Abington Memorial Hospital Board Meeting Jan. 23, 2018
Rev. Louis Prontnicki Pastor, Maple Glen Bible Fellowship Church
Board members, I thank you for your work and for allowing me to speak to you for a few minutes.
I want to call your attention to two of the major quests that are hard-wired into each of us. One is the quest for significance. We all want to leave a mark on the world. We want to make our lives count for something greater than us, correct?
Some people seek to fulfill this quest by donating millions of dollars to have a section of a hospital named after them. Others have a quest to make their mark in science, business or in sports.
I’d like to suggest that each one of you on this board has the unique opportunity to leave your mark as a liberator, an emancipator. Let me give you an illustration of such a liberator. One of my uncles fought in WWII in a tank. He lived through armor-piercing German shells slicing through his tank, and eventually, on April 11, 1945, his tank was the first to liberate the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Starving inmates, whom the fleeing Nazis left behind, came out to greet him. He had freed them from slavery and certain death. He had made his mark as a liberator of captives.
But then there are those who leave a stained and shameful mark as their legacy. Outside of a small town in Southern Poland there are railroad tracks that end abruptly, leading to a plaque. It says: “Forever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and half million men, women, and children, mainly Jews, from various countries of Europe.” Auschwitz-Birkenau, 1940-1945.
What if there was a similar plaque erected on the walls of this hospital? “Forever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Abington Hospital Board allowed for the murder of tens of thousands of children.” What if your grandchildren saw such a plaque, and asked you to recall the part you played in this holocaust?
At your next board meeting, when you vote on the hospital’s policy re: the abortion of innocent and helpless pre-born children, will you leave your mark as an oppressor of such children, or as or their liberator? How do you wish to be remembered to your children and grandchildren?
The other significant quest that is hard-wired into each of us is our need to be unburdened from our deep-seated guilt; to have a clean conscience, so we can live and die in peace.
No matter how much we suppress it, our conscience keeps bothering us. Our literature down through the ages testifies to this: Augustine’s Confessions; Lady Macbeth and her bloody hands; and Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, to mention a few.
As a pastor for over 35 years, I have seen people who suffer all kinds of emotional and physical torment because of their unconfessed and unforgiven sins. I have had people come to me and confess that they had killed someone, years ago, and had never told anyone, and their consciences would not let them rest.
About 25 years ago, Dr. Bernard Nathanson spoke at a meeting in this area. Do you know that name? Dr. Nathanson was not only a founding member of NARAL, he also presided over the world’s largest abortion clinic. In just two years, he oversaw 70,000 abortions and performed 5,000 abortions with his own hands…including his own child.
A few years later, the discovery of the ultrasound caused Dr. Nathanson to reconsider his views. He realized he was killing human beings, and he stopped doing abortions. But Dr. Nathanson’s conscience bothered him deeply. At the end of the talk he gave, he said, “I have committed horrible deeds; I am in desperate need of forgiveness. Help me deal with my guilty conscience.”
I was asked to close that meeting in prayer, and so I prayed for the doctor to find forgiveness for his burdened conscience; a forgiveness that God freely offers to all of us, in the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. A few years later, Dr. Nathanson found that freedom and release in Jesus Christ.
Dear board members, when you are on your deathbed, and you will have to answer to the Judge of all the earth, will your conscience be guilty, or will it be clean?
And will your children and grandchildren remember you as one who oppressed the helpless and innocent of society, or will they be proud of you, as one who had the courage to be a liberator, an emancipator? Please think about that when you decide on this hospital’s abortion policy. Thank you.
SPEECH AT ABINGTON HOSPITAL: A CASE AGAINST ABORTION
Rev. John Dalyop Haruna Jos, Nigeria
I sincerely appreciate the privilege to be part of this meeting. Not only that, but to present this very brief speech. I am not here to debate about what stage can a pregnancy be terminated nor when does life begins. I am not here to debate about the legality, psychological, or the emotional effect of abortion. But I am here to present a simple message from my heart as my contribution on this issue.
I am a pastor from Nigeria: The Northern part of Nigeria and I was privileged to pastor one of the largest congregations, of over four thousand members. But the most difficult part of it is that we are living in a place where we face daily persecution. In my place it is a miracle that calls for celebration if you don’t hear that someone is killed on a single day.
I am a survivor of a suicide bomber which attacked my church. During that attack many lost their lives, while hundreds were injured. And properties worth millions of dollars were lost. I have witnessed the innocent killings of over 500 women and children in a single night. I live with the reality of seeing mass graves around me every day.
The greatest plight of it all is that these innocent and defenseless women and children were killed without given the opportunity to fulfill their purpose in life.
To be pregnant in my community today, it calls for a celebration, despite the reign of terror and poverty that has engulfed the land, and despite the lack of medical facilities.
I came to America with high expectations, because I know that this is supposed to be a country where defenseless children are protected – right from the womb of their mothers- and given the privilege to fulfill their dreams in life. A country with medical advancements, a country where I thought that people would be happy, including the hospitals, in giving full support in nurturing these young children. But I am completely shocked and surprised to hear about the number of abortion conducted daily in American hospitals. Here in America these defenseless children are also killed. The only difference is that in my country, they are killed by wicked terrorists, while in America they are killed by the doctors.
This is not a story I want to tell my people in Nigeria. They would be shocked and dumbfounded to hear such stories. Let me conclude by saying this:
If I have the power to collect these innocent and defenseless young children – and future Americans – to my country and community, I would certainly do so with great joy. For they will be welcomed with great joy and celebration as a gift from God. For we have painfully loss many.
No one can dry our tears. Thank you for listening
JOHN DALYOP HARUNA