Teams of Seven (.org)
(28 October 2018)
Is it possible to shut down the abortion industry in the Name of Jesus? Yes.
As a new implementation of the strategy of the Sacred Assemblies for the Unborn (sacredassemblies.org), the TEI is recruiting Teams of Seven to be present at any political gathering, on university campuses, and at abortion centers, etc., where human abortion is advocated. Contact email@example.com if interested. This is part of the larger strategy of the TEI Pro-Life Coalition.
And as detailed in Changing the Language of the Abortion Debate (available at johnrankinbooks.com), there is huge power in the slogan of You Have the Power to Choose Life. And now with the five summary questions posed, empowering women to choose life for themselves and their unborn. This power is uniquely and fully resident in Jesus as Lord, Savior and the coming King.
- If enough Teams of Seven were to cover every appropriate political gathering, and be present at every abortion center in the United States during business hours, and build a presence on university campuses — a very large number of women would turn away from abortion, the abortion industry would lose much of its blood money, and the Gospel would be dynamically advanced.
At the bottom of this page is the text of three brochures we have to pass out to interested people at Teams of Seven events, which well articulate the Gospel in the face of the hell of human abortion:
1) You Have the Power to Choose Life;
2) Two Choices in Political Identity: Pro-Life Libertarian or Pro-Abortion Statist; and
3) Roe v. Wade: Statist Imposition of Abortion-on-Demand Rooted in Chosen Ignorance.
This work is supported by members at teicohort.org. Here is the slogan and the five signs:
You Have the Power to Choose Life
John C. Rankin
In the late 1980s, I was at Harvard Divinity School, earning a post-graduate Th.M. degree in Ethics and Public Policy. As a white heterosexual male, evangelical pro-life minister, married with three sons, and a daughter yet to arrive, I was virtually a minority of one.
And this is one reason why I was at Harvard to begin with – to be accountable to the most thoughtful and penetrating questions of those who disagreed with me. I found myself intersecting with the Women’s Studies Program, and where the assumption of legalized human abortion was firmly in place. My double thesis focused on the two leading feminist scholar critics of the Bible (Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Phyllis Trible), and on human abortion and public policy.
In 1989, I organized a presence at New England’s largest abortion center, Preterm, in Brookline. We countenanced no accusatory language and no bloody pictures. As Jesus spoke of himself, he came not to condemn but to save. We worshiped, prayed, held signs, and engaged in conversation with anyone interested. In two years of Saturday mornings, we saw well over 200 women walk away from their abortion appointments of their own volition. As well, many others who merely saw the signs and our presence turned away. This was also at the height of “Operation Rescue,” a short-lived movement seeking to blockade abortion centers, and it led to some 100,000 arrests nationwide. I met with the founder, Randall Terry, on April 1, 1989, and asked some theological questions he could not, would not answer. Especially: How does vigilante action comport with the biblical order of creation in Genesis 1-2? And: How can you force someone to choose life?
Indeed, one popular pro-life sign has always been: “Choose Life.” But in front of an abortion center, where women are being forced into abortions by chauvinistic and irresponsible men, this language misses the mark since it is in the imperative tense. Elsewhere too. In the metaethics of language, this is easily perceived by such women as an “in your face” attempt to “force” them to “choose” not to have an abortion. Even as the intention is the opposite.
Thus, our slogan became: You Have the Power to Choose Life. This is gift language, it is empowering language, and it includes the life of the mother and unborn child equally. And unless the woman is empowered to choose life for her unborn child, it will not happen. As well, as the “pro-choice” feminist language is examined, “the power to choose” is supposedly central, but also, unidirectional – “the power to choose abortion …” But we redeemed the language of choice to serve human life, and the impact is always dramatic.
On June 3, 1989, when we began, the Boston Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) recruited college students to “counter-protest” us. We had some 200 volunteers turn out across the morning, and almost none of them had ever been an “activist” or done any public “protesting.” They trusted a biblical vision for “active ministry” – bringing the Good News to a place where people, especially women, were hurting deeply. Boston NOW had roughly equal numbers that day.
