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California Corrupts Science and Scripture in Pursuit of Abortion Sanctuary Status

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has even placed pro-abortion billboards in pro-life states.
Denise Harle
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has placed pro-abortion billboards in pro-life states.

It should surprise no one that the lives of unborn children and the well-being of their mothers are at stake on California ballots this November.

This time, Proposition 1 seeks to enshrine a right to abortion up to the moment of birth in the California state constitution. And the language leaves the door wide open for taxpayers to foot the bill.

All told, it seeks to push the state further than even the extreme decision in Roe v. Wade.

Planned Parenthood’s website in support of the proposition claims it allows women the freedom to make their decision “based on scientific facts, not a political agenda.” But if any of those facts endanger the abortion giant’s staggering $1.7 billion in revenue, they are conveniently left out of the conversation. For example:

  • Many women are unsure of their decision at the time they have an abortion, and the majority go on to suffer emotional and psychological pain, including suicidal ideations.
  • In abortions performed after 15 weeks, women face a higher risk of needing a hysterectomy, other reparative surgery, or a blood transfusion.
  • According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, the risk of a mother dying from an abortion rises exponentially between the 8th and 18th week of her pregnancy.
  • There are countless documented instances of abortionists causing major injuries and even death to women and failing to report it.

Regardless, states like California continue enforcing a deadly regime of abortion on demand throughout pregnancy, an extreme policy shared by only six nations across the globe.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, fresh off signing a dozen bills that would funnel taxpayer money into the abortion industry, has even placed pro-abortion billboards in pro-life states like Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

The ads recycle several of the outright lies consistently hurled at women, but one includes a new wrinkle.

Just below a web address that leads to another taxpayer-funded abortion website, we find a choppy and grammatically confusing version of Mark 12:31.

“Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.”

Besides the sickness of the idea that abortion is an act of love, the verse is missing its context. You can almost see the furrowed brows of passersby as they wonder why the sentence ends in “these” even though only one commandment is referenced.

The complete thought from Jesus in Mark 12:30-31 reads:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second [commandment] is, love your neighbor as yourself. There is no command greater than these.”

Once again, any part of the story that doesn’t serve California’s tangled narrative is conveniently removed. Because if we truly seek to love the Lord, that means we must agree that He “created my inward parts” and “knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

It would mean we must believe Him when He promises “even the hairs of your head have all been counted” (Matthew 10:30), that His “hands made me and formed me” (Psalm 119:73a), and that “the Spirit of God has made” every human life “and the breath of the Almighty gives” that life. (Job 33:4)

If Gov. Newsom’s woefully distorted messages or California’s egregious ballot measure were actually encouraging us to seek the truth according to science and Scripture, we would find that abortion is deadly and barbaric, not just for the unborn lives God so lovingly and purposefully knit together in the womb, but also for the mothers who are carrying them.

Please join us in praying that California voters will truly love their neighbors: men, women, children, and the unborn.

Denise Harle
Senior Counsel, Director of Center for Life
Denise Harle serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is the director of the Center for Life.