Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” 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.” So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. -Exodus 21:15;21
The Egyptian midwives feared God, and refused to perform infanticide at the command of Pharaoh. Centuries later, the midwife, Stanislawa Leszczynska, disobeyed the orders of the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp commander to put the infants of Jewish prisoners to death.
There is something about midwives that makes them a metaphoric and anthropomorphic hand of God, bringing forth from His laboratory a wonderful creation and helping that already-created life enter the world. Midwives have always, traditionally, stood for life; their job is to protect it, honor it, and serve it.
A midwife in 1567 England would make the following oath…
[I, name], admitted to the office and occupation of a midwife, will faithfully and diligently exercise the said office according to such cunning and knowledge as God hath given me.
And that I will be ready to help and aid as well poor as rich women being in labour and travail of child, and will always be ready both to poor and rich, in exercising and executing of my said office.
Also, I will not permit or suffer that any woman being in labour or travail shall name any other to be the father of her child, than only he who is the right and true father thereof.
And that I will not suffer any other body’s child to be set, brought, or laid before any woman delivered of child in the place of her natural child, so far forth as I can know and understand.
Also, I will not use any kind of sorcery or incantation in the time of the travail of any woman.
And that I will not destroy the child born of any woman, nor cut, nor pull off the head thereof, or otherwise dismember or hurt the same, or suffer it to be so hurt or dismembered by any manner of ways or means….
This ancient tradition of midwives as protectors of the unborn is now in jeopardy, as outside special interests, lead by the ACLU, are suing the State of Montana to allow midwives to perform abortions.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is arguing, as they previously have done in Maine, that there isn’t enough abortion access in Montana, and to allow for easier access to abortion, midwives need to be allowed to perform infanticide in addition to ‘doctors’ and surgeons.
Montana already has the most liberal abortion laws of any of its surrounding states, and also already has an influx of young, underaged females who come to Montana cities like Billings, Helena or Kallispel to receive abortions that they couldn’t get in their own states without parental notification. Montana has become the go-to state in the Rocky Mountain West for the easiest access to abortion-on-demand. Nonetheless, there’s not enough access for the ACLU, and the expansive rural areas require that abortionists come to the mothers, instead of requiring that mothers go to the abortionists.
Essentially, the lawsuit demands that nurse practitioners or those currently serving as “midwives” perform abortions in the home, even without nearby medical personnel or hospital facilities that can help in emergency situations. The Montana Right to Life organization reports numerous traumatic bleeding and complication incidents in Billings abortion mills that regularly require emergency hospitalization. The ACLU doesn’t care about saving lives, however, only taking them.
They write in their press release, “In a state as large and sparsely populated as Montana, it’s common sense to expand access to safe abortion care by allowing APRNs to provide this much-needed healthcare service.”They also said, “Medically unjustified laws that prevent qualified clinicians from providing abortion services are unconstitutional. They further restrict abortion access in states where it is already limited while serving no valid medical purpose.”
The lawsuit alleges it is unconstitutional NOT to allow midwives to perform abortions. It says, “Prohibiting APRNs from providing abortions is not just bad policy — it’s unconstitutional. Our plaintiff APRNs just want to be able to provide safe, compassionate care to their patients. The Montana Constitution demands that they be allowed to do so.”
The Montana Bill of Rights says that all persons have certain inalienable rights, which “include the right to a clean and healthful environment and the rights of pursuing life’s basic necessities, enjoying and defending their lives and liberties, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and seeking their safety, health and happiness in all lawful ways. In enjoying these rights, all persons recognize corresponding responsibilities.”
Montana must, if it will cease being an abortion hot-spot in the Rocky Mountain West, pass a Personhood Amendment that will recognize even the unborn as Persons who are constitutionally protected.
[Editor’s Note: HT OneNewsNow, Christian News Network]