“But to Your Name Give Glory”

This is a day I thought would never come.

I was in college when the Roe v. Wade opinion was issued. During those days the decision sort of blipped right on by me. I’d had biology back when people knew what a woman was, and so I never had any doubts they were talking about a baby. A few years later my pastor’s wife in our college town told me she was concerned about the young women and babies who were being aborted, and she and another woman in town had started Birthright.

I learned of one friend’s abortion after the fact, and another who gave her baby up for adoption, later becoming director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center that succeeded that local Birthright. I’ve had pastors who were on pregnancy center boards, friends who were counselors, given baby and maternity clothes, taken our kids to protests, and then watched my adult kid take his kids to protest (that son also wrote a college paper decrying Plan B).

Nationally there are so many names to remember. Nellie Gray who started the first annual March for Life on January 22, 1974 the year after Roe v. Wade. Phyllis Schlafly, who through sheer force of will and stubbornness held the Republicans to a prolife platform when the elites wanted to abandon it. Ronald Reagan writing Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation, and Donald Trump fulfilling his promise to put prolife justices on the court.

There have been so many bitter disappointments along the way of watching justices waffle and shirk, but here we are. At long last SCOTUS has overturned the travesties of Roe and Casey.

Lots of little ones are going to live because of today. I’ve already seen lists of states with prolife laws ready to go, and states that are now officially pro­life. I’ve also seen some great memes and hysterical videos. The Babylon Bee is on a roll. I’ve even read some National Review articles I agree with! It’s a happy day not withstanding the venom and evil of the Left.

As a Christian first and fore­most I see this day as a mighty act of God. People have worked long and hard; people have also prayed. With so many things that could have gone wrong, not the least of which was the leak and the protests intended to intimidate justices, overcoming this national evil was an act of mercy and power of God.

After enduring in his labors of decades of work, when England finally abolished the slave trade in 1807, William Wilberforce acknowledged God’s mighty hand with Psalm 115:1. So that verse came immediately to mind on this day of joy.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.

Psalm 115:1

I thank God for hearing our prayers and the cries of the little ones.

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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
No. 19–1392
THOMAS E. DOBBS, STATE HEALTH OFFICER OF
THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,
ET AL., PETITIONERS v. JACKSON WOMEN’S
HEALTH ORGANIZATION, ET AL.

Text of Opinion pdf here.
7-week fetus images from Priests for Life.

Earlier this year on the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Rebecca McLoughlin wrote, To End the Killing of Babies, We Need a Loving Revolution with some historical background on the ancient world and the prolife work of early Christians.

A Lament

Newborn feet
Today is the 48th anniversary of the
Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions
handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court
on January 22, 1973. Since that day over
62 million unborn babies have lost their
lives to abortion.

Coventry Carol is both lullaby and lament, sung by the women of Bethlehem to their children slain by the decree of an enraged Herod.1 Its tragic yearning is a fitting remembrance for our little ones.

Remember those little ones in our country who have lost their lives. Pray for their mothers, their fathers, and ask God to have mercy on us and grant our nation repentance.

Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

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Newborn Feet, Nevit Dilmen: GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts, CC BY-SA 3.0 license.
1Coventry Carol: The Hymns and Carols of Christmas. It was written in the sixteenth century for The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors in Coventry; a pageant that told the story of the birth of Jesus, beginning with the Annunciation and ending with the killing of the little boys of Bethlehem
Video by Lutevoice: Valeria Mignaco & Alfonso Marin, soprano-lute duo.

Super Bowl XLIV and “The Rest Of The Story”

In 2010 a Super Bowl ad angered the Left before it was even aired because Pam Tebow would be in it with her son, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Why? You may remember the background to the ad: Pam and her husband Bob had been missionaries in the Philippines when Pam came down with amoebic dysentery and went into a coma. Medication was given before the doctors were aware she was pregnant. It was stopped, but she was still advised to abort the baby because doctors thought the baby had already been harmed by the drugs she had been given and that she herself might not survive the pregnancy. Pam refused to have an abortion, and the baby, Tim, was born in August 1987, not only healthy, but a baby who grew up to win the Heisman.

Well, the ad ran—an interview with Bob and Pam Tebow was online—and the ad was funny and sweet and Pam’s “miracle baby” Tim was there being a pro-life ad by his very existence. Thanks to the publicity given to it by the Left millions knew about the ad ahead of time and were waiting to see it.

I thought you might be interested in this follow-up to the ad! Thursday morning at Jill Stanek‘s site I found a video and a link to A Super Bowl Blessing at Focus On The Family.

Five years ago, Susan went to a friend’s house to watch the Super Bowl. She was pregnant, scared and alone. That night, she watched Focus on the Family’s commercial featuring Tim Tebow, and her life would never be the same….

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Conservative Leaders Testify On IRS Targeting Because Of Beliefs

US Capitol West FrontToday the House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony from leaders of groups targeted by the IRS for their personal beliefs.

Here is the list of witnesses with links to their written testimony.

Witness List:

  • Mr. John Eastman, Chairman, National Organization for Marriage, Testimony
  • Ms. Dianne Belsom, Laurens County Tea Party, Testimony
  • Ms. Becky Gerritson, Wetumpka Tea Party, Testimony
  • Ms. Karen Kenney, San Fernando Valley Patriots, Testimony
  • Mr. Kevin Kookogey, Founder and President, Linchpins of Liberty, Testimony
  • Ms. Sue Martinek, Coalition for Life of Iowa, Testimony

Everything I’ve read today about the testimony of leaders of these targeted conservatives groups proves how right the Obama administration was to fear them. They’ve shown their integrity, their intelligence and their courage. Continue reading