This week Kentucky Today reported the release of some heartbreaking numbers that we all knew were coming. We learned abortions ended 3,664 lives in Kentucky in 2019.
According to Genesis 1:26-27, God created each of those babies in his image. They were created by God to reflect him in this world.
Psalm 139 teaches that God our Creator is the one who intricately weaves their cells, tissue, organs, and skin together so that we could see how they were “fearfully and wonderfully made”. All of this is for God’s glory and our joy.
Instead, as it relates to these 3,664 children made in the image of God, no one will know the color of their eyes or hear the joy of their laughter. It is, indeed, heartbreaking, and more than heartbreaking. It is tragic.
While this news is tragic, next year’s report could be even worse. In 2019, there was only one licensed abortion clinic in Kentucky. Now, under the leadership of Governor Andy Beshear, two licensed clinics are operating in the commonwealth.
It is hard to reconcile the drastic measures taken to protect people from the coronavirus while the number of abortion clinics has increased. These clinics only exist to terminate human life. Some things just do not make sense. Leadership aimed at preserving life while at the same time advocating and enabling more opportunities for the taking of life seems wildly inconsistent.
So far, there have been 1,242 COVID-19 related deaths reported in 2020 in Kentucky. Each of these lives is valuable and a source of grief for every Kentuckian. I, like many Kentucky Baptists, am praying regularly for a cure and vaccine for COVID-19. However, as it relates to abortion, Kentucky Right to Life says there have already been 3,269 abortions at the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville in 2020.
As we look to the future, protecting the life of the unborn must be a priority for Kentucky Baptists. We must pray together and work together for the day when there will be no legalized abortions in the commonwealth.
If you are considering an abortion, or if you know someone who is, please know that there are other options. There are more than 40 pregnancy support centers. The people in these centers consider it their life’s mission to help those who find themselves in this situation. Find a center near you at kybaptist.org/pregnancycare.
Please know if you have had an abortion there is hope for you too. God will forgive you and comfort you if you turn to him. There are 2,360 Kentucky Baptist churches filled with people who God will use to love you and help you. You can find one near you.