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Joseph E. Hébert, Ph.D.

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It's Time to Be the Salt

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to make Barr Pharmaceuticals' Plan B, currently available by prescription only, an over-the-counter drug. Plan B is better known as "The Morning After Pill." It is, semantics notwithstanding, an abortifacient. It prevents a zygote, a fertilized egg, from implanting in the lining of the mother's womb, thus resulting in the discharge and death of the baby.

It is not surprising if Barr Pharmaceuticals objects to calling their product an abortifacient. If they weren't immoral they wouldn't have produced this drug to begin with. And if they're willing to provide an instrument of murder for money, it can't be a surprise that they are deceivers too. They are quick to point out that Plan B is not like RU-486. They use the phrase "emergency contraceptive" to describe their product. They assert that it "prevents pregnancy," as distinct from terminating a pregnancy, and they insist that it will have no effect on an existing pregnancy. This is their way of trying to deceive people into believing that they aren't abortionists. However, in their own literature they admit that, regarding a fertilized egg, their pill will "work by preventing it from attaching to the uterus (womb)" (excerpted from Dura-Med's web site). They are always careful to refer only to "pregnancy," as in the state of the mother, taking pains never to mention the new life they are out to destroy for profit.

Whatever rhetorical hairs they may try to split, regardless their semantic distinctions, and no matter how early in the new life their pill does its deed, their pill kills unborn babies. And now the Food and Drug Administration, make that your Food and Drug Administration, wants to make it even easier for women and girls to use this product.

In Matthew 5: 13 - 16 Jesus admonishes us to be salt and light to the world around us. We are to shine like lights so that all can see how things should be, so that all can see how God would have things. And we are to be salt, preserving the world against decadence, against iniquity and decay. Now is the time to do just that. It is time to take a few moments out of your day, find out who your Congressmen are (both Representatives and Senators), and let them know that you want them to stop this effort by the Food and Drug Administration.

And when you do, tell them that it is also time to do what they need do in order to pass House Bill 552 (HB 552), without corruption of amendment. This bill, if passed as written, would immediately, once and for all, end abortion in all of these United States. It won't overturn Roe v Wade, sending the matter back to be decided in the individual States. It would effectively render Roe v Wade moot, affording Constitutional protection to all people, even the unborn.

The astute reader may be asking, "If the main goal is the passage of HB 552, why bother with the FDA and whether Plan B is available over the counter or by prescription only?" It's an excellent question. It goes straight to the heart of this whole matter. And the answer is that passage of HB 552 is not the main objective. The objective is to be the salt that God intends us to be.

Don't misunderstand my point. It's true, my ultimate legislative goal is to see passed HB 552, and not some watered down compromise that will only be struck down in the courts. My ultimate legislative goal is to see passed HB 552, and not some diluted compromise that holds prenatal life as something less than, less valuable than, full fledged human life. But this is the goal, and not the reason for the goal.

And don't think that the reason for the goal is to save the unborn babies. It is not. I've asked before, and I'll ask again, just what do you presume we need to save these unborn babies from? Read my article entitled The Lamb's Book of Life and you will understand why I absolutely believe that the unborn who are killed by abortionists go straight to Heaven. In that regard, most of them are better off being murdered by abortionists. If they weren't, if they were born and grew up in our world, I am convinced that most of them would end up in Hell. So, just like I promised, I'll ask again, just what are we saving these babied from?

The reason for our goal should not be to save babies. The reason for our goal should be to save abortionists. The abortionists, not the babies, are the ones in danger of God's wrath and judgment. Our goal should not be to save babies but abortionists and the people who work for them and the people who hire them. Our goal should be to save the people around us who tacitly conspire to murder the unborn by accepting that abortion is a woman's choice.

Think about that old expression, "a rule of thumb." It used to be the case that a man could not beat his wife with any stick larger in diameter than his own thumb, hence the "rule of thumb." Today, it is held by all anathema that a man might have the right to beat his wife with any stick, no matter how small. But once upon a time it was, ..., wait for it, ..., his choice. And while many said that they would never beat their own wife, they accepted that it was okay if other men might.

Today, you can not find anyone who would hold the belief that wife-beating should be a matter of personal choice. Neither will you find anyone willing to proffer the idea that slavery should be a matter left to the States. Neither should you be able to find anyone willing to tolerate the murder of innocents as either a matter of personal choice or as an issue to be left to the States. Nonetheless, such people are everywhere.

The truth is that there are really only a small minority of people who are devoted with conviction to maintaining legalized abortion. There are many, many more who are committed with conviction to the eradication of the practice. But most people, easily the majority of people in America today, don't care strongly about this issue one way or the other. They know that abortion is wrong, that it's a bad thing, but they just can't see forcing their own views on others.

And now, in order to fully understand the reason for my legislative goal, ask yourself, "Why are most people willing to accept legalized abortion?" Because their government says that it's okay. It's as simple as that. The government says that women have the right to abort their babies and most people accept it as true. But this also means that just by winning the legislative battle, by pestering our Congressmen into passing HB 552, we can immediately change all of their minds. Sure, there will still be some who seek to secure abortions, and others who will seek to provide them. Nonetheless, in the day that the government stands up and says "It is not okay for women to murder their unborn babies," that vast horde of middle-ground people will change their mindset on the matter. It will become unacceptable overnight. And once it is no longer approved of by the masses, individuals who would have sought abortions will no longer do so. Doctors and nurses who would have provided abortions will no longer do so. And we, just by winning that one legislative battle, will have fulfilled our divinely ordained responsibility to be salt and light to the world around us.

In the meantime it is imperative that we not sit by and let the FDA make murder even that much more convenient, for the very same reason. To do so would be to concede, if only in some small and implicit way, that the government says it's okay so it must be okay. So you now have a choice to make. Will you be the salt that God intended? Will you call and write your Congressmen, cajole them into blocking this effort by the FDA, and even further into passing HB 552? Or will you lose some more of your savour?

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men (Matthew 5: 13).

Matthew 5: 13 - 16
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.