Until last week’s reading in Galatians, I would have answered the question, “Where was Saul called to be the Apostle Paul ?” with, “On the road to Damascus.” I would have been wrong!
The Message paraphrases Paul’s statement in Galatians 1:15 as, “when I was still in my mother’s womb he chose me and called me”, and I think it’s right. My go to verse about being called while still in the womb has always been Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you:” It would appear that the same can be said about Paul.
I bring this up because those still in the womb are not even considered to be persons by the Supreme Court or many legislators today. In the Roe v Wade decision Justice Blackmun actually said, “The word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn. If the suggestion of personhood is established,…the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed.”
I’m sure we were all encouraged by the thousands who filled to overflowing the state capitol last week to protest the pro- abortion bills that go under the euphemism of “reproductive health.” I wish I could be optimistic about their changing the minds of those who are intent on making our state into the most “progressive” in the nation with regards to abortion, but I’m not.
The Declaration of Independence held that all men were created equal and endowed by their Creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Fifth Amendment made it clear that no person could be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. Still, it wasn’t until the Thirteenth Amendment that slaves were given the rights of persons.
It’s my prayer the either the court will change it’s mind and declare that babies in the womb are indeed persons with the right to life, or the Constitution will be amended to make it clear. But whether that happens or not, we know that those in the womb are fully persons whom God has called into being, just as were the prophet Jeremiah and the Apostle Paul.
God Bless, Rick