You readers who know me know that I make no apologies about being pro-life.

I believe that taking the life of an unborn child for the sake of convenience is morally wrong and — since one of the guarantees embodied in the U.S. Constitution is the right of all citizens to LIFE — unconstitutional.

Biblical truth teaches that life begins at conception, even though that fact, by their own admission, was “above the pay grade” of many former U.S. Presidents and many of the justices who have dominated the Supreme Court for the past five decades.

Want to know why I am so adamant about it?

Well, for one thing, God says it is wrong to take an innocent life. The pro-abortion argument that its all about “choice” and someone’s “rights” pales in comparison to what a Higher Authority says.

I often wonder, what about the “rights” of that unborn baby? Where is his/her “choice” in the matter?

That’s one reason why I have so much respect for Chattanooga-based trucking company, Covenant Transport. Every time I see one of their trucks rolling along the Interstate with its “IT IS NOT A CHOICE, IT IS A CHILD” placard on the rear of the trailer, I honk my horn and give the driver a big wave and a “thumbs-up”.

Second, I have a beautiful, adopted daughter who’s birth mother was 15 at the time and, rather than abort her child, decided to allow her to be adopted. Vickie came to live with us on her very first birthday and since that time she has grown up, married, and given us four precious “grands” — Bryanna, Kinleigh, Braylon and sweet little Campbell Grace — none of whom we would have to love and cherish today had that birth mama opted for the alternative.

I understand that there are strong feelings about this on both sides of the fence, but folks, when I came here as your publisher I told you straight up that I would speak my mind.

Earlier this week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, whom I know and respect, signed into law one of the nation’s toughest abortion laws to-date.

Made me dang proud of my native home state to know that, finally, enough legislators there mustered up the backbone and intestinal fortitude to do the right thing for these babies, and that, finally, also, the state has a governor who understands that human life is precious in the sight of God and should also be in the eyes of lawmakers.

THANK YOU, GOV. KAY! Next time I’m in Montgomery I’m coming by the Statehouse to hug your neck, shake your hand, and thank you in person!

In Alabama, the bill would not punish criminally a woman who sought to have an abortion but does levy severe penalties on doctors who attempt, or actually do perform, procedures that the law bans.

Governors in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, and Ohio have this year also signed strong “fetal heartbeat” laws that protect the most innocent and the most endangered among us .. unborn human children.

God bless those chief executives and the legislators who voted to approve those bills!

My heart cries for the more than SIXTY MILLION children who have been slaughtered since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land in 1973.

SIXTY MILLION.

Let that number sink in.

Its approaching the number of souls who died in WWII.

It amounts to the total population today of the states of Wyoming, Alaska, Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island, Montana, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Idaho, West Virginia, Nebraska, New Mexico, Kansas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Nevada, Iowa, Utah, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Oregon, with the District of Columbia tossed in.

That’s more than the folks who live today in HALF OF THE UNITED STATES and Washington, D.C.!

Does that not send a cold chill up your spine?

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a trip on US11W to Surgoinsville to see the powerful display of small white crosses in front of Hope Community Church that graphically portrays the horrific loss ... more than 2,000 crosses — each one lovingly made and erected by hand a few weeks ago by church members and pro-life volunteers — that each represent the lives of more than 800 babies who will die from abortions in 2019.

The crosses stretch as far as the eye can see on church property underneath a giant “WE STAND FOR LIFE” banner.

Senior Pastor Rip Noble told the Review at the time that the church for the past several weeks had focused on the horrific loss of life in the nearly half-a-century since SCOTUS affirmed the right to abortions on demand.

“We’ve watched some pretty intense and graphic videos that show exactly what happens during these procedures, and we’ve studied what the Scriptures have to say about life,” Noble said. “We believe that people need to know what really happens, not only what the babies experience, but what the mothers experience later. Some do, but some women never overcome it. That’s the part the abortion clinics won’t tell you. But through it all, we want people to know that God’s love is there and there is healing to all who seek it. We want everyone to know that we at Hope Community Church stand for life.”

Noble said the display of crosses to show the congregation’s stand is meant totally in a spirit of love, and not in judgment or condemnation.

“We are speaking today as a voice for those babies,” he said.

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, Noble said, wrote in chapter one, verse five, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you ...”.

“God made us in His image, He knew us from before we were conceived,” Noble added. “That tells us just how precious human life is in His sight.”

As a Christian, I fear that severe consequences lie ahead for us as a people and as a nation if we — and our churches — continue to sit back and keep quiet not only when babies are killed for convenience but when their aborted body parts are bought and sold like common commodities.

May God help us and have mercy on our country, and may He also grant us the desire and wisdom to elect presidents in the coming years, whomever they may be, who feel likewise and who will appoint conservative, pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who will work to reverse this culture of death that has swallowed up our poor, deceived nation.