We started arriving at 7:00 a.m., and we sang and prayed aloud while holding our signs. The NOW recruits started yelling chants (e.g., “Anti-woman, anti-gay, born-again bigots, go away!”). But their lungs tired sooner than did ours, and by 9:30 there was a lull. It had also hit 90° Fahrenheit, and we were well equipped with cold water and cups, so we started passing the water around. Most NOW recruits accepted the water and the conversations began. Multiple dozens of bull sessions erupted.
While standing next to a reporter from the Boston Globe, one woman NOW recruit told me how she had the freedom to choose an abortion. So, I asked her if she had chosen to be born, or if she were only alive because of the choice of her parents. I concluded: “How can you, who are alive through no choice of your own, then use your choice to deny the life and future choices of the unborn?” She said, “Wow, I had never thought of it that way before,” and her whole demeanor changed.
After ninety minutes, I was standing a few feet away from the president of Boston NOW. She suddenly looked at what was happening, and said alarmingly, “We are not in control here! We must put a stop to this!” She thus ordered her lieutenants to break up the conversations. But perhaps three-quarters of their recruits said no, they enjoyed the conversations, and liked the Christian pro-life men and women there. The power of informed choice in service to human life, in action.
On our second Saturday, at the end of the morning, one of our volunteers was a few feet away from one recruit as she asked a question of an NOW leader: “How do we answer them when they say, ‘You have the power to choose life?’ ” The leader said: “Well, that is their language – we don’t use it anymore.” Those who define terms honestly will win hearts and minds. And across nine months, our volunteers had multiple hundreds, if not one or several thousand intelligent and gracious conversations with these recruits. Then, the leadership of Boston NOW gave the order for the recruits to stop coming down, for we “were persuading too many” of them.
This is at the core of biblical theology, where in the Garden of Eden, with Joshua in the Valley of Shechem, with Elijah in the face of the prophets of Ba’al on Mount Carmel, and with Jesus in the face of his enemies during Passover Week, a level playing field is provided for all – even the devil – to pose their toughest questions of God, leaders and one another. Truth and mercy always rise to the top. The power to choose life is the bequeathal of the Gospel.
We also had twelve signs asking questions, all aiming to empower the women to choose life. Now, as this effort is reconstituted in 2018 (Sacred Assemblies for the Unborn organized through Teams of Seven [.org]), the TEI has condensed these twelve questions into five. And they are suitable not only at abortion centers, but in any context where the politics of the issue are at the forefront (political rallies, university campuses etc.).
Question #1: Can You Imagine Jesus Performing an Abortion: Why Not?
I first expressed this question spontaneously in a 1985 college debate with a man representing the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR) of Massachusetts, the Rev. Spencer Parsons. When I spoke these words, he stopped, and then tried to come up with language that would imagine Jesus in such a capacity. He was unable, and we had several good debates and conversations thereafter.
Once, in front of Preterm, as I was holding the sign, a young woman said I was imposing my religion on her. And I said, how so? Namely, she did not have to look at the sign, and it is part of my religious and political freedom of speech. She was welcome to her selfsame freedoms. Then I said, “If Jesus means something to you, this is an important question. If he means nothing to you, then it is of no concern.” And we had a great conversation thereafter: Who is Jesus?
Question #2: How Does Human Abortion Add to a Woman’s Dignity?
Every woman knows there is no dignity in having her body violated by an abortion, and the grief of later mourning for a lost child – whether consciously or subconsciously. The Latin term for abortion is ab + oriri, and it means “to cut off from rising.” It is reactive, not proactive; destructive not creative; and women do not plan ahead of time to get pregnant in order to have an abortion.
Question #3: How Many Men Push Their “Girlfriends” into “Choosing” Abortion?
When the research data of the Alan Guttmacher Institute of Planned Parenthood is examined, and the data of thousands of Pregnancy Resource Centers likewise, the reality is that male irresponsibility and chauvinism drives the abortion ethos. Men who get women pregnant and refuse responsibility. At Smith College in 1994, in a forum with the president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Patricia Ireland, I was asked a question from a woman student at the end on how I could “oppose a woman’s choice.” I had fifteen seconds to answer, and I said, “Just as much as abortion rips off women, it rips off the unborn and allows the male chauvinists to run free.” An audience of over 500, mostly in favor of legalized abortion, erupted in loud and sustained ovation. Reality has been defined.
