“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.

__________

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.

Beyond The Pale

This weekend when questioned by Jake Tapper, Donald Trump pretended he didn’t know who David Duke is, didn’t know anything about white supremacists, and refused to disavow, denounce and renounce Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.

Tapper’s interview questions were prompted by Trump’s ongoing sly encouragement of this group. Trump has taken to using twitter to belittle the media, other candidates, and anyone else who’s displeased him recently. He also retweets from his fans and anyone else he perceives as praising him. He’s made a habit of retweeting white supremacists.  If you look at user names or their home page, their racists beliefs are obvious, yet Trump continues to retweet them.

Another part to this backstory is that this past week, David Duke, a former KKK Grand Wizard said, “Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage.

In turn on Thursday:

“The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on presidential candidate Donald Trump to distance himself from white nationalist and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, as well as other white supremacists, and publicly condemn their racism.”

So Sunday Tapper asked Trump point-blank, “Will you unequivocally condemn David Duke and say you don’t want his vote or that of other white supremacists in this election?” Rather than give an emphatic yes, Trump handled this controversy as he has handled so many others by tap-dancing around his answers with hems and haws and claims of ignorance. It was beyond ridiculous to claim he doesn’t know anything about the KKK or who David Duke is. To say he didn’t know what phrase white supremacy meant likewise beggars the imagination.

In fact, when Ted Cruz tweeted, “We should all agree, racism is wrong, KKK is abhorrent,” after the interview, less than half an hour later Trump replied, “As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke- I disavow.” Trump is a liar. He slips in his candid statements, we see his toxic mix of progressive politics and racism, and then he backtracks and denies.

Compare that with President Reagan‘s clear and emphatic statement in 1984 on the KKK:

“President Reagan, saying he had ”no tolerance” for what the Ku Klux Klan represented, today repudiated the group’s endorsement…

”Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse.

“The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood.”

There was also more news this weekend on Trump’s adulation of tyrants. He took to twitter.

Although this Italian statement isn’t a Mussolini quote, the fact remains that the original tweet was made by someone who goes by @ilduce2016. Trump either doesn’t care or tacitly approves using Mussolini’s fascist title as identification. Given that Trump was born in 1946, I’m confident that he had enough history to know who Il Duce was.

And one more: Jay Nordlinger wrote a post quoting a 1990 interview of Trump in which he admired the strength of the Chinese government in crushing the dissidents of Tiananmin Square. This is no anomaly, despite the time lapse there is no indication Trump has changed his mind about the use of power, because during this primary season Trump has also spoken approvingly of Saddam Hussein, Moammar Qaddafi, and Putin.

Contrast that with Ted Cruz’s successful efforts to have the Senate approve renaming the Washington, D.C. street outside Chinese Embassy “Liu Xiaobo Plaza” after the Chinese dissident who has been imprisoned since 2009.

Trump is simply beyond the pale. He has an open fascination with tyrannical power that is abhorrent. Every indication points to his continuing Obama’s path of a pen and a phone if he ever gets into the White House, and will only betray his oath of office.

“Out of the mouth, the heart speaks.”  If you’re thinking of voting for him, I urge you to step back and look at his words and deeds.  Don’t trust in what he says today, because he will betray you the next day if it benefits him.

I’m voting for Ted Cruz tomorrow on Super Tuesday. I’m convinced that he will truly hold to the Presidential Oath of Office and “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” He has the backbone to do it.

I ask you to consider and vote for Cruz.

Sen. Ben Sasse on the Constitution and the Presidency

A few weeks ago Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) tweeted some pointed and important questions to Donald Trump on the Constitution, policy, and character. To the best of my knowledge Trump never answered those questions.

Sunday he took to twitter again to make some comments on the Constitution and the Presidency. He’s expanded them into an open letter to Trump supporters on his Facebook page. You don’t have to join Facebook to read it. I highly recommend it. Senator Sasse has some important reminders about who we are as a nation.

Here’s a sample from many of his tweets last night:

 

 

Don’t Use Reagan to Justify Abortion

In the Republican debate last night Chris Christie used Reagan as moral cover for his horrific statement on abortion:

“Fact is, that I believe that if a woman has been raped, that is a pregnancy that she should be able to terminate. If she is the victim of incest. This is not a woman’s choice. This is a woman being violated. The fact is, we have always has believed, as has Ronald Reagan, that we have self-defense for women who have been raped and impregnated because of it or the subject of incest and been impregnated for it. That woman should not have to deliver that child”

This was a wretched attempt to be pro-life, yet palatable to those who are pro-abortion.

Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981Yesterday, however, debate Dr. Susan Berry wrote GOP Candidates and the ‘Abortion Exceptions:’ Donald Trump, Chris Christie Get Ronald Reagan’s Stance Wrong said Trump and Christie are not following Reagan, but the Hyde Amendment.

“The abortion exceptions that are usually mentioned are noted in the Hyde Amendment – which prohibits federal funding of abortion except in the cases of pregnancy arising from rape and incest and in the case of danger of death to the mother.”

Berry quoted Reagan’s 1986 State of the Union Address in which he mentioned just one exception: “the unborn child threatens the life of the mother.” Christie’s bizarre and reprehensible statement equating abortion with self-defense for women who become pregnant through rape or incest sounded like a mangling of Reagan’s words in 1986. Obviously, I don’t know if Christie knows the speech, but this is what Reagan said.

“Let us unite as a nation and protect the unborn with legislation that would stop all Federal funding for abortion and with a human life amendment making, of course, an exception where the unborn child threatens the life of the mother. Our Judeo-Christian tradition recognizes the right of taking a life in self-defense. But with that one exception, let us look to those others in our land who cry out for children to adopt.”

Reagan’s wording does make me wince, because a baby is not an enemy to be defended against, but Christie is not on the same page as Reagan. Berry also included quotes from three different physicians in 1967, 1980, and 1981, who even at that time said such instances were practically nil.

On the issue of a mother’s life and abortion, last August Life Site News posted:

“Doctors in the United States and around the world, especially Ireland, have agreed that physicians must attempt to save the lives of both mother and child.

“Hundreds of medical professionals have signed the Dublin Declaration on Maternal Health, which states, “As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion – the purposeful destruction of the unborn child – is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.”…

“Groundbreaking scientific advances have made it possible for mothers facing cancer, for example, to give birth to healthy babies while using certain drugs during chemotherapy.”

See also Is abortion ever necessary to ‘save the life of the mother’? from October 2013.

Ronald Reagan’s 1967 signing as governor of California of a bill legalizing what were called therapeutic abortions has also been used to justify abortion or to denigrate pro-life advocates by claiming even Reagan couldn’t be nominated in today’s Republican party. I’ve seen this argument in various forms online for almost ten years. Over those years I’ve collected information to form a timeline of Reagan’s pro-life history.  Continue reading