Last week, graphic autopsy images were released of a woman dying from a legal abortion. Her mother insisted the photos be made public. The story broke my heart.
As 18-year-old Marla Cardamone lay in her casket prior to viewing, the funeral director suggested to Marla’s mother, Deborah, they close the casket so people would not see Marla’s disfigured face. Deborah Caramone told him to leave the casket open. She hopes to expose the lies of the abortion industry and wants people to understand that abortions are not always ‘safe and legal’. In order to do this, she bravely chose to show her daughter’s bruised and swollen face, caused by abortion-related complications. Marla died at a Pennsylvania hospital, and Deborah Cardamone vowed her daughter would not be forgotten.
Just a few days earlier, a medical counselor pushed Marla to have an abortion, telling her that the prescription medication she had been taking would cause her baby to be born with severe birth defects. Following Marla’s death, it was determined by doctors that her baby had no abnormalities.
Father Frank Pavone once said that “America will never resist abortion until America sees abortion.”
Thanks in part to advances in technology such as ultrasound imagery, it’s clear and easy to see a growing and moving fetus inside a mother’s womb, which has raised awareness that an unborn child is alive and human and that abortion is murder.
Americans have tolerated the evil of legalized abortion and have become so desensitized to violence and death that we don’t see eliminating innocent human life as a brutal or selfish act – or at least we don’t speak up about it enough. God have mercy on our hardened hearts.
I recently had a head-spinning conversation with a young woman about defining life. She was so disconnected with the Bible, reality, and science that she insisted that if she became pregnant, whatever it was growing inside her was not technically alive unless she was at a point in her life where she was ready and wanted to have a baby. Apparently, this is called ‘reproductive justice.’
On this 40-year anniversary of Roe V. Wade when approximately 57 million babies have been legally prevented from being born – thanks to un-elected federal judges enforcing immorality on all Americans in 1973 – Planned Parenthood receives $542 million a year from U.S. taxpayers. Some states are trying to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, but this barely puts a dent in their $1 billion annual budget. Regardless, abortion on demand remains the law of the land.
You may have heard the numbers: 1 in every 9 women who visit Planned Parenthood ends up having an abortion, which results in one every 94 seconds. (In all abortion clinics nationwide, there is an abortion every 26 seconds.)
A new Marist poll shows that 83% of Americans favor significant restrictions on abortion. Nineteen states enacted 43 restrictions on abortion services last year, and even more restrictions were enacted in 2011. However, restricting the murder of the unborn is not enough. Even reversing Roe v. Wade wouldn’t stop the evil of man. Our culture is too far gone, and only God through Jesus Christ can change human hearts. We need to reach people with the message that every single life is a divine gift and has value.
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.