Question #4: Are Planned Parenthood and the Abortion Industry Racist?
The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a eugenicist who praised Adolf Hitler in 1922. Today, about 38 percent of all abortions, in the United States, are performed on Black Americans who equal 12 or 13 percent of the population. The same racist ratio holds true for other minorities, and Planned Parenthood et al. heavily locate their abortion centers in poor neighborhoods. And they earn billions in blood money.
Question #5: Pro-Life Libertarian or Pro-Abortion Statist?
These are exact opposites. Pro-life libertarians want maximum religious, political and economic freedom for all people equally, from biological origins to natural death. People are free so long as they do not injure the lives, liberties and property of others. Pro-abortion statists support massive and enslaving top-down state intervention in people’s lives, especially against religious, political and economic freedom.
The Toughest Question: What About Rape and Incest?
This is not suitable for a public sign, since the hell of such evil and its pain cuts so deep. But it needs to be addressed. I have been asked this question many times across the years, and indeed, this is the title and content of Chapter One in my book, Changing the Language of the Abortion Debate (available at johnrankinbooks.com).
Whether at Denison University as a college student several months prior to the January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, when a fellow male student pressed me on it in a religion class; or at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), in answering the question of a woman student who had been conceived through the rape of her eleven year-old mother; or at Brown University in debating the former president of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island who had been excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church, in addressing the question posed by a woman student; or with a woman caller on WGAN Radio in Portland, Maine, who personally knew the hell of rape and abortion; or with a “pro-choice” physician and wife of an astrophysicist working on the Hadron Collider; or in a forum at Dartmouth College with the woman head of Republicans for Choice – they all responded well, and also with others in different instances. Only in a forum at Yale Law School, with the woman president of the national Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR), did I not get any response – silence instead.
To sum up this territory, one question emerges: How does human abortion unrape the woman? She has been through hell, abortion only deepens the hell, and we who follow Jesus are here to serve her courageous power to choose life in the face of a hell that very few of us can imagine. Indeed, we are here to serve any woman who needs the courage and power to choose life for her and her unborn child, regardless of the situation.
Two Choices in Political Identity: Pro-Life Libertarian or Pro-Abortion Statist
John C. Rankin
There are two choices in life. On the one hand, there is the freedom rooted in the assumptions of the Hebrew Bible. On the other, there is the slavery that is assumed everywhere else – beginning with the most ancient of pagan constructs in Babylonian religion, on forward into secular constructs.
- In terms of penultimate political identity, all of us ultimately aim in one direction or the other – pro-life libertarian or pro-abortion statist.
“Pagan” refers to that which is outside of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, and “secular” refers to a “this worldly” perspective that assumes all reality is limited to the physical world as defined.
The only ethical difference between pagan religion and secular humanism, is that at least the former has interesting stories that seek to understand the human dilemma. But in the end, whether capricious, finite and petty deities enslave us to fatalisms, or a godless cosmos spits us forth and in the end swallows us up without a burp or care for our existence – what is the difference? In both scenarios, human life is cheap and disposable, and they have no power to resist the tyranny of pro-abortion statists.
In prior contrast, the Hebrew Bible assumes what is means to be a pro-life libertarian. Now, self-identifying pagans, or secularists (whether atheists or agnostics), may well be pro-life, but their religious and/or philosophical assumptions cannot, by definition, provide any foundation for it. They are only pro-life because of the reality of the image of God in which we are all made, a reality which they honor even if not being aware of it.
God → Life → Choice → Sex or Sex → Choice → Life →/ God?
“Pro-life” people are overwhelmingly rooted in a biblical sense of the nature of God, and “pro-choice” people are overwhelmingly rooted in a sense of approving, or at least not disapproving, of sex outside of marriage. These self-defining terms of “pro-life” and “pro-choice” can be shown in a graphic sense which identifies the locus of the conflict over human abortion:
God → Life → / ← Choice ← Sex.
In other words, it is fidelity to God that defines life, and properly motivates the political language of “pro-life.” And it is sexuality in promiscuous context that in truth motivates the political language of “pro-choice.” “Pro-life” reflects the biblical order of creation, and “pro-choice” reflects its reversal.
