January 18th celebrates the 45th year that pro-life advocates have marched in Washington, D.C. with one unified message: every human being is made in the image of God and has a right to life, no matter how small.
The March for Life begin in 1974, the year after the Supreme Court’s landmark opinion in Roe v. Wade, which unconstitutionally and immorally allowed some abortions in certain circumstances. Since that time, the Supreme Court has had opportunities to reverse its holding (most notably in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992). The March for Life continues, and 2019 may finally see the end of federal government overreach in the abortion issue.
For Christians, the sanctity of human life is not merely a belief or preference, but a principle established by our Creator Himself, with an objective understanding of the biology. We know through scientific measurement that life begins at conception. We know that the tiny, microscopic cell that begins as a human life will, if left to its natural progress, become a fully developed human being. But the essence of humanity does not begin at any other arbitrary point along the path of development. This is design. God made human beings uniquely distinct from animals and all other creation—we were made in His image.
For this reason, human beings are moral beings, relational, and self-aware of our humanity. We have a sacred nature and a sinful nature, and we also have a responsibility therefore to treat all other human beings with dignity as image-bearers of the Divine.
But there are those who would reject the marker of the Divine in our nature, denying the biology and humanity of the tiniest unborn babies. Thankfully, we have the science revealing the truth of our unique human design, and we can observe a heartbeat in an unborn child even as young as six weeks. This has caused the millennial and younger generations to become more and more pro-life because they see the evidence of what God has already told us since Genesis 1:26-27,
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
In 2019, we can be encouraged on the 45th anniversary of the March for Life that we may very well see the end of Roe’s impact on America, with a conservative majority on the Supreme Court and many states rising up in courage to pass “heartbeat” bills that would protect babies as soon as a heartbeat can be detected.
We always have reason to be hopeful because God’s Truth will ultimately prevail, but we must be diligent and mindful to do our part to continue to advocate for the dignity and sanctity of human life for all of our unborn children.
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