(Note: I have attempted to be very gentle in this discussion on the issue of abortion. However, I realize that one: I am a male and am less gentle than the females of our species, two: I can be very opinionated, and three: I am human and am flawed. I apologize ahead of time if my comments here come across as harsh or attacking. It is not my intent to come across that way. My intent is to teach the truth in love.)
This week’s topic of discussion, Abortion, divides many people. Since it has become a major ethical and moral issue there have really been two sides to this debate; are you pro-choice, or are you pro-life? At the heart of this issue, the very core, the very thing that determines where you stand on this topic, is where you view life beginning. The issue of Abortion, for me at least, is really an issue on the sanctity of life.
I know very few people that would ever say that murder is not a crime. If I were to come up to you with a gun, shoot, and kill you, that would be a crime. I would be arrested and punished to the extent that the law saw fit. On this issue of abortion however, there are those that would say it is murder and those that would say it is the choice of the woman. Since 1973 this particular country (The United States of America) has left it up to the woman to decide if her child lives or dies. The reason it seems, for this division is, as stated earlier, where one views life beginning.
If you view this issue as I do, from the stand point of someone who is pro-life, then you most likely believe that life begins at conception. There is much scientific proof for this view that life begins at conception. In his book “The Complete Bible Answer Book,” Hank Hanegraaff states this on page 423. “Furthermore, abortion involves killing. The zygote, which fulfills the criteria needed to establish the existence of biological life (metabolism, development, the ability to react to stimuli, and cell reproduction), is indeed terminated.”
The website prolifephysicians.org states this “Biologically, from the moment of conception this new human being is not a part of the mother’s body. Since when does a mother’s body have male genitals, two brains, four kidneys? The preborn human being may be dependent upon the mother for nutrition, however, this does not diminish his or her humanity, but proves it. Moreover, dependence upon a parent for survival is not a capital crime.” The website goes on to state that “At the average time when a woman is aware that she is pregnant (the fifth to sixth week after conception), the preborn human being living inside her is metabolizing nutrition, excreting waste, moving, sucking his or her thumb, growing, and doing many other things that non-living things just do not do. As early as 21 days after conception, the baby’s heart has begun to beat his or her own unique blood-type, often different than the mother’s.”
On allaboutpopularissues.org, Dr. Albert Liley, the renowned physiologist known as the “Father of Fetology” is quoted as saying, “Biologically, at no stage of development can we subscribe to the view that the unborn child is a mere appendage of the mother. Genetically, the mother and baby are separate individuals from conception.”
Yet, despite the scientific evidence, there are those that believe that life does not begin at conception but rather at some point after birth. There are so many differing views on when life actually begins. In one article I’ve read the author went so far as to say that we can have no idea as to when life begins or ends. To a degree that is true, but ultimately this debate centers around the question of does abortion end a human being’s life, or is it simply the termination of an impersonal pregnancy. Many in the pro-choice camp would seek to deny a truth about when life begins.
On allaboutpopularissues.org it says this, “Dr. Landrum Shettles, sometimes called the “Father of in vitro fertilization” notes about life’s beginnings: “Conception confers life and makes that life one of a kind.” Continuing on his comments about the Supreme Court ruling on Roe vs. Wade he says, “To deny a truth (about when life begins) should not be made a basis for legalizing abortion.”
It would seem however that our society would deny a truth; a truth that points to life beginning at the moment of conception. This truth that they seem to deny allows for the brutal murder of innocent children.
In conclusion, the forming documents of our country allow for men and women to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, despite the proof that unborn children in their mother’s womb are human beings, our country allows for women to choose whether or not this child lives. So while most people would say murder is wrong, the denial or the choice to ignore the fact that life begins at conception as has caused many to engage in an act that normally they would view to be wrong.
—-The Bible has this to say on the beginning of life, and I am requoting the same verses that Andrea used in her post earlier in the week:
Psalm 139:13-16: ”For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”
Jeremiah. 1:4-5: ”The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Psalm 22:9-10: “Yet You brought me out of the womb; You made me trust in You even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother’s womb You have been my God.”
Isaiah 44:2: ”This is what the LORD says–He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you … “