The case of “Jane Doe” deals with an undocumented immigrant who sought an abortion while being held in a detention center in Texas. She was denied the procedure due to her immigrant status, which both Federal and State officials concluded exempted her from a right to an elective abortion. While the entire case is heartbreaking, the celebration and description of this case by abortion advocates must be challenged. According to the Twitter account of the ACLU, “Justice prevailed for Jane Doe. She was able to get an abortion early this morning.” Justice, what a term to use to refer to the premeditated murder of an innocent, vulnerable human being. Justice, which in this case refers to the righteousness, truthfulness, and fairness of the action of abortion, has not prevailed in the case of “Jane Doe” or her precious child. Justice implies fairness of treatment, yet no consideration of the life of the child was given. As the NPR story tells us, “Jane” had decided that this was a decision between her and God. Where is the fairness in such a decision? Does not God who is the author of all life, including the life of the child, not have a say in this decision? While talking about “justice” may fit the narrative of organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, do we want a society that defines justice in such subjective and emotional terms? Is justice about the decisions between “me and God” only? Is there no objective standard by which to judge the rightness of my action? How can one even evoke the language of justice if no objective standard for righteousness can be identified? Make no mistake about it – justice did not prevail this morning in that abortion clinic. Justice was denied.
At the moment and in this world, it appears as though the satanic kingdom of anti-life ideology has prevailed. The temptation would be to despair and feel as though all is lost. While we grieve though, we do not grieve as those without hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). While all things are not yet under subjection to Christ, there is coming a day when true justice will reign (1 Cor. 15:24-28). It “will roll down like water” (Amos 5:24). And in that day, justice will prevail. Until then, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil. Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”(Isaiah 5:20) Flee to Christ while there is still time. For “the Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Even this can be forgiven for the one who turns to Christ!