In the biblical order of creation, 1) God creates human life as good; and 2) gives the gift of informed choice, as a good, to man and woman; then 3) the most important choice we ever make is in the good of the marriage of one man and one woman for one lifetime; and thus, 4) where we are empowered to pass along the good gifts of life, choice and sex to our children.
But in the reversal of the order of creation, 4) sex outside of marriage 3) employs atomistic choice to 2) destroy the life of the unborn in the act of human abortion, and in 1) an affront against God – the Creator of life, choice and sex. And this is overwhelmingly driven by male irresponsibility and/or chauvinism, where the man who impregnates the woman refuses equal responsibility to her and their child.
Thus, we have a profile of the contest of the ages, between the biblical and pagan views of the four subjects that define reality:
God, life, choice and sex, on the one hand, versus
Sex, choice, life/God, on the other.
And as specifically applicable here:
Pro-life = pro-informed choice, versus
Anti-life = anti-informed choice.
The First Hebrew Covenant: The Freedom of Informed Choice
In Genesis 2:15-17, we have the first words ever spoken to man by Yahweh Elohim, and they are the words of freedom. Here is the Hebrew text:
And Yahweh Elohim took the man, and gave him repose in the garden of Eden, to work it and guard it.
And Yahweh Elohim commanded the man, saying to him, “From all of the trees in the midst of the garden, in feasting you shall continually feast.
But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it, in dying you shall continually die.”
There are several elements of the larger context necessary to grasp. 1) There are three parallel opposites defined in Genesis 2:9-17: good versus evil; freedom versus slavery; and life versus death. Accordingly, good = freedom = life; and evil = slavery = death. 2) The knowledge of good and evil is a Hebrew merism for polar-opposites that define the whole. Namely, all there is to know is between good and evil, and only the infinite Yahweh Elohim can know all, and only Yahweh Elohim can know evil in its totality and not be tempted or polluted by it. But for man and woman to seek this knowledge is to east poison, for they are finite, and to try and digest it is as impossible as it is deathly. All that is good is already given.
And 3) is the nature of freedom and informed choice. Some translations say in v. 16. “You are free to eat …” But the metaphor of an unlimited feast in the original Hebrew is intrinsically dynamic in describing true freedom. It is a feast that is full in the moment and never ends, versus a death that is full in the moment and never ends (as the grammar makes clear). And the feast of freedom can only be chosen if terms are defined honestly; good versus evil; freedom versus slavery; life versus death.
This is also the power of the level playing field – freedom is not imposed, for that would be an oxymoron. We are not free to say yes to Yahweh unless we are first free to say no. And too, in the radical nature of the level playing field for all ideas to be heard equally, the ancient serpent (Satan) is invited to be present. And in Genesis 3:4, he says literally to the woman: “In dying you shall not continually die.” It is the simple addition of “not” to the proscription in 2:17. Satan is a liar, he reverses the words of Yahweh Elohim, being rooted in the slavery of misinformed choice – calling death as life, slavery as freedom, and evil as good.
Only an honest definition of terms yields informed choice. In the abortion debate there are two key issues: 1) the male chauvinism of the abortion ethos and 2) the humanity of the unborn. Anyone who advocates legalized human abortion should be glad to debate these questions.
The Babylonian Genesis
On the one hand is creation in the biblical Genesis, in which the eternal Yahweh Elohim is good, creation is good and human life is good. On the other, the oldest and most influential of ancient pagan origin stories, the Babylonian Genesis, starts with destruction, and with no concept of original or final goodness.
The Babylonian Genesis starts with the assumption of a pantheon of time-bound, petty, sexually promiscuous and destructive gods and goddesses, engaging in an intramural and internecine warfare. It is rooted in the sex ® choice ® life ®/God reversal paradigm and with no concept of the freedom of informed choice.
A second-level deity at the outset, Marduk, creates the universe, as it were, by killing the chief goddess Tiamat, and dissecting her body – splitting it open like a mussel shell, making the heavens with one half of her carcass, and the earth with the other half. He then makes the defeated pantheon of Tiamat’s army into slaves, but they complain about this status. In response, Marduk kills his chief remaining opponent, Kingu, severs his arteries, and from his blood Marduk creates mankind to serve as slaves to these defeated gods and goddesses.
