I realize there are many sincere people, even professing Christians, who believe abortion should be a matter of personal choice. These people have developed many sophisticated arguments in behalf of abortion. But those arguments do not stand the test of Scripture or logic or experience.
1) "Is it fair," the abortionists ask, "to bring a baby into the world who is unwanted?" This argument is an emotional deception. There is no such thing as an unwanted baby because there are hundreds of thousands of couples in America today who ardently desire to adopt a child.
2) "But what about rape victims?" the abortionists scream. Again, this argument is an emotional manipulation. Less than one percent of rape victims ever conceive, due probably to the trauma involved. But even in those situations where conception does occur, should the baby be killed for its father's crime?
3) "But we must provide for the protection of the mother's life," argue the abortionists. But is this a valid issue? Consider these words by the former Surgeon-General of the U.S., Dr. C. Everett Koop:
Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery, I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother's life. If toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother's health, the doctor will either induce labor or perform a Caesarian section. His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby's life is never willfully destroyed because the mother's life is in danger.
4) "But what about a deformed or retarded child? Shouldn't it be aborted?" What about a child who becomes mentally retarded or blind at age six due to an illness or accident? Should that child be killed? How perfect must a person be in order to live? And who is to play God by making the decisions as to who lives and who dies?
5) "If abortion is outlawed again, tens of thousands will die from back-alley abortions performed by medically unqualified people." In 1972, the year before the Court legalized abortion, it is estimated that there were about 500 abortions nationwide, resulting in 39 recorded deaths (see Dr. Bernard Nathanson's book, Aborting America). We are killing 1 1/2 million babies per year right now, and hundreds of women die from the complications.
6) "But what about a woman's right to privacy?" What about the baby's right to life? Which right is more important? The right to privacy is a selfish right. The right to life is a God-given right. And if the privacy argument is going to prevail, should we then prohibit police from violating the privacy of a home to stop parents from abusing their children?
The Crucial Issue
The bottom line in all these arguments is whether or not the baby in the womb is a human being. If it is, as God's Word teaches, then it should be accorded the full protection of our Constitution.
Why is an eagle in the egg considered to be an eagle, but a baby in the womb is not considered to be a human being? Even logic demands that we recognize the humanity of the unborn child.
In the next part of this series on the abomination of Abortion, we will look at today's cowardly politicians who refuse to do what is right.