The abortion debate is not going to go away and there is a reason why this is so. It has been legal since 1973. But the debates do not stop. The confrontations will not cease. The political posturing will continue. Why? Because at the heart of it all is a bigger issue.
Abortion is not a political game. In addition, abortion is not just a choice that a mother gets to make about what to do with her body. Here is the bottom line: Abortion is the killing of an innocent child.
Another way to define abortion is by examining intention before loss of life. A pregnant female can willfully and deliberately choose to end her pregnancy before the fetus can survive outside of the womb by terminating the life of the child via abortion. If the child dies as the result of an accident however, such as the mother falling, this is called a miscarriage and not the true definition of an abortion.
To those of us who subscribe to the Christian faith, abortion is simply wrong. There are many who have killed their unborn babies to avoid the responsibility of raising a child. They like their life, their career, their financial situation, their schedule. They do not want a baby interfering with any of that. So they kill the child. In this view, abortion therefore is the murder of the most defenseless of human beings and the stripping away from that human being the most basic of all human rights: the right to simply live.
Those who would disagree say that the baby is not actually living. According to them, the baby cannot be considered a human being until after the birth process is complete. Until then, the child is simply fetal tissue. From this viewpoint, abortion is simply the removal of unwanted tissue and not murder.
Those who make this argument ignore the fact that at 19 weeks old, the foot of a child is already perfectly formed right down to the smallest toe. They ignore the fact that the baby has all the necessary chromosomes and genes and all the necessary genetic codes to aid in development right from conception.
Groups that support abortion call themselves “pro-choice” and say that they are defending the mother’s right to choose. However, this is simply not the case. In February of 2010, the ministry “Focus on the Family” had plans to run a pro-life commercial during the Super Bowl. Pro-choice groups tried to have it banned. Why? The ad did not say that abortion was wrong. It simply showed the courage of a woman choosing to go ahead and “choose life.” The “pro-choice” groups opposed the commercial because they did not like her choice. They would have been alright if her choice had been a dead baby as the result of a murder.
The Bible makes no bones about it. The unborn baby is a living, breathing person. When Mary was carrying the baby Jesus in her womb, she went to see her cousin Elizabeth. Luke 1 tells how Elizabeth was already pregnant with the baby that would become “John the Baptist.” When Mary was coming down the road, Elizabeth said that the baby in her womb leapt with joy. This would mean that John the Baptist was undoubtedly a living person even before going through the birth process.
In Jeremiah 1:5, God tells the prophet that before he even came out of the womb, he was ordained for the work he was doing. In other words, God recognized Jeremiah before he was born as being more than living tissue. Psalms 139 makes it clear that a human being is “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Yet it is also true that many women who are Christians have had their children aborted. Others have talked them into it. Some have made the decision on their own because they did not think they were capable of raising a child. Yet, regardless of the reason, it bears repeating that abortion is still murder.
But a true Christian must also realize the forgiving power of God. If a woman has had an abortion and has since realized that it was wrong, it is beneficial to understand that God forgives. I John 1:9 makes it clear that God wants to forgive sins and that all that must be done is to tell Him about it and come before Him in deep contrition. It is not unpardonable according to Scripture.
Consider the story of Isaac. He was born on a Christmas Day in England. He was born way too early and everyone was sure that he was going to die. His father had actually died just sixty days before he was born and his mother was having a very difficult time looking after him and trying to manage the farm at the same time. In addition, there was a war going on in their country.
To the pro-choice advocate, Isaac’s mother would be a strong candidate to have an abortion. After all, look at the condition she was in at the time. Look at the fact that he was being born into a world ravaged by war. Look at his health conditions. But the mother never even considered such a thought. And it was just as well for the rest of mankind.
Isaac would grow up to discover the law of gravity. He would revolutionize the field of mathematics by discovering and advancing the field of calculus. He made major improvements to the telescope and is world renowned for this work in physics and astronomy. He had a deep faith in God and wrote in an extensive fashion on principles outlined in the Bible. He was the first person to have the honor of being knighted in England for achievement in the field of science.
Without any disagreement, one could say that it might have been easier for the mother to have aborted the child. However, the world would have never known Sir Isaac Newton, considered by some to have been the greatest man of science to have ever walked the earth. It does make one wonder how many other intellectual giants the world never known due to the barbaric process of abortion. That is a question to which one may never know the answer.
The abortion debate is not going to quiet down. It has not gone away in over forty years. Pro-life groups are not going to throw in the towel. The reason why? It is more than a campaign slogan. It is more than a rallying cry. It is more than a promise made by a politician. At the heart of it is a bigger issue. The life of a child.
Opinion by Rick Hope