As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, abortion foes protest

Print More
Messages in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside Parliement in Cape Town on  Monday (Dec. 9).

Photo courtesy GovernmentZA via Flickr

Messages in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside Parliement in Cape Town on Monday (Dec. 9).

Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.

(RNS) As world leaders and ordinary citizens gathered to remember Nelson Mandela, abortion foes objected in blistering tones to his support for a sweeping abortion rights law they said negates any good the anti-apartheid leader achieved.

  • Tom Downs

    Can we presume that these folks would have supported the old regime because they agreed with their stand on choice? Single issue people do more harm than good.

  • Pingback: As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, abortion foes protest | Do You Really Believe?()

  • Pingback: As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, abortion foes protest | Hartford Faith & Values()

  • Commentary / Francis C. Richter

    On A Journey of Madness

    Making something legal through legislation or a court decision doesn’t necessarily make it right. One of the best examples of this is when it was declared legal to forcefully end a human life being created inside the womb by the Master Creator of life Himself, cell by cell, organ by organ, soon a beating heart, miracle of all miracles, tenderly and lovingly forming each precious little person He loves so much. They are His. They belong to Him. How dare we destroy them?

    “A voice was heard in Rama, weeping and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18 .What was spoken by Jeremiah the Prophet thousands of years ago could just as well have been meant for what is happening today:

    Once a woman chooses death for the child she’s carrying in her womb, the next step is to find a “doctor” who will kill it for her; comparable to hiring a fast gun in the old west to get rid of someone who was cramping their style in one way or another. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys the temple of God, him will God destroy; for holy is the temple of God, and this temple you are.” 1 Corinthians 16:17.

    Abortion must be an extremely lucrative specialty in order to entice “doctors” to risk their eternity killing little unborn babies, 55 million of them since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in 1973. It is a genocide of diabolical proportions 3,500, little unborn babies being torn apart every day, limb by limb from their mother’s wombs, or burned to death with saline, or a scissors jabbed into the back of their necks just under the base of the skull and opened up so a vacuum hose can be inserted in order to suck out the child’s brains. Are we talking madness here or what?

    Almost certainly the pregnant mother has to sign a form giving the abortionist permission to kill her baby. Does anyone believe the child, about to be executed, would also sign that form if he or she was able to, knowing what was about to take place? It’s easy to be pro-choice when you’re not the one being killed.

    There can be no question that a child, growing in its mother’s womb is alive, or it would not continue to grow and develop. Why then is it not murder to kill it? It’s illegal to force one’s way into an abortion clinic and kill an abortion “doctor,” as well it should be. But should not the law protect the entrance to the womb as well as the entrance to an abortion clinic? The Supreme Court needs to explain why murder is constitutional when it occurs inside the womb, but a first degree felony when it occurs outside.

    It is a fait accompli that life begins at conception, the moment the sperm penetrates the ovum. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you,” Jeremiah 1:5. What a mockery of truth to rule that only third trimester abortions be made illegal. Conception is day one of our lives, not six months into the pregnancy. To intentionally and forcefully interrupt that life is a direct violation of God’s fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13.

    What is it that doctors recite at the beginning of the Hippocratic Oath before they enter practice – “First do no harm,” empty meaningless words for those “doctors” who choose the specialty of abortion. In Matthew 18:14 a dire warning: “Even so it is not the will of your Father in heaven that a single one of these little ones should perish.”

    Who can deny if these tiny ones could only plead with us and describe what the horrible torture of abortion feels like, and how it feels to be denied the life God has given them, the killing would almost surely stop that very day, that very moment? But they can’t talk; neither can they file charges, or circulate petitions, or march, or vote, or testify before Congress, or scream while they’re being torn from their mother’s wombs, the only support system they’ve ever known. And so the killing continues, with life, liberty and justice denied.

    Sooner or later, if this murderous path of madness continues, God is going to bring this once great and proud nation to her knees; count on it. It may already be happening.

    As a male and retired doctor I try my best to understand the terrible emotional feelings many women experience when they find out they’re carrying an unwanted pregnancy. My heart goes out to them. They need to get God involved in their lives as never before in every form of prayer. If the woman doesn’t want her baby many times her family will help raise it. If not there’s always the option of offering the baby for adoption. These are both moral and spiritual choices; but not abortion.

    Dr. Francis Richter (retired)
    3403 Cascade Drive
    Weslaco, TX 78599-251
    (956) 969-4151

  • Mandela’s life was the embodiment of the human spirit. His energy will uplift every corner of the globe which battles for equal rights for its citizens. Hopefully we may do his legacy justice by starting at home and empowering our citizens once again. I was compelled to pay homage to Nelson Mandela with my art by creating a portrait of the world leader In Memoriam at Drop by and let us know how his strength has inspired you!

  • Frank

    Equal rights. Except for the most vulnerable of us, the unborn

  • Larry

    “As a male and retired doctor I try my best to understand the terrible emotional feelings many women experience when they find out they’re carrying an unwanted pregnancy.”

    Try harder.

    There is nothing from your little spiel which shows you ever bothered to even acknowledge the pregnant woman in the situation let alone care about her feelings. The anti-abortion view is premised on treating a woman as a non-entity through shaming tactics, chauvinism or just ignoring their existence altogether.

    The only thing I get from that little cut and paste is that you feel your self-styled moral superiority gives you license to tell woman how they should make personal decisions concerning their own bodies. I get the impression you

  • Larry

    Frank wants to give a fetus the right to vote!

  • Larry

    Fetus worshipers are a selfish lot. Any chance they can to interject themselves into a political discussion they will do so shamelessly.

  • Frank

    You sound like an idiot.

  • Pingback: As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, abortion foes protest | Toledo Faith & Values()

  • Earold Gunter

    I don’t like abortion, and I don’t think anyone who is sane does. I think it should be absolutely the last alternative used. However i am not the person who has to make the choice, which I am quite certain for most women, maybe not all, is a very difficult one.
    I find Christian biblical arguments against it disingenuous at best, hypocritical at worst. They believe what is written in their holy book is true, but fail to see the actions of their God, who not only killed thousands of adults, killed, or ordered killed babies, and pregnant mother, ergo unborn.
    They cherry pick verses to justify their biblical reasoning against abortion, rather than just state they are apposed to it based on their moral code, which once again is cherry picked (thank God ;-)) from the verses of their man made book.
    How about taking the energy used to fight against abortion and use it to advocate fro adoption, and improving the lives of those who were not aborted, but found themselves in less than ideal situations while being raised up as children, and now struggle to find success as adults?
    If you want to quote scripture, how about Mathew (not written by Mathew though) 7:1?

  • Servaas Hofmeyr

    Was Mandela not essentially a single issue person too?

  • Paul Wojtalewicz

    If you mean standing for justice on all issues, then yes, Nelson Mandela was a single-issue person. On the other hand, if the ultimate goal of anti-choice is to reduce the number of abortions performed, then a pro-choice stance is the only logical option. If you have doubts about this claim just watch Hillary Clinton’s testimony before Congress.