It is the issue of abortion that stands in the way, that keeps the "progressive" element of femalekind from nearing perfection, from partaking in the fullest way of those things that are are unfolding in the Earth at this time in history (in the womb of Mother Earth). The issue of abortion is the achilles heel of the woman's movement, it brings it down. The defense of abortion robs the Women's Movement of its integrity in all other matters, its concerns for justice, and its (sometimes) opposition to the manly arts of killing and warfare. The subject, nevertheless, and the conflicts that have risen out of it, are as timely as the very words of the prophets (and prophetesses) themselves:
...And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come unto them...(Exodus 1:19).
A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recommpense to his enemies.
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came she was delivered of a man child (pay attention and understand the meaning...it does not say a "male child").
Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children...(Isaiah 66:6-13).
Perhaps it is a natural overreaction to centuries of male domination, perhaps it springs from the same preoccupation with power as dominant males suffer, but it has all resulted in the deep confusion such women suffer in our time, between the right to choose and the choices they make. To choose death over life is to throw oneself directly into the same camp as the Conservative Religious Right (those who seem in their own imaginations to be against abortion), as Zionists and the Neocons, as militarists and Western capitalists and every other destroyer of the sacred environment into which this Child of Revelation is laboring to be born.
by Binyamin Zeev Kahana (11/91)
Translated by Lenny Goldberg
Abortions In Israel: More Than a Million Victims in 47 Years
This column is dedicated to one of the most shocking, yet relatively undiscussed subjects - abortions in the State of Israel. There is an organization called "Efrat" whose primary goal is to increase the number of births of Jewish children in Israel. This group, which works with wonderful "msirus nefesh" [self-dedication] in fighting the astronomical number of abortions in Israel, asked us to write about this subject for Parshat Shmot. Considering the critical nature of the matter, we are more than happy to fulfill this request. The fact is that he who remains quiet concerning the issue of elective abortions becomes a partner to this atrocious mass murder.
As society increasingly depicts abortions as representing"progress" and "womens rights", the statistics regarding it have become more and more staggering. According to "Efrat", more than 1,000,000 children have been killed since the beginning of the State. Yes, a genuine holocaust - and no one cares. According to a recent study, 60% of women who gave birth at Hadassah Hospital in Har HaZoftim admitted than they underwent an abortion "out of convenience" in the past. When the former Minister of Health Dr. Sadan took it upon himself to fight against this phenomenon, playing a short film for the members of the Israeli Knesset depicting the abomination of abortions in Israel, and comparing this legal mass murder to the Holocaust in Europe, the Knesset members jumped out of their skin. What enraged them so? The murder of the fetuses? Of course not! What shocked these bleeding hearts was the fact that Mr. Sadan made the comparison of abortion to the Holocaust. He was forced to step down and relinquish his duties.
What is particularly fascinating, though, is the entire leftist, liberal approach to the subject. From their point of view, the more one supports abortions, the more "enlightened" that person is. You may ask: How does mass murder sit so well with humanitarian enlightened types? It's quite simple! You see, the killing of a fetus is an expression of "freedom over one's body", feminism, and progressive advanced society! And what about the fetuses right to live? That is not relevant to the modern and progressive.
While every decent person would agree that child abuse is abhorrent, suddenly it becomes legitimate and even fashionable to kill a child in his mother's womb. Technically speaking, harming a child one second after he leaves his mother's womb is demented, but killing it a second before leaving his mother's womb is "freedom over her body". This gross perversion of morality is the result of morals that are dictated by man and not God. Not long ago, it was even reported that in certain gynecological clinics that perform abortions, dogs eat the remains of the baby after it has been grated from his mother's womb.
"The Tiniest Human Being"
Story of a Doctor: "Many years ago, after anesthetizing the woman for the sake of halting the pregnancy from outside the womb (second month), I held in my hand the tiniest human being ever seen. The fetus was impeccable - complete and transparent. It was a male full of energy swimming in the sac of water, adjoined by the umbilical cord to the wall of the sac. The miniature human being was completely developed - long and narrow fingers, feet and toes. Its skin was practically transparent. Its arteries and veins stood out until the tips of his fingers. The body was completely alive and was in no way similar to the pictures of fetuses that I had seen in the past. When the sac was opened, his life was terminated instantaneously, and he looked just like one would expect a fetus to look like at this stage - lifeless." (Dr. Paul N. Rockwell)
"80 Cents Short"
Story of a Chief of Staff: "I was born in Tel Adashim. The date was under dispute, until my father and the head of the village determined: January 11, 1929. I left my mother's womb to breathe the world's air because my parents were....too poor. Totally impovershed. Four children came before me, and my father could not provide for them. That is why my parents decided to spare
me from such poverty and put an end to me - in my mother's womb. But we were so poor that that my father couldn't come up with the two liros necessary to perform the abortion. Through great effort my father was able to collect one liro and 20. He urged the doctors to do the abortion and he would pay the 80 grushim at a later date - but the doctors refused. No credit allowed, and a son was born. Now there were five children in the needy family. There were days when my parents would say jokingly: "This kid
is worth two liros?" (Story of former Chief of Staff, Rafael Eitan).
UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN (Not in the East, but in the West)...ISAIAH 9:1-7.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a Woman (our Divine Mother) clothed with the Sun, and the moon (any further sense of the inferiority of the Feminine principle) under her Feet, and upon her head a Crown of Twelve Stars.
And she being with Child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered...(Revelation 12:1,2).
Ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice, and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow because her hour is come, but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a Man is born into the world...(John 16:20,21).
As a woman with child in her ninth month bringeth forth her child, within two or three hours of her birth great pains encompass her womb, which pains, when the child cometh, they slack not a moment.
Even so shall the plagues be not slack to come upon the earth, and the earth shall mourn, and sorrows shall come upon it on every side.
My people, hear my words; make you ready to the battle, and in those evils be as pilgrims upon the earth...(2 Esdras 16:35-40..KJV).
"Especially noteworthy is the prevalence in these hymns of the vocabulary which Evelyn Underhill and others have recognized as the standard and characteristic idiom of mystical experience. There is the same (reference) to the wilderness of isolation, the same reference to the 'ascent' to God and to the 'height of eternal things'; the same metaphor (particularly in Hymn No.5) of the New Birth and the 'travail of the world;' the same intensive apprehension of Divine providence, communion and 'enlightenment'; and the same sense of nursing a precious secret against the day of revelation...The Dead Sea Scriptures, by Theodor H. Gaster, p.120.
Howbeit, at this hour my soul is sore dismayed. Men deem me a worthless shard and render my life like a ship stormtossed on the deep, or like a bastion city beleaguered by the foe,
Yea, I am in distress as a woman in travail bringing forth her firstborn, when, as her time draws near, the pangs come swiftly upon her and all the racking pains in the crucible of conception.
For now, amid throes of death, new life is coming to birth, and the pangs of travail set in, as at last there enters the world the man-child long conceived. Now, amid throes of death, that man-child long foretold is about to be brought forth.
Now, mid the pangs of hell, there will burst forth from the womb that marvel of mind and might, and that man-child will spring from the throes.
From the moment that he was conceived pangs have been sweeping apace over the whole wide world; new things have been coming to birth amid racking pains, and tremors have beset the wombs in which they lie. And when he comes to birth, all those pangs of travail that rack the world's great womb--that crucible of conception--will take a sudden turn; what has been conceived with all the bale of a viper will end, at the moment of birth, in mere racking pain, and all the tremors be but labor lost.
For lo, the wall shall rock unto its prime foundation, even as rocks a ship stormtossed on the waters. The heavens shall thunder loud, and they that now do dwell on the crumbling dust of the earth be as sailors on the seas, against the roaring of the waters; and all the wise men thereof be as mariners on the deep when all their skill is confounded by the surging of the seas, the seething of the depths, as high o'er the swirling tides the billows surge, the breakers roar, while the pangs of Hell burst open, and at every step they take they face Perdition's shafts, and only the raging deep hears their cries.
Yet anon shall the gates of (deliverence) be opened; all baleful deeds will cease, while the doors of Perdition shall close on all that Perverseness has conceived, and everlasting bars shut in all baleful spirits. Hymn No.5. pp.152-154.
BUSH JOINS ABORTION PROTEST
by Robin Toner
WASHINGTON__President Bush told tens of thousands of abortion protesters today that he he shared their commitment to "protect the lives of innocent children waiting to be born," and asserted that the anti-abortion movement was gaining steam in Congress and the culture at large (continued)...
And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
Now there rose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
Come on, let us deal wisely (deceptively) with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land...(Exodus, chapter 1).
...Mr. Bush, speaking by telephone from St. Louis to protesters (isn't that where the theft of the western half of this continent began in 1803, and the staging point from where many, many innocents were murdered)?...also said that he expected Congress to pass a ban this year on the late-term medical procedure that critics call "partial birth abortion." He reaffirmed his promise to sign legislation to end that procedure, which he called abhorrent and an offense to human dignity.
Mr. Bush was roundly cheered at the annual "March for Life," held to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. He was just as roundly denounced by supporters of abortion rights, who used the 30th anniversary of Roe to warn that a Bush presidency and a Republican Congress have placed the right to abortion in profound jeopardy. "PRO-CHOICE AMERICA HAS TO WAKE UP," said Elizabeth Cavendish, legal director for Naral Pro-Choice America.
Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land (the state of Mind) whither ye go to possess it.
Keep therefore and do them; for this is your Wisdom and your Understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
FOR WHAT NATION IS THERE SO GREAT, WHO HATH GOD SO NIGH UNTO THEM, AS THE LORD OUR GOD IS IN ALL THINGS THINGS THAT WE CALL UPON HIM FOR?
AND WHAT NATION IS THERE SO GREAT, THAT HATH STATUTES AND JUDGMENTS SO RIGHTEOUS AS ALL THIS LAW, WHICH I SET BEFORE YOU THIS DAY?...
For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the Fire (the World Wars of the 20th century), as thou hast heard, and live?
Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a Mighty Hand, and by a Stretched Out Arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Unto thee was it shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him (Them)...(Deuteronomy 4:1-10; 27-39).
At the turn of the twentieth century G.R.S. Mead wrote:
"Mysterious time is once more big with child and laboring to bring forth her twentieth babe, as the Western world counts her progeny; for according to the books, just nineteen of her centenarian brood have lived and died since he appeared to whom all Christians look as the Teacher of the Way to God. The common consciousness of the General Church flows not from the fact that all believe he is the Teacher of the way, but from the faith, He is the Way (the Tao) itself.
Will the twentieth century witness the fulfillment of this so-great expectation; can it be said of the present time that the whole creation travaileth together waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God? Never more in the Western world has the general mind been more ripe for the birth of understanding in things religious than it is today; never have the conditions been more favorable for the wise holding of a wide view of the real nature of Christ and the task he is working to achieve in the evolution of his world-faith.
Perhaps it may not be so difficult as it appears at first sight, to point to the direction in which the answers to these questions may be to some extent anticipated. That similar phenomena recur in the natural world is the unvarying experience of mankind; that time is the ever-moving image of eternity, and that the Wheel of Genesis is ever turning, is testified to by wiser minds of humanity. Whither, then, should we look in the history of human affairs for phenomena similar to the happenings of these last three hundred years? Whither else more certain than to the history of the times that witnessed the birth of the religion of Christ? The many striking parallels between the social and religious aspects of civilization of that critical epoch and our own times have been sketched by several writers, but no general notice has been given to their endeavors, least of all has any practical lessons been learned from the experience of humanity.
The soul of man returns again and again to learn the lessons of life in this great world-school, according to one of the great doctrines of general religion. If this be so it follows that when similar conditions recur a similar class of souls returns to continue its lessons of experience. (John 21:20-23). It may well be that even many identical souls who were embodied in the early centuries of Christianity are continuing their experience among us today. For why otherwise do the same ideas recur, why do the same problems arise, the same way of looking at things?
We must further remember that the records of that time are frequently imperfect, while the history of our own is inscribed in painful detail; and though we can review the main outline of the whole phase of that civilization, we can only survey a portion of our own, for its cycle is not ended and the records of the future are not yet opened to our understanding. G.R.S. Mead, Fragments of a Faith Forgotten, pp.l-23.
...The competing messages, which spilled into the streets and up to the steps of the Supreme Court came as the latest New York Times/CBS News poll showed that half of those surveyed expect Mr. Bush to appoint justices to the Supreme Court "who will vote to make abortion against the law." ...
The anti-abortion crowd, which braved frigid weather and, in many cases, lengthy bus trips to gather here was upbeat. It was a young and heavily Roman Catholic group...The demonstrators carried signs that declared such sentiments as "Women Deserve Better Than Abortion," "Michigan Loves Our Pro-Life President" and "Respect Life, Diocese of Pittsburgh."...
Let's see now, how many of these has the president killed? Does his look like the same seamless garment of Christ that those who are Christ's followers have been commanded to wear? Hardly, for one cannot speak against abortion, with integrity, if one at the same time endorses the dark and demonic art of human warfare or any other means of taking human life such as capital punishment. Such powers are the prerogatives of God and not man.
And hereby we do know that we know him, If we keep his commandments.
He that saith I know him,, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him.
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby we know that we are in him.
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk, even as he walked...(1 John 2:3-6...KJV).
...Speaker after speaker told the cheering throng that the tide was turning in the long struggle to restrict legal abortion, and that a new Republican majority in the Senate and a sympathetic ally in the White House would ease the way for new curbs on abortion and cloning. Citing the movement's gains in the House and the Senate in last fall's elections, Representative Todd Tiahart, Republican of Kansas, declared: "I am very optimistic. You are making a difference."
Representative Christopher H. Smith, Republican of New Jersey, told the rally, "Each and every one of you here today is part of the greatest human rights movement on the face of the earth," adding, "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU GET IT."
