Speaking to the Heart of the Abortion Issue

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Every so often an argument comes to the surface on a key issue that cuts to the heart of the issue and sheds a powerful light of truth that is both timely and timeless. Even more powerful is when these arguments or truths come in the form of images that reach us at our core and sometimes fundamentally change the way we see the issues at hand.

The two images below, the first revealing the horror of abortion for the first and most helpless victim, and the second victim, the mother, are the most powerful I have seen. I would encourage you to meditate upon them and then share them on social media. Then, schedule a reminder to do so again periodically, with the hopes of helping to end the most grave evil of our time.

The U.S. elections are coming. There is no injustice that is even close in proportion to this one. Regarding how we vote, there is no issue that is more important or that should have greater weight than this issue. Pray, communicate, speak-up, vote, heal.

PS: If you are not all that computer savvy, you can simply copy and paste the URL for this post into Facebook.

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