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New Study Reinforces Need for Life Advocacy
We have work to do, but Americans could be open to a culture of life. That is what a new study produced by a pair of Southern Baptist heavyweights reinforces in my heart. That — and an affirmation that churches have an important role to play in this cause.
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Hoping like so many other pro-lifers that the infamous Roe v Wade ruling will soon be overturned, I wrote an IFA article last month noting that such a victory would not end our nation’s abortion debates. In fact, Roe’s demise will surely intensify them. But several polls — formal and informal — convinced me those debates are worth winsomely engaging.
I admit that I am fascinated by data — polls, in particular. When researched and reported with integrity, surveys give us snapshots of present day realities that can inform our prayers, thoughts, and strategies for paths ahead. Certainly, the new abortion-related polling released by the Land Center for Cultural Engagement and Lifeway Christian Research on May 31 is one of these.
The results of this new poll underscore the reality that American views on abortion are complicated. Media voices will often zero in on evidence that a majority of Americans support Roe, a sad fact that this Lifeway poll also shows. But a jump from that to a narrative supposing wholehearted support for abortion is incorrect.
While Lifeway’s poll shows that only 26 percent of Americans support a complete ban on abortion, a majority of respondents thought it should be restricted no later than 12 weeks — essentially, the first trimester. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) want a ban no later than 20 weeks. This is very interesting as it signifies most Americans sense prenatal life has value long before birth.
Daniel Darling, director of the Land Center, said, “Those of us who believe in the sanctity of human life at conception, of course, are working for a day when human life is protected at all stages, but it is heartening to see the majority of Americans favor preserving life at earlier and earlier stages.”
Darling noted, too, that legislation backed by congressional Democrats to enshrine abortion at all stages into federal statute “is out of step with a significant number of Americans.” In fact, only 10 percent of Americans believe abortion should be permissible any time right up to birth.
Actually, the Lifeway data also shows another serious fault in the abortion-on-demand narrative of pro-abortion activists and their allies in Congress. While significant majorities of Americans favor legal access to abortion in very difficult circumstances when a mother’s or child’s life is in danger or in situations of rape or incest, most do not favor the same in cases of economic hardship, gender preference, or just a wish not to have the child.
Again, all these answers suggest that Americans in their hearts know that prenatal children have intrinsic value. And one of the most interesting parts of the Lifeway study is its revelations about when people think life begins. More than a third of respondents (35 percent) indicated life begins at conception and 28 percent said it begins when a heartbeat is detected. All told, that’s nearly two-thirds of Americans. And another 13 percent recognized a human life when a pre-born baby could potentially have viability apart from its mother.
“Pro-life advocates have much more work to do, but we can be grateful that fewer and fewer Americans see a fetus as less than human,” said Darling.
Drilling down further, it’s notable that even 39 percent of generally abortion-supportive respondents agreed that life began at conception or at a heartbeat. In addition, I was impressed that a statistically significant 41 percent of respondents ages 35-49 believe life begins at conception. Unfortunately, this stands in stark contrast to those younger than age 35 among whom only 29 percent said the same. Alarmingly, 20 percent of that younger demographic said life begins at birth!
Clearly, there is a conversation to be had in our nation on abortion. And the Lifeway data also suggests that churches have an important part to play. First of all, the public is looking for it. In fact, 74 percent said churches should increase their support for women with unwanted pregnancies if Roe is overturned. But that’s not all. The data indicates that those with evangelical Christian beliefs are far more likely to embrace a culture of life than those who do not. Similarly, Christians who attend church weekly tend to be pro-life.
“It is clear that holding distinctly evangelical beliefs and attending church regularly is formative in shaping a pro-life conscience. This should give hope to faithful pastors everywhere that preaching God’s Word has an important effect on the community and the country,” said Darling.
Again, this data — while a reality check that shows much work remains to be done — gives me hope that hearts can be won to the cause of embracing a culture honoring God’s gift of life. And it challenges me as a Christian to know that I and fellow churchgoers need to be part of that conversation in a wise and winsome way.
Will you pray today for hearts in our nation to honor life and its Author today?
Aaron Mercer is a Contributing Writer with two decades of experience in Washington, D.C.’s public policy arena. Photo Credit: Sergiu Vălenaș on Unsplash.
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Father, thank you that attitudes about abortion are changing. May we as your church step up to be advocates for life. Bless pregnancy pro-life centers. Give the provision and wisdom in dealing with this issue. I pray you would stop the chemical abortion. May women see it is damaging to them as well as to the baby. We praise your name as we go forth to advocate for life.
Let’s start off with a question. How is it that bacteria, frozen in Antarctica, or if it is to believed, on Mars, is called a “life form”, yet, the intelligent interaction between sperm and egg is not?
