Tuesday, November 29, 2005

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

Our church is opening a crisis pregnancy center January of 2006. Our goal is to see babies born and see moms and dad born again. But to hear Dr. William F. Harrison of Arkansas speak, he is already enabling women to be born again. When I say born again I am referencing people coming to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When Dr. Harrison speaks of born again he is speaking of the blessing he feels he is giving women when he performs abortions for them. He feels he's giving life: He calls his patients "born again." This is how he explains it;
"When you end what the woman considers a disastrous pregnancy, she has literally been given her life back," he says. He performs many abortions on each work day and sees himself as giving women their life back!

Here is an actual account taken from the L.A. Times article where a reporter spent some time with Dr. Harrison;
An 18-year-old with braces on her teeth is on the operating table, her head on a plaid pillow, her feet up in stirrups, her arms strapped down at her sides. A pink blanket is draped over her stomach. She's 13 weeks pregnant, at the very end of the first trimester. She hasn't told her parents.

A nurse has already given her a local anesthetic, Valium and a drug to dilate her cervix; Harrison prepares to inject Versed, a sedative, in her intravenous line. The drug will wipe out her memory of everything that happens during the 20 minutes she's in the operating room. It's so effective that patients who return for a follow-up exam often don't recognize Harrison.

The doctor is wearing a black turtleneck, brown slacks and tennis shoes. He snaps his gum as he checks the monitors displaying the patient's pulse rate and oxygen count.

"This is not going to be nearly as hard as you anticipate," he tells her.

She smiles wanly. Keeping up a constant patter — he asks about her brothers, her future birth control plans, whether she's good at tongue twisters — Harrison pulls on sterile gloves.

"How're you doing up there?" he asks.

"Doing OK."

"Good girl."

Harrison glances at an ultrasound screen frozen with an image of the fetus taken moments before. Against the fuzzy black-and-white screen, he sees the curve of a head, the bend of an elbow, the ball of a fist.

"You may feel some cramping while we suction everything out," Harrison tells the patient.

A moment later, he says: "You're going to hear a sucking sound."

The abortion takes two minutes. The patient lies still and quiet, her eyes closed, a few tears rolling down her cheeks. The friend who has accompanied her stands at her side, mutely stroking her arm.

When he's done, Harrison performs another ultrasound. The screen this time is blank but for the contours of the uterus. "We've gotten everything out of there," he says.

As the nurse drops the instruments in the sink with a clatter, the teenager looks around, woozy.

"It was a lot easier than I thought it would be," she says. "I thought it would be horrible, but it wasn't. The procedure, that is."

She is not yet sure, she says, how she is doing emotionally. She feels guilty, sad and relieved, all in a jumble.

"There's things wrong with abortion," she says. "But I want to have a good life. And provide a good life for my child." To keep this baby now, she says, when she's single, broke and about to start college, "would be unfair."

Jesus said you must be born again, and it is only God's grace that will allow you the gift of faith to receive Christ as your own. This is the message that we must get out to this lost and dying world. I do not need to tell you what is wrong with the account of that young girl, you get that. But do you and I get the battle that is truly being waged each day as babies are regularly and routinely killed in the name of enabling women to be "born again"? May God have mercy on our soul!

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pastor tom