Why I am Pro-Life

After being asked so much after opposing abortion “why [I] care what other women do with their bodies”, I decided to created a list of the reasons “Why I am Pro-Life” (i.e., why I care about what other women choose to do with their bodies).

First of all, in direct response to the proposed question: it is not just a matter of one person’s body. There are 2 distinct bodies involved (whether one wants to recognize one of those bodies as a person or not is irrelevant to this point). It’s not simply a matter of the mother’s body, and I care about BOTH bodies.

Secondly, I care about what other people do in general because (simply put) I want everyone to be happy and spend eternity with the Holy Trinity in Heaven.

WHY I AM PRO-LIFE:

1) My first reason for completely opposing abortion is that I believe (and know) that human life begins at conception. This is not merely religious dogma, but scientific fact. Skin cells growing in a petri dish for a skin graft are living human cells too, but they are different from the living human cells of an embryo. Regardless, it is a scientific fact that a new human life begins at conception. To snuff out that life by whatever means (chemically, surgically, etc.) is the taking of a human life. This, ultimately, is enough for me to be completely pro-life.

2) The cells of an embryo are different from human skin cells growing in a petri dish because the embryonic cells possess an immortal soul (i.e., they are persons). How do I know this? Easy. No woman has ever given birth to anything but a human person. It does not matter to what degree they exercise this personal consciousness in (or out) of the womb. It’s irrelevant. Otherwise, one would have to admit that mentally retarded persons are not persons either, and this is simply not true. Therefore, the degree to which consciousness is exercised is irrelevant and abortion is murder of innocent life.

3) Abortion is dangerous for the mother. In several ways: mentally, physically, spiritually, etc. Physically speaking, there is no such thing as a “safe” abortion. Women still die having supposedly “safe” legal abortions (see this blog for plenty of examples), and women who have abortions are at least twice as likely to die with 2 years of having an abortion according to a study done in the US (4 times as likely according to a study done in Finland… either way, not good). Mentally speaking, women who have abortions are more likely to develop depression (severe depression), commit suicide, etc. and they are haunted for the rest of their lives by “what if”–having an abortion doesn’t make them un-pregnant, but the mother of a dead baby (as the slogan goes, but it’s true). They remember that abortion always. Spiritually, abortion devastates the soul. I am not in the position to judge others, but it is my responsibility to say that committing such a grave sin puts their soul in danger. Aside from the physical and mental anguish of abortion, abortion tears women spiritually. It alienates them from the God Who loves them.
–This, of course, does not mean that they cannot sincerely repent and find Christ’s merciful forgiveness, but it’s a hard road to travel.

4) Abortion is genocide. It is the systematic murder of a group of persons–namely, the unborn–CHILDREN. The innocent and voiceless. They estimate that since Roe v. Wade in 1973, there have been over 50 million abortions in America. That’s Hitler’s Holocaust times ten.

5) Abortion is a form of ethnic cleansing. Who constitutes the vast majority of women having abortions? Minorities. Blacks and Hispanics have more abortions than Caucasian women. This is not surprising, considering that Planned Parenthood is one of the biggest supporters/abortion providers. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a racist promoter of eugenics and sought to exterminate the black population in America.

… to be continued.

FOLLOW UP:
“What about cases of rape or incest?”

The same truths above still hold true here as well. It’s not the child’s fault that they are the result of a rape anymore than it’s the mother’s fault for being the victim. Abortion in the case of rape or incest (which make up less than 1% of abortions performed in the USA) just makes a bad situation worse. It’s still the murder of innocent life, it’s still just as dangerous for the mother (perhaps moreso given her already traumatic experience), etc. But I repeat: IT IS NOT THE FAULT OF THE CHILD THAT THEY ARE THE RESULT OF A RAPE. We can be better than our circumstances.

“Are you doing to adopt all the unwanted babies then?”

Well, honestly, it would be impossible for me to adopt ALL of them. However, God-willing, if I get married I am open and very interested in adoption (of babies that would be aborted otherwise). If I have to stand in front of an abortion clinic and tell a young woman that I will adopt her child to save its life, then I’d do it. It’d be worth it.

“If the fetus you save is Gay will you still fight for its rights?”

*sigh* What a slogan… but I can’t answer this question without specifications. What “rights” are we talking about? The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Sure. The “right” to choose a homosexual lifestyle? That’s a choice. But redefining marriage to incorporate them? That’s impossible. “Marriage” originated from the Latin “mater” (“mother”)–that is, marriage was the union of a man and a woman for the sake of producing offspring; to make her a mother (which despite what the modern world would have women believe IS a noble and honorable task!). Homosexual sex is fruitless–completely sterile by the intrinsic nature of such an act… it cannot be a marriage simply because it cannot do what marriage was designed to do.

Before I get a comment or e-mail about infertility among heterosexual spouses, I will point out that barring an abnormality (like infertility), when a man and a woman have sex they are able to get pregnant if conditions are favorable. No matter the conditions, homosexual intercourse can never produce offspring. End of story.

(and by the way, that’s science, not merely faith… they agree quite nicely)

“Women will still have abortions whether or not abortion is illegal. Isn’t it better to keep abortion illegal and make it safe and rare?”

So… even though abortion is technically (if not legally) murder, we should legalize it because it will be (supposedly) safer and less frequent? We should tolerate murder just a little bit? … I cannot agree to those terms. I harken back to my first reason for being pro-life: human life is human life. Taking that life is murder. I will not stand for the taking of innocent human life under such circumstances. The child has done nothing to deserve death.

Using the logic that abortion will be “safer” (for whom? … the outcome for the child is the same) and rarer (not sure how this follows?), we should also decriminalize rape, kidnapping, terrorism, etc. in order to make such heinous acts less frequent by their legalization. I don’t think so. Even supposing that legalization would magically make some terrible crime less frequent, it is never permissible to grant an evil out of good intentions. As the old saying goes, “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions”. Evil is a slippery slope I’d rather not give even a glance to.

“Isn’t is better for a women to have an abortion than to have a baby grow up in _______ (insert circumstance: “unloving home” “abusive home” “poor home” etc. etc. etc.)?”

No. Let me repeat that again. NO. As with the case of rape/incest: we can be better than our circumstances. We all grow up in different environments, different walks of life. We all have our own struggles. Our own crosses to bear in life. Are some harder and heavier than others? Yes, sure. But don’t condemn someone just because that life isn’t worth something to you. It’s the only life they have, and it ain’t about you. The redeeming quality of earthly tragedies is that they are not forever. It is how we react and live out the remainder of our lives having experienced such tragedy that defines who we are. We are not limited, nor degraded by our circumstances in life. Life is what you make it (and there is no end to grace to help us through it).

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