It’s not political. It’s biblical. On Tuesday, November 7, Ohioans will have the opportunity to vote NO on a constitutional amendment that would permanently legalize abortion up to birth. It would also legalize and include partial-birth abortion, removal of parental awareness consent for minors to receive abortions, and outlaw standards for hospital health and safety.
This issue is not about political party or economic status, it is simply about the right to life. Scripture teaches us in Psalm 139:13-18 about the beauty of life in the womb:
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
This is not the time to be silent and absent from the ballot box, but rather the time to be vocal and present on election day. The right to life is foundational in our constitution and biblical in our theology. The deadline to register to vote NO on Issue 1 is October 10 and early voting begins on October 11.
Since our annual celebration is November 6-7, I want to encourage you to vote early and lead your church with conviction to be a voice for the voiceless. Afterall, it’s not political. It’s biblical.
Dr. Jeremy Westbrook
Executive Director-Treasurer, SCBO
SCBO Executive Director-Treasurer Dr. Jeremy Westbrook recently met with Ohio Governor Mike Dewine and other Ohio faith leaders to discuss Issue 1, the ballot initiative that would permanently legalize abortion from conception through birth.