“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!