Abortion (1)

W. Terry Varner
November 3, 2013

No subject seems to be more inflaming in society than the subject of abortion. In abortion protests we signs that read: “Keep your morality off of my body” from one side and “Baby killers” from the other side. America is at war with itself over abortion. It has been since the Roe vs Wade ruling by the Supreme Court on 22 January 1973 which stated that our citizenry has “right” to abort an unborn child.

The Fetus: Both the moral and legal issue hangs on the definition of the word fetus. Is the fetus a person, or merely tissue that later becomes a person? If so, when does it become a person? The fetus is the product of two human beings. If we say the fetus is not human life, then what kind of life is it? Animal or vegetable?

Abortion involves authority. The question becomes—what is the highest authority to govern man morally, ethically, and medically? Is it the Supreme Court of America, medical science, or the individual claiming “no one has authority over a woman’s body but the woman,” etc.

Legally. 22 January 1973, the Supreme Court did not recognize the unborn child as a true human being; therefore, the fetus was not given protection of the law.

Morally. The argument “a woman has the right to do what she wants with her own body” is an outright distortion. Each cell in our body bears the distinctive genetic stamp—the pattern of our personal genes and chromosomes regardless from what cell it is taken—When a baby is conceived it carries 23 chromosomes from each parent.

The fetus, from conception, carries its own genetic code—distinct and different from the mother. It is claimed that a fetus is not a part of the woman’s “own body,” but a separate entity with the potential to become a human being. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Cornell Medical College and obstetrician/gynecologist at St. Like’s Hospital argues from the moral standpoint. He is correct. He writes, “A fetus is a person. It listens, it hears, it behaves like us. It is not a tadpole swimming around in the womb . . . men today can know that abortion is unethical (immoral) in the light of what we have come to know.”

Two British physicians, Doctors H. B. Valman and J. F. Pierson write, in The British Medical Journal, that in some ways an unborn child is capable of even more feats than the adult human being—learns quickly, responds intelligently to his environment, and reacts to anxiety when the mother experiences emotional stress. These doctors, and some other doctors opposed to abortion, claim the fetus or the unborn child is not a potential human being, but a human being with potential.

Biblically: God created all things. God gave the command for man to replenish his species by producing offspring (Gen. 1:28). The Bible is filled with the laws of God valuing human life. Answers to questions and controversies of life—abortion, euthanasia, etc—do not come from medical science, the Supreme Court, or the individual.

Does the Bible address the question of fetus or the unborn child and what is to be done with that fetus or unborn child? When we examine the Bible allowing it answer these ethical, moral, and legal questions, we find the Bible refutes the error of abortion, regardless what one claims as their right to abort their unborn child or to abuse a fetus. It is human abuse.