FEATURE

In 1973 the Supreme Court ruled that fetuses and embryos do not have rights until person-hood can be established 22-24 weeks, or nearly six months into pregnancy. The Bible tells us in the book of Genesis man becomes a human being after he breathes the first breath.

In 1930, abortion was listed as the official cause of death for almost 2,700 women—nearly one-fifth (18%) of maternal deaths recorded in that year. Women who sought abortions eventually found better ways, but 43 years later women were still heading to back alleys seeking abortions. Then Roe v. Wade happened.

The Supreme court ruled that abortion can only be considered homicide if a fetus is a known person, and in their limited wisdom they choose the human viability point to be 22-24 weeks. In other words, an unborn child must be nearly six-month-old before a reasonable chance exists for it can be taken out of the mother’s womb and survive.

Yet, recently lawmakers in the State of Ohio passed the “Heartbeat Bill.” That bill bans abortions the moment the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, and that usually occurs around six weeks into a pregnancy. Ohio Governor John Kasich refused to sign the bill, but signed a lesser bill making abortions illegal after 20 weeks. Therefore, Kasich has superseded the court’s ruling.

With Conservatives in charge of both houses of Congress and the chances of the next Supreme Court judge to be a conservative also, the Republican Party and pro-life activists believe there is a good chance the Ohio bill will stand, and it’s hoped Roe v. Wade can be overturned completely.

The idea that a woman can abort their pregnancy repulses many Christians who claim God is against such actions, and taking verses from of the Bible out of context, they offer proof they are following God’s will.

The problem with their claim, and there are many, is the Bible does not agree with their agenda regarding what God wants.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

One of the verses pro-life advocates like to cite comes from the book of Psalms, chapter 139, verses 13-16. “For thou didst form my inward parts; thou didst weave me together in my mother’s womb. I praise thee, for though art fearful and wonderful…” The verse goes on to state how God knew them even when they were hidden inside their mother and unformed. All this passage really tells us is that God is directly involved in our making and knows our future. It’s believed God creates all living things, including the birds in the air and the grass we walk on. It seems to give no special status to man, but simply gives the impression that God knows whether they will live or die, and has a hand in it.

It’s outright dishonest to take what is said in this verse and define it to say a fetus is more important than the woman who carries it.

Another verse pro-lifers like to refer to is Jeremiah 1: 4-5, but they only seem to see part of that verse and disregard another very important part of it. The verse reads, “Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you,” and that is where they stop. The verse goes on to state … ‘and I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

This passage is specific to one very special person, Jeremiah the prophet, who God called upon to have powers and authority over the world. This verse applies only to the unborn fetus, Jeremiah. Pro-life advocates are being dishonest again by taking this verse out of context by implying all fetuses are destined to be defined as prophets, and are therefore, special.

In fact, the Bible seems to be more pro-choice. The Bible contends that quality of life is more important than life itself. “The wicked go astray from the womb, they err from their birth, speaking lies. They have the venom of a serpent. …Let them vanish like water that runs away, like grass let them be trodden down and wither. Let them be like the snail which dissolves into slime, like the untimely birth that never sees the sun.” (Psalms 58:  3-8)

The book of Exodus is one of the few books in the Bible that speaks to the status of the fetus and of the mother.

“When men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no harm follows, the one who hurt her shall be fined according as the woman’s husband shall lay upon him.” In other words, if the woman loses the child due to an attack upon her, the husband fines the perpetrator, say 3 goats, or whatever he thinks it’s worth for the loss of the fetus.

However, if the woman is harmed due to the attack, “then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” (21:  22-25) This clearly outlines the idea that the woman is more valuable than the unborn child, and it would seem the man who harms the unborn child is not guilty of murder, but a misdemeanor.

What is even more shocking is the fact that God mandates an abortion if the fetus is the product of adultery. In the Book of Numbers (5), it states that if a man is suspicious that his wife has been with another he should take her to a priest. If the priest decides in the husband’s favor the woman should be made to drink poison, “water of bitterness” to bring God’s “curse.” If the woman experiences pain, if her “belly swells” and her “thigh rots,” she fails the test and becomes an outcast. Most Biblical scholars have agreed this is a voodoo ritual that is meant to induce an abortion. (The word “thigh” in the Old Testament usually means genitals. In the New International Version of the Bible it translates to “She will have barrenness and a miscarrying womb.”

God himself did not seem to think all life is sacred, as most pro-lifers like to tell us. After all, he ordered Moses to go to Egypt and cause the death of all first-born in the land, including men, women and cattle. This is plainly described in the 11th book of Exodus.

In the book of Psalms again, God orders the destruction of his smallest enemies. In chapter 137, verse eight, God says “O daughter of Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!”

Finally, we turn to the Anti-abortionist claim that life begins at conception and that fetuses and embryos are persons. The Bible clearly states that person-hood begins with breath. From the second chapter of Genesis God said he “… breathed into the nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Obviously, a fetus does not breathe and therefore cannot be considered a human being.

God also told Moses to take a census but not to count women, or anyone under five-years-of-age. Does this mean only about half of the humans on Earth are worth counting? God, in this case, assigns no value to newborn infants, much less fetuses, and this fact leads one to believe that all the pro-choice advocates are openly defying God by making a fetus more valuable than God meant for them to be.

The idea that a fertilized egg has a soul and that all human life is sacred seems to be failing the Bible’s tests. All life is not sacred. God didn’t seem to think a woman’s life was sacred because in the New Testament only half the human race is sacred. God said man was made in his image, and therefore sacred, for the “Glory of God,” but “woman is for the glory of man.”

SUMMARY

It seems Christians are confused about what is most sacred:  the man, the woman or the fetus. Throughout history there have always been abortions, whether they were legal or not and that will continue, whether legal or not. The government can try to legislate morality, but it cannot succeed.

Even in countries where abortions are illegal, abortions are carried out, not through health care organizations or doctors but through the use of drugs and other measures, which in turn causes an estimated 80,000 accidental deaths each year. The World Health Organization states there are hundreds of ways to abort. The ulcer drug Misoprostol is often used. It terminates a pregnancy and resembles a miscarriage.

Women, it is widely believed, have a right to make decisions regarding their own body and reproductive systems, and they use their power to exercise those rights regardless of government policy or religious zealotry.

Women have paid a steep price for performing illegal abortions. A CDC report states 130,000 women obtained illegal or self-induced abortions in 1972 – the year before Roe v. Wade – 30 of them died. Now we have a conservative-controlled government, who pursues false ideas about when life begins and the value of the fetus inside a woman’s body. They seek to bring back the days before 1973. Using the name of their God they seek to protect the unborn child, but seem to care little about that child after birth.

 

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