But, by definition, how can destruction precede creation? Destruction can only destroy what is already created. The Babylonian “genesis” is a reversal of reality. Now, for a remarkable observation per our subject matter. In this myth, as Marduk dissects Tiamat’s body, the text reads:
The lord rested, examining her dead body,
To divide the abortion (and) to create ingenious things (therewith).
He split her open like a mussel (?) into two parts;
Half of her he set in place and formed the sky (therewith) as a
(Tablet IV, lines 135-138, translation of Alexander Heidel).
The word “abortion,” an act of intrinsic destruction (from the Latin ab + oriri, “to cuff off from rising”), is used here to describe Tiamat’s corpse and purpose. Abortion is viewed here as parallel to the corpse of one killed by an act of aggression, and as a means by which to create the universe. This is the Babylonian genesis versus the biblical Genesis.
And as Babylon is traced across history, it is the archetypic tyranny of enslaving kings, where the state is the de facto god – namely, statism. This is in contrast is Hebrew covenant, where polity is rooted in the consent of the governed to the goodness of Yahweh through leaders who are accountable to him, and this idea is at the root of the Protestant Reformation and its uneven but accomplished path to the birth of the United States.
The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution
And too, we find a remarkable parallel in the 1776 Declaration of Independence, where based on the antecedents of John Locke, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, we encounter the language of “life, liberty and property/pursuit of happiness.” We read:
WE hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of
Happiness – That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their
just Powers from the Consent of the Governed …
These rights, these gifts of life, liberty and property/pursuit of happiness, are necessary assumptions for a healthy social order, rooted in the Creator and the gift of faithful heterosexual marriage, under the rubric of “unalienable rights.” [Note: “the pursuit of happiness” is Jefferson’s philosophic clause in the Declaration, made possible by property rights, as Locke anticipated and as the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments legally codify it.]
The parallels stand out:
God = the Creator.
Life = Life.
Choice = Liberty.
Sex = Property/Pursuit of Happiness.
The first three parallels are obvious. But the fourth? A closer look at the language is helpful.
In Genesis 2:24, a man leaves his parent’s household to join with his wife and form a new household. The Hebrew term for household or family is bayith, and in the Septuagint (the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek), it is translated oikos. The rule of the household is oikonomos, from whence we derive the English word “economics.”
Across the history of human civilizations, to the extent that a man is faithful to his wife and the raising of their children, the strongest possible economic unit follows. And the biblical assumption of fidelity in marriage and parenthood is the only foundation for the economic activity in creating, producing, selling, buying and trading property or goods.
Unalienable rights are protected in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, where no person shall be deprived of “life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Namely, people are fully free in their personal matters, so long as they do not violate the lives, liberties and properties of others. This is the biblical and constitutional foundation for what it means to be a “pro-life libertarian.”
Thus, there is the contrast between biblically legitimate government, and illegitimate pagan and secular governments – those which honor unalienable rights from the Creator on the one hand, and as ratified by the consent of the governed; and those which do not, those that are ultimately totalitarian. As examined in another brochure, legalized human abortion is a statist imposition on society. Pro-Life Libertarian versus Pro-Abortion Statist.
Roe v. Wade:
Statist Imposition of Abortion-on-Demand Rooted in Chosen Ignorance
John C. Rankin
The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision “legalizing” human abortion is a) a statist imposition on the nation, b) an act of “raw judicial power” as dissenting Justice Byron White opined, and c) uniquely based on a pretension of ignorance – the weakest form of moral argument in history.
Here is its sequence of thought
- Roe chides the “emotional” nature of the debate and pretends to rise above it, all the while conforming to its own unstated biases;
- Roe sanctions a war between the mother and unborn child, by first setting up a war between the mother and father of the same unborn child;
- Roe invents a “penumbra” of undefined shadows in which to avoid an accurate definition of terms;
- Roe dispenses with the history of Hippocratic and Christian medical ethics that oppose human abortion;
- Roe dispenses with the American Medical Association (AMA) and its original history of opposing human abortion;
- Roe dispenses with the biological facts of conception which would inform the discussion, claiming their irrelevance;
- Roe invents a broad then narrowly applied “right of privacy” to allow a woman to abort an undefined “potential” life; and
- Roe further wages war on the unborn by denying them their constitutional personhood.
