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.