Will She Choose Abortion?
A young woman has recently discovered that she is pregnant. She has a life of her own to live and exciting dreams to attain, and this “pregnancy” does not fit in with her plans. In fact, “it” is an incredibly unwanted inconvenience. She has been told that she has a legal right to end the “pregnancy” and remove the “lump of tissue” that is in the way of the future that she so desperately desires. The “fetus” is part of “her body” after all, and no one should be able to tell her what she can and cannot do with her own body. And what other choice does she really have?
Will she choose abortion? If all she has been told is true, then why wouldn’t she? Abortion would appear to be a perfect solution that will make her life easier and allow her to go on with the future she wants. But is all that she has been told really true? Is the pregnancy just a “lump of tissue”? Is the “fetus” really only another part of her body? Will this decision actually give her the future she wants? Is abortion truly her only option?
First and foremost, it is important to determine what exactly is meant by the vague words “lump of tissue”, because that could mean any number of things. We need to be clear that when an abortionist refers to removing the “lump of tissue”, they really mean ending the precious life of a developing human child. Clarity of words is also important when an abortionist refers to ending or terminating a pregnancy which results in the death of the child residing in the protective womb of its mother. Abortionists often use evasive language like this to try to take the attention away from what is really going on, the murder of a baby.
This mother has been told that the fetus is actually not a human being though. Is that true? What makes someone human? Is it where they are located? Is it the physical or mental abilities they posses? How about their age? Would a special needs six year old be less human than a successful college student? The only consistent answer is that at the moment of fertilization God creates a new life with an eternal soul. God clearly illustrates His recognition of the pre-born as human persons in His word.
Psalm 139:13-16 says:
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.
Even secular medical texts refer to fertilization as the moment when the egg and sperm become a human being. Doctor Louis Fridhandler, in the medical textbook Biology of Gestation, refers to fertilization as “that wonderful moment that marks the beginning of life for a new unique individual.”
Our new mother has also been told that this life is just another part of her body, much like her appendix or tonsils. What makes the unborn baby different? The difference is in its DNA. The mother’s arms and legs and tonsils all share the same genetic code that makes her, her. But it is not so with her fetus. At the moment of fertilization, her future child already has its own unique DNA that is different than both its mother and father, and will determine how it grows and matures. It is distinctly separate from its mother’s body, though dependent on and inside of the mother’s body, but still not her same body. Even our nation’s laws resoundingly support this fact. In 2000, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to delay capital punishment for a pregnant woman until after her child was born. Obviously, there is no law protecting the mother’s tonsils from capital punishment, so the unborn baby must not be a part of the mother’s body after all.
So, she now knows that the baby is an individual person and not part of her body, and that to end its life would be murdering another human being, but what about her life? Still, won’t aborting the baby give her the future she desires?
Many, many woman that have chosen abortion have not gotten the future they wanted. After having an abortion, woman are far more likely to have cancer, miscarriages, and later children born with disabilities. But the most damaging effect is on their mental health. Dr. Patricia Coleman, Professor of Human Development and Family studies at Bowling Green State University states that “81 percent of females who had an abortion were found to be at an increased risk for mental health problems, including, depression, alcohol abuse, and suicidal behaviors”.
God’s Word in Romans 2:15a says:
They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness…
It is clear that God sees abortion as the sin of murder, and these woman’s consciences are crying out to them that what they have done is wrong. The young woman that is considering an abortion has a conscience, and even though it has likely been dulled by lifelong exposure to the arguments of pro-abortionists, God can still change her heart.
Finally, we need to show the expectant mother that abortion is not the only choice she has. She needs to know that there are people willing to support her whether she decides to raise the child herself, or choses adoption. Pregnancy help centers are the first place she should turn to. These centers are lovingly run by trained individuals, who know best how to help her through this difficult season of her life, and provide her with the counseling and direction she needs to make the right choices for herself and her child. And amazingly, many of these centers can even use ultrasound equipment to persuasively show her the life within her womb that is already thriving.
All it takes is one person that has the courage to tell her that the “lump of tissue” is actually a human being. Her baby is created in the image of God to bring Him glory and further His kingdom here on Earth. The “fetus” is not part of her body, but a separate person with its own DNA. Someone who will be willing to warn her that she is considering making a choice that could permanently damage her mind and body, and do something that God sees as sin. Willing to give her other life-affirming options like adoption or assist her in raising the baby herself.
And with God’s help, she will now choose life.
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S. Lin, “The Relationship between Induced Abortion and Outcome of Subsequent Pregnancies”, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, May 15,1983, 139-40