This is Roe’s greatest fear and weakness – the Court knows that the unborn child is human, and that abortion destroys a human life. Roe, written by Justice Harry Blackmun for the 7-2 majority, constructs a relentless artifice to get around the obvious, to adopt every conceivable angle to deny the humanity and civil rights of the unborn. But the Court cannot convince itself, and this is why it conducts such a remarkable fishing expedition. Thus, the Court reveals its true theological colors, which biblically literate people will recognize. Namely, the Roe Court appeals to the weakest form of known moral argument in its final point:
- Roe makes a pretense of ignorance about the humanity of the unborn and thus rationalizes their legalized destruction – its tendentious goal from the outset.
Let’s review the language of the actual Roe decision to give evidence to this argument, and then examine the theological mockery in its pretension of ignorance.
- The Court says: “Our task, of course, is to resolve the issue by constitutional measurement, free of emotion and predilection (410 U.S. 113 at 116).” Yet also, prior to this, it cites “the emotional nature of the abortion controversy” that involves people’s philosophy, “their exposure to the raw edges of human experience,” and their religious training and attitudes toward “life and family.” How does it supposedly rise above the “emotional nature?” For example, the Court introduces the issues of “population growth, pollution, poverty and racial overtones” (which) “tend to complicate,” but then never addresses these questions. How much of this syntax is constructed to exploit real emotions, while pretending to rise above them?
- In the entire Roe decision, no husband is ever mentioned, nor does the father of the potentially aborted child ever gain reference. The only man given place is in the use of the male pronoun with reference to “her physician,” yet very few abortions are done by a personal or family physician. They are farmed out to abortion “doctors” who have the lowest standing in the medical community. How does this reflect the Roe Court’s predilection in its definition of “family?” The woman is atomized and disposable, as is her child, and the man in his responsibility is ignored.
- In seeking to define a “right” to human abortion in constitutional dress, the Roe Court uses the language of “penumbras.” A penumbra is rooted in the Latin terms paene for “almost” and umbra for “shadow.” Its usual context is for describing the partial or imperfect shadows cast by a solar or lunar eclipse. The light of looking at a “constitutional measurement” is discarded in favor of a search in the undefined shadows.
- The Court also faces the obstacle of the Hippocratic Oath, an ancient Greek ethic for physicians that proscribes the use of “pessaries” that cause abortion. The Oath became the standard “nucleus of all medical ethics,” and in order to overcome it, Roe cites a Dr. Edelstein who advances a theory that the Oath’s acceptance is due to “the emerging teachings of Christianity [that] were in agreement with the Pythagorean ethic.” Accordingly: “This, it seems to us, is a satisfactory and acceptable explanation of the Hippocratic Oath’s apparent rigidity (410 U.S. 113 at 132).” In other words, the Court’s own emotion and predilection is to regard opposition to human abortion as “rigid,” and due to Christian teaching. Religious bigotry.
- The Court also had to dismiss the American Medical Association (AMA) in its historical opposition to human abortion. This is rooted in the 1859 experiment in a petri dish that first proved that the fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon equals the beginning of a discrete biological human life. The explicit reason for the AMA’s original opposition to abortion is that human life is being killed. Roe employs an argument by Dr. James Mohr who tries to make it a sociological and political decision on the part of the AMA, while ignoring the human life reality. And by the late 1950s, the AMA modifies its position, but not due to any new science on the biology of fertilization – corrupt politics is infused.
- In reviewing the claim by the State of Texas that “a new human life is present from the moment of conception,” the Roe Court calls this an unstated “theory” in a pejorative sense, seeking to demote its argument. In contrast, the Court lauds and accepts an explicit “theory” on the part of Dr. Edelstein, in seeking to dismiss the Hippocratic Oath in the Court’s predilectory prejudice to dismiss the humanity of the unborn. It then invents the language of “potential life,” and concludes: “In view of all this, we do not agree that by adopting one theory of life, Texas may override the rights of the pregnant woman that are at stake (410 U.S. 113 at 162).” Texas argues biology, but the Roe Court promotes fungible “theory” language against concrete biological terms in order not to be accountable to the latter.
