Those are pretty isolated situations. The point remains that for the average woman in Ceausescu's Romania, abortion was illegal yet was also routine. There was a recent study that's already been linked in the other threads on abortion about legality doing little to nothing to affect the actual rate of abortions in a country. That is why I still don't see why, and nobody here has made a case for, using abortion legislation as a litmus test. And quite frankly, I think collaboration with the securitate is far more repulsive than just about anything else.
Yes, foul things have a tendency to congeal.
No, they were not as isolated as you would make it, nor was abortion as routine as you imply (though the desire for it was perhaps more than the incidence).
If you look at case law on various subjects, say for instance marriage, there is an oft repeated reference to public policy. Polygamy, for instance, is against public policy. When the judiciary oversteps its bounds under the American system, saner courts have noted that is the legislature, not the judiciary, which sets public policy. In this vein falls the prohibition of abortion. It says something about you as a society (something certain political types harp on when it comes to, say, universal insurance).
Relevance? The passage in question is not about political power. The Christians in question had no political power.
If you were so convinced of that, why did you ask for a sharia verse in the first place?
It was about allowing someone with non-christian values to teach and corrupt the local Christian community.
Maybe you missed this:
26 ‘He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; 27 AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father.
And the Great Commission:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
Again who here has said that abortion is an acceptable choice for Orthodox Christians?
I'm saying here that abortion is not an acceptable choice of anyone.