Any parent, who has had the amazing privilege of witnessing a baby’s entrance into the world, will agree that life is a miracle. Life is not only an extraordinary gift from God at the beginning, but the same could be said at every age of our existence. Why does your heart continue to beat at your current age? It is a gift from God. We all have the God-given right to life. We are all created equal. Americans should value their fellow citizens at every age. One life is no less valuable than another, whether in the womb, or in the nursing home. The question addressed here is, when does life begin?
The Bible repeatedly declares that life begins at conception. One example is God’s statement about the prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” David says in Psalm 139:13, 16: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Not only does life begin at conception, God already knows all about us before we are ever birthed into this world.
Science also proves that life begins at conception. At the moment fertilization takes place, the unborn child’s full genetic makeup is already in place. Already determined in that moment is the child’s gender, height, and even skin, hair and eye color. Life begins at that moment of conception.
Since that is true, is one life more important than another? Does one life have the right or power to take another innocent life? Of course not.
Let us be very clear that, based on the unchanging Word of God, murdering an unborn child in the womb (abortion) is a sin that God has always hated and was punishable by death in the Bible. In fact, God condemns murder of all kinds, but particularly the murder of children. In Ex. 20:13 God says, “Thou shalt not kill.” In Lev. 20:1-5, God says that the one who committed the horrible atrocity of child sacrifice should “surely be put to death.” Exodus 21:22-23 is a specific example where an actual abortion is found:
“If men strive, and hurt a women with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life” (Ex.21:22-23).
This is just a sampling of the Biblical evidence on the subject of abortion, but the theme is consistent. What does God think about abortion? … “life for life.”
What does all of this mean for those who are governing the United Sates?
1) No tax dollars should be spent on promoting and performing abortions or on assisted suicides (euthanasia).
2) A constitutional amendment designed to protect the right to life should be written and passed as legislation. Ideally the practice of abortion, as well as euthanasia, in any form would be illegal and viewed just as seriously as the murder of any other human life.
3) Roe vs. Wade should be overturned. The Supreme Court should continue in the direction of the recent Gonzales v. Carhart case where the gruesome practice of partial birth abortion was forbidden.
4) In the mean time, numerous legislation should be pursued on the federal level to deter the practice of abortion: a ban on partial-birth abortion; a bill to establish a woman’s right to know the exact procedure done during an abortion; a mandate that parents be informed and provide consent before an abortion is performed on a minor; requirement that doctors inform the mother that the unborn child will feel pain, and provide the option to anesthetize the baby prior to the abortion.
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