“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
Some people like to say they’re for “a right to choose,” but then don’t complete the sentence. Choose what? What do you choose? They can’t say, “I’m for the choice to kill a baby in the mother’s womb,” because it doesn’t sound so good.
The decision to take an innocent life in the mother’s womb really is a choice between life and death. God’s Word says clearly in Deuteronomy 30:19
Therefore choose life, that both you and your children may live.
Understand that you are free to choose. You are not free not to choose. And you are not free to choose the consequences of your choice. God has told us we are to choose life.
I’m going to give you three reasons I’m pro-life. But first, let’s look at our present situation:
On the day you are reading this, in America 3,000-4,000 lives will be snuffed out. They’ve not had the benefit of a trial; they’ll have no counsel to represent them. They’ll be executed in a cruel and inhumane way. Though they’ve committed no crime, one will die about every 21 seconds.
Who are the co-conspirators of this atrocity? Who is putting the unborn to death?
January 22, 1973, was a day which will live in infamy, one of the darkest in American history, like 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. In America it is now legal to kill a baby. That probably just went right past you. It is now legal to kill a baby.
The only requirements are:
1. The baby still lives inside the mother, at least a portion of the baby. (Part of the baby can now be outside the mother.)
2. The mother wants the baby killed.
3. A doctor is willing to do the killing.
The Court ruled in 1973: “A state is forbidden to proscribe (forbid) abortion any time prior to the birth if in the opinion of one licensed physician an abortion is necessary to preserve the life or the health of the mother.”
Few would argue about “life of the mother.” But note that key word “health of the mother.” The court elaborated, “All factors, physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age, relevant to the wellbeing of the patient” could legally justify the taking of an innocent human life.
Roe ruled abortion is permitted if the woman says it would (1) distress her (2) produce psychological harm (3) tax mental and physical health by child care, or (4) bring distress associated with an unwanted child. That is, “If I don’t want this child, then that’s my mental health condition that okays the child being put to death.” Or, “We can’t take of the baby; kill it.” Or, “We didn’t get married. We are pregnant. Kill the baby.”
Most people are aware of Roe v. Wade, but few of Doe v. Bolton, companion piece to Roe v. Wade, legalizing any abortionist to kill a baby through all nine months of pregnancy. It is even legal to kill a baby while the mother is in labor and the baby is partially delivered, partially out of the birth canal.
In America, if you crush a bald eagle’s egg you can be fined $5,000 and spend a year in jail, but you can make a handsome living killing babies in the mother’s womb. Pharaoh and Herod must now take second place to America.
Woe unto them that call good evil that put light for dark.
In America, a teenage girl can receive amoral sex education in school and be given contraceptives with government money, and if she comes up pregnant, she can be taken to a Planned Parenthood clinic without her parents’ knowledge or consent, where she can have the baby killed. Yet many of these same schools would not dare give an aspirin without parental consent. That is barbaric. It is also crazy.
I am pro-life because it is just that: a matter of LIFE.
What is being put to death in the mother’s womb is a human life. When the ovum and the sperm are united, it becomes human life. There’s no question about that.
Here are some of the pro-abortion arguments you hear and my answers to them:
IT’S NOT A HUMAN
Someone wrote “Dear Abby” saying they were a pro-choice because “to believe the ovum and sperm united are human life would like believing a vehicle was in existence after a nut and bolt were joined together at the beginning of an auto assembly line.” So if you have an egg and sperm come together, that’s no more life, they say, than a nut and bolt in a car factory is a car.
What convoluted logic! There is a great difference. A nut and bolt are only a nut and bolt. They will not one day become a Cadillac! But when the egg and sperm come together, that is a human life, and no carburetor, fender, steering wheel or engine is added. Everything is already there! All that little life needs is nutrition and water to grow. You don’t add anything. It’s a human being already.
Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, obstetrician/gynecologist, was director of the largest abortion clinic in the western world. But his eyes were opened. He suddenly changed his tune after his clinic had performed 60,000 abortions. Resigning, he said: “I’m deeply troubled by my own increasing certainty that I had in fact presided over 60,000 deaths.” Think of it. He stated there is a “vector of life.” From the moment of conception, there’s “a self-directed force of life that, if not interrupted, will lead to the birth of a human baby.” The child conceived is a human being from the moment of conception.
All the components of life being there, some will say, “That’s only some blob, not human life.” Is it animal? Vegetable? Mineral? It is human life.
IT’S MY BODY
Abortion advocates talk about having “a right to my own body.” The child is not a part of the mother’s body. He or she is a new life, altogether different, with their own unique DNA, circulatory system, often even a different blood type than the mother, and certainly their own unique fingerprints. The nucleus of a human cell has 46 chromosomes, 23 from the father and 23 from the mother. So the child is not merely “part of the mother’s body.” It is as much a part of the father as the mother. It is life, and it is life from God.
IT’S JUST A “FETUS”—NOT A PERSON
People often use the word “fetus.” In Latin, “fetus” means “baby, child”; to say “fetus” is to say “child” in Latin. No matter how small, it is a child. It’s all simply a continuum. You and I were once a child all the way through in gradual development. Just because he is little and young has nothing to do with the reality that he or she is a human being. When conceived, a baby is as small as a grain of sand. But a new human being has begun, no less a person than the child or adult walking around.
Speaking of development within the womb, the Psalmist said,
Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16.
This passage, inspired by the Holy Spirit, reveals that when a mother is pregnant, God Himself is forming a child within her. “Wonderfully and fearfully made” literally means awesomely made. It also tells us that little baby is the object of God’s love and concern. The Bible does not distinguish between prenatal and postnatal life but speaks of babies in the womb as people and persons.
Jeremiah was ordained in his mother’s womb.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5.
You don’t ordain a blob of tissue. God said, “Before I formed you, I knew you, Jeremiah. You are my prophet.”
John the Baptist was in his mother Elisabeth’s womb when his cousin Mary came to visit with Jesus in her womb.
And it came to pass that when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb, and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. Luke 1:41.
The word Luke used for babe is brephos. Thayer’s Lexicon says, “The word brephos is an unborn child, embryo, fetus, a newborn child, an infant, a babe.” Whether in the womb or out of the womb, the Bible uses the same word.
And they brought unto [Jesus] also infants [brephos], that He would touch them. Luke 18:15
Brephos, infant, is the same word used for John the Baptist in his mother’s womb.
Why am I pro-life? The Bible says it is a crime against God to kill innocent life.
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. Proverbs 6:16-17.
The taking of life in the womb is an abomination to Almighty God. What could be more clear? He hates abortion.
Doctors and nurses who had worked with abortionist Dr. Nathanson told him of nightmares, depression and personality changes they and other clinic personnel were experiencing because of the taking of innocent life. I am pro-life because it is a matter of life.
In Part Two, I will tell you the two other reasons I am pro-life.
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