Is Right to Life Right?

Cal Thomas, moderator of the 1986 Americans United for Life conference in Chicago, summarized the rising confidence of the prolife movement stating that “the momentum is inexorably in the direction of the prolife side.”  The success of the prolife movement has continued in spite of the failure of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade.  In spite of the success of the prolife movement, joining Right to Life is not the answer to the problem of abortion.

It is not my purpose, however, to condone the evil of abortion.  In Britain, the United States, and Australia, one child out of every three or four conceived is deliberately put to death in the womb.  Between 1973 – when the Supreme Court ruled that abortion was legal – and 1983, as many as fifteen million unborn died in the United States.  The number of babies killed through abortion in four months is approximately equal to the number of Americans killed in World War II.  The book Open Your Mouth for the Dumb sums it up well, “The womb has become more deadly than the battlefield.”

The Right to Life members have been in the front lines of the battle against abortion.  Their ultimate goal is to persuade the Supreme Court to rule that abortion is illegal so that the murder of innocent children may be stopped.  This is a worthy and proper goal.  However, it is my firm belief that joining the Right to Life organization is not the Christian’s calling in his obligation to condemn the evils of abortion.

Why is joining the Right to Life organization wrong?

The view of the Right to Life people is becoming increasingly humanistic.  Randy Frame, writer for Christianity Today said, “Another reason for the prolife movement’s growing confidence is its broadening base of support.  No longer can it be considered exclusively religious in motivation.  In fact, two of the five major speakers at last month’s (October, 1986, KH) AUL conference, syndicated columnist Nat Henthoff, and physician Bernard Nathanson, are avowed atheists.  However, they are among an increasing number who see abortion not as a strictly moral issue, but as an issue of civil rights for unborn humans.”

Another objection to joining this organization is the fact that the Right to Life people use force in their attempt to get legislation passed against abortion.  We as citizens of the United States are not required to obey the government if it passes laws that conflict with the law of God, but we must always submit, even in our disobedience.  Romans 13:1 says “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

Because the Right to Life organization is wrong in these ways, joining the Right to Life would be joining an unscriptural organization.  We should remember the words of Paul to the Corinthians in his second epistle, chapter 6:14, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:  for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

How then should we as Christians fight the evils of abortion?  Chiefly by uniting as the Church of Christ to preach the Word.  And what a powerful Word it is, for the simple reason that it is the Word of God and not of man.  May God use our witness as it goes out from the pulpit, in the printed page, and over the radio to be a light in the darkness of the present days.