The horror of abortion

According to pro-abortion activists, abortion is just the removal or expulsion of a fetus or embryo from the uterus. We are told that about 42 million ‘removal or expulsion of a fetus or embryo from the uterus’ occurs every year. But how does God view abortion? Does He view abortion as a removal of a fetus or killing of an innocent life? Lynn Copeland wrote an amazing article on abortion called “What’s God’s word says about abortion”. In her article, she says:

“God’s Word says that He personally made each one of us, and has a plan for each life: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah 1:5). “Even before I was born, God had chosen me to be His” (Galatians 1:15). “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb…Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:13,16). “Your hands shaped me and made me…Did You not clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life” (Job 10:8–12). “This is what the Lord says—He who made you, who formed you in the womb” (Isaiah 44:2). “Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One form us both within our mothers?” (Job 31:15).”

Copeland continued and said:

“Taking the life of the unborn is clearly murder—”He didn’t kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave” (Jeremiah 20:17)—and God vowed to punish those who “ripped open the women with child” (Amos 1:13). The unborn child was granted equal protection in the law; if he lost his life, the one who caused his death must lose his own life: “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined…But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life” (Exodus 21:22,23).”

Science tells us when life begins: “Biologically speaking, human development begins at fertilization.”. “The two cells gradually and gracefully become one. This is the moment of conception, when an individual’s unique set of DNA is created, a human signature that never existed before and will never be repeated.” Some would say “I know abortion isn’t right, but if it is not legal, we’ll have all those poor girls slipping off to see those butchers in dark alleys. At least this way they get counselling.” “You’re right. Think of all those poor murderers who are condemned to slip around and kill in secret. We ought to legalize murder too! Then they can kill in a nice clean safe environment. They’ll be protected from getting splashed with blood that might contain diseases, and we can offer counselling so they don’t have any post murder trauma from the choices they’ve made.”

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a doctor whose abortion clinic was described as a filthy, foul-smelling “house of horrors”, was charged with murder, accused of delivering seven babies alive and then using scissors to kill them. The only illegal thing that Gosnell did was break US Civil Law by not killing the babies properly while they were still in the womb. Gosnell had conducted thousands of abortions, and his case is proof that abortion’s objective is not to give choice to women, but to commit genocide. I once discussed the issue of abortion with a man whose wife works as a nurse in an abortion clinic. I had told him that God will judge His wife as a murderer, for each and every baby she helped abort. Of course the man was outraged, but I showed him that God had already set a precedent by judging the people of Ammon for committing abortions (see Amos 1:13). So everybody who has committed abortion, or participated in the industry, will be accused of murder by God. Of course we are told by the society that we have a choice to do anything we want with our bodies, but in God’s eyes our choice doesn’t include killing innocent lives (see Exodus 23:7).

Somebody would object and ask if God really expects rape victims to keep babies conceived during rapes. The problem with this objection is the ignorance of the fact that most rapes happen at home. Diana Russell conducted a research project on rape marriage and “concluded that rape in marriage was the most common yet most neglected area of sexual violence”. Patricia Easteal, a former Senior Criminologist at the Australian Institute of Criminology, published the results of the survey she did on sexual assault of different kinds, and she found that 10.4% of women had been raped by husbands, with a further 2.3 per cent raped by estranged husbands, while 5.5 percent were raped by non-cohabiting boyfriends. David Finkelhor and Kersti Yllo estimated that 10 to 14 per cent of all married women have been or will be raped by their spouses. K.J Wilson estimated that 10% of all high school students have experienced dating violence, while that figure is 22% for college and university students. All these surveys were conducted more than 15 years ago, with the latest conducted in 1997. Today’s estimates say one in seven women is raped by a sexual intimate.

These surveys made me wonder if my mother didn’t fall amongst these unfortunate women who were raped by their husbands/boyfriends/sexual intimates. If she did, then should I have been aborted? If these surveys are true, then it might mean that at least 1 of 10 people who will read this book is a product of rape. If you are the unfortunate person who is the product of rape, does that mean you should have been aborted? Or is the fact that you don’t know if your mother was raped, possibly by your father, mean that you were not eligible for abortion? Ray Comfort asked a question to those who support abortion for rape victims, he said: “Perhaps you answered that a pregnancy could be morally terminated in the case of rape. But why would you kill the child for the crime of the father? Which is worse, rape or murder? Why not support the mother and then have the baby adopted? Isn’t it better to have a child adopted rather than kill it? If you don’t like the thought of adoption and prefer abortion, could you kill the child yourself by cutting it in pieces, or would that be too difficult and you would you rather that a doctor do it for you?” Rape is a crime against humanity and God, and so is murder, as such being raped can never justify murdering an innocent baby. “Hardship is not an excuse for homicide.”Mothers who have been raped should consider adoption for their little babies, rather than breaking God’s Law.

But what happens if the mother’s life is in danger if she proceeds with the pregnancy, and abortion is suggested by doctors? Firstly, the doctors’ job is to try and save both lives, not terminate either life. Doctors who advocate termination of the pregnancy are not different from Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who used scissors to cut the neck of the babies and kill them. Secondly, we don’t have any right to terminate the life of anybody, as much as Hitler didn’t have the right to terminate the lives of 6 million Jews, unless we think we are better than Hitler.

Ray Comfort said “There is no nice way to put it: anyone who takes the life of their own child commits the most heinous of premeditated murders.”

But thanks be to God through His son Jesus that the sin of abortion can be forgiven. If you have committed abortion, even as horrible as it is, know that God can forgive you and cleanse you. The bible says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8). God can forgive you of the sin of abortion, if only you would repent and trust in Jesus for your salvation. 

References:

  1. Russell, Diana E.H. ‘Rape in Marriage’ MacMillan Publishing Company, USA 1990
  2. Easteal,P. “Voices of the Survivors”, Spinifex Press, North Melbourne, 1994
  3. Finkelhor, D. and Yllo, K., “License to Rape”, The Free Press, New York 1985
  4. Ray Comfort, Evidence Bible, Bridge Logos Publishers
  5. The Biology of Prenatal Development, National Geographic, 2006
  6. In the Womb, National Geographic, 2005
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