In just a few days, we will mark the anniversary of a court case the changed the way we view human life – the landmark decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
Norma McCorvey, the 'Jane Roe' of the case, went from being a confused 21-year-old seeking a legal abortion to supporting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Becoming a Christian in 1995 and a Catholic in 1998, she made the statement and 1999:
"I think it's safe to say that the entire abortion industry is based on a lie... I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name."
What is the lie that abortion depends on? That the infant in the mother's womb is no more than a clump of cells, a 'fetus' with no more dignity than a virus or parasite.
Yes the Lord himself tells us: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a profit to the nations I appoint." (Jeremiah 1:5). We respond in the words of the psalmist, "You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know." (Psalm 139:13-14)
Especially this week, let us pray that all of our fellow citizens and indeed the whole world may share our joy and the gift of new life. Through our prayers, fasting and evangelism, may we safeguard and treasure the most vulnerable among us.