Beginning of Life Abortion

Look at What is Coming

Pastor Robert Fleischmann In 2011 Mariette Buntjens was a patient suffering from metastatic cancer at a Roman Catholic nursing home in Diest, Belgium. Buntjens requested euthanasia but the nursing home refused on obvious religious grounds. Her family brought her home…

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Pro-Life Bible References

God is the creator of life Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” Job 33:4 – “The Spirit of God has made me;…

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January 22: A Sad Milestone

On this date in 1666 Emperor Shah Jahan, a descendant of Genghis Khan died. Not a big deal for most of us except Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his third wife, Arjumand Banu Begum. Despite having…

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War Against Women – Really!

I recently joined Twitter. It’s a tool that uses the Internet, computers and cell phones to communicate short messages of 140 characters or less. I know – it didn’t sound terribly efficient to me either, but I have learned a…

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CLR Resolution on Abortion Adopted by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)

CLR Resolution on Abortion (Memorial 2011-01U) Adopted by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod – July 28, 2011 WHEREAS 1) the Holy Scriptures clearly testify to a reverence for the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child…

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It Depends How You Say It

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, Christian Life Resources National Director When the United States legalized abortion on January 22, 1973, the language changed. No longer was a little one growing and kicking in the womb referred to as a “baby.” Rather, the…

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A Child Dies – A Look at the Dehumanization of Life in Abortion

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, Christian Life Resources National Director In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the movement to legalize abortion focused on two primary arguments: 1. No agreement could be reached on when life begins; 2. Women should have “control”…

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My Son, Maxwell

My son, Maxwell, was born on April 6, 2011. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome (DS) when he was two days old. I have since learned that Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a chromosomal condition involving all…

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U.S. Abortion Statistics By Year (1973-Current)

National Right to Life Committee, 2020 TOTAL ABORTIONS SINCE 1973: 61,628,584 Based on numbers reported by the Guttmacher Institute 1973-2017,  with 2 percent added for GI estimated possible 3-5 percent undercount for 1973-2014. [1/20] Abortion Drop Continues There are two…

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Tragedies, Statistics, and Making a Difference

Rev. Mark Braun In a conversation with U.S. ambassador Averill Harriman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin allegedly said, “The death of one person is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic.” Stalin would seem to be an expert on…

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Abortion Affects All

Stefanie Cox Abortion affects everyone. This includes not only the aborted child and the mother, her family and her friends, but also the entire country and world. Imagine if the mothers of people such as Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln and…

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My Body, My Choice – Really?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director The idol of “my rights” continues to wreak havoc on our lives, our families and our society. The sexual revolution of the sixties decimated social sanctions that rightly reflected the place of sexual relations…

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Q&A on Friend Considering Abortion

QUESTION: A friend of mine is unmarried and pregnant. She confided in me that she is considering an abortion. She gave me a long list of reasons why, but I didn’t know how to answer her. Do you have any…

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Position Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod on Abortion

WHEREAS, All people are commanded by God to love their neighbor as they love themselves, and WHEREAS, The Scriptures teach that human life begins at conception (Matthew 1:20, Psalm 51:5, Psalm 139:13-15), and WHEREAS, Each Christian must recognize that abortion…

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Abortion Can Hurt Women – One Woman’s Account

Jane Frantz, Freelance Write and Community Columnist for The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin As we reflect on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I’d like to share a true story. I only tell it to help people understand that abortion can…

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Q&A on Abortion and Its Long-Term Effects

QUESTION: A friend of mine had an abortion a few years ago and never seemed bothered by it. Now she is concerned because she may be getting married but is hesitant to tell her boyfriend about her past. Why is…

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Talking About Abortion and God

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources People are more concerned about their horizontal relationships (with others and with themselves) than they are about their vertical relationships (with God). To change hearts we must migrate people from a horizontal…

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A Trimester of Prayer // Pro-Life Prayer Suggestions