Based on recent polls, Mr. Smith asserted, "A GROWING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS GET IT AS WELL."...Mr. Bush himself set the tone for the day when he declared, "You and I share a commitment to building a culture of life in America, and we are making progress."
Still the White House was trying A CAREFULLY CALIBRATED APPROACH on this diverse issue. While he rallied the marchers, Mr. Bush did so from St. Louis, where he was campaigning for his economic plan (see James, chapter 5). At the same time time, his top political adviser, Karl Rove, told reporters that the president was focusing on an agenda that fell far short of the abortion ban he--and the movement--support. Asked how long it might be before Mr. Bush started pushing for such a ban, Mr. Rove replied: "For now we're focusing on getting the partial birth abortion ban and doing some thing about cloning. Let's get those victories before we start making prognostications about what might be years in the future." ...
Critics assert that what they call "partial birth abortion" amounts to partly delivering a fetus and collapsing its skull. Abortion rights supporters maintain that the government should not dictate to doctors the procedures they can and cannot use to protect a woman's health...
In what has become one of the enduring rituals in Washington, each side made its case with graphic imagery: Many abortion opponents carried pictures of aborted fetuses, in one case superimposed on the American flag. Abortion rights supporters countered with the images of women, including women who died of botched abortions performed when the procedure was illegal.
A small group of abortion rights supporters rallied in front of the Supreme Court today, chanting "Not the Church, Not the State, Women Must Decide their Fate." Competing chants rose from the March for Life" "Pro-Choice, That's a Lie. Babies Never Choose to Die!"
THE WAR OVER ABORTION
by Sheryl Gay Stolberg
Sometime soon, most likely, President Bush will sign into law a ban on a procedure its critics call partial-birth abortion, becoming the first president to criminalize an abortion technique. To partisans in the debate it will be a historic moment, the beginning of the end of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. "Today is a monumental day for the sanctity of human life," Tony Perkins, president of the Family research Council, declared after the Senate last week voted on the bill.
On the other side of the fence, Kate Michelman, president of Naral Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights advocacy group, accused the bill's sponsors of plotting "to take away entirely the right to personal privacy and a women's right to choose."...
"You have a nation basically divided over abortion, but only 12 percent who would outlaw it under all circumstances," said Celinda Lake, a Democtratic pollster who tracks the issue. "You have the public moving on, saying this is a fight that both sides may enjoy, but I certainly don't."
So while abortion is an ever-present indercurrent in American politics, it is, for now, just that: an undercurrent. Candidates in both parties steer clear of the issue when they can, and with good reason..."When this is enjoined by some federal court the day it is signed, I bet Karl Rove will breath a sigh of relief," said Mr. Garrow, referring to the president's senior political adviser. "You make the constituency happy by signing it into law, and then the big bad courts torpedo it, and then nobody's talking about it."
Abortion opponants recognize this, and it infuriates them. The Republicans got a free vote," complains Judy Brown, president of the American Life League, referring to the abortion ban. "From the beginning this was a Republican concept. It was the least they could possibly get away with in order to receive the pro-life vote."
Yet it is clear that the controversey over the ban has altered the tenor of the debate. The issue first came to the fore in 1995, after abortion opponants discovered a medical paper describing a procedure, performed at 20 weeks of pregnancy or beyond, in which the Trunk of the fetus is delivered before the surgeon punctures the skull. "It was all in plain English," recalls Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to LIfe Committee...
Abortion rights advocates, well aware they lost the public relations battle, are now trying to recover. Naral Pro-Choice America is planning to air television advertisements when Mr. Bush signs the ban. The ads do not mention the word "abortion." Rather the decry "the first federal ban on safe medical procedures," ending with the ominous question: "Who knows what they will do next?"...
"We are going to be very aggressive in taking a case to the American public that this president has crossed the line," said Ms. Michelman, the Naral Pro-Choice America president. In fact, Ms. Michelman intends to resign her position to devote herself to putting a Democrat in the White House. "I don't think there is anything more important," she said.
Abortion opponants are similarly fired up. Already, they are planning their next legislative moves, including a bill to help pregnancy centers buy sophisticated ultra-sound equipment, on the theory that a window into the womb turns sentiments away from abortion...
Isabel Alantha Ann, born June 14, 2003
"Technology is going to change the debate," said Mr. Santorum (but hardly without the necessary spiritual transformation of human consciousness), who argues that one day, the nation will look back on abortion the way it looks back on slavery. Like abortion, he said, slavery was the topic of intense debate at the ends of the political spectrum, but ignored by the vast majority in the middle.
As thou knowest not what is the way of the Spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all...(Ecclesiastes 11:5).
Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear (too soon); break forth into singing and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child (before her own time): for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord...(Isaiah 54:1; 1 Thessalonians. chapter 5...KJV).
Chapter 5. The Divine Mother...
The Holy Child