Abortion

There was a time when all human life—whether it had been born yet or not—was considered sacred. That time is long gone. In most countries it is now perfectly legal to have your baby killed at any point during pregnancy—even a few days before the baby is due to be born! If that’s not murder, I don’t know what is.

So, the first thing that obviously needs to be addressed—at what point does the baby become human? The answer is simple: at the moment of conception, a baby is 100% human and to kill it would be murder. As soon as it’s conceived, a the baby’s unique genetic blueprint is formed, and a new person has been created.

Hang on, some people argue, what if the zygote splits and becomes twins? Surely the baby isn’t human until about it’s about 14 days old, when it passes the time when twinning is possible? This troubled me at first, then I realized that it could be answered very easily. God is omnipotent. He has already planned whether or not that zygote will become twins. If it He wants it to split, then He will give the zygote two souls from the moment of conception, instead of one. They will exist in the same body for a few days, but that doesn’t mean much, as few people would deny that Siamese twins are separate people, yet they have joined bodies.

But surely the baby is only human once it no longer requires the mother for survival? Until it’s born, isn’t it just another part of her body, which she can choose to do whatever she wants with? Well, first of all, while a baby requires the mother’s body up till the moment it’s born, it can survive if removed at an earlier stage (and as technology improves, the minimum age a baby can survive being removed from it’s mother’s womb is getting lower). When you stop and think about it, a baby still requires its mother (or at least some form of care

giver) to survive even after it’s been born! And technically, a woman can’t do whatever she wants with her body. For instance, she’s not allowed to kill herself (sadly, the time is probably coming when suicide will be perfectly legal). So why should she be allowed to kill the life inside her?

Many of the children who are killed (um… I mean aborted) every year would have lived if they had been carefully removed and cared for. Surely that proves that killing them is murder?

Almost all woman who have abortions regret them. Don’t believe me? Click on the Christian Answers link here http://www.christiananswers.net/life/stories-abortion.html to read stories from woman who’ve had abortions. Contrary to what you might think, having an abortion won’t improve your relationship. In fact, 70% of relationships end within 90 days of an abortion. And even if it doesn’t, you and your partner will still be haunted forever by the death of your child.

One excuse used to justify abortion is that all methods of abortion, despite their risks, are less dangerous than a full

term delivery. Many woman still die from abortions, however (not to mention all the babies that die). And the excuse that a woman shouldn’t have to go through the pain of childbirth if she doesn’t want to is completely unfounded. Not only are doctors able to make childbirth almost completely painless now, but a number of woman who’ve had abortions and given birth have stated that the abortion was MORE painful.

What if a woman is young? What if she has her whole life ahead of her? What if she’s still in college? Or just about to embark upon her career? Surely abortion is justified then? No, it isn’t. In life, there will be many people we’ll find “inconvenient” but that certainly doesn’t give us the right to murder them! So to kill one’s own child just because you want to have a career is utterly indefensible.

But what if the pregnancy poses a great risk to the mother’s health? What if she’ll die without an abortion? We should remember that life and death are in God’s hands. Abortion isn’t the answer. Prayer is. We pray, and pray, and pray and pray that the mother and the baby survive. If one or both of them don’t, then this is very sad, but we at least we can take comfort in knowing it happened for a reason and if the mother was a Christian, then we will one day meet her again in heaven where she and her baby will know no sorrow.

What if the baby will be deformed? Or mentally disabled? Well, that doesn’t change the fact that God has some special purpose in mind for him or her. There are any deform and disabled people around. Should we kill them all? No! Many are very kind, intelligent people who add value to society. Think of Helen Keller. When she was only 19 months old she became deaf and blind. Yet, despite these disabilities, she learned to read and talk. She even went to college and graduated with honors! She traveled the world giving lectures and visited wounded WWII veterans. She wrote a number of books. She managed to live a full life. If it weren’t for her “disabilities”, she wouldn’t be remembered today, and she wouldn’t have been able to inspire and give hope to millions of other disabled people. We have no right to decide someone’s fate based on how healthy they are. God can use ANYONE for ANYTHING He wishes. Life and death must be left in His hands!

What if the mother doesn’t have the means to support the child? Surely it’s kinder to abort the child under those circumstances, so it doesn’t have to go hungry? This isn’t a valid argument. Ever heard the phrase, “The Lord will provide”? He will make sure all our needs are met. Besides, one can always put the baby up for adoption.

If you are pro

abortion, but have a child, think about this: would it have been perfectly acceptable for you to abort that child during pregnancy? After all, at the time the child would have just been a blob—a mass of cells with no personhood, right? Think about what you would have missed out on if you had aborted the child.

Perhaps you don’t have a child. Think about this: would it have been perfectly acceptable for your mother to have aborted YOU if you would have been an inconvenience to her? No, of course not! You have something to offer society, just like everybody else. Your life has value.

What if Abraham Lincoln’s mother had decided a baby would be too inconvenient, and had had him aborted (abortion, by various different methods, has been around for hundreds of years)? Well, then the chances are history would have taken a completely different turn. Perhaps the South would have won the Civil War. Perhaps there never would have been a Civil War. Perhaps millions more would have died. Perhaps YOU might never have been born. We should never underestimate the impact one person can have on the world. Your baby could become the next Abraham Lincoln, or the next Isaac Newton, or the next Da Vinci. And even if it doesn’t, and just lives an average life, that still doesn’t give you the right to kill it.

I still wonder how anyone can possibly try to excuse the murder of innocent, unborn children. How do the workers at abortion clinics justify cutting up babies and then simply tossing their remains down the disposal? The mother has no right to choose whether or not to murder her baby. That child was made in God’s image and belongs to Him.

There is just no way to justify abortion. Sadly, with the rise of feminism, the mother’s convenience is now considered more important than the life of her child.

“You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’ So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27

“‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5

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