Human life begins at conception. Conception establishes the existence of a baby child regardless of the technical/medical/scientific terms assigned during various stages of the baby child’s development. With regards to the abortion issue, a baby is totally innocent and therefore is to be protected from others. A baby is not the property of the parents to be done with as they please. Rape is not sufficient reason to take an innocent’s baby’s life (Deuteronomy 22:25-27) for there are those who would adopt the baby. Incest is not sufficient reason to take an innocent baby’s life. For what we define as incest was necessarily a biblical practice at the beginning of humanity. How else could Adam and Eve have grandchildren? Of course, the principle of incest gives rise to the notion that God considers some righteous acts better than other righteous acts at certain points in time. For example, now that there are plenty of people not directly related, God has established a law based on the principle that it is better that a person marry someone other than his or her sibling, etc.
There are those that say if arbitrary abortions are illegalized then mothers will turn to “backroom” dangerous abortion places or methods to obtain abortions and risk the mother dying from unsafe abortive acts. Well to them I ask! Do we decriminalize a person’s use of illegal drugs such as cocaine for non-medical purposes because some overdose on such drugs in “backrooms” or other secret places? Do we provide a safe place for people to use cocaine to get high and have doctors there in case they overdose? Of course not! Abortion is no different.
Generally, in the United States legal community, including the Supreme Court, there is what is called Roe’s three-part “essential holding” in reference to Roe vs. Wade: First, a woman has the right to choose to have an abortion before fetal viability and to obtain it without undue interference from the State. Second, the State has the power to restrict abortions after viability, if the law contains exceptions for pregnancies endangering the woman’s life or health. And third, the State has legitimate interests from the pregnancy’s outset in protecting the health of the woman and the life of the fetus that may become a child.
Assuming that there is agreement on the definition of viability, the second and third essential holdings are consistent with godly principles relating to the abortion issues provided life and health refers to physical life and physical health of the mother and viability is properly determined. Indeed, mental, age, socio-economic, and emotional life/health are not sufficient reasons for allowing abortion as these do not qualify as physical life/health factors. Furthermore, viability must be defined as the ability of the baby to live outside the womb and that determination of ability is at a minimum made by more than one independent medical authorities.
Moreover, if the baby can be birthed naturally or otherwise removed through C-Section or other means and there should be reasonable medical expectation that the baby will survive even if medical technology is initially needed to assist the baby’s outside the womb development then the baby shall be deemed to have viability; this provision does not apply if there is reasonable medical expectation that the baby can be neither birthed nor otherwise safely removed without causing loss of mother’s physical life or severe damage to mother ‘s physical health, e.g., causing her to be permanently bedridden.
However, the first essential holding is in direct violation of a number of godly/biblical principles. The first essential holding confers more rights to a woman than God confers upon her. Indeed, it violates the first principle of family which is that man is the head of woman, husband is the head of wife. Thus, the first holding essentially says the father of the child has no say whatsoever over the abortion even in the absence of any compelling medical reason. In other words the first holding says if the woman does not want the baby then she may dispose of it and it is her decision and her decision alone. This is unsound doctrine and is a case where a little leaven leavens the whole lump of family destruction and societal decay into moral depravity. A little sin grows however slowly or however quickly into greater and greater sin in our individual and collective lives. The first essential holding also inherently discards the recognition that sinfulness of humanity will cause some to abort a baby out of convenience and selfishness. This is the same convenience and selfishness based sin that causes a man to rob and kill another person for money. There is no moral difference. Therefore, the first so called essential holding is morally evil and is not essential to a proper basis for abortion.
Abortion is a medical procedure certainly. But at its core it is a moral, psychological, and socio-economic issue. The only time an abortion should be considered is when the physical life or physical health of the mother is clearly in severe danger as that would be a case of self-defense. But statistics show that most abortions are rooted in adult conflict and/or money issues. Neither adult conflict or lack of money are righteous or even natural reasons to abort; they are satanic/evil reasons. Humans and governments find money to do everything else they should do so let it be for the babies in the womb. Let faith in God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob in Jesus name prevail over fear of lack. It is intuitively obvious as to the reason people get abortions. Most of those reasons are selfish. The morning after pill recognizes that truth.
In conclusion the following moral principles should be core basis for all legal and moral decisions regarding the issue of abortion:
It is godly reasonable to take another person’s life if one’s physical life or physical health is severely threatened. Therefore aborting a baby is justifiable as a last resort when the mother’s physical life or physical health is severely threatened as determined by one or both of the parents and at least two duly authorized and independent medical doctors that specialize in the mother’s medical ailment. In the case of an emergency room incident (or equivalent incident) only one such doctor is required when the mother’s physical life or physical health is clearly in severe danger and time is of the essence such that there is no time to obtain an independent’s doctor’s diagnosis. If the mother is a minor (i.e., under 18 years of age), then one or both parents or legal guardian of the minor shall make all required decisions on behalf of the minor. This principle extends to a minor who is the father. This is because godly principles establish that minors are responsibility of parents and are not sufficiently mature to make such major decisions. Minors have no privacy rights as long as they are minors. The aforementioned emergency circumstances shall apply to minors also.
The above condition is the only condition in which abortion should be legalized. No other abortions are morally justifiable and therefore should not be legally sanctioned. There are people who would adopt the child if unwanted by both parents. Laws should protect the unborn against arbitrary abortions since human sinfulness/weakness will lead many to abort unwanted babies; this is true of even those who are Christians.
I did a study on abortion in which I looked at both prochoice (www.prochoice.org) and prolife (www.nrlc.org) references. An objective analysis of both prochoice and prolife given reasons for abortion will bring you to the same conclusion. Indeed, aborting for monetary purpose is selfish and frivolous although prochoice don’t see it as such. Most abortion are not because the mother’s life is physically in danger. They simply don’t want to deal with the child and/or child’s father. It is just common sense that this is the predominant reason. These sources are listed in the References section below.
For 2015, the abortion ratio reported to the CDC was 188 abortions per 1000 live births. Of these, the highest percentages were by non-Hispanic white women (36.9%) and non-Hispanic black women (36%). Thus, overall there is statistical equity between whites and blacks in general. However, when we look at the critical transitional ages of 15-44 years old, statistical inequity arises as for that age group we have non-Hispanic white women having 6.8 abortions per 1000 live births and non-Hispanic black women having 25.1 abortions per live birth. So it seems at the more stable mature ages of 45+ white and black women abort at a statistically equitable rate. However, it is problematic that at the lower vulnerable ages, there is a four (4) factor statistical inequity.
Freedom of Choice Act (Proposed) – Is bad proposed legislation that does not fix what’s wrong with abortion legislation but instead potentially moves it further into unsound doctrine. Encourage congress to not pass this act but to instead fix what’s wrong with the abortion laws.
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