I recently read an interesting news story about three men. They were three ordinary men with an extraordinary hobby. For some reason, these three men enjoyed hunting bald eagles. Now obviously the killing of our national bird cannot go unpunished. In fact, the United States government punished these men by charging them $250,000 per violation and 2 years in prison apiece. Obviously these men got what they deserved. However, it is my personal belief that the American government is incredibly inconsistent. You kill a bird and you receive a pretty hefty punishment, which is a good thing! You mutilate an unborn child; you are patted on the back for living your life how YOU want to. Are bald eagles really more precious than human life? America’s view of abortion defies common sense!
In an abortion a beating heart is stopped, and something that only God can create is destroyed. Yet every 25 seconds another potential doctor is killed. Every 25 seconds, another potential mother or father is killed. The Roman poet Ovid put it this way, “The first one who thought of detaching from the womb the fetus forming in it deserved to die by her own weapons.” Every 25 seconds, someone with the ability to cure cancer could be killed.
I read a recent interview conducted by Think magazine where former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson told of her eye opening experience where she witnessed an ultrasound-guided abortion. In her own words she said, “When I was working at Planned Parenthood I was extremely pro-choice, But after seeing the internal workings of the procedure for the first time on an ultrasound monitor, I would say there was a definite conversion in my heart”. She went on to tell of how the baby cowered away from the instruments inserted to take its life. The unborn child had the instinct to know when it was being attacked. How can we ignore this?
Yet I realize that often times this issue can be complicated by unfortunate circumstances. These circumstances can be as simple as finances or as complicated as sexual abuse. In regards to finances, consider the change in attitude towards children in the past several decades. It is a sad thing that children are seen as more of a financial burden now than anything. Several decades ago children were seen as a sign of wealth, but now they are seen as a sign of poverty. Many mothers abort because they can’t afford to raise a child; however, with 1.5 million American families wanting to adopt a child, there is no such thing as an unwanted child. Financial burden isn’t the only reason people abort. Sometimes there are deeper issues. Sexual abuse or rape is a difficult subject to discuss because nobody asks for something that horrible to happen. Yet consider Wayne Jackson’s words in regards to this difficult subject. “Suppose a woman is raped and, as a consequence, becomes pregnant (though such occurrences are extremely rare). Let us also assume, for the sake of the argument, that for some reason she carries the baby full term and gives birth. Let us take it a step further and suppose that she nurtures the baby for a couple of years. Finally, she visits a psychiatrist and confides that though she has tried to love this child, the memories of her rape have made her a mental wreck; she can no longer bear to be in the youngster’s presence.
Here is the key question. May she now, with impunity, kill her offspring? Universally, the cry will be, ‘No!’ But why not? If rape is a justification for destroying the child before birth, why not after birth as well?”
Again, there are hundreds of adoption agencies waiting to adopt a child, no matter the circumstance, abortion is not the right answer.
The issue of abortion is a difficult topic to discuss, and it is clearly one that must be handled delicately. However, Christians especially must never excuse this practice because it belittles God’s creation and the fact that indeed he knew us in our mother’s womb(Psalm 139:13 and Jeremiah 1:5). A question we must always ask ourselves is this, are we going to allow a bald eagle to take precedence over human life? Perhaps it was the world renowned scholar, Dr. Suess, who said it best in his book Horton Hears a Who: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”