Shelburne column: Retailer pays employees to travel for abortions

After the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the always unconstitutional ruling called Roe v. Wade, in lots of places nationwide voters have approved stricter laws that make it harder to abort a baby. Two or three months after the court’s recent decision, one of America’s largest retailers told their female employees they would reimburse their expenses to travel to wherever they had to go to get an abortion.

Ever since the Covid pandemic, this same retailer, like so many other employers across the land, had been making desperate pleas for new workers to staff their stores. Their “Now Hiring” signs matched those in almost every business in town. Didn’t they realize that this new abortion benefit would subsidize the killing of hundreds of future employees?


This same company spends a fortune to advertise and dangle come-on offers to attract customers. Why, then, would they help pay to exterminate future customers?

Are our left-leaning corporate executives and government policy makers too addled to see that today’s babies are tomorrow’s customers and tax-payers? Fifty million of them are missing today because, during the last half century, we made it legal to end their lives before they were born.

Right when Vladimir Putin was disgracing himself with his Ukrainian aggressions, he displayed a bit of rare social insight. Concerned about Russia’s declining census figures, he offered a generous stipend to any mother who would agree to have ten children. He knows that the future of his country depends on having babies born.

Meanwhile, here in America, right when we’re struggling to find enough nurses or teachers or garbage truck drivers, we’re paying mothers to kill their offspring. We’re accentuating the very problem we’re desperate to solve. Does that make sense?

“I want you and your descendants to have many children,” God told Noah after he docked the Ark (Gen. 9:7 CEV). Why? Because that was the only way humans could take control of the world and be blessed by it. And that hasn’t changed.

Healthy societies, as described by the Bible, are made up of a throng of parents whose children honor them and a multitude of children who are being raised with “the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Instead of killing our little ones before they can inhale a breath, we need to welcome them as the potential solution to the danger and disorder so common in our land today.

Gene Shelburne is pastor emeritus of the Anna Street Church of Christ, 2310 Anna Street, Amarillo, Texas. Contact him at, or get his books and magazines at His column has run on the Faith page for more than three decades.

This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Shelburne column: Retailer pays employees to travel for abortions