Whenever you arise for the unborn, put together for lots of abuse
For some people, they send flowers when they want to say thank you. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children recently sent a bouquet of flowers to Scottish nationalist MP Lisa Cameron – MP for Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow.
Why? Because they wanted to appreciate their attitude to abortion in parliament. On June 20, she was the only SNP MP to vote against buffer zones outside abortion clinics. Last year she also voted against imposing an abortion on Northern Ireland – unlike her party leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford.
Not everyone appreciates Dr. Cameron's basic point of view. She is the SNP's Westminster health spokeswoman and has been asked to be released because, although she clearly cares about the health of the unborn child, her attitude appears to be damaging to women's mental health. Those who make this claim offer no evidence other than their own political ideology and ignore the numerous evidence that abortion itself harms women's mental health.
As a pastor, I can attest to the harmful effects of abortion on the mental health of many women. Dr. Cameron too. She told the National Newspaper: "Before I got into politics, I worked as a clinical psychologist in the mental health field for over 20 years and no one has ever questioned my suitability because I am a Christian with real-world views."
In today's society, a politician who is committed to the unborn is a target for incredible pressure and abuse, especially if she is a woman and a Christian. Dr. Cameron was subjected to much abuse, her mother received a death threat, and a journalist prepared a story about how she was said not to be a MP. The pressure is so great that, as she puts it, "being a Christian family in public life seems very risky today." Tim Farron, the former leader of the Lib Dems, has also questioned whether a Christian can be a political leader in today's intolerant environment.
I have great empathy for Dr. Cameron, since I had a little taste of the kind of social media storm she's facing. A few years ago, I was involved in a Twitter argument about abortion. My opponents stated that the unborn baby was "just an egg". I replied, "If that's the case, go to a cafe and ask for scrambled eggs on toast." It was an attempt to point out the ridiculous crassness of the argument. Ricky Gervais took up my tweet and tweeted again – he has over eight million followers. My phone has never stopped pinging in the next few days, and the level of ridicule and abuse has only worsened. Dr. Cameron has to face this – and the threats to her job, career and family.
One of the worst things for Christians who want to take a biblical stance to protect the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society is that so many Christian leaders are silent. While the Roman Catholic Church, FIEC, and Evangelical Alliance take a strong stance toward the unborn, most other mainstream denominations and organizations remain silent. The Church of England bishops, for example, threatened to withdraw cooperation from the British government, not because of the imposition of an abortion for Northern Ireland – no, that was hardly whimpered, and in fact several bishops abstained on this issue when the House of came Lords – but they were angry with the Dominic Cummings question. It seems a strange set of priorities.
What particularly impressed me is that Dr. Cameron recently left the Church of Scotland to join the Free Church of Scotland (the church I served in earlier) and Ian Blackford is also a member of that church. But it supports and promotes abortion. I was so shocked by his behavior at the poll to impose an abortion on Northern Ireland that I wrote him an open letter.
Unfortunately, Mr. Blackford has continued his abortion campaign – he signed the letter to Amber Rudd asking her to ban protests outside abortion centers.
In the meantime, the British government has approved the use of DIY abortions at home – although this is the subject of a legal challenge. We are rightly deeply concerned about the loss of life through Covid – over 500,000 worldwide so far. But every year there are over 50 million abortions worldwide. Over 200,000 in England and Wales. Over 12,000 in Scotland. Who cares and speaks for the unborn? For one, Dr. Lisa Cameron. She deserves the flowers she received from SPUC, and above all the prayers of the Lord's people.
"In his arrogance, the bad man chases the weak … Stand up, Lord, raise your hand, oh God. Don't forget the helpless." (Psalm 10).
David Robertson is director of Third Space in Sydney and blogs at www.theweeflea.com
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