity to exist from that moment on is a hospitable environment along with hydration and nutrition. That being the case the only material difference between a fertilized egg, me, you, or a 90 year old man on his death bed is…time.

But, if we reject the obvious natural revelation understood in the created order around us, the question then becomes, “At what point in the maturation process does a human dnabecome a person whose rights must be protected?” If the answer is, “Sometime after fertilization,” then it begs another question, “Who determines the criteria for deciding who qualifies as a human?” Up until 1973 Americans left that criteria to God and let the womb be the sacrosanct place of protection it was designed to be. The Supreme Court Of The United States decided to become that small group of people who arbitrarily decided that a pre-born baby is not a person deserving of protection under the constitution in the case Roe vs Wade. Politically, when one man or small group of men decide who is a person and who is not the context is usually slavery and tyranny. And our Supreme Court is no stranger to playing at God reducing whole classes of people to either non-human or sub-human levels (American Indians, Blacks, and the mentally ‘unfit’ to name three others). Even if natural revelation supported the ironic concept that a life with human DNA maturing in the reproductive organ of another human female is not a person made in the image of God deserving of our protection, it should a least be unconscionable and fearful to permit a government agency to define who does and does not qualify as a person with their arbitrary and short-sighted agenda. It presumes that that government body is the final moral authority who perceives all people as subjects to be managed and disposed of at their whim. Who in their right mind would consent to live under such a despot?

bible-1415262-sAnyway, taking a look at special revelation (scripture) all we really need to do is understand God’s perspective on children generally and see if there is any place in scripture where children in womb are afforded protection. Luckily there are several places that do just that. They are Leviticus 20:1-5, Exodus 21: 22-25, and Mark 10:13-16.

The Old Testament teaches us the heart of God. It prepares the community for the Holy Spirit by creating behavior patterns that reflect and reinforce the character and nature of God in the way we treat one another. Leviticus 20:1-5 reveals a situation where people both Jews and non-Jews were sacrificing their children to a demonic god called Molech. This was radically forbidden. In fact, if someone was caught doing it they and their whole family were to be stoned and essentially forgotten by God (which is a way of saying that it were better if they had never been born). But it goes on. This is the only point of law whereby moral culpability was transferred to someone else if they simply knew about the sin and did nothing to stop it. This means that if someone just knew of a person who sacrificed their child to Molech and did nothing to stop it they and their family would suffer the same judgment as if they had killed the child themselves. What does this passage say about God’s heart on the value of each child and every person’s responsibility to protect children?

Okay. So what about pre-born children? Exodus 21:22-25 is a very compelling look into God’s perspective on children in the womb. If two men are fighting and one ACCIDENTALLY hits a pregnant woman and she miscarries then the law requires as penalty ‘life for a life.’ Bottom-line, the class of person in the womb are afforded more protection under the law than any other class of person out of the womb. So God’s perspective on pre-born children is clear: unquestioned protection without gestational age qualification, (SCOTUS take note).

“Yes,” you might say, ‘that is what the Old Testament says. But what did Jesus say?” Good question. Since Jesus is God in the flesh and God is the same ‘yesterday, today and

Take Up Your Crossforever’ it stands to reason that His perspective would only serve to reinforce the Old Testament concepts. So what does Jesus say about children and how we are to treat them? In Mark 10 the disciples are rebuking parents for bringing their infant children to Jesus to be blessed. Interestingly this is the only place in all of the gospels where Jesus is angry with all twelve disciples and commands them (in the Aorist tense, meaning starting now and continuing on indefinitely), “Permit the children to come to me; do not hinder them.” So in this context we see God in the flesh stopping whatever he is doing to publicly rebuke his own disciples in anger (as if they should know better) and it is all about infants (as we see in the parallel passage in Luke). Why? Jesus said in the same verse, “For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” So essentially the reason why Jesus was so upset with them was because they were missing the whole point of discipleship, salvation and all of redemption history as recorded in the Old Testament. What is it about children, and especially infant children that we must understand in order to participate in the kingdom of God? What is that we must understand about children that is central to our understanding of salvation itself?

As sinful people we have no voice, no standing, no rights, no power, no influence, no resources whatsoever, to stand before a holy and righteous God. We needed someone with those things to take up our cause and redeem our circumstances lest we die. The only person that could stand before our Father God with enough power and resources to pay the penalty was God the Son, Jesus Christ. He emptied himself and took up our cause to redeem us because we were powerless to do anything for ourselves, like babies, we didn’t even know how powerless and in need we were. He emptied Himself by becoming sin and nailing to the cross, killing it along with its consequence, death. The natural outcome of Christ’s victory over sin was the resurrection, the sign that the effect of sin, death, had also been washed away.

And now Jesus obligates all His disciples to leverage their new found power, voice, and resources before God on behalf of those that have none. We must become little redeemers, little ‘christs’ walking in His footsteps. This refers to both non-believers but also to actual classes of people, the widow and orphan spoken of in James chapter 1. That class of person without voice, standing and resources are the people for whom we must leverage our resources the most. And the only class of person in America right now who have no rights, power, influence, or voice is the pre-born child.

One last verse to leave you with is Mark 9: 36-37: “Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, ‘Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent me.’” Jesus, God in the flesh, did not split hairs on when life began like modern society loves to do. To qualify what He or the rest of the Bible means so that we can justify the unreasonable and systematic carelessness that is abortion only reflects the old hard-hearted sinner from which Christ came to save us. Let the little children come.