To slightly paraphrase the words of the apostle John in his biblical vision on the isle of Patmos, it can be said of Sarah Weddington, “And I looked, and behold a green (Gk. chloros) horse: and her name that sat on the horse was Death, and Hell followed” (Rev. 6:8).
According to FOX News reporter, Tyler O’Neil, Sarah Weddington, one of the attorneys who argued the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade in 1973, died at the age of 76 on December 26, 2021. She was born Sarah Ragle on February 5, 1945.
“Sarah Weddington died this morning after a series of health issues,” Susan Hays, a Democratic attorney running for Texas agriculture commissioner who is a former student of Weddington’s, wrote on Twitter Sunday.
“With Linda Coffee she filed the first case of her legal career, Roe v. Wade, fresh out of law school,” Hays added.
The daughter of a Methodist minister, Weddington was born in 1945 in Abilene, Texas. She argued Roe in 1972 and won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1973, where she served three terms. She served in the Department of Agriculture in 1977, and she served as assistant to President Jimmy Carter from 1978 to 1981, directing his administration’s work on women’s issues.
According to Weddington’s book, she traveled Mexico for an illegal abortion in 1967, during her third year of law school.
Norma McCorvey, the woman known as Roe in the case, famously changed her mind and became a staunch pro-life advocate in her later years. Weddington, however, remained committed to abortion.”
Because Sarah Weddington remained committed to abortion, death and hell followed her for the rest of her life following the decision of the Supreme Court regarding Roe v. Wade. Death and hell will continue to follow Sarah Weddington throughout eternity for the Bible says, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Rev. 22:11). If the promotion of the wholesale slaughter of innocent babies is not moral filth, then nothing is wrong in the universe.
In the providence of God, after many years, change might be coming to America. As Tyle Ragle notes, “the Supreme Court is considering a case with the potential to reverse the landmark abortion case. In May, 2021, the Court announced it would take up the case Thomas Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, focused on the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.” The Court may overturn part of Roe v. Wade, allowing states to outlaw abortions before the point of viability.
Christians should pray the Court, and the states, will do what is right, and that is to move to protect the life of the unborn. It is the only moral position to embrace.
It is impossible to escape moral judgments. Even in our post-modern, increasingly secular society, where many believe all truth is relative, we cannot escape making moral judgments. Words loaded with moral meaning appear in the headlines repeatedly. Reporters write about the “redemption” of Tiger Woods or about the evil of school or church shootings and bombings. Consider the reasoning of Cameron Pollock.
“Abortion comes down to a moral question. Is it right that any woman has the absolute right to choose to preserve or to kill the life of her child? It is no secret that we are killing children. The pro-abortion movement agreed to that reality a long time ago, and even now is promoting infanticide. Anyone who would say otherwise is being dishonest with the facts.
With those thoughts in mind, here are several crucial reasons why abortion is evil. (My list is not exhaustive.)
It destroys the crown jewel of God’s creation, marring His image. God clearly states that, unlike the rest of creation, we are made in His image (the Imago Dei; Genesis 1:26-27). It is for this reason that God demands life for a life when we shed innocent blood (Genesis 9:5-6). When we murder an unborn baby, we destroy God’s divine, intricately woven knitting process of life (Psalm 139:13-16). This is evil.
It perverts the beautiful design and purpose of women. God repeatedly paints the act of procreation as a divine blessing (Genesis 1:22, 28; 9:1,7; 17:20; 28:3; 48:4; 1 Samuel 1; Psalm 127:3-5; 128:3; Luke 1; 1 Timothy 2:15). Though all of us, both men and women, experience the effects of a sin-cursed world in work and childbirth (Genesis 3:16-19), God still promises blessing in spite of the pain. It is evil to suggest otherwise.
It demands men forfeit their responsibility. “No uterus, no opinion” is the popular slogan used to shame men into silence.
However, consider this Twitter post from Lila Rose.
“Ah,” you say, “she has bought into the ideology of white, male oppression. She doesn’t even know it!” Let’s once again turn the tables and expose the fallacy. If you will not listen to the men, and if you will not listen to the women, will you listen to the children? Will you listen to the countless testimonies of children who survived failed abortion attempts? Some live without limbs, some live with life-long disabilities, but they all survived as people made in the image of God. They are people worthy of life and worthy of respect. Will those, who claim “experience” as the ultimate trump card, listen to those who truly can speak from experience?
We cannot dismiss an argument simply because we assume someone speaks from a “hidden motive” (power-hungry males or brain-washed females).
I am greatly indebted to Neil Shevi’s insights on this point.
How can we discern motives in our sin-cursed world? “By their fruits you will know them,” Jesus said (Matthew 7:16, 20). The fruit of being “pro-choice” is murder. The fruit of women’s health organizations like Planned Parenthood is murder. What evidence do we have? Our evidence is the blood of millions of babies crying out from the ground (Genesis 4:10-11).” Those who have ears to hear, listen to the babies crying out for help or, it will one day be said that death and hell a