Abortion: The Great Dehumanizer
Abortion is the great dehumanizer, and the butchered bodies of tiny boys and girls serve as the irrefutable evidence that those “waging a war on women” are not pro-lifers as we’re so often told. No, the real extremists are those who call precious preborn children demeaning names like “medical waste” so they can feel better about supporting the violence of tearing them from their mothers’ wombs.
Columnist George Will stated several years ago, “There is nothing so vulgar left in the human experience for which we cannot fly in some professor from somewhere to justify it.” Sadly, we no longer have to fly these professors in from “somewhere” to justify the vile act of abortion, or any other brand of evil. They’re now on nearly every campus in America. Noted British Journalist Malcolm Muggeridge minced no words when he wrote, “We have educated ourselves into imbecility.”
But it is not just children whom the abortion industry dehumanizes. It also dehumanizes women. Abortion displaces the God-given maternal instinct, thereby transforming the womb into a bloody battlefield and pitting mothers against their own offspring. This dehumanization of women was on full display at a rally in Dublin, Ireland last fall. American prostitute, Kate McGrew, speaking on behalf of the “Sex Workers Alliance of Ireland,” advocated for the legalization of abortion by leading a large audience of women and young girls in the noxious chant, “Hoes [whores] need abortion! Hoes need abortion!” Abortion doesn’t “liberate” women; it enslaves them.
Abortion dehumanizes men too. It attacks male leadership in the home, reducing men to “moral Houdinis” - escape artists. It provides “cover” for those who prefer to use women to satisfy their carnal lusts and then squirm and wiggle out of their most solemn duty: to provide for and to protect the children they helped create.
And of course, abortion dehumanizes the abortionist. In his effort to dehumanize the child, the abortionist dehumanizes himself. In Thoughts Upon The African Slave Trade, John Newton, former slave-trader, describes the self-inflicted, soul-eating effects of brutalizing other human beings for personal gain. He writes, "I know of no method of getting money, not even that of robbing for it upon the highway, which has so direct a tendency to efface the moral sense, to rob the heart of every gentle and humane disposition, and to harden it, like steel, against all impressions of sensibility." So too, to tear children limb from limb from their mothers’ wombs is to “efface the moral sense” and to “rob the heart of every gentle and humane disposition.”
But it’s not just the preborn, their mothers & fathers, and the abortionist who are dehumanized by abortion. Christians who are indifferent to the plight of the preborn are dehumanized as well. Failure to advocate even for children from within our own congregations who are threatened by abortion is amputating our spirit and disfiguring the soul of the Church. As Greg Koukl writes, “For most Christians abortion is a yawner.” Indeed, on the list of moral injustices, abortion ranks at the very bottom in most churches. When it comes to how the preborn are viewed in our society, most churches have a great deal in common with the abortion industry; both view preborn children as miserably inconvenient. For the abortionist this becomes the justification to dismember them; for many churches this becomes the justification to do nothing while the abortionist dismembers them.
The Gospel protests such madness in 2 Corinthians 5:16, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.” The love of Christ and love for Christ require us to see the preborn through the eyes of Christ - not as an inconvenience, but as precious brothers and sisters worthy of our love and sacrifice.