A Look through My Eyes

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From time to time I’ve heard the sentiment, usually from those of a pro-choice persuasion, “Why is abortion such a big deal?”  Obviously, this issue has me and several others all in a tizzy, but for what purpose?  There are many issues that I feel strongly about, so why is abortion often front and center?

In order to realize why I think of it as a big deal, I’ll try to help you see it through my eyes.  It’s really an issue of worldview: because of the way I see the world, I can’t help but make a big deal out of abortion.

I believe that life begins at conception.  That’s when the man and the woman’s DNA are combined in such a way to create new DNA.  The embryo–even when he’s just one cell–does not have the same genetic material as his mother, so he can’t just be an extension of her.  Because that baby–no matter how small–is his own person, taking any actions to deliberately kill that person is MURDER, just like it would be murder to kill any other innocent human being.

If you found out that the government was allowing (and in some cases funding) people and organizations to murder innocent people, wouldn’t you be upset?  Wouldn’t you do all that is in your power to speak out for those individuals and help them?

That’s why abortion is such a big deal to me.  While I know many of my readers won’t agree with the foundational premise of my pro-life position, I hope you recognize the logic of my conclusion based on that premise.

14 thoughts on “A Look through My Eyes

  1. What I do not understand, either, is why there are laws against doctor assisted suicides, but people are fighting for the right for a woman to have an abortion. Either way, it is a life being cut short. The only difference is the baby didn’t have a choice in the matter.

    I believe that life begins at conception. What really gets me irritated are the women that use it as a form of birth control, thus have multiple abortions. They treat the pregnancy as an inconvenience even though it was their actions that caused it in the first place. Like this one article I read a while ago, about a 40-year old woman who was going back to work after staying home with their first son for 5 years. Shortly after landing a job she found out she was pregnant, so she had an abortion because she didn’t want a new baby to get in the way of having her career back.

  2. I have to say that, even on that premise I still have to agree with the choice of abortion (gasp! I know). As a Christian in a relatively conservative church this is hard for me. I think that the choice should be there but the circumstantial conditions should be different. For instance, a woman should not be allowed to have an abortion simply because she was careless or for birth control. However, if a woman’s life is in danger, if there is some birth defect that is causing suffering to the baby, or if she is pregnant due to rape, I think she should have a choice. Having been through this situation, at 19 weeks I gave birth to our son because our specialists determined that he was most likely suffering, dying even, and that the continuation of the pregnancy would surely mean death for the baby and would be extremely harmful and risky to me. This was the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life and I will always remember our son. It was not done flippantly, and I did not have a typical abortion. I gave birth to him. My husband and I chose to begin the birthing process. It was heartwrenching. In hindsight, I see God’s work in that situation. I see where He was and I see the path that He made. At the time, though, I did not. Abortion is certainly a dilemma. It is certainly abused. And I will be the first to stand up for the rights of unborn children.

  3. Elizabeth, unfortunately, most abortions aren’t happening because of any of those cases that you mentioned. Rape and incest account for only 1% of abortions, while health of the baby or mother only accounts for about 5% more (these statistics can be found on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_the_United_States). That leaves over 93% of abortions occuring for other reasons.

    Jacki, I agree. Someone recently pointed me to a website where the author was saying that he could win an argument against a pro-lifer by simply asking them if they would jail mothers who seek abortions if they get their wish and outlaw abortion. My answer: MOST DEFINITELY YES, but let’s not leave it at that. I’m more concerned with a doctor and any assistants that are performing abortions. Just like murder is not an option, neither should be abortion. (Once again, the discussion of possible reasonable cases for abortions is another discussion.)

  4. I know the reasonable cases are another discussion in themselves, but generally, legislators can’t (or don’t) ban parts of things….even though they should. For instance they won’t ban guns with only farmers (or people who hunt for food) as the exception. They want (or don’t want in this case) to ban guns all together. So if you ban abortion, you ban it and it leaves all the other ‘exceptions to the rule’ accountable to the law as well. I would only agree to ban abortion if there were stipulations that make accommodations for those women that are the exception.

  5. To be honest, I’ve heard very few people argue for the banning of abortion in 100% of the cases, and none of those were politicians. I don’t believe an absolute ban of that type would ever be passed in the current political environment, so there’s no worries there.

  6. Absolutely 100% right on. I did a post about this very thing, with the same argument basically, about a year ago.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving some comment love :)

  7. Logical and RIGHT Ronnica!

    There are ALWAYS stipulations in laws and there would, OBVIOUSLY, be a stipulation for that 1% of cases where incest or rape were involved. I actually know of a woman that was raped and gave her baby up for adoption so I don’t necessarily think even all rape cases should end in abortion.

    Thanks for the thoughtful post today Ronnica! Somebody needs to stand up and speak their minds about the matter. It’s simply NOT. OK.

  8. I have to be the dissenter here and disagree. If the right to choose is taken from a woman, into whose hands should it be placed? The government? The Church? Look, I don’t like abortions, at all, and I struggle to try and think of a situation in which I would have one. But, to me, the bottom line is it’s MY decision because it’s MY body. I don’t think it’s right for anyone to second guess a woman who makes a difficult choice. Let it not ever be us who has to make that choice, but I am thankful the choice exists if we have to.

  9. Maggie: I’m glad you felt you could! I certainly didn’t write this to here people say they agree with me (but hey, it’s always great when people agree with you, right?).

    I guess the bottom line is that I don’t think that a baby growing inside a woman is an extension of the woman, and you do (please correct me if I’m wrong). True, the baby can’t decide for himself whether he wants to live or die (though I doubt he would want to die…I’ve not known any suicidal kids, though I’m sure you could find one somewhere). This is why I choose to speak for their right to live. I’M not choosing for a woman, but I AM saying that murder should not be a choice.

    Thanks again for the comment, Maggie! I know that you could have just read the post, spit on the monitor, and moved on (okay, I don’t ACTUALLY think you did that).

  10. Love that you presented this from a non-religious standpoint. How weird does that sound? Let me explain…

    Not EVERYONE has convictions of a religious nature. So if we present an arguement on the sanctity of life, strictly based on our Faith, and “thou shalt not murder” – we have alienated immediately some who might benefit from the pro life point of view.

    Well said Ronnica.

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