I see abortion as a “get out of jail free card.”  Men and women can have as much premarital relations as possible with no worries.  They may have minimum protection, but if the woman gets pregnant, no worries, there is always abortion.  Being pro-life is more than a bumper sticker on your car or even a guide to voting—it is the heart of God.  All innocent human life is deserving of our collective protection.  In a legal brief filed by Mother Teresa, she wrote:

“I have no new teaching for America.  I seek only to recall you to faithfulness to what you once taught the world.  Your nation was founded on the proposition – very old as a moral precept, but startling and innovative as a political insight – that human life is a gift of immeasurable worth, and that it deserves, always and everywhere, to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.” 

Abortion is wrong based upon God’s injunction not to murder human beings.  An unborn child is a person with a calling and destiny ordained by God.  In the eyes of God, killing an unborn child is just like killing an adult, because life begins at conception—a fact that even science confirms.  Scripture makes clear that God acknowledges and has His hand upon the unborn (Job 31:15; Ps. 139:13-14; Is. 44:2; Jer. 1:5).  As Christians, we must continue to actively, boldly, and compassionately work to reduce abortions.  We should encourage more crisis pregnancy centers to open, especially in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.  These centers are even more effective when they have sonogram equipment and more medical staff.  Once mothers see those remarkable images on the screen, it is difficult to accept an abortion.  Churches should educate women about the risks associated with abortions, including the potentially heightened risk of breast cancer.  In the policy arena, we should continue to promote abstinence until marriage as the standard.  We should continue to lobby for the elimination of state subsidies for abortion and to protect and enhance parents’ rights in the pregnancy-related decisions of their children.

 A fair question that comes up when discussing the issue of abortion is that when a woman has been impregnated from a rape, would an abortion be ethical?  It is unfortunate that rapes occur, and they are certainly not part of God’s plan.  However, God does have a plan for the child, even though He did not plan on the way the child was conceived.  We have to remember that His understanding is far greater than our understanding.  It is understandable that a woman would not want a child that came from a rapist.  What should be done is that the woman will receive love, support, and counseling, while she has the child.  At birth, the woman can make the final decision whether to keep the child or put the child up for adoption.  There is no justice in abortion in any situation.

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