More than ever, human dignity hangs in the balance

By Dave Andrusko

Periodically, we post stories written by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, or (as we’re doing today) highlight some of the many insights you find in any work he produces.

Dr. Mohler wrote a wonderful blog post sometime back which I saved and pulled up this afternoon to re-read. I did so just after I finished a story about the hotly contested presidential election between pro-life President Donald Trump and pro-abortion former vice president Joe Biden.

In my judgment the best section of “Human Dignity Hangs in the balance” answered the question that pro-abortionists are prone to ask from time to time. Why won’t this battle end, especially since they “know” the public firmly supports Roe v. Wade

Why does the public conscience continue to be pricked by 900,000 deaths each year—and especially, why won’t those pesky pro-lifers just give up? Dr. Mohler offers five responses.

#1. Roe was so radical it galvanized pro-lifers. “Within months of Roe, an organized pro-life movement came into shape, looking for any means of limiting and eventually ending the termination of unborn life.”

#2. Roe had the unintended consequence of awakening a sleeping giant: Evangelicals. The Catholic Church, which had done virtually all the heavy lifting up until that point, now had a partner. Mohler writes, “With remarkable speed, evangelicals soon educated themselves on the issue and then mobilized themselves both politically and culturally.”

#3. “The sheer scale of the death toll sears the pro-life conscience,” he writes. Many people have at least heard something about there being “over 50 million abortions.” [The actual figure is now over 62 million.] And the staggering number of repeat abortions unsettles everyone but the hardest of hardcore pro-abortionists. And most people gasp when they learn (for example) that thousands more black babies are aborted each year than are born alive in New York City! 

#4. “[A]bortion has proved to be exactly what pro-life activists warned it would be: a deadly threat to human dignity that would target specific populations,” Mohler writes. “Prenatal testing has produced a deadly reality for unborn babies considered less than acceptable by their parents.”

#5. The impact of technology. “[P]owerful imaging technologies now allow a look inside the womb, a privilege unknown to previous generations,” Mohler observes. “That window has transformed the equation, as millions of parents have seen their unborn children and witnessed the miracle of life.” Of course, all that notwithstanding abortion remains legal. 

Mohler concludes with this powerful insight:

We have much ground to recover, but the only foundation for a recovery of human dignity is an affirmation of the fact that every single human being is made in God’s image and is of sacred worth from the moment of fertilization until natural death.