” We must remember that “the whole world is under the control of the evil one,” (1 John 5:19) and that no appeal to reason, ethics, morality, decency, etc., will avail apart from the power of God bringing repentance and truth to those deceived.
“The whole world,” according to Paul in Ephesians 2, is motivated by, driven by, captive of, that spirit being, the adversary who hates Jesus Christ with a passion that we cannot even begin to imagine. Because he hates Him and because we are part of His body, he hates us. But he tries to sell himself to us—himself and his way—as though it were really attractive, glamorous, beneficial, good, fulfilling, and rewarding.
I received a call from a woman a year or so ago calling on the behalf of a group that champions the work of Planned Parenthood. She told me that she supports a woman’s “right to choose” and that “people like me” try to hold women back and chain them to a man or a house full of children. I told her that I did not feel this way but I also felt that a woman is powerful enough to not find herself in ANY position that she does not want to be in, she is not helpless. In other words, the only way to freedom and success for a woman does not come through abortion. She was unconvinced and after a moment or two I asked her how her life turned out after her abortion. For a moment she did not answer but then she said that she had been married twice and was now separated. She never had any other children. I inquired about her career, she did not want to talk about it. After a moment, she seemed angry, muttered some type of obscenity and hung up.
In other words, after going through the abortion she did not achieve the successful and fun life promised by the excising the unwanted child. So many things and ideas sold to young women and men are sold as bright, shiny and new. Let me give you an example, Virginia Slims is a cigarette brand first manufactured in 1968 and marketed to young professional women using the slogan “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Here is the jingle:
You’ve come a long way, baby
To get where you’ve got to today
You’ve got your own cigarette now, baby
You’ve come a long, long way
“From 1969 until 1971 (when cigarette advertising on television became prohibited), television advertising was an important component; the commercials would begin with actors dressed in period costumes re-enacting the early 20th century anecdotes in comedic fashion, followed by a glamorous modern-day model, smoking the product while proudly dressed in the latest fashions” Wikipedia
I remember these advertisements, women were no longer “under the thumb” of men and they could dress, wear make-up, beautiful clothes and they were liberated all because of a small slim cigarette. You were empowered by a tobacco filled slip of paper, you were free. When I made the cross country track team in the ninth grade, commercials for cigarettes on television were long prohibited, however, the five “glam” girls on the team “lit up” after every practice. I was offered a “drag” one day and became crazy believing that my mother would smell the scent on me. I brushed my teeth roughly 10 times, sprayed a bottle of perfume all over me and became really paranoid when she looked at me “funny”. I don’t blame her, I probably had a wild, fearful look in my eyes while stinking with perfume.
Unfortunately, slim cigarettes made for women did none of the things promised. You did not get the great clothes, you did not become “liberated”, you did not become successful. The Surgeon General Report from that era tied the increase of smoking among teenage girls to rises in sales of Virginia Slims and other “niche” brands marketed directly to women. In fact, it was determined that there was a direct link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Lung cancer is a slow growing cancer and the legions of women began smoking four decades ago, perhaps beginning with the allure of those cute Virginia Slims commercials. All of the features and freedom promised with the cigarettes basically “went up in smoke”.
I feel that this is probably the same with abortion on demand or using abortion as a solution for birth control. Although much of the media reports that 97 percent of all the women who go through the procedure are “happy” and well adjusted afterwards, I somehow doubt it. Especially in the case of the woman who called me. In the wee hours of the morning, now that she is past the time where it is possible for her to have a child, I wonder if she dreams of what “could have been”. At this point, the “hard times” would have been over and perhaps she would have had grandchildren. And perhaps she would not have called a stranger such as me, several states away to sell an idea that I would not buy. I don’t know, but I doubt it.