The Official Journal of the Ensign Trust, London





South Africa

Every year, on 1 February, a march takes place in Cape Town to mourn  the now  1.3 million babies which have been killed by abortion since its legalization in South Africa  19 years ago. It is a funeral procession addressing itself to the conscience of the  nation.  At the gates of Parliament a Service is held. Imprecatory prayers are offered, and a wreath is laid. This year a petition was handed to the  government  demanding that the Termination of Pregnancy Act be overturned. Mr Steve Swart (Member of Parliament for the African Christian Democratic Party)  received  it and pledged to lay it before the House.

For 19 years Africa Christian Action has called for and observed a National Day of Repentance (1.2.2016) in line with an increasingly international Sanctity of Human Life Sundaon the  last  Sunday of January.

Their six meter billboard trailer bears the messages ”Abortion is Murderand Speak up for those who cannot speak for  themselves.” (Proverbs 31:8) Walking behind a hearse, the marchers carry baby sized coffins, crosses, flowers and flags, as they mourn the hundreds of thousands of little dead children who  never  had  a funeral.

The womb is the unsafest place on earth

Abortion on demand was first sanctioned in the United States of America 43 years ago. Since then 58 million American babies have perished. According to the Guttmacher Institute’s latest report, every year 42 million abortions take place worldwide. Up to 2 billion unborn human beings have perished  since  1960.

There are “six things which the LORD doth hate,” says the Bible, and one of them is “hands that shed innocent blood.” (Proverbs 6:17) – “Ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are,” God declares, “for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.” (Numbers 35:33)

In South Africa 1.3 million innocents have been slain, and their blood pollutes the land. Each  little one, however small, was “made in secret,” “covered in its mother’s womb,” and was “fearfully and wonderfully    made”   (Psalm   139).    Its  death  has brought guilt and sorrow, and to its mother lifelong grief.

The UN’s Radical Abortion Agenda

Though many countries, especially in the developed world, now have a negative population growth, the United Nations continue to promote abortion. In their report, “World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development,” they claim to promote reproductive health” and the welfare of women, but its coded language hidesnothing less than a battle plan for a deadly assault on life and marriage.” So says Steven W Mosher of the Population Research Institute (a Pro-Life organization).* The words Reproductive Health, he says, mean sterilization campaigns aiming at chemically or surgically disabling as many female reproductive systems as possible. The word sustainable population means to restrict the population by promoting sterilization, contraception and abortion. The word safe abortionmeans legalization of abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy. The U N support the cruel one child policy of China in which, over the past 34 years, millions of young women have been forced to abort and be sterilized.

All this, of course, is couched in Human Rights terms and alluring language, but we must not be deceived. The War on the Womb is real. It is a battle against life itself, and ultimately against the Lord of Life Who said: “Suffer little children… to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:16). Every Christian, every civilized person , needs to stand up against abortion which is an assault on our humanity and a defiance of God the Creator. We must not shy away from it. With one voice we must speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

“Teardrops are falling. We embrace this sad day.

A sweet little baby has just passed away.

So perfect his spirit, so perfect his love,

So perfect  a gift from the Father  above.”

(Ron Tranmer)

*Steven W Mosher, The UN Continues to Push a Radical Abortion Agenda. Population Research Institute Review, Volume 25, Number  1, January-February 2015.