The people of Pennsylvania murder over 30,000 children every year. Rather than treat abortion as murder, the pro-life politicians of Pennsylvania regulate the practice of child sacrifice as if it were healthcare. The governing authorities of our state possess the moral, legal, and constitutional duty to establish justice for all human beings within their jurisdiction, including the preborn, by prohibiting the slaughter of children in the womb.
Contrary to widespread misinformation, the right to murder human beings is not protected by the Constitution, and our legislature is not bound by any law or duty to aid or abet Supreme Court justices in their attempted perversion of it. To the contrary, they are duty bound by their oaths to support, obey, and defend the United States Constitution and oppose such perversions and abuses of it. We demand that our legislators stop passing laws to regulate abortion. We demand the total and immediate abolition of human abortion.
WHEREAS all human beings are created in the image of God, and are thus endowed by their Creator with an inalienable right to life—
WHEREAS governments are instituted by God among men, being charged with the duty to secure this right and establish justice for all—
WHEREAS the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land throughout all the states and territories of our nation—
WHEREAS the Constitution of the United States mandates that no state shall deprive any human being of life, liberty, or property, without the due process of law, nor deny to any human being within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws—
WHEREAS the Constitution of the United States in no way, shape or form gives the Supreme Court the right to pervert the meaning of the Constitution and impose this perversion upon the other branches and/or states with the legal force of the Constitution itself—
WHEREAS the policy of following judicial precedent (stare decisis) is merely a judicial policy and not a rule of law mandated by the Constitution—
WHEREAS our state legislators, judges, and executive officers have sworn a solemn oath to support, obey, and defend the Constitution of the United States—
WHEREAS murder deprives an innocent human being of life—
WHEREAS abortion is murder—the murder of the weakest and most innocent human beings within our midst—
WHEREAS any government that allows murder to go unpunished has abandoned its most basic moral duties and obligations—
THEREFORE we the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are:
RESOLVED, that by allowing the murder of innocent children to go unpunished, the government of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has abandoned its most basic moral duties and obligations—
RESOLVED, that by falsely claiming that the “right” to murder one’s child is a right mandated by the Constitution of the United States, the Supreme Court has perverted the meaning of the Constitution—
RESOLVED, that our state legislators, judges, and executive officers are bound neither by law nor moral duty to accept or enforce this perversion of the Constitution—
RESOLVED, that our state legislators, judges, and executive officers are bound by solemn oath and moral duty to oppose this perversion of the Constitution within our state—
RESOLVED, that our state legislators, judges, and executive officers are bound by solemn oath and moral duty to provide the equal protection of the laws to all human beings in our state.
BEING SO RESOLVED we hereby respectfully demand that our state legislators stop protecting the murder of children by abortion within its jurisdiction and establish justice for all pre-born human beings in our state. We demand that our legislators stop passing laws to regulate abortion, and instead outlaw all abortion as murder. We demand that our judges fulfill their oaths of office and stop rubber-stamping the Supreme Court’s perversion of the U.S. Constitution in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. We demand that these changes be made now—not five, ten, or fifteen years down the road. In short, we the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania demand the total and immediate abolition of human abortion as the legal, Constitutional, and moral duty of our elected and appointed officials.
“Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought.”
—18 U.S. Code § 1111 – Murder
“The scientific answer is that the embryo is a human being from the time of fertilization because of its human chromosomal constitution. The zygote is the beginning of a developing human.”
—Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology
Murder is recognized as the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another. Children developing in the womb are recognized as human beings. Therefore to unlawfully kill a child developing in the womb is to murder that child.
Some may object that killing a preborn child is lawful, because of Supreme Court decisions in Roe vs Wade and Planned Parenthood vs Casey; therefore this form of killing humans is not murder. However these cases were judicial decisions, not laws, and the Supreme Court has no power granted to it by the Constitution to impose its unlawful opinions upon the other branches of government, or the people at large, with the force of law.
Furthermore, these Supreme Court decisions were laughable at best in their claim to accurately interpret the meaning of the Constitution. In the words of legal scholar Michael Stokes Paulsen,
“The result in Roe v., Wade was, to put the matter simply and directly, not warranted by any plausible argument from constitutional text, structure or history. I begin with the obvious: Roe is utterly indefensible as a matter of constitutional text. The suggestion that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (“[n]o state shall…deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law …”) actually entails an affirmative right to abortion, immune from government restriction, is hard to take seriously as a matter of constitutional language or of the original understanding of its drafters or ratifiers. In fact, I know of no serious scholar, judge, or lawyer who attempts to defend Roe’s analysis on textual or historical grounds. A first year law student who argued for such a position would likely get a “C-” in any good Constitutional Law course, and that’s only because of grade inflation.”
The right to kill one’s children is not protected by the original Constitutional text, and is certainly not protected by the Fourteenth Amendment, whose ratifiers actually worked to criminalize abortion (learn more).
