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Why are we holding signs in front of Wal Mart?

Today we are holding the following signs in front of WalMart in Ponderay, Idaho.

Wal Mart signs

Wal Mart sells in their stores at least two brands of drugs that are sometimes referred to as "the morning after pill". Here is a photo of their store shelves with these two branded drugs, Plan B One-Step and Take Action:

Plan B One Step at Wal Mart

First, let's establish the premise that would draw abolitionists of human abortion to be concerned. It should actually draw all Christians to be concerned. Jesus said to love our neighbors as ourselves. The question then presented Him in the Bible was then - Who is my neighbor?

The person asking that question of Jesus wanted to deflect his responsibility toward some people versus others. But the answer Jesus gave suggests we should care about all of humanity that is alive on the planet today and especially those in our own area and neighborhoods. Since love is not just good feelings but also action - Jesus said when you feed the hungry, clothe the poor, house the homeless, help any who are needy, that you do it for Him - we must survey our landscape and ask who has a need that is unfulfilled?

One answer of urgent priority is neighbors who have been dehumanized and are being murdered. That is why we oppose abortion. Abortion is the sin of murder, and there is a whole class of people who, based on their size, age, ability and location, have been targeted by society for termination - the preborn.

The preborn lack a voice in our culture, and their destruction is so widely accepted (About 80% of Americans in every Gallup poll on abortion since 1975 think it ought to be legal to abort your child), that they are now aborted in ways not even considered by the general population.

One example, in vitro fertilization creates and destroys embryos (human persons) by the millions over the years. In fact, at any given moment, there are 600,000 cryogenically frozen human persons in IVF clinics around this country, awaiting implantation or destruction.

Another, the IUD (intra uterine device), is another abortifacient, which is the term used when "birth control" prevents implantation of a fertilized egg into the endometrial lining of the uterus, where it would develop a placenta and grow and prosper toward birth. According to WebMD, here is how the IUD works: "One type releases the hormone progestin, which causes the cervical mucus to become thicker so the sperm cannot reach the egg. The hormone also changes the lining of the uterus, so implantation of a fertilized egg cannot occur. There are two hormone IUDs available: Mirena can be used for up to 5 years and the Skyla can be implanted for up to 3 years."

Note the term "implantation". Implantation is what would happen with a fertilized egg - an egg penetrated by a sperm, so that human life has begun, and a person exists.

But, is a fertilized egg a person?

Now you might argue that a fertilized egg is not a Person, to which we reply with the Biblical answer, since we are to judge the truth by the Words of the Creator of truth. According to the Bible there are two components to every person - the body and the spirit. When God made humans, He said "let's make them in our image." Since God the Father is a Spirit (John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth). Hebrews 12:9 confirms that we should be in subjection to God who is the Father of spirits (emphasis mine).

The image of God, in which humans are said to have been made, is not in the image of God's body, which the Father does not have, but in the image of His Spirit. Granted, His Spirit is infinite, and ours is spirit to a lesser degree, but this fact which we are image bearers is what makes human beings more valuable than the animals. We are the only thing on the earth that God created in His image, and it is for this fact alone that God said we may not murder each other (Genesis 9:6).

We have answered in detail before when a human spirit enters the human body. To recap, the Bible is clear that the body without the spirit is dead (James 2:26), so that if there is a living human body, then a human spirit in the image of God is present. The size, ability or location of the living person does not factor into God's judgment as to whether a person is present.

Are these drugs at Wal Mart abortifacient?

It is important to define abortifacient - it is the action of a fertilized egg being prevented from implantation in the uterus. Biblically, humans can not take deliberate actions that prevent implantation of an already fertilized egg, since that is a person, and that would then constitute the murder of an image bearer of God, which God forbids (Exodus 20:13 and Genesis 9:6).

