Right Thinking About Abortion

August 22, 2012

Right Thinking About Abortion

            What you think about abortion depends on your values; the value you place on human life and the value you place on biblical teaching.  Even nature teaches us that human life is sacred.  Laws against manslaughter are found in all society.  One of the Ten Commandments is “Thou shalt not kill.”  You are a dangerous person to be around if you think there is nothing wrong with killing another human being.  We label such people maniacs or mentally incompetent.

Why is it then, that abortion is so widely accepted?  Obviously there has been a change of thinking on the part of many people.  Pregnancy makes demands on people that they may not be willing to accept.  They must make sacrifices for the child.  There are sacrifices of personal comfort and pleasure.  They are faced with a dilemma.  An abortion is an escape from the demands a pregnancy places on them.  To escape the stigma of having taken a human life they say, “The fetus is just a mass of living tissue.”

The thinking of those who accept abortion is called “pro choice.”  The thinking of those who reject it is called “pro life.”  The pro choice people say “A woman has a right to do what she wants to with her body.”  Since we live in society with others, we have to put some limitations on that theory.  When I was in high school, one of my teachers said something that has helped me in thinking right about what I can do with my body.  He said, “You can extend your arms and turn around in circles all you want to, but your liberty ends where my nose begins.”  When a woman becomes pregnant she has to take into consideration the well being of her unborn child.  It’s not just her body; it’s also the body of her baby.

There is much that gives us reason to believe that the fetus is not just a mass of living tissue.  Within just two weeks after conception the heart is formed and starts pumping blood.  Studies indicate that the fetus suffers pain.  From the moment of conception the nucleus of the cells has ADN molecules.  Those complex molecules determine characteristics like the sex of the child, hair color, the color of the eyes, etc.

The Bible tells us that the fetus is a human being.  Psalm 139:13-16 says “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.    My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”  David says he existed even when he was in his mother’s womb.  In Psalm 71:6 he wrote “By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.”  Isaiah says the same in Isaiah 49:1.  “Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.”

In an abortion, both the mother and the attending physician share the guilt of abandoning biblical and moral laws.  It’s even more brutal in what is called a “partial birth abortion.”  The physician pulls the baby far enough out of the birth canal to be able to perforate the skull and insert a vacuum probe to suck out the brains.  That way it can legally be said that the baby was born dead.  Proverbs 6:16-17 says that among the things that God hates are “hands that shed innocent blood.”  “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:   A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.”

After an abortion, it’s normal for the mother to suffer a feeling of guilt and regret.  Often she needs to seek help for her emotional problems.  Husbands and wives can prevent an unwanted pregnancy by practicing “safe sex.”  For advice you can go to the internet or buy a book on the subject.  Most unwanted pregnancies result from illicit sex.  An abortion, in such cases, is a double violation of moral principles.

An unwanted pregnancy is nearly always a crisis experience.  Don’t panic.  Many will tell you that an abortion is your only option.  That’s not true.  Help is available for victims of unwanted pregnancies.  Around the country there are many women who volunteer to help in what are called “crisis pregnancy centers.”  If you can’t find one near you, you can call 1-800-848-5683 to speak to someone who will give you comfort and counsel.

Some think an abortion should be justified in case of a pregnancy that results from rape.  Even then, with emotional, and if need be financial support from family and friends, the baby can be brought to birth.  After birth, if need be, the baby could be put up for adoption.

Advocates for abortion say it is justified because the child is unwanted. What would stop people in the future from saying that people who have been drawing unemployment checks for five years can and should be annihilated. They are unwanted. They are a burden on society. They would be using the same reasoning; the same argument.

Right thinking about abortion must start by accepting God’s moral law.  His laws aren’t meant to keep us from enjoying life.  Those who love God and seek to obey him can testify to the truth of what Jesus said in John 10:10  “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”


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