When a Rock Duo Took on Abortion in 1974

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e0/UnbornChild200.jpgI hope you’ll look at my blog post over at The Human Life Review today:  Unborn Child at Forty.  It’s about an amazing choice made by the famous 1970’s rock duo Seals and Crofts.  They released a pro-life song right in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision to legalize abortion.  We may view this as a courageous decision, but they viewed it simply as the right thing to do.

In so many ways abortion serves as machinery for destroying and poisoning all human relationships.  The abortion culture not only kills children, but it drives a wedge between mother and child, which I think is the most fundamental of human relationships. And, of course, between man and woman.  The implications for all other relationships are vast.

In 1974 when James Seals and Dash Crofts released “Unborn Child” as an album under the Warner Brothers label, they were at the pinnacle of their fame and success.  You may remember their gold hits, which included “Summer Breeze” and “We May Never Pass this Way Again.” Those songs are still played frequently on oldies radio stations.  But you probably don’t remember “Unborn Child,” because it was boycotted.

Warner Brothers strongly advised Seals and Crofts against releasing “Unborn Child,” but they proceeded as a matter of conscience, and it damaged their careers.  You can imagine.  Roe vs. Wade was already sowing very deep seeds of division and bitterness in American society and culture.

They could have chosen risk-free career advancement.  Instead, they chose an act of mercy.  A glorious choice.

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