Is abortion murder? When do we become human? At what point does a fetus/baby have the right to life? Is abortion justified in cases of rape or incest? All of these questions surrounding abortion boil down to the underlying question, Is it a mother’s right to choose her baby’s fate or is it an innocent babies right to life?
The first part to this four part series presented some startling statistics surrounding abortion in the United States. Every day approximately 3000 abortions occur with 2,790-2,940 of these are happening because the baby doesn’t fit into the mother’s plans (socio-economic reasons). These are heavy facts to digest, knowing that the overwhelming majority of abortions occur due to struggles everyone will face with or without children, such as finances, not enough space, and “accidents”.
As a follower of Jesus, I believe the bible is the inspired word of God. According to His word we were created in His image, we are His children and He loves each and every one of us. As I mentioned in the previous post He makes it very clear in His word that He knew each of us and knit us together in our mother’s womb. We’re all born with a conscience that tells us murder is wrong and He clearly states this in the Ten Commandments.
At this point those of you who don’t believe the Bible is God’s word or maybe even don’t believe in the existence of God may be saying “that’s fine for you and your religious beliefs, but don’t put that on me…I don’t believe the same things as you”. To anyone who may have this stance I urge you to carefully and thoughtfully ask yourself when does a baby become “human”? Is it “When the heart starts beating”, “when it has a brain”, “when it becomes self aware”, “when it can survive outside of the womb, is viable”, “when it can feel pain”, “when it’s major organs are formed”, “when it’s not just a clump of cells”. These are some of the most common answers I’ve heard to this question.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case a video presents compelling evidence of the “humanness” of a baby at all stages of life.
Rest in Him,