January 22 is the anniversary date of the Supreme Court’s decision which allowed the legalization of abortion in this country. Since that day, over 50 million abortions have occurred in the US. This may find a little more perspective in your mind if you consider that the 2010 census numbers show the total population of the US to be just over 308 million people. In other words, our population would have been around 358 million had those abortions not occurred.

I’m sure the first thought of many would be that the economy is pretty bad right now, and if we had an additional 50 million people it probably would be worse than it currently is. Not true. The fact is that 50 million additional people would have significantly contributed to the growth of the economy. Only a small percentage of the population is a drain on the economy; the lion’s share of them are contributors.

Actually, it’s all pretty much speculation. We’ll never know what it would have looked like. Unfortunately, in the whole process of the debate we have underplayed what I believe is the most significant aspect: the value and worth of each of those lives. When God creates a life it first begins in His heart. As He knits that life together He already has a plan and purpose, the details of which were from eternity past. When the life ends abruptly before birth, the plan for that life is short-circuited.

What if Louis Pasteur (1822-1895; Bacteriology, Law of Biogenesis, Pasteurization), or Isaac Newton (1642-1727; Calculus, Law of Gravity, Dynamics, Reflecting Telescope), or Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778; Systematic Biology) had been the victims of abortion? Would our world be different today? Perhaps! Most likely those discoveries would not have been made by someone else until a later date. Think of the scientific, physiologic, and biologic problems we have today. Could we be waiting for discoveries and solutions to occur sometime in the future because the person God planned never got a chance to be born?

I don’t pretend to have the answers, but over the last couple years of my life God seems to be clarifying the value of each person in a new and fresh way. Value isn’t diminished because someone has a sordid past or a handicap. Value isn’t diminished because your life started in an act of violence or an addiction. Value isn’t diminished because you don’t have resources or education. Value comes from the fact that before the foundations of the world were laid, God knew you in His heart and planned a purpose for every life.

Please join with me and other supporters and friends of Blue Ridge Women’s Center from throughout the Roanoke Valley for a Day of Prayer and Fasting during Sanctity of Human Life Week! The fast begins next Wednesday, January 19 at 6 PM and ends with a community prayer service at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Thursday, January 20 at 6 PM. All participants are invited to break the fast together at a soup dinner in the fellowship hall after the service.

If you will be able to stay for dinner, please RSVP to Westminster at 562-0924.