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Does Money Equal Life?

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An attractive woman (Bethel Leslie playing Marcie King), along with her swindler boyfriend (Dennis Patrick playing Harry Montjoy), recognizes Dr. Richard Kimble (wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife and now a fugitive on the run from the law) and forces him to ferry them to an island in the Florida Keys during a hurricane. Eventually, Marcie and Kimble are left alone on the island as the hurricane rages. She has hated Kimble for years since he refused to give her an abortion, leading her to seek a back alley abortionist who left her unable to have children. However, does she love Dr. Kimble or does she hate him? Will they get together or will she turn him in to the police? Marcie gains more reason to hate Kimble as they talk and weather the storm. In the beginning Marcie and Kimble are highly suspicious of each other and come into frequent conflict. Nevertheless they ultimately fall into each other's arms and plan (much more hers than his) to run away together. In the end circumstances destroy their plan for them to run away together. While Dr. Kimble escapes the law, it appears Marcie is still held captive by her past decision to have an abortion.Top


In this case, to be responsible is to be answerable or accountable, as for something within one's power, control, or management as in having the power control, decide or manage a situation.

Questions …

  1. If the woman was raped, is the rapist responsible?
  2. If the sex was consensual are both man and woman responsible?
  3. Is the "Back Alley" Abortionist responsible for his or her own actions?
  4. Is Dr. Richard Kimble responsible because he would not preform the abortion?
  5. Is the child inside the womb responsible for the actions of his or her mother and father?
  6. Could society, politicians, voters, welfare agencies, the church, even you and I be responsible?
  7. Does it matter who is responsible (at any stage of pregnancy), if the woman wants to have an abortion?


Mary Steichen Calderone (July 1, 1904 - October 24, 1998)Planned Parenthood's own Medical Director, Dr. Mary Calderone, in a 1959 article (on page 949) said:

"… Fact No. 3: Abortion is no longer a dangerous procedure. This applies not just to therapeutic abortions as performed in hospitals but also to so-called illegal abortions as done by physicians. In 1957 there were only 260 deaths in the whole country attributed to abortions of any kind.

Second, and even more important, the conference estimated that 90 per cent of all illegal abortions are presently being done by physicians. Call them what you will, abortionists or anything else, they are still physicians, trained as such; and many of them are in good standing in their communities. They must do a pretty good job if the death rate is as low as it is.

Whatever trouble arises usually comes after self-induced abortions, which comprise approximately 8 per cent, or with the very small percentage that go to some kind of non-medical abortionist.

Another corollary fact: physicians of impeccable standing are referring their patients for these illegal abortions to the colleagues whom they know are willing to perform them, or they are sending their patients to certain sources outside of this country where abortion is performed under excellent medical conditions.

The acceptance of these facts was such that one outstanding gynecologist at the conference declared:

'From the ethical standpoint, I see no difference between recommending an abortion and performing it. The moral responsibility is equal.'

So remember fact number three; abortion, whether therapeutic or illegal, is in the main no longer dangerous, because it is being done well by physicians."


One of Planned Parenthood's Medical Director, Dr. Mary Calderone's most notable feats was overturning the American Medical Association policy against the dissemination of birth control information to patients. Dr. Mary Calderone wrote many publications advocating open dialogue and access to information at all ages. So it's not surprising to learn that according to Planned Parenthood's 1952 and 1964 Pamphlet's (by the way, 1964 is the same year as "The Fugitive" episode above): "Plan Your Children For Health and Happiness" birth control is not abortion. In the question and answer section of Planned Parenthood's own published literature promoting the virtues of "Birth Control," Planned Parenthood poses a question about birth control and abortion. Top

Here's the question and how Planned Parenthood answered it:

Question: "Is it (i.e., birth control) an abortion?"

Answer: "Definitely not. An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it. Birth control merely postpones the beginning of life."