You can make a meaningful difference by including these thoughts in your daily devotion and prayer time. Week 1 – This week, pray for the unborn and their mothers. With the dawning of this day, around 11,000 women in America…

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Teen Abortion Risks Fact Sheet

“Parents are faced with a shell of a person and have no idea where they lost their child.” – Terri, who had a secret abortion as a teen 10 times more likely to try to kill themselves Teenage girls are…

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Q&A on Abortion, Euthanasia Position Terminology

QUESTION: I’ve heard many different terms describing the positions of those who either oppose or favor abortion and euthanasia (pro-life, pro-choice, anti-abortion, death with dignity, etc.). What is CLR’s position on all of these terms? ANSWER: The position of CLR…

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Gianna Jessen: I Was an Abortion Victim at Seven and a Half Months

Gianna Jessen My biological mother was seven-and-a-half months pregnant when she decided to abort me. I don’t know why she made that decision. It was 1977. She and my biological father were 17 at the time and weren’t married. She…

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The Logic is Painfully Clear – A Look at Fetal Pain

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director In the August 24, 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association researchers concluded that an unborn child’s pain is not realized until 29 or 30 weeks into the pregnancy. Therefore, pain…

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Q&A on Church-Attending Abortion Advocate

QUESTION: I know a WELS member who is actively supportive of abortion rights and am greatly concerned. What should I do? ANSWER: You have reasons to be concerned and should address this issue with an attitude of Christian love and…

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Legal Abortion Isn’t Safe Abortion

Bradley Mattes, Life Issues Institute Editor in Chief Those who were responsible for legalizing abortion in the seventies claimed that if abortion were legally available, women would be protected from unsafe, back-alley abortionists. Pro-abortion politicians and activists have repeated this…

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G. U. L. A. G. – A Look at Ethnic Cleansing and Abortion

Rev. Fred Toppe Do you know these initials? They stand for Glavnoe upravlenie ispravitel’no-trudovykh lagerei, the Russian words for Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps. The GULAG was in operation in the former Soviet Union from the early 1920s until…

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The 39 Major Pro-Choice Arguments and Their Refutations

Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspective Ministries CLR Note: This is an excellent article in understanding the debate rhetoric of the abortion issue. The only difference Christian Life Resources has with what is referenced here is that CLR talks about life existing…

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Shall We Call It ‘Doublespeak?’

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources I don’t really know if there is a word for it. There is a secondary definition for “double talk”: Deliberately ambiguous or evasive language. Also called doublespeak. While some use this type…

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Abortion Must Be Labeled Murder

QUESTION: Can we call abortion murder? ANSWER: We answer YES for the following reasons: 1) The Scripture calls it murder. 2) It fits the definition of the word murder. Let us look at the second point first. MURDER is defined…

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Bible Passages Relating to Abortion

Genesis 9:3,5 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting…

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It Sounds Like an Argument — I Don’t Think So!

Pastor Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Stanford University’s John Donohue and University of Chicago’s Steven Levitt used economic modeling to assert in a recent study that part of the decreased crime rate we have enjoyed these past years…

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Remembering a Child Who Never Was

About five years ago, a young woman graduating from high school had a rather traumatic encounter. As she was in the hallway, lining up for the processional, a woman came up to her and tied a white ribbon around her…

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Planned Parenthood: An Abortion Network

History of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Born in 1879 6th of 11 children Father Fought in Sherman’s Army (March to the Sea) Never provided for his family properly Family Mother was a strict Catholic Father had no use for religion…

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Psalm 139 Says What Needs Saying

Pastor Joel C. Gerlach A noted Scottish churchman, Erskine of Linlathen, once said that Psalm 139 was one bit of writing he would choose to have on hand on his deathbed. Perhaps not your choice, nor mine either for that…

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Who Needs the Counseling Here?

