Génitum Non Factum

July 1, 2013 — 2 Comments

“A Discussion on Abortion”

If there is one political issue that has caused me the greatest anxiety, it is the issue of abortion. My thoughts on this topic are constantly evolving. For a number of years I was solidly pro-choice, but recent conversations, articles, and research are leading me towards the pro-life camp. In this post I’ll explain why this change has occurred.

1) The Biological Argument- What constitutes a human life? We know that killing a human being is wrong, but what exactly is a human being? These questions are complex, but biologically I believe that there is a viable answer: a group of cells with a distinct human DNA (barring the exception of twins, triplets, etc….). From conception until death, any group of cells is a human being by the nature of its human DNA. The baby inside a woman’s womb falls into this category, as well. Therefore, it is incorrect to terminate that life.

2) An Additional Biological Argument- As early as four weeks after conception, the “baby” inside the mother’s womb has its own heart beat. Just a few weeks after conception, the baby develops a distinctly human shape. Why would we want to stop the heart beat of this baby? Why would we want to end the life of a group of cells that looks uniquely human?

3) The Philosophical Argument- We know that interrupting a chain of events has consequences. For instance, if I knew that my plane was going to crash, then I would probably not want to enter it. Something similar is happening with abortion. The human embryo and the human fetus have distinct DNA. They have something special and unique to bring to the world if they end up living through the pregnancy. If we interrupt that process, we are basically denying that DNA the opportunity to make an impact in our world.

4) The Personal Argument- I ask myself if I would like to live in a culture in which my mother could decide whether or not to keep me. I say “no.” I would not like to live in a culture in which my mother could have terminated my existence before I entered the world. I prefer to exist. In other words, whenever possible, I want to be in control of my life. I do not want my life to rest in another’s hands unless it cannot be otherwise. The exception here would be God.

5) Another Philosophical Argument- I prefer to live in a world in which all babies are seen as joys instead of as burdens.

6) The Christian Argument- God said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knewyou. Before you were born, I set you apart.” Why would we feel justified in interrupting God’s work in the mother’s womb?

I realize that these arguments may not be convincing, but they do add to the conversation in an important way. I am a man, and I will never know what it is like to have a child within me. However, I do not think that my sex disqualifies me from having an opinion.

Please let me know what you think! Feel free to add comments or to contact me personally for a genuine discussion. May the Lord bless you and your family!

–David

2 responses to Génitum Non Factum

  1. 

    Hello David. You have obviously given this a lot of thought and the subject is a very sensitive one. I have always been pro-life advocate and still am. Having had difficulty getting pregnant and having had several miscarriages (a/k/a spontaneous abortion, a term which I found incredibly upsetting when my unborn baby died), I couldn’t fathom how someone could terminate a pregnancy. Unfortunately, many people are ill-prepared to raise a child. It’s ironic that we had to endure a much more rigorous screening to adopt an abandoned dog than we did to have a baby. I, too, prefer to live in a world where babies are a joy. Unfortunately, planned and wanted babies seem to be more the exception than the norm. The problem is much broader than the abortion issue; there has been a breakdown in the family unit. Males (not real men) get girls pregnant and move on to the next girl. They don’t get married and they don’t support the babies. The fathers are absent and the girls continue to repeat the behavior until they have numerous babies by numerous men, which the taxpayers must continue to support. Often the children are raised by the grandparents and/or the girls drop out of school, unable to support themselves or their children. These children repeat the cycle, and often get involved in drug and gang activity. Our society idolizes celebrities, who flaunt the same behavior, instead of people who actually do good deeds.I, myself, had an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 40. I was in shock. My husband was not pleased. Relatives, who I considered religious and ethical, asked if I was going to keep the baby. I never considered aborting my baby. My baby is now eight years old and your mom met him about two weeks ago. He and my husband are best buddies, even though my husband has been mistaken for my son’s grandfather! In my “perfect world”, babies are a joy and they are planned and they are born in to stable, happy homes in which the parents can support and love them unconditionally. Unfortunately, there is no screening process involved in baby making. I don’t believe this is a religious issue and, as long as it is treated as so, anti-abortion advocates will never be taken seriously in the liberal press. It is a moral and ethical issue. I don’t believe Roe v. Wade will ever be overturned. Not everyone has the same moral compass, but the breakdown of the traditional family and the casual attitude about sex and lack of consequences for bringing unwanted babies into the world will be the downfall of our country. I am appalled by the ease of obtaining an abortion pill by young girls, when I can’t even buy antihistamines over the counter. Abortion is not going away. I don’t agree with it and couldn’t personally condone it, but I can’t force my belief system on other people. Now, capital punishment? That’s a whole other story! Babies are innocents; Prisoners are not.

  2. 

    Thank you for your comment, Eileen. I agree that the problem of abortion goes deeper than laws for or against the procedure. It is likely that the issue is a product of the sexual revolution of the mid-20th century. That revolution was instrumental in distancing sexual activity from the creation of children, which is, of course, the natural biological purpose of sex. Sex and marriage are now almost exclusively about love, which I believe to be a mistake. The truth is that sex and marriage are not only about love but also about children. Sex has two functions: it is unitive and procreative. The first is intangible or spiritual, and the second is biological or natural. In a world that values science and reason, it is shocking to see that we as a nation are moving away from biological purpose towards sentimental purpose. Unlike you, I do believe that the pro-life belief system must be “forced” on the nation. That force, however, must follow the democratic process. By campaigning for the right to life from conception to natural death, people will become more educated about the meaning and dignity of human life. Perhaps, through that process, the US will come to recognize its error and potentially correct it. Thanks again, Eileen, for your comment. I hope to hear from you again.

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