By Kelly Boggs, Editor
On Friday morning, Dec. 14, a gunman shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and gunned down 20 precious children and four adults before taking his own like.
Earlier that same day, the shooter fired several shots into his mother, killing her while she slept in her home.
The death toll of Friday’s murderous rampage that shocked the nation was 26. In the ensuing days memorials were held all over the country.
People wept and wondered how someone could be so calloused as to murder children in cold blood.
People have expressed disbelief, dismay and outrage over the tragedy that transpired in Connecticut. Everyone agrees something must be done so the horror at Sandy Hook is never repeated. Some policy makers believe the answer lies in restricting access to guns. Others, advocates of the Second Amendment, contend an armed citizenry is the answer.
Amid all the discussions concerning the recent mass shooting one question is repeatedly posed, “Why?” Pundits, psychologists and politicians have all suggested possible reasons or motives for why Adam Lanza, the shooter, went on his deadly rampage.
Among the possible reasons that contributed to Lanza killing his mother and 24 others that have been suggested are some sort of personality disorder or mental illness, which caused him to isolate himself where he would spend countless hours on the Internet. Some speculate he may have been playing violent video games as well.
The truth is no one really knows what motivated Lanza to perpetrate his crime. It was probably a combination of factors, one of which is that sin – the selfish, self-centered reality that stains human DNA – was part of his makeup.
On Friday, Dec. 14, throughout the United States approximately 3,562 babies’ lives came to an end while the children were still in their mothers’ wombs.
Some of the 3,562 were injected with a saline solution and killed before being extracted from the womb. Others were killed by means of suction methods that pull the baby from the womb. Still others were forcibly removed by forceps with jagged teeth that resulted in the baby being torn to pieces. And a few were partially born – alive and feet first – before having their skulls punctured and brains suctioned out.
The above gruesome and grizzly procedures occur all across America at a rate of 3,562 times a day. In a calendar year, 1.3 million babies lose their lives because of abortion. The aforementioned procedures are protected by the force of law.
The outrage over abortion in America is, at best, muted. Some citizens, some activists, and some politicians decry it as an immoral cancer on the soul of the United States. However, most just try to pretend they don’t know it is happening.
There are even some who defend all the aforementioned procedures. As a politician, President Barrack Obama has supported abortion at every stage of a baby’s development, including the insidious practice of partial birth abortion, and for every reason. His support of abortion remains unwavering.
Once upon a time people justified abortion as nothing more than removing a mass of tissue. Medical technology has dispelled that notion. With the advances in ultrasound – now even 4-D ultrasound – no one can deny the baby developing in the womb is alive. Surgeons now even perform procedures on preborn children in the womb.
The shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 26 people lost their lives – 20 of them precious children – was and is a horrible, devastating, unthinkable tragedy. Is the premeditated killing of 3,562 innocent pre-born babies each day any less of a tragedy?
Unlike the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where the motive for the tragedy is not known, the reason women choose to abort their preborn children are well known.
The Guttmacher Institute is an independent research firm that, according to its website, “advances sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education.” In 2005 the Institute made public the results of a study it conducted in 2004 titled, “Reasons U.S Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives.”
In a section of its report titled “Percentage of distribution of women having an abortion, by their most important reason for having an abortion, 2004 and 1987,” the Guttmacher Institute found that in 2004, 90 percent of all abortions were sought because of some form of convenience.
Among the top three reasons given were: Not ready for another child/timing is wrong; Can’t afford a baby now; Have completed child-bearing years and do not want another child.
Of the reasons most often cited for keeping abortion legal – the health of the mother, rape and incest – in 2004 the health of the mother accounted for abortion only 4 percent of the time. Rape was given as a reason for abortion less than one-half of one percent (0.5) of the time.
Incest did not appear on the cited section of the report. In another section of the report it was cited as a reason for abortion less than one-half of one percent of the time (0.5). In America, abortion occurs for the health of the mother or in cases of rape and incest less than five percent of the time.
While I believe that the shooting in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 26 people – 20 of them precious children – was a horrible senseless tragedy, I believe the lives of 3,562 preborn children perishing at the hands of an abortionist because their mothers do not want to be inconvenienced is also a horrible, senseless tragedy.
I also believe that many, many women have been deceived. They have bought the lie that abortion is a simple, uncomplicated procedure that will solve their situation. As a result, many have been scarred emotionally and spiritually. Thankfully, Jesus stands ready willing and able to heal and forgive.
Because I believe abortion is the taking of precious innocent life, I will be joining thousands of concerned citizens, many of them Louisiana Southern Baptists, in Baton Rouge on Jan. 12 for the third annual Life March.
The event will begin at 1 pm at the Old State Capitol (100 North Blvd). The march will end at the State Capitol and will feature a program of prayer and special speakers. I hope you will make plans to attend.
The shooting that took place on Dec. 14 in Connecticut was a devastating tragedy.
However, the tragic loss that takes place as a result of abortion everyday is equally tragic. We should cry out to God and do our part so that both become nothing more than bad memories.