Sometimes It Is Not Just the Pregnant Woman Many of the women who come to the Pregnancy Care Center need a lot of sound Christian help. But sometimes they bring with them someone who is in much greater need of…

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Bible Study: Abortion Slogans

Lutherans for Life This study lists five statements often used to justify abortion and examines them in the light of God’s Word. I. “A fetus is not a person Isaiah 49:1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant…

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The Father and Issues of Life and Death

When abortion is marketed to the general public its advocates emphasize the autonomous right of the woman to make this decision. Society has so bought into that notion that in 1976 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the father of…

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Biblical References Regarding Abortion Legislation

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. Psalm 64:2-6 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,…

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Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod’s Resolution on Abortion

NOTE: At the July 1979 convention of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) meeting in Watertown, Wisconsin, the church body adopted this position against the killing of babies in the womb. This 1979 position on abortion is found below. On…

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Abortion – Men Hurt in Silence

Karen Fifer, Pregnancy Crisis Center of Wichita, Inc. “I’m pregnant.” These are powerful words that can evoke fear, anxiety, joy, and confusion in men. An unplanned pregnancy puts men in a peculiar place; on one side he is supposed to…

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Is It Time for Tolerance in the Pro-Life Movement?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources A strategy often used to win the public opinion for inauspicious moral positions is to refrain from arguing the position. Instead, the strategy is to argue for tolerance. In other words, you…

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Q&A on Abortion on Demand and Child Abuse

QUESTION: What do you say to the person who says that abortion on demand reduces child abuse? ANSWER: In response to pro-choice advocates, we can with Biblical conviction say to those who feel abortion on demand reduces child abuse: How…

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The Cost of Abortion — Higher Than You Might Think

I recently received a letter from an attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The contents were chilling. The lawyer is representing a 28-year-old man who has been charged with criminal homicide of his fiance. Here’s what happened. A young couple met in…

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One Couple’s Struggle with Abortion

Fred Minnick, Daily O’Collegian (Oklahoma State University) In December 1977, an 18-year-old woman was faced with the choice of life or death. It began when she met a boy at a hometown IGA grocery store. He was a sacker and…

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What to Do With Baby?

Rev. Wayne Mueller Competent and sympathetic counselors understand that guiding an expectant mother to a God-pleasing decision is a complex job. There is always more to deal with in the heart of the soon-to-be mother than the basic ethical-moral question…

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‘I Knew You’ [God as the Author of Life] // Bible Study

The year was 628 B.C. The great Assyrian empire which had carried the northern kingdom of Israel into captivity was soon to be replaced by the Babylonian empire. Meanwhile, the days were fast approaching in which the Lord would send…

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I Had an Abortion This Morning

“I Had an Abortion This Morning” It is January 22, the anniversary date of the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States. Every year this date brings with it a mixed bag of emotions for me….

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Q&A on Unborn Babies’ Souls

QUESTION: What has become of the souls of the millions of babies that have died through miscarriage and abortion? ANSWER: The fate of an unborn child’s soul is always in question. The reason for that is because God defines the…

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Q&A on Overturning ‘Roe v. Wade’

Question: Is there any hope of overturning Roe v. Wade? Answer: Roe v. Wade was the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion across the nation. Many feel we are nearing the necessary majority margin on the Supreme Court…

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Court Decisions Legalizing U.S. Abortion

Prior to 1967, abortion was prohibited in all 50 states except when the mothers life was in danger. Between 1967 and 1973, 18 states added further exceptions, mostly to allow abortion in case of rape or incest, or for certain…

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Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) Position on Abortion

NOTE: At the July 1979 convention of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) meeting in Watertown, Wisconsin, the church body adopted this position against the killing of babies in the womb. This 1979 position on abortion is found below. On…

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Fetal Pain: OK, What’s the Point?

