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. That it is a morally gray issue 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 entire topic of abortion is intellectually dishonest and frankly, a cop out. Stop lying to yourself. If you actually look at the simple facts a person would realize you have to come down on one side or the other with this issue. So, let’s start small. Come, let us reason together.
To begin with, a fetus is either alive or it is not. I don’t think any rational person would argue a fetus is not alive. Science supports this simple fact as well. 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 definitive on both of these points. Now that we have established this we can 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. If you can’t agree to at least these two premises as a starting point, you might as well stop reading.
With this foundation set, let me throw out some common points for those that claim abortion is a gray issue.
- 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
Now, let me shed light on these insidious deceits.
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.
- By stating that a birth defect if adequate reason to terminate a baby you imply that the fact that a human is not whole or normal as defined by society, that the society should have the right to kill that human being. So, Down Syndrome, conjoined twins, missing limbs, general deformities, etc. I could go on, but this isn’t a blog post for pre-Med majors. 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?
- 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?
- Ok, I get it. We are individuals. The idea of anyone telling me what I can or can’t do in general can gall me. 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. This ideal is flown proud and high. Its 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 you aren’t me has gone off the rails. Yes, we have rights. Given by God and protected by the our Constitution. Yet the people that cling to this particular mindset have a particularly ironic and myopic perspective. See, this person so busy telling everyone else that they can’t tell the person what to do, the conveniently forget (or intentionally ignore) they are exercising the same kind of power over their unborn infant that they decry in those that don’t wish them to have that abortion. The hypocrisy is extraordinary. This is an especially difficult objection to confront when you are a man because 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?
- So yes, the baby will indeed change your future. The problem is with the rhetoric of ruination. This particular reason is especially devastating to the consciences and hearts of the youngest of mothers. It is couched in terms like “wasted potential” and it this rhetoric is a siren call for the woman or girl that sees her carefully laid plans shattered by the harbinger of responsibility and care for another person’s life. Those dreams were built on deeply seated hopes. They dreams were fed with love. These dreams were often contemplated, cherished, and in many cases were the most precious thing in their life to date. Then, baby. 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 inside or make your plans more important than the life of another person.There is 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 and adoption is always an answer for those that can’t let go of the dream. If you can’t, that is fine. But don’t condemn the bone of your bones and flesh of your flesh to the grave out of fear. Please.
- 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. It would certainly give a whole new meaning to the “gender war.” Marriage could be considered capital punishment at best and cruel and unusual punishment at worst 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 isn’t. But it is 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 it is, it is placing the feelings of the mother as more important than the very life of the child.
- To be honest, this is likely the touchiest of all the points. The mom might or will Both are terrifying prospects to any expecting couple. It is the nightmare of husbands. Trust me. 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. 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 immediately rather than 20 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.
To believe any of the above points basically means you have bought in for one or more of the following reasons, either ignorance, self-deceit, or willfully buying into the philosophy that underpins these objections. I hope 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. However, for those that buy in wholeheartedly to the devilish lies above with open eyes. I pray for you. I do 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 the feelings of a woman being confronted with the truth that they murdered their child than you are for the brutal dismemberment of the child she killed. Without knowing the being shown how wrong you are, you will never come to see the truth. So, let me be very clear. I would 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. Some women have chosen to embrace the choice they made. Them, I pity. Yet for them all, I grieve. Abortion is a horror not seen on an institutionalized level in millennia. Not since people sacrificed their newborn babies in a fiery, red-hot idol in the image of the god Moloch has a horror like this abounded so terribly. Today, however, our culture’s god now happens to be 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.