CALIFORNIA, January 23, 2014 – Few issues have polarized our nation more than abortion. In fact, the depth of emotional investment on both sides virtually guarantees little opportunity for constructive compromise.
This shouldn’t be surprising. If Pro-Life advocates are right, then abortion is wickedness without parallel in our nation’s history with over 56 million babies willingly destroyed since 1973. If Pro-Abortion advocates are right, then the unborn are only pieces of flesh and not persons. As a potential human they only have value if the mother cares to give it.
One side wants to legally protect the unborn starting from conception; the other wants to retain the legal right to terminate the life anytime before it’s born.
Since the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions legalized abortions based on a mother’s right to privacy and personal health choices, only minor restrictions have been legally applied. But now, after the destruction of tens of millions of unwanted children many more people no longer ignore the obvious irrationality behind this “right”.
Take the question of life itself. It’s difficult to deny the fact that life begins at conception. From the very beginning, the fertilized egg contains all the genetic material that will uniquely be a person’s physical attributes throughout their life.
But is the unborn a person? The Supreme Court says no. Just as the 1857 Dred Scott decision declared slaves to be property, so the pre-born are legally treated as property that a mother can do with as she pleases. But just like with slaves, denying an obvious truth doesn’t change reality, it only demonstrates an unwillingness to accept it.
Although examples of abortion are ambiguous in the Bible (Exodus 21:22-25), it does address the sanctity of the unborn. Ecclesiastes 11:5 reveals the mystery of pre-born 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 in the womb (Job 10:8-12; 31:15; Psalm 139:13-15); says we’re created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27); and uses the same Greek word to describe a child when inside or outside the mother (Luke 1:31; 41-42). It’s also true that when someone unjustly destroys life, they’re exercising a prerogative that belongs to God alone (Deuteronomy 32:39).
Each of these verses points to the mystery of the person-hood of the unborn child; a mystery only God knows completely (Deuteronomy 29:29).
What we do know is that when evil is called good (Isaiah 5:20), it takes an ignorant or callous heart to accept groundless arguments to salve the conscience God gave us (Romans 2:15-16). And like any evil, it’s irrational at its core. Consider:
It’s irrational that the mother can determine if an unborn child has value. If she decides the baby has none, it can be discarded at will. If it’s given value, the full weight of modern medical technology, legal protection, and extraordinary assistance is instantly available for that child throughout the pregnancy.
For that matter, it’s irrational to defend a woman’s right to chose when the innocent life involved has no say in the matter.
It’s irrational to destroy a human life resulting from rape or incest. What justifies a life being forfeited because of one or more of the parent’s sin (Deuteronomy 24:16; Ezekiel 18:20)?
It’s irrational to abort a baby because of physical problems when we’d never consider such an action once a child is born.
It’s irrational to think of abortion as a trivial medical procedure when the mother is exposed to invasive surgery, potentially irreversible medical complications, emotional trauma, and long term mental and physical health risks. Not to mention the corrosion of spiritual health when the full impact of the decision is 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 talk about a mother’s right to do anything with her own body as if the baby’s body wasn’t a separately created, unique human being.
It’s irrational to take the life of a baby because of possible financial impacts when so many loving families are begging for the opportunity to adopt.
Abortion isn’t just wrong, it’s evil.
So why does the Pro-abortion community fight so hard to deny what every toddler can easily recognize by looking at a pregnancy ultrasound? It’s because abortion is fundamentally a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). Arguing over biological, medical, legal, or practical matters won’t change a heart hardened to a moral issue. Only the mercy of a loving God can soften that person’s heart, as was done for Paul, the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:14-15).
Only then, will there be hope of abolishing this vile practice throughout our land.
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