My Stance On Abortion

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When I first heard about abortion, I was probably 14 or 15 years old. I couldn’t believe my ears. It seemed like something that happened in a far away, uncivilized country.

I was completely against abortion. Mainly because of my faith and what my parents and church believed. I remember our youth group leader asking us if we felt abortion was wrong in the cases of incest, rape or health of the mother. I decided right there that I would be against abortion – except for those cases.

It didn’t take long to change my stance. I met a lady in the Navy, a single mom of two boys. She was raped and became pregnant with her second son. I was shocked! How could this woman keep the baby? A constant reminder of her attacker, another mouth to feed without support of a father, another chunk out of her small paycheck… I can’t remember her exact words but it was something to the effect of not being able to go through with killing the life inside her when it was the rapist who should be punished. Her story affected my whole outlook on abortion. It went from viewing it as a circumstantial decision to a human rights issue.

I believe life begins at conception. It is not a blob, a clump of cells, a tumor-like mass , etc. It is a LIFE, a HUMAN, a PERSON!
http://www.princeton.edu/~prolife/articles/embryoquotes2.html

I believe abortion ends a life, thus it is murder.

Abortion: the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.
Murder: to kill or slaughter inhumanly or barbarously.

Women claim a right to choose what happens to their body, and within that is the right they feel they have to murder a baby. A baby that didn’t choose to inhabit a woman’s womb. They call it their ‘reproductive choice’. To me, that logic is weak. A friend, who was told she should abort her biracial child, simply summed it up: “To consciously choose to kill a life is nothing less than premeditated murder. (She did not abort him, he is turning 18yrs old this year)

Those who come to the realization that it IS a human life, but claim the life is not sentient (having the power of perception by the senses; conscious) and still choose to kill the life based on that, in my opinion, have gone so far as to believe the hype of Peter Singer:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Singer

“We should recognize that the fact that a being is human, and alive, does not in itself tell us whether it is wrong to take that being’s life.” – Singer

“Singer argues that newborns lack the essential characteristics of personhood—”rationality, autonomy, and self-consciousness”—and therefore “killing a newborn baby is never equivalent to killing a person, that is, a being who wants to go on living.”

The quotes from Singer and the link provided are basically saying that being a human life isn’t necessarily a factor to consider in deciding whether to kill or not is wrong; and that newborn babies lack personhood, therefore killing them is not the same as killing an adult.

Many will argue how I could be pro-life, support capital punishment, and be supportive of our soldiers and war. It’s an easy route, in my opinion, for the pro-choicer to take. However, a rational thinker will conclude this: capital punishment is Biblical*, it is for a human being who has taken the life of another human being therefore forfeiting their own rights; war is also Biblical*, it is for use in defending our country. Yes, unfortunately innocent get killed in war, and it is heartbreaking… However we do not go into war with intention to kill the innocent. Defense of our country is NOT in the least bit parallel to abortion.(* I didn’t include passages of scripture for my points as many see it as ‘cherry picking’ what I want to interpret as truth. If you would like to know what the Bible says about this, please ask and I will provide you with what I believe is supportive scripture.)

As a pro-lifer, I do not take joy in the killing involved in capital punishment or in war. As a person or country makes choices, consequences for actions are inevitable. We should never take a life gleefully, but in somber discouragement as we carry out the law of our land.

Sadly, abortion isn’t just about murder or not, preference or lack thereof; no, it’s also led to a dulled, desensitized state of mind of women and men who decide that their life, body, and preference/choice take precedent over any other human being. When you see the big picture of this line of thought, one must wonder ‘where does it end?’ Similar thought processes were rampant in slavery. As well as the holocaust. One (or more) people having more rights than others, therefore killing is ok based on hierarchy of rights.

Abortion does what slavery and the holocaust did…denies the innocent human being the right to life. As slavery was abolished, we must seek to abolish human abortion.  I am pro-life because I believe we are made in the image of God, our Creator. I believe it is the morally correct view to acknowledge life, in all stages, as precious.

Soldier on!

P.S.
We are given choices all throughout our lives. What to eat, wear, say, do, etc. Some choices have no ill consequences. Some have grave ones. Pro-life and Pro-choice are choice views we toss around easily. Being pro-life doesn’t mean we want choices taken away. We stand firm on expecting people to make the right choice, the moral choice, the choice for life. Circumstances can cause us to struggle in our decision making. I strongly feel if we stop and think not just in the moment, but down the road, of the golden rule – Do to others as you’d have them do to you – we would make much better choices. The choice to kill unborn babies, or even newborns as in Peter Singer’s views, is just the start. It is the same start of the path that led to slavery and the holocaust. It’s the choices we make now that will set up the foundation for us later. Choose wisely. Choose to treat and value others in the same way you would like to be treated and valued.

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Comments
  1. Anonymous says:

    What led you to write about this and when was this written?

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