Reasons Why Abortion Is Wrong
“One biblical principle of justice is that the more knowledge we have that our action is wrong, the more guilty we are, and the more deserving of punishment (Luke 12:47-48). The point of this blog post is that we know what we are doing—all America knows. We are killing children. Pro-choice and Pro-life people both know this.” – John Piper - Desiring God Blog
As a nation, we have the blood of innocent and defenseless babies on our hands through legalized abortion. It is an American Holocaust. Since the Supreme Court legalized it, we have slaughtered over 54 million babies in the womb. We arrogantly stand with righteous indignation at Adolf Hitler, who killed 6 million Jews and then as a nation proceed to slaughter 9 times more babies and call it a “woman’s right to choose.” I mean the slogan sounds great. Who can be against a woman’s right to do what she wants with her own body. It is a wonderful and effective emotional plea. However, that “choice” means stopping the beating heart of a little, innocent baby. Think about it. Thump, thump, thump, and then silence. As a society, we care more about protecting animals, whales, and trees more than protecting the life of an innocent baby. Michael Vick and some of his friends got caught running a dog-fighting ring and outrage came from every direction. Rightfully so, but where is the outrage over a baby that is murdered in its mother’s womb in the name of choice? My heart breaks for all of those precious little babies who had their lives snuffed out before they were born. My heart also breaks for all of the women who have been scarred as the result of having an abortion. The focus of this hub is not to condemn anyone who has had an abortion or paid for one. There is forgiveness available through Jesus Christ. Now let us take a look at why abortion is wrong.
Is Abortion Sin?
Life is Precious
The first reason why abortion is wrong is that life is precious and valuable because of who created it. Let us take a look at a few verses from the Bible to see what God has to say about life in the womb.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
“For you created my inmost being (soul); you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
“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 139:16
“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” Ecclesiastes 11:5
“Thou shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13
“If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him, and he shall pay as the judges decide. But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life.” Exodus 21:22-23
God says several times in the Old Testament that He formed us in our mother’s womb and knew us before we were born. We are created in His image. Each life that is snuffed out through abortion is a life that God created and loves. It is critical to remember that every abortion that is performed stops a heart from continuing to beat. Thump, thump, thump, and then nothing. The babies tiny heart goes silent as the baby dies inside of its mother's womb, where it should be the safest. What really gets me is that we are outraged when abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell kills a baby outside of the womb (not a partial birth abortion, fully outside of the womb) that survived a late term abortion that he performed, but do not show the same outrage when a baby is killed in the womb only a few weeks prior in development. As a society, we call that okay. The womb should be the safest place on the planet for a developing baby. If someone were to open abort puppies inside of a pregnant dog, PETA and the like would be all upset. Every baby's life is precious and worth saving.
Life is Precious
It is a Baby!
The second reason why abortion is wrong is because it is a baby that is developing and not some fictitious blob of tissue. As John Piper said in the quote above, everyone knows what we are doing. We can lie to ourselves and say that it is not human or it is just a blob of tissues, but it does not change the fact that what is developing in the womb is a human baby that has its own unique DNA at conception. Here are some amazing facts about a baby’s development in a mother’s womb:
- Gender is determined at conception.
- A baby’s heart begins to beat 18 days after conception.
- The baby’s backbone, spinal column, and nervous system are formed 3 weeks after conception.
- By the fifth week, the hands, legs, and eyes begin to develop.
- Brain waves become detectable 6 weeks after conception.
- The baby begins to kick and swim after 7 weeks.
- By the eighth week after conception bones begin to form, the baby can now hear, and fingerprints begin to appear on the babies fingers.
- By the tenth and eleventh week, all organ systems are fully functioning and the baby can now grasp objects placed in its hand.
- Three months after conception, the baby can feel pain and suck its thumb.
- After four months in the womb, a baby will be between 8 and 10 inches in length and weigh around a half a pound.
- Babies can regularly survive outside of the womb at 19 weeks or 4 ½ months.
Over the remaining 4 ½ months the baby will continue to grow and develop. Praise God for Ultrasound technology that allows a glimpse into a woman’s womb, we can see the picture evidence of how this “so-called blob of tissue” is really a baby. Look at ultrasound pictures at different stages of development if you do not believe me. It becomes quite clear very early on in development that this is so much more than a blob of tissue. The pictures reveal that life is precious. It is a dishonest argument to deny it.
Margaret Sanger - Racist Founder of Planned Parenthood
The Truth about Planned Parenthood
This is not a direct reason of why abortion is wrong, but it is an indirect one that must be mentioned. Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in the world but did you know that it was founded by eugenics advocate Margaret Singer who saw abortion as a way to limit the number of minorities. She believes in an elite race, kind of sounds a lot like Hitler to me. Unfortunately see has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. One in two African American pregnancies ends in abortion. In fact, the largest percentage (37%) of all abortions performed is on African American babies. What is even sicker is that Planned Parenthood receives funding from the government to murder babies. They will say that the money funds other programs, but as an accountant let me say that this is just an accounting gimmick. It may be recorded against other services, however, the increase in funds allows Planned Parenthood to transfer other funds to provide abortions to kill babies. Where is the outrage over our government giving money to Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood Exposed
Planned Parenthood Endorses Partial Birth Abortion
The Truth about Partial Birth Abortion
Partial birth abortion is a gruesome procedure that can only be performed later than 19 weeks. As we discussed above, a baby has a decent chance to survive outside of the womb at 19 weeks (4 ½ months). What is partial birth abortion you ask? It is aptly named because the procedure involves a partial birth. The baby is pulled all the way out of the mother’s womb feet first except for the head. If the head were to make it all the way out, it would be protected by law as a BABY. The abortionist punctures the baby’s head with a surgical instrument and proceeds to vacuum the brain out of the skull through a catheter tube, which causes the skull to collapse. Then the head is pulled the rest of the way out and the body is discarded as trash. Remember that a baby can feel pain only three months after conception. How would you like to have your brains sucked out and without any pain medication. The sad thing is that there is no reason medically to ever have a partial birth abortion procedure except that it is a quick and easy way to kill the unborn baby. I do not understand why those babies are just not fully removed from the mother alive and then given up for adoption since they are viable babies. Where is the outrage over partial birth abortion?
What Can We Do?
As a country, we are in grave danger of the judgment of God falling on us. We need to humble ourselves and pray. We need to repent of our personal and national sins, including abortion. We need to seek the face of God and plead with Him to send a national revival and to remind all of us that life is precious. Roe vs. Wade will only be overturned by the changing of people’s hearts and minds. We also need to elect politicians that are pro-life and hold their feet to the fire. Support your local crisis pregnancy center as they are on the front lines fighting the battle to save the lives as babies. We can learn how to argue successfully against the pro-abortion arguments. Lastly, we can talk to our friends, family, and neighbors about why abortion is wrong.
The dirty little secret that no one ever says anything about is that Norma McCorvy, aka Jane Roe, never had an abortion and she is now standing up and fighting against the case that made her famous. Remember, abortion always stops a beating heart.
Do you believe it is okay to stop a baby's heart from beating?
© 2013 Eric Cramer