Even if the Constitution did however sanction the killing of innocent human beings, it would be our right and duty as a people to abolish that wicked standard of law, and to establish justice for the children being murdered all around us. Our founding fathers made it clear in the Declaration of Independence “that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of [Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”
To put it another way, even the Constitution is not the highest standard of right and wrong over our nation; it is entirely possible for a human government to define laws which are inherently, morally wrong. As one famous civil rights leader wrote from prison,
“We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
–Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from Birmingham Jail
If the Constitution, or the Supreme Court, or any branch of our government elevates itself as the infallible standard of right and wrong in our nation, tyranny will inevitably reign. Government officials — and the people they govern — must always bear in mind that men and women in positions of authority are stewards of a greater King — that there necessarily exists an objective standard of right and wrong that is higher than the laws they produce. If human government is the ultimate source of morality, then we have no logical foundation for claiming that Hitler was wrong to slaughter millions of innocent people.
The truth is that whether they believe in Him or not, the God of the Bible is the One who instituted human government (Genesis 9:6), and He is the source of their authority. “For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” (Romans 13:4) When rulers reject their duty to reward good and punish evil according to God’s standard of law, they elevate themselves as a higher authority than God, following after the example of their father, Satan. As a result, they lead the people in foolish rebellion against the Source of all good, creating a nation of murderers and otherwise lawless people.
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil. (Ecclesiastes 8:11)
Therefore We the People of Pennsylvania are now calling our legislators to repent of their complicity with abortion, and to humbly submit to God’s law before He takes justice into His own hand (Isaiah 63:1-6). This certainly includes those legislators who overtly support the shedding of innocent blood — “Pro-Choice” as they sometimes call themselves. However our call to repentance also includes “Pro-Life” legislators who fail in a more subtle way, by regulating abortion as healthcare rather than abolishing it as murder. God hates when those under His authority pervert His standard of righteousness, and that is exactly what Pro-Life politicians do when they put forward legislation that does not define it as murder.
Why do we call abortion murder? Because it is murder, by God’s definition, and God’s definition is the only thing powerful enough to stop it — in our nation, and in the hearts of individuals. We call abortion murder because we know a God who forgives murderers; many of us have personally experienced His incredible grace and forgiveness for our guilt in this atrocity. We know that only by standing courageously on His truth will we ever find forgiveness for abortion and see an end to this American holocaust which has slaughtered over 60 million children. Therefore we respectfully demand that our legislators apply the biblical and legal definition of murder to every human being in our nation, regardless of age, race, gender or social status. To do any less is a dereliction of their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution, and more importantly, the law of God.
Josh Malone on why we call abortion murder
Although photographs like this can be difficult to look at, it’s important for people in our culture to understand that a mother has a real, living human being growing inside of her from the moment of conception. Due to widespread misinformation, our culture has lost sight of this fact, but our hypocrisy remains — we celebrate a new life whenever the child is wanted, but if she is unwanted, then she becomes nothing more than a blob of tissue.
Like you and me, children are more than just a blob of tissue. “Children are a heritage of the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” (Psalm 127:3)
Because of our uncompromising stand against evils in this world, abolitionists can sometimes appear to be a group of self-righteous Christians who go around condemning people. The truth however is quite the opposite; we are a group of wicked sinners who have found forgiveness and freedom in the power of Jesus Christ. Many of us have had abortions ourselves, or were pornography addicts, or drug addicts, and the list goes on.
What makes Christians different from the world is that we have encountered the source of true life, and have committed our lives to following Him. Speaking to a woman who had tried to fill her thirst in the natural world,
“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'” (John 4:13-14)
Jesus is the only genuine source of life, liberty and happiness that you will ever find. If you have had an abortion, understand that you will never find rest for your soul until you submit to the loving care of Jesus, who gave His life to be with you.
Who is Jesus, and why is He needed? We go into greater detail in our post on the gospel, but to sum it up, Jesus is a King who died to save His people, and everyone on earth has a need that only He can fill. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)
What is sin? It is disobedience to God, the one who created human beings (along with the rest of the Universe), and who knows what things will truly give us contentment and joy. He created our first parents, Adam and Eve, who were also the first people to disobey God’s law. Because of their failure, sin entered into the world and into us, their children (Genesis 3-4). Likewise death, God’s punishment for sin, entered into our lives through the fall of mankind.
“Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:40-43)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)
Without Christ, we are all heading for an eternity in Hell. When Jesus died, giving Himself willingly on a cross, there was a lot more happening than just the death of a man. He took the full weight of our sin upon His own sinless shoulders, dying the spiritual death of Hell that we deserve. Although He had never done anything wrong, He was willing and able to die on our behalf, so that we wouldn’t have to. He bore our shame and wickedness so that we could be free from the guilt and power of sin and death in our lives — free of condemnation.
Death was defeated when He rose from the grave three days later. And that same resurrection power is given to all who take shelter in His grace (Romans 6:8-12); He lives today and is in Heaven with God the Father, and one day we will be there with Him, if we accept His free gift of salvation.
