Abortion: straight talk

As soon as a woman finds out that she is pregnant, what is her reaction? For many, it is a moment of joy. When does she find out that she is pregnant?

Usually, it is when the periods are missed. Doctors ask what was the LMP, or Last Menstrual Period, to determine the probable age of the unborn child.

This is a time for celebration and joy for the woman and her immediate family.

Now let me ask you a simple question: Would the mother-to-be celebrate the fact that she is pregnant if she knows that the unborn child is not a human being or does not have a life?

A beautiful moment: Photo by Georgia Maciel on Pexels.com

The answer is obvious, isn’t it? Our hearts know this.

Strangely, so-called experts in Medicine have been confused, and have successfully confused the public. They claim that an unborn child does not have a life! Especially a life that is worth protecting.

I guess it all depends on the value one places on human life.

Nations and cultures that have a Christian foundation affirm that life is a gift from our Creator. All life is precious, from the moment of conception to death. There is infinite value in every human being, born or unborn. This is why the Bible states that God the Creator came down in human form and not as an animal or bird.

It makes logical sense too, because all around the world, people celebrate as soon as they discover that they are pregnant. It is an occasion for great joy.

Nations and cultures that have a Christian foundation affirm that life is a gift from our Creator. All human life is precious, from the moment of conception to death. There is infinite value in every human being, born or unborn. This is why the Bible states that God the Creator came down in human form and not as an animal or bird.

The New Testament

Why would you celebrate as soon as you find you are pregnant if you thought that the baby you are carrying does not have a life?

What do some scientists want us to believe? When according to them does the unborn have life, if at all? Mind you, this exercise is only to avoid the charge of murder to fall on them.

Abortion is one of the controversial issues discussed in medical ethics. We can formulate the argument which is put forward by the opponents of abortion as follows: 1) fetus has to be regarded as human being; 2) killing an innocent human being is morally wrong; 3) aborting is an example of killing and terminating a human being’s life. So, being engaged in aborting is morally wrong.

Some doctors have arrogantly taken a stand where they say “This is not about logic or clinical meaning. This is about people outside of medicine making determinations that all pregnancies must continue…

This sounds so dictatorial! As if all wisdom related to this topic is only to be found with people inside Medicine! Mind you, I am a Medical Doctor, and I can say with full confidence that there is a lot of wisdom to be found elsewhere as well, not to talk of the wisdom that comes from above.

A strange idea

Unfortunately, there’s no agreement in medicine, philosophy or theology as to what stage of foetal development should be associated with the right to life.

That isn’t surprising, because the idea that there is a precise moment when a foetus gets the right to live, which it didn’t have a few moments earlier, feels very strange.

And when you look closely at each of the suggested dates, they do seem either arbitrary or not precise enough to decide whether the unborn should have the right to live.

Nonetheless, as a matter of practicality many abortion laws lay down a stage of pregnancy after which abortion is unlawful (because the foetus has a right to life), and the dates chosen are usually based on viability.

Moral issues

Because of the difficulty of deciding at what stage a foetus becomes a being with the right to life, some people argue that we should always err in favour of an earlier date.

They say that if we don’t know whether the foetus has reached a stage where it has the right to life, we should assume that it does have the right to life, as this will do the least damage to the foetus.

Relevance

Some people say that if the foetus is not a person, then abortion deserves no condemnation. This oversimplifies the issues. Even if the foetus is not a human being, it is clearly regarded by most people and most societies as something special that should not be casually discarded.

Men and women are both equally responsible for the sex act. In this fallen world, sex can also be forced, and that is a crime that must be dealt with as per the law.

Others have pointed out a different picture in response to the abortion issue.

The effects of sex

But this shows how something beautiful and mutually enjoyable as sex has been distorted in our culture. Clearly, something is fundamentally wrong with the picture above: this tries to equate sex with negative outcomes. And it also portrays a very sad view of what could happen if you conceive.

If you feel that you agree, or disagree with whatever has been shared, I would love to hear your comments.

Further reading: Click to open in new tab

The unborn is a human being: What science tells us about unborn children

Fetus as Human Being: Where is the Cut-off Point?

When is the foetus ‘alive’? BBC live

Published by Dr. S. P. Mathew

A Mumbai-based practising Physician, passionate about God's wonderful creation, fitness, and integral health, writer, activist and family man. Saved by God's Grace alone :-) to be his Ambassador.

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