When the Nigerian girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram, the hashtag #bringbackourgirls was everywhere. The Hollywood elite, and even Michelle Obama, blew up the Internet with it. There was outrage.
When police brutality against people of color rose to our attention, another hashtag, #blacklivesmatter was everywhere. There was outrage.
And then there’s Cecil the lion. I don’t need to say more. #cecilthelion is everywhere and the dentist who killed him is being hammered on social media. There is outrage.
Probably rightly so. I really can’t say, however, because I’ve been too distracted to care.
What I want to know is where is the outrage for the government sanctioned murder of unborn human infants? Where is the outrage for babies, literally torn limb from limb, primarily for the sake of convenience, or for sex selection?
Nevermind the fact that the parts might be sold. That’s horrible, but hardly the worst part.
The videos released regarding Planned Parenthood have made clear and obvious to anyone who will really stop and look, that abortion is a wicked, evil practice. It’s cruel. It’s painful. It destroys life.
Where are all the hashtags? Where is the universal outrage?
I really am hesitant to talk about this because I have friends who had abortions when they were younger and I don’t want to hurt them or rub salt in their wounds. And make no mistake, they are wounded. They aren’t happy about it. They aren’t glad. Their hearts are broken. Abortion took from them, too.
I don’t judge them, I pray for them. It’s not my job to be the judge.
But what is my job is to speak for those who don’t have a voice. We must speak up for the defenseless. You don’t have to share my Christian faith to see this for what it is.
You just need to be human.
I am so sad and so angry that this legal atrocity happens thousands of times every day in the United States of America – where everyone is free, where we all have rights…but only if you’ve made it out of the birth canal alive.
And sometimes not even then.
This should not be.
I know that this doesn’t qualify as “polite conversation.” It’s not seen as appropriate for public discourse or for making and keeping friends. It isn’t “nice.” But to quote Lynn Hybels, who was probably quoting someone else, nice girls don’t change the world.
I get it. It’s unpleasant. It’s gruesome. People have strong opinions. People have pasts they want to forget. The last thing I want to do is cause people pain.
But what about the pain these babies endure? What about that?
I don’t know what the answer is, or what to do, other than talk about it. This needs to be addressed in America. It really does.
And the perfect opportunity has now presented itself. We can’t look away.
As William Wilberforce said in his speech regarding the slave trade,
You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say you did not know.
This is our moment. It’s before the eyes of America. Will we look the other way?
We are without excuse if we do.
*to my friends who’ve been through the abortion procedure, and have suffered for it, I’m sorry. I pray you’ve made peace and know the forgiveness God offers. There is grace available, there is healing available. Nothing is too big or too bad. Seek counsel if you need it. I love you. If you’ve made peace and know you’re forgiven, I pray you walk in the strength and knowledge of that. I would encourage you to tell your story. Your story is powerful and it can change lives.