The irrational belief in the sanctity of abortion

Recent Pro-life advances in Michigan, North Carolina and Texas are emotionally charging the abortion debate Photo: AP

LOS ANGELES, July 12, 2013 — The right of a woman to choose an abortion is the closest thing in our nation to an absolute, unchallengeable right. But abortion-rights advocates have ended up making the mother’s womb the most dangerous place for a child to be. To do so, they’ve had to deny what even a toddler will immediately say when shown a pregnancy ultrasound: “It’s a baby!”


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The 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions legalized abortions for any reason based on a mother’s right to privacy and personal health choices. Now, after over 55 million unwanted children have been aborted, our nation’s conscience is beginning to objectively look at the arguments involved.

Take the question of when life begins. Though consensus in a fallen world never occurs, it’s difficult to deny the fact that life exists at conception. Human sperm and eggs are living cells, and when an embryo is formed, all the genetic material is present that uniquely defines the physical attributes of that person.

Science has also shown unequivocally that the embryo does not pass through some throwback evolutionary development like a fish phase with “gills” or a lizard phase with a “tail”. These terms, just like “potential human” try to trivialize the humanness of the developing child.

But is the unborn a person? According to the Supreme Court it’s not. Just as the 1857 Dred Scott decision irrationally declared slaves to be property, so the preborn are declared property that can be disposed of as a mother chooses. But just as with slaves, denying an obvious truth doesn’t change reality, it only shows an inability or unwillingness to accept it.


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Biblically, a person is body, soul and spirit. And though many believe the Bible doesn’t address abortion, it does treat the unborn. Ecclesiastes 11:5 reveals some of the mystery of life when the author says: “As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything” (ESV).

This same God numbers our days (Psalm 139:16); declares us fearfully and wonderfully made within our mother’s womb (Job 10:8-12; 31:15; Psalm 139:13-14); says we’re created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27); and uses the same Greek term to describe a child when inside or outside the mother (Luke 1:31; 41-42). And yes, scripture also reveals that we inherit a sinful nature from our parents (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:18). Each of these statements point towards the nature and mystery of personhood in the unborn child; a mystery that only God knows completely (Deuteronomy 29:29).

With biology proving the unborn are human from conception and scripture strongly implying personhood from the beginning, then why is the abortion battle so strident? Because the issue isn’t about property, it’s about morality.

When someone unjustly destroys the blessing of life, they’re exercising a prerogative that belongs to God (Deuteronomy 32:39). When something that’s evil is called good (Isaiah 5:20), it takes an ignorant or callous heart to willingly accept irrational arguments to salve the conscience God has given us (Romans 2:15-16).

In the Old Testament, pagan nations sacrificed babies to false gods thinking it was honorable (Deuteronomy 12:29-31). They either thought of children as nothing but property to be used as they saw fit, or that the benefit gained from sacrificing them was greater than keeping them. Are there any substantive differences today in justifying abortion (Ecclesiastes 1:9)?

The Supreme Court decision concerning slaves took a decade and a Civil War to correct. It’s taken four decades for the majority of people to finally see the evil consequences of the Roe and Doe decisions. And like any evil, it’s irrational at its core. Consider:

It’s irrational for all rights or intrinsic value to be denied an unborn child if the mother so chooses. But if she does give the child value, instantly, the full weight of modern medical technology, legal protection, and every conceivable manner of assistance is available to help bring a healthy baby to term.

It’s irrational to destroy a human life resulting from rape or incest. On what basis is a life forfeited because of the sin of one or more of the parents? There’s no valid legal or Constitutional basis for this argument, nor any Biblical basis (Deuteronomy 24:16; Ezekiel 18:20).

It’s irrational to abort a baby because of birth defects or for any other physical reason when we’d never consider such an action once a child is born.

It’s irrational to think abortion is a trivial procedure not requiring proper medical oversight when the mother is exposed to emotional trauma, medical complications, and long term health risks. That is not to mention the corrosion and hardening of a person’s spiritual health when the weight of the decision is finally realized.

It’s irrational to allow public schools to drive a teenager to an abortion clinic without parental involvement, yet require parental approval to dispense an aspirin.

It’s irrational to defend a woman’s right to chose, when the object of the decision, the innocent life involved, has no say in the matter. Or to talk about a mother’s right to do anything with her own body as if the baby’s body weren’t a separate creation.

Abortion isn’t just wrong, it’s evil. If objectively considered, every argument supporting abortion can be shown to be rationally and morally bankrupt. Why else would the abortion-rights community fight so hard to deny obvious biological, moral, medical and legal considerations?

 

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Frank Kacer has been writing and lecturing on the applications of a Biblical worldview to the contemporary issues of the day since the mid 1990s. Besides his regular Biblical Politics column with the Washington Times Communities, Frank has authored over 100 op-ed columns for Good News Etc. and the popular Christian Examiner. Frank can be reached at frankkacer@hotmail.com

 

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