Audra and I recently read a blog post titled “Abortion is murder”, the author rightly states that it’s not a matter of women’s rights it’s about human rights, it’s about the silent cries of hundred’s of thousands of innocent children murdered every year in the United States and around the world. If we live in a society that believes murder is morally wrong, how do we justify the killing of the unborn? The difference lays in when pro-lifers and pro-choicers define the beginning of a person’s “humanness” or “right to life”. In this four series post I’ll present facts and statistics surrounding abortions in the U.S. and development of babies in the womb, implications for the future of humanity when the point of ones “right to life” is defined by man, and the differences between a fetus and a baby.
Since Roe v. Wade in 1973 over fifty million babies have been killed in the United States, and this translates into approximately three thousand government sanctioned murders everyday in this country. Abortion for ANY REASON is legal up to 24 weeks gestation, organizations like planned parenthood will use forceps and a vacuum to dismember the baby. At 24 weeks a baby is 12 inches long, considered viable and can survive and thrive outside of the womb with proper medical care. Third trimester abortions are legal in some states, these abortions involve the actual delivery of the baby. The baby’s legs are grasped and the baby is delivered with the head remaining inside the women. The skull is pierced and the brains are suctioned causing the skull to collapse thus allowing the rest of the baby to be delivered.
A number of studies have been conducted showing why women around the world are having abortions, the overwhelming majority of these studies reveal that approximately 93%-98% of abortions occur due to socio-economic reasons, i.e. unplanned, finances, single mother, etc…The difficult circumstances often stated such as rape, incest, baby’s health, and mother’s health reportedly account for between 0.5%-2% of all abortions. The numbers clearly reveal that the majority of abortions occur simply because the baby doesn’t fit into the mother’s plans. I am not discounting tragic situations, I am simply posing the question to you: when is it right to take an innocent life?
The creator of the heavens and the universe, who loves each of you so much that He paid the ultimate sacrifice so He could have eternal communion with you, tells us that “Before [He] formed [you] in the womb [He] knew [you]” and that “…[He] knit [you] together in [your] mother’s womb” (Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139:13). Human life at all stages (fetus, toddler, teenager, or adult) is precious and should be valued and protected.
Please know that my heart in presenting this post series is not about “judging” or “condemning”. The intention behind these posts is to provide you with facts surrounding abortions and a baby’s development, to dispel common misconceptions such as “it’s just a clump of cells”, and to discuss the implications behind moral relativity when we allow mankind to decide when someone is “human” or “human enough to have moral rights”.
Sin is sin in the eyes of the Lord and ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. “ All means all: me, you, mother Teresa, etc. Jesus Christ is the only man who’s ever lived a perfect life and He IS the way, the truth, and the life. All you have to do is ask Him into your life as Lord and Savior, repent of your sins, and He WILL make you a new creation forgiving you of all your sins. Click here if you want to accept Him as your Lord and Savior.
Rest in Him,