The spilling of innocent blood, the invasive and destructive purposes of abortion cannot be understated.
Hillary Clinton wanted babies to be killed up to birthing, meaning, according to senators Boxer r and Feinstein, as long as a part of the baby remains in the uterus (at times, the provider would push back against the natural birthing rhythms to commit this murder), it would not be considered a baby.
How interesting that living people, who value their own blood with armed protective details have no issues spilling the blood of the voiceless innocent upon the altar of a non god.
Father! Execute justice for the unborn, peri born and born alive murdered! Cause those who can still be saved to experience changes of heart as You rush them under the weight of Your love and conviction. For those who can no longer be saved, get them out of office of any kind.
Thank You, Father, for hearing Your saints, sparing nations as You did for Abraham because of intercessors and for uncovering corruption, lies, deceit, murder and treason. Tear off the darkness covering the USA and cause Your justice, truth, life and love for this nation which You established for Your name, Your fame and Your glory to return. Execute judgment against every demonic activity waging already lost battles against You in the USA, and Israel.
In the name of Jesus.
“How is it that bacteria, frozen in Antarctica, or if it is to believed, on Mars, is called a “life form”, yet, the intelligent interaction between sperm and egg is not?”
O, my God! Have Your way with each one who does not acknowledge You as their Lifegiver!
“Father! Execute justice for the unborn, peri born and born alive murdered! Cause those who can still be saved to experience changes of heart as You rush them under the weight of Your love and conviction. For those who can no longer be saved, get them out of office of any kind.
AMEN AND AMEN! I pray this nation will witness a cleansing in November!
“Tear off the darkness covering the USA and cause Your justice, truth, life and love for this nation which You established for Your name, Your fame and Your glory to return. Execute judgment against every demonic activity waging already lost battles against You in the USA, and Israel. In the name of Jesus.”
In the Mighty Name of Jesus the Christ, AMEN AND AMEN!
Praise you Maker & Master of all things, thank you for my life, the life of those dear to me and every other person YOU created!
Thank you for Aaron, this article and especially his last thought. Poppa God, help us trust You to give us wise, winsome words when opportunity’s come for we know they will.
Forgive us Lord, forgetting how much you love us, and want us to love even when speaking truth, especially when we disagree with each other or just don’t understand one another. Let us live with courage to be kind, like You show us.
Dear ALMIGHTY GOD, our help comes from the YOU, the Maker of Heaven and earth.
YOU created the heavens and stretched them out.
YOU spread out the earth and its offspring,
YOU GIVE BREATH TO THE PEOPLE ON IT AND SPIRIT TO THOSE WHO WALK IN IT
IN YOUR HAND IS THE LIFE OF EVERY LIVING THING AND THE BREATH OF ALL MANKIND.
I believe YOUR wrath is being revealed from Heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
Although they knew YOU, they neither glorified YOU as GOD nor gave thanks to YOU, they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge YOU LORD AND GOD, YOU gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice.
Although they know YOUR righteous decree, that those who do such things are worthy of death, they not only continue to do these things, but also APPROVE OF THOSE WHO PRACTICE THEM.
But because of their hard and UNREPENTANT HEARTS, they are storing up wrath against themselves for the day of wrath, when YOUR righteous judgment will be revealed. YOU “will repay each one according to his deeds.”
We are waiting on YOU FATHER, for our hope comes from YOU. YOU alone are our rock and our salvation; YOU are our fortress; we will not be shaken. Our salvation and our honor rest on YOU, our STRONG ROCK; our refuge is in YOU. We will trust in YOU at all times,
O people; pour out your hearts(REPENT) before HIM. God, our refuge, will not abide the tolerance of abortion at any stage.
I pray YOU will save us LORD from the thief who steals and kills and destroys, I pray for the abundant life that JESUS THE CHRIST, YOUR ONLY BEGOTTEN SON brought to mankind. And I thank YOU in HIS OVERCOMING NAME. I love You Father. I love You Jesus. I love You Holy Spirit. Amen
Psalm 121:2, Isaiah 42:5, Job 12:10, Romans 1:18,21. 28,29,32, Romans 2:5,6, Psalm 62 Waiting on God https://biblehub.com/psalms/62.htm#12, John 10:10
I decree and declare that Roe v Wade is overturned today and there will be a shift – realization evident to all Americans – toward LIFE, to protect, cherish and promote it, in the mighty name of Jesus, amen..
I pray for God to convict each woman who wants an abortion and each person who believes this is a right. I pray they will be convicted that every embryo and person has a right to I’ve and survive. I also thank God for my life and all His blessings He has given me.