If Planned Parenthood believed that abortion kills a baby in 1964, why did they choose to become the largest abortion chain in America? In Planned Parenthood's 1964 pamphlet, Planned Parenthood was right about one very, very, very important point … abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun. So what's changed since Planned Parenthood made that statement in 1952 and again in 1964? Back then, Planned Parenthood was promoting birth control. But shortly thereafter, Planned Parenthood began encouraging and selling abortion (a billion dollar business) and for many years now, Planned Parenthood has been the #1 promoter and provider of abortion in the United States of America.


Cecile Richards has been President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2006. She is a member of the Democratic Party and in 2010, Richards was elected to the Ford Foundation board of trustees. Richards was deputy chief of staff to the United States Congress Representative Nancy Pelosi, then the Democratic Leader in the United States House of Representatives. Richards has also worked at the Turner Foundation and in 1996, she founded the Texas Freedom Network, a Texas organization formed to counter the Christian right. On Thursday, February 27th, 2014, Fusion TV's Jorge Ramos, host of "America With Jorge Ramos" asked Richards: "When does life start?"Top

Here's a transcript of that discussion and how Cecile Richards answered it:

Jorge Ramos: "But for you, when does life start? When does a human being becomes a human being?"

Cecile Richards: "This is a, this is a question that I think will be debated through the centuries and people, you know people have come down on very different uh points of view on that …"

Jorge Ramos: "But for you, what's what's that point?"

Cecile Richards: "It's a, I mean it is not something I feel like is really part, part of this conversation I mean to me. We work with women. I I guess the way I'd really like to, to uh I think every woman has to make her own decision. What we do at Planned Parenthood is make sure that women have all their options uh for health care. And that they have the option to um have a healthy pregnancy. They have a[n], a[n] option to put a child up for adoption if they decide to carry a pregnancy to term. Or they, they have the right to make a decision to terminate a pregnancy."

Jorge Ramos: "Why, why would it be so controversial to say, for you to say when do you think life starts?"

Cecile Richards: "Yeah. Well, I don't know if it's controversial. I don't know that it's really relevant to, relevant to the, to the conversation but. I mean for me I'm a mother of three (3) children. Um, for me life began when I delivered them. Um, they were part of, they've been, they've been probably the most important thing in my life ever since. But that was my own personal, that's my own personal decision."


In Exodus Chapter One, the Egyptian Pharaoh gave the clear command to two Hebrew midwives that they were to kill all male Jewish babies.

15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 "When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birth stool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live." 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. 18 So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this, and let the male children live?" 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them." 20 So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, "Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live."

This is a late-term abortion today.

An obedient citizen would have carried out the government's order, yet the Bible says the midwives disobeyed Pharaoh and "feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live" (Exodus 1:17). The Bible goes on to say the midwives lied to Pharaoh about why they were letting the children live; yet even though they lied and disobeyed their government, "God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them" (Exodus 1:20-21).

Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb. Psalm 139:13-16 speaks of God's active role in our creation and formation in the womb. Exodus 21:22-25 prescribes the same death penalty for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb as for someone who commits murder. This clearly indicates that God considers a baby in the womb to be as human as a full-grown adult. For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman's right to choose. It is a matter of the life or death of an innocent human being made in God's image (Genesis 1:26,27; 9:6).

King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, discovered the futility of LIFE when it is lived only for this world. Solomon gives us his conclusion here:

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14: "Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil"

Perhaps the Old Testament Prophet Micah, who lived in Judah from before the fall of Samaria in 722 B.C. and experienced the devastation brought by Sennacherib's invasion of Judah in 701 B.C., summed up LIFE best when he said:

Micah 6:8: "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."

Additional Scripture: Genesis 2:7, Proverbs 13:22, Matthew 6:25; 16:25; 10:28, John 3:16; 10:10; 14:6, Acts 17:26; 20:24, Romans 6:23; 10:23, 1st Corinthians 4:2, 2nd Peter 1:3 …

In light of all of this, I want to ask you the same question the five men from the tribe of Dan asked their brothers (Judges 18:8): "What say ye?" Top

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