Is There A Legitimate, Moral Argument For Abortion?
Today, many people feel that our former ideas about morality are no longer relevant. People should be able to decide what is right for themselves, depending on their own unique circumstances. Chief amongst these morally relevant ideas is a woman’s right to do what she wants with her own body.
The following are the major reasons given for an abortion; based primarily on a woman’s belief that it is her right to decide what to do with her own body.
- A woman becomes pregnant through rape and seeks to abort the child that resulted from an assault on her body.
- A woman learns that her child has a genetic birth defect and seeks to terminate the life of her child before it comes into the world, only to suffer.
- A woman who becomes pregnant as a result of faulty contraceptive or lack of contraceptive and does not want a child at this time.
- A single or married mother already has more children than she can care for. One more mouth to feed and clothe would only make a bad situation worse.
- An abusive marriage where bringing another child into the world would cause it to be battered as the mother and other children have been abused.
- The life of the mother is in danger should she carry her baby to full term.
These are a few of the very important and valid reasons that are discussed in the controversy of abortion. In consideration of these reasons for an abortion there are also other factors that should also be thought about. Among the most important, the decision to end the life of an innocent and helpless child. This is where the debate begins. Is this a human life or simply tissue? If this is a life, does a woman have a right to determine what to do with her own body that is superior to the life of the child?
The Right To Life Of The Innocent Child In The Womb
Often we hear about the right of a woman to do with her own body as she feels is correct for her. Does this right change the moment that she becomes the custodian of a new life that is growing inside her body? Is a person responsible to guard and protect a life that has been entrusted to them?
We often talk about the abuse of women and children in our society, without consideration for whether the termination of an innocent life is an abuse of that child and also causes permanent damage to the life of the woman later on.
The real issue regarding abortion is not the right of a woman to do what she wants with her body, but the right of a child that is sheltered within her body to live.
It is inevitable that a person in seeking to justify an action that they wish to take, will create an excuse or reason for their behavior. It is clear that the entire abortion movement is based upon a false assertion of personal rights or rights of privacy. Neither personal civil rights, nor the right to privacy have anything to do with the issue of abortion. It is the right to life that is the most basic freedom that all humans are entitled to, that is at issue.
Certain rights that are claimed by some people cannot be justified by causing harm to someone else. Taking a life has always been, and always will be, murder. The most helpless and defenseless human being that exists is that of an unborn baby. These children depend upon the care and nurture of their mother to have an opportunity to come into the world and live.
When we bring a baby into our home, we are expected to protect, shelter, and care for this child. The law does not allow a person the option of killing a baby that lives in our home, simply because they have become an inconvenience. A baby who comes to live within the womb of a woman’s body should be given the same rights and protections so it may also live.
It is not the fault of the child that the mother has experienced a pregnancy, regardless of the circumstances that caused the pregnancy. At the moment that a life exists, it is no longer a matter of the mother’s right to choose but her responsibility to protect an innocent and helpless life.
The Constitution and Bill of Rights for the United States of America hold that the right of life and liberty are the most basic of all human rights. The right to live is one that the founders of our nation held as originating from our Creator, not determined by a parent, the government, or any human law.
None of us can do whatever we want in our life, strictly because it is convenient or expedient. We must consider the lives, rights, and feelings of other people, before exercising our own liberty.
Many people who support abortion, believe that the baby that is growing within the womb of a woman is not a human being. They call it a “fetus,” or “tissue,” but never refer to it as a child. Those who support a woman’s right to choose, find it impossible to accept that what is about to be removed is a human being. For this reason no woman who supports abortion would ever define a pregnancy as the taking of a human life.
The problem with this view of abortion is that an incorrect conclusion has been arrived at by an incorrect definition for life. Children who are torn to pieces in the womb of their mother, feel pain. In studies conducted during an abortion, ultrasound reveals that the baby screams when it is being murdered within the womb. This baby would come into the world and live just as every other person, if they were only given a chance.
People may try to redefine what constitutes a life, but it is clear that what resides within the womb of a woman is a human life.
Have we reached a degraded place in our modern world where the value of one human life is less important than any other life? Do we now have the right to terminate a life because it has become an inconvenience or burden?
What is the difference between a mother who cares for her child within her home and a mother who should care for her child inside her own body?
The Word of God defines all human life as precious and therefore deserving honor and dignity, protection, and nurturing. God says that He knew us when we were inside our mother’s body. He formed us and fashioned our body with love and great care. He planned our life in advance and His thoughts of the unborn child are ever before Him.
O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit Or where can I flee from Your presence?
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! ~Psalms 139:1-17
Does this sound like God defines a child as tissue or lacking value? Quite the opposite. He considers the unborn a life that He created. To take this life is clearly murder in the sight of God.
In this beautiful Psalm, the Lord reveals that each human life is not an accident. He is the One who formed us and fashioned us in the womb of our mother. Whether a child is within the womb of a woman who was raped, in danger of her own life, or in an abusive relationship, the baby inside this woman was formed and fashioned by God and is Loved by Him.
In verse 16 the Lord reveals that all the days of each human life have a purpose which God has determined. Each one of these days were “fashioned” for that tiny life inside the womb. For this reason, these lives are very precious and have infinite worth to God. The unborn should be honored, respected, protected, and preserved with every ounce of strength that both the mother and all society possess.
This Psalm finishes by reminding each one of us that this life inside this woman is “Precious” to the creator of all things. If an unborn child is so valuable to God, why not equally valuable to each one of us?
There have been many stories of children who were born to a woman who nearly terminated their pregnancy. The lives of these special children are described by incredible accounts and the great impact they made on the world. Descriptions of how rich, full, and meaningful their lives were. The tremendous effect they had on others and the incredible ways they enhanced the world. None of these things would have been possible unless they were given a chance to live and fulfill their destiny as God determined for each one.
There are countless broken-hearted mothers and fathers on the earth today who have not been able to conceive and bear a child who would love and cherish the child that is in the womb of a woman seeking to terminate the life of her baby.
Every life is precious; every life has meaning; every life is greatly loved by the maker of all things. To count each life as precious and allow it to come into the world for which it was made, it the highest and most honorable thing a woman could do.