When you turn to Jesus, with sincerity and humility, He also begins to change you from the inside out. His Spirit begins to uproot those sinful, selfish desires which lead to death, and He replaces them with a beauty that never perishes, a beauty that stems from within (1 Peter 3:3-4). That new life causes us to love God, and love our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:25-37), which is the force that leads abolitionists to stand up for preborn children.
Rather than continue as slaves to our sin and guilt, if we are humble enough to admit our guilt, we can find forgiveness in Jesus and a life that brings compassion to the people around us. Abortion is murder, the taking of an innocent life, but we know a God who forgives murderers when they are willing to admit their sin, and rest in humble reliance on His mercy and grace.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9)
Cleansing from the sin of abortion comes only from admitting our sin to God, and trusting in His solution to our sin — the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Healing begins at the foot of the cross. “Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
Theresa Cobb on her experience with abortion, and how she found healing in Jesus Christ
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the LORD our God.”(Psalm 20:7)
In some areas of Christian thought, involvement in the political process of our nation can seem like a useless exercise, or a distraction that deviates from what is truly important to God (e.g., the salvation of sinners) — trusting in chariots and horses, the pragmatic kingdoms of men. There are a lot of theological ideas and assumptions in that belief, such as the idea that God doesn’t really care about a nation’s laws, or that a nation’s laws don’t really have any impact on an individual’s salvation etc. These ideas may or may not be true, and a full examination of pietism would merit its own article.
However most biblical followers of Jesus should be able to agree that no positive change will come without the word of God being spoken in its power to those who need to hear it (John 15). All that we are doing as abolitionists is speaking the truth in love about our nation’s sin to those who need to hear it.
When the people who need to hear God’s word are civil leaders, an interesting problem arises — how does one get their attention? There are many possible answers to that question, but one obvious possibility is through the political process in which these men and women are involved. A petition is nothing more than a tool, that informs political leaders of their constituents’ desires. As such it is neither good nor bad, but the ideas behind the petition are what determine its worth.
The ideas undergirding our petition reflect the biblical assessment of sin, murder, and what God expects civil leaders to do about evils growing within the domain of their authority. By signing our petition, you will be helping to add force to the idea that the word of God has something to say to legislators, and they need to pay attention.
The video below describes some of the ideas that led to the creation of Senate Bill SB1118 in Oklahoma. In the upcoming months we will be calling the legislators of Pennsylvania to abolish abortion in our state; you can help this push by adding your signature to our petition.
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Garrisonian abolitionists stood squarely on the gospel of God and obedience to His word; therefore they focused on calling the United States of America to immediate and total repentance for the sin of chattel slavery. As their movement gained traction, things came to a head in Pennsylvania when the new abolitionists united in Philadelphia to hold a conference (AD 1838)…
The Philadelphians became so furious that over the course of the conference, they stood outside of Pennsylvania Hall, rioting and shouting, throwing rocks at the windows, and opposing the call to justice that the abolitionists of slavery both embodied and required. Angelina Grimke, one of the speakers, improvised her words in response to the rioters.
Men, brethren and fathers — mothers, daughters and sisters, what came ye out for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? Is it curiosity merely, or a deep sympathy with the perishing slave, that has brought this large audience together? [A yell from the mob without the building.] Those voices without ought to awaken and call out our warmest sympathies. Deluded beings! “They know not what they do.” They know not that they are undermining their own rights and their own happiness, temporal and eternal.
Once upon a time in a land considered great, the Liberty Bell represented freedom from tyranny and persecution. Throughout this nation’s short history, however, freedom’s toll was often stifled while her people allowed tyranny to reign. In days past, the blood of 4 million slaves once stained the bell, life wrung from African brothers and sisters who were deemed inhuman for their race, and treated worse than cattle. Now it is dripping with the blood of 60 million unborn children, little boys and girls deemed inhuman for their age, and for the comfort of those bigger and stronger.
Very often in this life, people will spend great amounts of time and energy pursuing trivial things, such as the latest trend in fashion, the activities of a popular singer, football statistics etc. At the same time, we often fail to think through our relationship to the most important Person who ever lives.
Two thousand years ago, a King was born into our world. Rather than glorify Himself like the tyrants in office today, He took on the form of a servant, and died to save His people. Because of His humility, God raised Him from the dead, and has exalted Him over every power that lifts itself up on earth.
This King Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and He is awesome in every sense of the word. One day every one of us will stand before Him — from the wicked men in the Supreme Court, to the sinner dealing drugs in a back alley. As His ambassadors, we are here to present you with a choice between life and death. What you do with Jesus will be the most important decision you ever make.
Powerful movements are not created by organizations or clever individuals; powerful movements are grounded in powerful ideas. The most powerful idea ever spoken became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1); Jesus taught that anyone who hears His words and puts them into practice is wise, whereas those who reject His word are foolish builders.
Abolitionists understand that any movement against national sin must be rooted in God’s perspective on the matter rather than the pragmatic wisdom of man. We believe that the Pro-Life movement at large has accepted an ideology that sounds practical to worldly thinkers, but rests upon the foolish wisdom of man. As such, we seek to replace that bad foundation with a rock-solid set of ideas that have power to actually make a difference.