Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption… – Galatians 6:7-8a
Some say abortion isn’t a black and white issue but is instead a morally gray issue issue. One with nuance and complications that make it impossible to come to any conclusion that would give you the right to limit a woman’s right to choose.
You know, there is a game people play that I am thinking of right now… but out of a desire to remain civil.
To apply this this kind of moral equivocation to the topic of abortion is intellectually dishonest and frankly, a cop out.
Stop lying to yourself.
By looking at the simple facts a person should realize you have to come down on one side or the other with this issue. So, let’s start small and let us reason together.
To begin with, a fetus is either a living organism or it is not. I don’t think any rational person would argue a fetus is not alive. Science supports this simple fact unequivocally so I am going to assume we can move on.
Next, the fetus is either a human being or it is not. Again, this should be beyond debate as science is again definitive. So first things first, let’s abandon the clinically dehumanizing term fetus.
So, the child is indeed alive and it is human. (This should be self-evident as we do not give birth to rocks or to squid.) With this foundation set, let me throw out some common points for those that claim abortion is a gray issue. Oh, and if you can’t agree to at least these first two premises as a starting point, you might as well stop reading.
The Major Reasons Given to Allow Abortion
- The baby has a birth defect.
- The baby will be a financial burden.
- No one has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body.
- The baby will ruin my life and future.
- The baby will be an emotional hardship
- The baby will risk the life of the mother
First, all of these points stem from one basic premise; that there are exceptions by which it is morally acceptable to end the life of another human being. To any reasonable person that has also never thoughtfully considered this topic, this should be enough of a wake-up call to get them thinking. So with the brain juices flowing, let’s begin to unpack this Pandora’s Box.
Birth defects – By stating that a birth defect is an adequate reason to terminate a baby, you imply that a human who is not whole or normal as defined by society is fair game for culling. That society should have the right to kill that human being. So, Down Syndrome, conjoined twins, missing limbs, general deformities, etc.; all of these should be removed from society? Well many of them are for no other reason than they aren’t “normal”. If you state that a birth defect is adequate reason for the ending of a life then why would you even support the care and consideration given to the handicapped?
Financial Burden – Ah money, it does always come up. There is a reason it is said that the love of money is the root of all evil. Yes, children cost money. Yes, being poor can be terrible. There is a reason any compassionate person would desire to aid the destitute. But when did aid to the poor turn into encouraging them to murder their children. Better yet, by philosophical extension, why would it be ok to end the life of any human being because they are a financial burden on a person or a society? Is a person’s value based solely on their ability to contribute to the GDP? Or their ability to buy more useless crap off Amazon? Should I be able to off anyone who is a financial drain on me? Should pan handling have the death penalty?
“My body, my choice!” – Ok, I get it. The idea of anyone telling me what I can or can’t do can gall me. Yet, I am often reminded of the poem Invictus by William Earnest Henley when this argument surfaces amidst any number of possible topics, not just abortion. It think it could be instructive here.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
I think this poem could be the ensign of our age. And there is much that could be instructive in studying this poem for its ideals are flown proud and high. The’re proclaimed every day from millions of mountaintop soap boxes. Take note of the last stanza. It doesn’t matter how morally bankrupt I have been. It doesn’t matter the consequences levied against me. I am the master of me. I run my own life. I could almost see one more line added at the end, “So damn everyone arrayed against me to hell.”
We are so intent on being what we want to be, doing what we want to do, with whom we want to do it with, in the way we want to do it.
We want, we want, we want!
The selfishness is astounding. A person with this mentality of not being able to be told what to do because of our petulant “You can’t tell me what to do’s!” has gone completely off the rails. Yes, we have rights. Given by God, actually, and protected by our Constitution. Yet the people that cling to this particular mindset have a spectacularly ironic and myopic perspective.
See, this person who is so busy telling everyone else that they can’t be told what to do, they conveniently forget (or intentionally ignore) they are exercising the same kind of power over their unborn infant. They decry the social “judgment” others that don’t wish them to have that abortion place on them but fail to see they have brought true judgment to the life within them. A judgment of death. The hypocrisy is extraordinary.
This is an especially difficult objection to confront when you are a man because often you are told “How can a man judge a woman for her actions because he isn’t a woman and can’t understand!” So, what about if a man cuts off another man’s genitals? A woman could not understand that exact experience, so should she be unable to say that is a moral wrong? Or even closer to home, what about female circumcision? Are we men not fit to call that a moral evil?
My life is ruined! – Yes, the baby will indeed change your future. I admit it, and freely. The problem here is with the rhetoric of ruination and it is especially devastating to the consciences and hearts of the youngest of mothers. It is couched in terms like “wasted potential” and this rhetoric is a siren call for the woman or girl that sees her carefully laid plans shattered by the harbinger of responsibility that a child represent. Her dreams were built on deeply seated hopes. They were dreams fed with love, contemplated, cherished, and in many cases were the most precious thing in their life to date.