Pastor Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director Researchers claim they found a dramatic rise in fetal stress hormones when they inserted a needle into fetuses for blood transfusions. Already I hear some of my peers exclaiming, “I told you so!” The…

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Abortion Excuses

Rev. Wayne Mueller 1. The fetus is not life. “Why do you kill it if it is not life?” 2. The woman has a right to do what she wants with her own body. “Who cares what the father thinks?…

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Inconvenient People and the Quality of Life

Rev. Thomas Trapp An interview with Kenneth Schleef, a Christian with cerebral palsy. Q: Your appearance at the Life Chain-Madison this fall told me you’re concerned about life issues. I also know you have cerebral palsy. Tell me about your…

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Playing God — A Most Deadly Game

Pastor Glen Schaumberg “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman so that she delivers her child prematurely, but there is no harm to either the mother or child, the man should pay the fine her husband put on…

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The Book of Jonah and Our Mission to an Ungodly Nation // Bible Study

  Introduction Nineveh was a city where wickedness was rampant. Although we do not have all the details of what went on in the city. it is enough to see that God’s patience toward the city was wearing thin. Therefore…

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How About the Quality of Life?

Richard D. Balge Didn’t anyone tell Elizabeth that it was dangerous for a woman of her age to have a child? Didn’t anyone remind her that a child born to her after the normal child-bearing years was a poor statistical…

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The Shape of the Lutheran Ethic – A Look at Life Issues Decision-Making

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller Gone are the days when your pastor’s toughest medical counseling was talking to grandma about entering the nursing home. The advance of technology, the growth of the health care industry and the huge investment of the…

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How Would God Feel About an Abortion in the Case of Rape?

Professor John F Brug, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary QUESTION: How would God feel about abortion in the case of rape? Personally, I am strongly against abortion, yet I feel that it would be acceptable in this instance. I want to know…

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A Wrong Diagnosis Could Have Cost Me My Life

Shauna Bauer Abortion is a very controversial issue. It always has been and probably always will be. These days, the battle between pro-life and pro-abortion activists seems to be very intense. There is a great need for support of the…

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Is Abortion Just an Election Issue for Christians?

Dr. James I. Lamb, Executive Director, Lutherans for Life “I could never vote for anyone who favors the destruction of innocent life in the womb,” Sam stated bluntly. Fred replied, “I’m opposed to abortion as much as you are, Sam,…

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What Does God Say About the Beginning of Life? // Bible Study

What Does God Say About the Beginning of Life? // Bible Study (Student’s Guide) READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGES: A. Life Comes from God Genesis 2:7 The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into…

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Is An Objection on Religious Grounds Enough?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources “The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.” [attributed to H.G. Wells, 1866-1946] We have done it before, and it appears we are poised to do it again….

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Tell the Truth

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources Why Are We Here? Christian Life Resources (CLR) was never a ministry about convincing pro-life people to be pro-life. Though we serve all people, we are doctrinally aligned with the…

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Q&A on Abortion to Save a Mother’s Life

QUESTION: Is there ever a medical situation where it is necessary to cause an abortion in order to save the mother’s life? ANSWER: The most obvious, though relatively rare, example is any pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus (ectopic)….

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The Value of Human Life

Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources It is becoming more difficult to know what to do in life and death situations. Advancements in medicine, challenges in the court, and changing opinions have raised questions about when life…

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Christian Life Resources Abortion Position Statement

Preamble Abstract Background Terminology The Issues Section 1: What the Scriptures Say About Human Life Human Beings are Unique and Prized in All God’s Creation Human Beings Consist of Body and Soul Human Beings Exist in the Womb Protecting the…

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Scripture on Life

GOD IS THE CREATOR OF LIFE “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” ~ Genesis 1:27 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me…

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Abortion and the Law

Former Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Victor Manian On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in a decision by seven of the nine justices, held that state statutes prohibiting abortion were unconstitutional. The decision has divided the nation,…

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Precious Life

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources In a Salon website article dated Jan. 23, 2014, Mary Elizabeth Williams made a shocking acknowledgment: “Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal.” With those…

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You Can Speak Up on Abortion

1. Some Basics of Good Communication in General The information you present is extremely important. You may talk and talk and speak up about the issues of abortion all your life and never do any good on anybody that you…

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