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Abortion Could Be Murder

Updated on September 16, 2008
“The deliberate killing of a human being has no place in a society that calls itself civilized and humane." Position of the ACLU on capital punishment, but not abortion.
“The deliberate killing of a human being has no place in a society that calls itself civilized and humane." Position of the ACLU on capital punishment, but not abortion.

Should we do - or should we don't?

Abortion is a moral and legal issue because the start of life is uncertain. Perhaps it is ultimately unknowable. In time, science may prove somehow that life starts on a certain day - or maybe they will come up with a definition of life that does not change and everyone can agree on. Maybe, maybe, maybe. But for now - we do not live those days. We live during the days of uncertainty.

For me the nexus of the issue lies here. We do not - and as of now can not - determine with any empirical evidences - when life begins. It has moved from the 3rd week, to the 12th, 20th, 24th etc. That, in and of itself, denotes uncertainty.

If that is the case - and it is - then why must we predicate the determining factor of life - on the "mother's right to chose" rather than on certainty? Is it - or is not - murder? Until we know when life begins - it's impossible for us to determine at what point abortion "is not" murder. Therefore - abortion could be murder. (I am not saying it is - because that would expand the subject)

Could be murder...

That seems simple enough. No religion in that. Just the facts mam.

Conversely - many secularists easily determine that no man should be put to death in the form of capital punishment - and state the reason plain and simple - we may be making an error - and then point to examples of such.

In their minds an irrevocable determination is made on the side of Justice - based on the assumption - we simply can not truthfully know if a man is guilty or not. We only assume he is guilty - and those assumptions could be wrong and even if there is a 1/1000 % chance - then we must as men and women of honor and integrity.......

(And, they surely have a point)

But on the one hand, they argue that we can not allow a single death in the capital punishment event because we may be wrong in the determination - yet on the other we can not disallow abortion - in what might constitute millions of deaths - based on the same reasoning.

Is reason really being used - or does the secular argument derive from selfishness - which is then justified as rights - which are then defended against supposed hordes of unreasoning Christians?

My personal uncertainty of the issue derives from reason - and has no predicate from my religion. And although I personally believe it is a moral issue - I have not framed the problem in a religious context. How do you personally overcome the paradox? How, in your mind - can it be justified?

Here is a definitive link to Obama's various stands on abortion.


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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      God gives us a free will, rather we do right or wrong with it is the individual's choice. Morals seem not to play an important part of some individual life's anymore. I don't believe that God wants us to kill but under a emergency medical conditions I believe it may be considered to get an abortion. They have laws for killing animals but it's alright to have an abortion? You can really see Revelations prevailing as the days go by! I just await for the coming of the Lord who is the judge, and pray for those who seek the truth! As Sparkling Jewel says, making better choices, endless assistance and support is needed and prayer!!! Great Hub!!!

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      SparklingJewel 9 years ago from upper midwest

      A life is a soul's opportunity to BE: to be here to create what no one else can do but them. It is distressing to me that the concept of the soul is still not considered. That is where we need to begin, education about the soul.

      To find the common ground, the best answer is to do what is needed to help others make better choices to not get in that situation in the first place and offer endless assistance, support and information when they do.

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      Prophecy Teacher 9 years ago from Dallas Texas

      That's clever, thanks! Welcome.

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      Britt Azlin 9 years ago

      My 4th grade teacher put it best, we may have "gotten rid of" the cure for cancer when we chose to not let that "thing" live.

      I don't know if it is or isn't, but I'm sure glad my mom chose not to.