The choice is real, it is agonizing, and there is deep grief clouding this choice. The problem with those that support abortion is that they too often present this choice as a false dichotomy. Either, choose to abort and save the dream or save the child and bury the dream. In laymen’s terms, either, choose mercy to this life or make your plans more important than the life of another person. I have no pretense that this choice isn’t hard. It most certainly is amongst the hardest decisions a women could be forced to make. But this false dichotomy fails to take into account that it isn’t a Disneyland future without kids and it isn’t a monotonous and dismal drudge to the grave to have children. Yes, plans must change or be abandoned, but to infer to these impressionable women that their future will be dark, hopeless, and full of regret if they have this baby is a terrible disservice. None of us know the future but it most certainly won’t be a totally dark one. Furthermore, adoption is always an answer for those that can’t let go of the dream. If you can’t, that is fine. There is no condemnation in giving your child over to another to care for if you feel you cannot do it. But don’t condemn the bone of your bones and flesh of your flesh to the grave out of fear. Please.
I Can’t Handle It! – Kids are hard. They are exhausting, infuriating, exhilarating, joyous, and maddening all at once. I am fairly certain a parent inherits insanity from their children. But, since when does emotional pain and stress provide an adequate reason for killing another human being? If this is so, I assure you no one would ever date and it would certainly give a whole new meaning to the “gender war.” Heck, marriage could be considered a form of delayed capital punishment with this kind of interpretation.
Joking aside though I hope you see the point. Pain, suffering, and emotional scars do not a defense make when explaining why it is ok to murder someone. It doesn’t hold when trying to rationalize why you can kill your child in the womb either.
This comes up a lot in cases of rapes that lead to pregnancies (as rare as they are). I do not pretend to appreciate this pain. I will never fully grasp it nor do I pretend to tell you this is a painless or emotionally simple decision. It blatantly isn’t. It is, however, a morally simple one.
A child aborted for this reason is aborted because of who the father is and what he did. It is the modern personification of laying the punishment for the sins of the father upon his child and all in the name of the emotional wellbeing of the woman who was raped. Terrible as her pain is, it is still staking the claim that the feelings of the mother are more important than the very life of her child.
The Mother’s Life at Risk – To be honest, this is likely the touchiest of all the points. The mom might or will die. Both are terrifying prospects to any expecting couple. It is the living nightmare of husbands. Trust me. I still have have them. Again, this is another objection where I again do not pretend the decision is an emotionally easy one, nor that the consequences could be most dire. Just as this is likely the touchiest, it also needs be the most philosophical in its answer. This objection is rooted in the ethic that some lives are worth more than others. Frankly, all rationale for abortion boils down to this.
See, more than the others, this one actually weighs two lives against each other on a balance. In order to make a decision between the two one must essentially make a value judgement. So, what criterion gives one human more value than another? Is it the ability to make money? Intelligence? The ability to reason? Skin color? Comparative health? The ability to reproduce almost immediately rather than many years down the road? While I am well aware that these kinds of thoughts are nowhere in the mind of a woman considering an abortion if she is at risk of dying, the decision to abort is inherently a decision of placing more value on the life of one human over another one. So are we going to protect equality for the innocent? In at least 54 million cases in the United States, the answer has been no.
In summary, I will not mince words. To believe any of the above points basically means you have bought in for one or more of the following reasons, ignorance, self-deceit, or callousness. What I hope for is that my words have caused you to think. I hope they cause you to continue to think and I pray the scales all off your eyes and you may see what the positions you hold to actually mean and you come to value the lives of the unborn. However, for those that buy in wholeheartedly to the devilish lies above with open eyes. I pray for you. Truly, I do. I pray that all of you find the Truth in all of this and hold to it someday.
Now, some might say I am being hateful speaking in this direct a manner. To them, I think it is tragic that you are concerned more for your personal feelings than the lives of the immorally murdered children that are killed through brutal dismemberment, poisoning, and other heinous methods I do not have the heart to relay. I believe without being confronted and shown how wrong you have been, you will never come to see the truth.
So, let me be very clear. I speak plainly. I do not with any woman to get an abortion for any reason. No one should have to carry that burden on their conscience. Yet, I also have no desire to attack or lash out at a woman that has had an abortion. She has wounded herself in ways from which most that have walked that road never heal. Them I would wish to comfort if I could and comfort comes after healing and healing comes after accepting the truth.
However, some women have chosen to embrace the choice they made. Them, I pity, yet for all, I grieve. Abortion is a horror not seen on an institutionalized level in millennia. The worshipers of the ancient Canaanite god Moloch would be at home. They used to burn their babies alive in metal furnace idols. We have just tidied up the process and we worship our culture’s god, ourselves. This insatiable god of personal mammon is devouring our families and our future. We are sacrificing our very children on the altar of self-actualization and unchecked individualism.
Christ, have mercy.