On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a woman had the right to abort her baby in the Rowe vs. Wade case. As a result of the ruling, over 60 million babies have been murdered in the United States. The overwhelming majority of abortions performed involve women who do not want to have the baby. Just 2 percent of abortions are for rape or incest, or the mother’s life is at risk.
The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness?”. The life of a human being in the womb is worth every effort to preserve.
The abortion issue is loaded with bias, emotion, and anger. As Christians, I believe it is essential to put the politics and feelings aside and ask the only question that we need to ask at this time: What does God have to say about the intentional killing of unborn babies? What value does God put on everyone He has created?
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1: 26,27).
Science supports human life beginning at conception. The initial coming together of the mother’s egg and the father’s sperm creates a new and unique string of DNA. DNA is coded information, the blueprint for the new human’s growth and development. No more genetic material needs to be added; the zygote in the womb is as human as the mother in whose womb it dwells. The difference between a fetus and any one of us is age, location, and level of dependence. When a mother aborts the process of fetal development, she is destroying a unique life created by God Himself.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:13-16).
“Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3).
“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God” (Genesis 5:1).
For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose to have a baby because the baby is already living. Regardless of how inconvenient or difficult the pregnancy may be, elective abortion is a sin with horrific consequences for the mother and the father, if he was encouraging her to kill their baby. The baby’s life is snuffed out, and the mother’s and father’s life will never be the same again. They will live with the knowledge of taking her own child’s life. The consequences of shame, fear, and guilt will follow.
“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19).
“From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it” (Genesis 9:6,7).
Now is that time for those hurting men and women who have had abortions to get right with God. God is full of grace and love, which no human has ever experienced. Only God could offer forgiveness for the murder of the unborn. The sin of abortion is no less forgivable than any other sin. Through faith in Christ, all sins are forgiven.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
“in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1;14).
Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”
Jesus paid our debt for us so that when we confess our sins, God will forgive us of all our sins. Thank God that the guilt, shame, fear, and anger will no longer be ours to bear!