- The Court’s predilection continues as it declares that “The Constitution does not mention any right of privacy,” and then weaves through various channels to invent one. There are specific rights to privacy (though not using this clause), such as Fourth Amendment (against being forced to quarter soldiers in your home) and the Fifth (against search and seizure without a warrant); but that is it. There is none such for human abortion, and no language of a “right to privacy” in any broader sense. Yet, the Court concludes: “This right to privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or as the District Court determined, in the Ninth Amendment’s reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy (410 U.S. at 153).” In other words, with no evidence of constitutional measurement, the Court postures between two ideas that suit presupposed “feelings” or “beliefs” of abortion advocates.
- In another perversion, the Court assaults the Fourteenth Amendment, which affirms the right to life to a class of people who had been denied it (Black Americans) but now twists it to deny the right to life for a class that had enjoyed it (the unborn). This they do by using the clause “born or naturalized” to militate against the unborn. But the unborn are not the subject of the Amendment, and the States that ratified it are the selfsame that made most human abortions illegal prior to and after the Amendment. Too, in English Common Law, a person’s legal rights are acknowledged at “quickening,” which was their best biological assurance that a human life is present. There was no ability at that time to determine the science of fertilization. As Paul Simon writes in The Boxer, “A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest.”
- And in its ratification of this underconfident and twisted line of thinking, the Roe Court seeks to dismiss the question about the humanity of the unborn through a pretension of ignorance. The decision reads: “Texas urges that, apart from the Fourteenth Amendment, life begins at conception and is present throughout pregnancy, and that, therefore, the State has a compelling interest in protecting that life from and after conception. We need not resolve this difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer (410 U.S. 113 at 159).”
“We need not resolve” the central fact dispute of the case!? This is as legally dishonest as it gets. And in the immediate syntax, the Court changes the language of specific biological human life to a general philosophy of undifferentiated life. In all jurisprudence, no verdict may be rendered unless there is agreement on the facts of the case. To get around this, the Court makes a pretension of ignorance under the rubric of posing a “non-consensus” in other select disciplines, forfeiting its own professional requisites. Moreover, in the Court’s introduction of the alleged “non-consensus,” it gives no evidence that such a “non-consensus” exists. And finally, “the development of man’s knowledge” about conception has only intensified in one direction since 1859 – discrete humanity.
After Cain murders his brother Abel, Yahweh questions him, and Cain pretends to be ignorant of the reality as he also lies (Genesis 4:1-12). When the chief priests and elders try to entrap Jesus, he questions them, and they pretend to be ignorant (Matthew 21:23-27). For the singular Cain, it is the “I don’t know” argument; for the plural chief priests and elders, it is the “We don’t know” argument. The Roe Court follows the logic of Cain and the enemies of Jesus, its spiritual forefathers:
- When dishonest elitists do not have the courage to admit true definition of terms and then make their case; and
- When they cannot market a false definition of terms, because they know they cannot market it and fool Yahweh, Jesus or the common people with it; then
- They pretend to be ignorant of reality.
As Cain kills his brother, as the devil always seeks to kill the Messianic lineage, and as the religious elitists seek to kill Jesus, so too does Roe serve the agenda of the ancient serpent – to allow the killing of the most vulnerable image-bearers of God in our midst, the very unborn, and the cognate of murderous intent against the woman’s soul. As well, as the religious elitists fear the common people who believe in Jesus, so too does the elitist Roe Court majority fear the “consent of the governed.”
The pretension of ignorance is the weakest form of moral argument in history, and Roe lifts it from the enemies of the Messiah. And the fact that this law still stands is an indictment against the theological impotence of the church.
We still have a “hung jury” according to Roe’s own admission. Thus, the Roe Court should not have ruled on the matter at all – it should have either ruled in favor of unborn humanity, or at least remanded the case back to the appellate court. The Roe Court is a) unwilling to admit the truth, and it is b) unable to market a lie and define a different point when “life begins.” Thus, the Court c) pretends to be ignorant as they postulate a non-existent “non-consensus” among a certain cultural elite.
Chosen ignorance is used to advance totalitarian power, “raw judicial power,” to injure millions of women’s souls, and thus far, in killing some 60 million unborn children.