Plan B One-Step and Take Action contain a drug called levonorgestrel. The One-Step identification means it is one pill in the package that contains 1.5 mg of the drug. According to WebMD and drugs.com, here is what the drug does:

"Levonorgestrel, as contraception, is a progestogen that causes thickening of cervical mucus, inhibition of sperm capacitation or survival, and alteration of the endometrium. Levonorgestrel, as an emergency contraceptive, prevents ovulation or fertilization by altering tubal transport of sperm and/or ova, as well as inhibiting implantation by altering the endometrium."

First, we want to take issue even with the term contraception. According to dictionary.com, the definition of contraception is "the deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation by any of various drugs, techniques, or devices". Impregnation is defined as "get with child or young: to fertilize". Now, we introduce the problem with Plan B One-Step and other packaged brands that contain levonorgestrel.

Note that last part of the sentence from Drugs.com as to how levonorgestrel works: "as well as inhibiting implantation by altering the endometrium." The endometrium is the lining of the uterus that would otherwise be receptive to the implantation of a fertilized egg, or a new human person. Most fertilization happens when the egg is still traveling in the fallopian tubes, descending toward the uterus. Therefore, it can be days after fertilization before the new baby even implants, yet during these days, the baby is growing and developing, and a spirit resides in that small body. This is the very way Jesus Himself entered the world, in the fallopian tube of a mortal woman, impregnated by the sperm of God, planted by the Holy Spirit. When Mary went with haste to the hill country to see her cousin Elizabeth in Luke chapter 1, it is likely Jesus was still only a fertilized egg in the fallopian tube of Mary. Yet, when she went into Elizabeth, John the Baptist leapt in Elizabeth's womb, and Elizabeth declared Mary to be "the mother of my Lord".

Mary was already accounted a mother, and the baby in her fallopian tube or womb was already Jesus the Christ. Of course, it is an amazing fact that the Creator of the universe would enter the world in such a small form and in one of the most dangerous places on earth - the womb of a mother.

Levonorgestrel is not just contraception

While levonorgestrel could prevent fertilization, it also works to prevent implantation of an already fertilized egg. In that case, it is not a contraception, but an abortifacient. Abortifacient means "causing abortion". Abortion, according to dictionary.com is "the removal of an embryo or a fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy".

So, in the implantation prevention, levonorgestrel is causing the removal of an embryo from the uterus, and it is thus an abortion.

God said "Thou shalt not kill". As the author of life, God reserves for himself the ability to take away life that He has given. Note what Job said in Job 1:21 - "the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord".

This is the key concept. This is why miscarriage is not murder but abortion is. Once an egg is fertilized, we humans may not act to cause that new human being to die. We must act to protect the poor, needy and oppressed. We must act to preserve life.

And, this is what it has come down to. When we oppose abortion, many will say to us - go to the abortion clinic and oppose it there. Yet, our local Wal Mart is the abortion clinic. Actually, the real problem is in the hearts and minds of Americans, that at the rate of 80%, widely accept the notion that human life lacks value in the womb. Society at large has adopted an ageist mentality that those who are too small, too unconscious, too incapable, without a voice, can be detroyed at the whim of their mothers.

Worse, many Christians do not follow the commands of their Lord and seek to deliver those being drawn to death. They do not seek to be a voice for those appointed to destruction (Proverbs 31:8). Remember what is written in the book of James 1:27 - "pure religion and undefiled before God the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction".

The preborn being abandoned to abortion are the fatherless. They are being afflicted.

The Other Problem

Of course, there is another problem, why are people needing "emergency contraception" in the first place? In advertising for Plan B, there is the question "condom broke?"

Are married people using Plan B, or are predominately unmarrieds using this drug? It is a problem for both, but let's discuss the notion of "safe sex". There is only one type of safe sex, and that is married sex between a man and a woman. In Hebrews 13:4, the Bible declares that the marriage bed alone is undefiled. All sex is lawful before God in the context of heterosexual marriage. It is safe, because only this type of sex does not merit God's justice and earn God's condemnation and judgment. 1 Cor 6:9 - Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor 10:9-10).

Murderers will have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone (Rev 21:8).

But, there is hope - repent and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ today.