youngAs I write this, America faces many problems and urgent needs that you and I work to solve every day, such as debt, healthcare, quality education, and various forms of discrimination. But I write this, asking that these issues be put on hold for just a few minutes. Sometimes, good things take the place of the most important things.
Last year, I watched a CNN interview with Dr. Ben Carson, where he claimed that Obamacare was the worst thing that had happened since slavery. As to be expected, the reporter was surprised by Carson’s statement and pointed out that possibly WWII or Japanese internment camps were worse than Obamacare. Carson responded, saying that, as horrible as those things were, they didn’t fundamentally change the spirit of America. He further pointed out that by accepting Obamacare, America accepted a subtle, yet real, form of slavery — slavery to government. Now, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dr. Carson — he has a very patriotic spirit and is clearly a genius. While I would agree that Obamacare is extremely un-American and a form of slavery, if I may, I actually disagree that this is the worst thing that has happened to America since slavery.
As terrible as the loss of fundamental aspects to the American spirit is, I cannot see how it is as terrible as the change in the morality of the American spirit. This breakdown of morality has led to the wide acceptance of abortion. I’m sure this sounds completely crazy to many people. After all, large numbers of people in the 21st century don’t even have a problem with abortion — at least in some scenarios.
But even as commonplace as it has become, if abortion is the death of a human being, then America has the blood of 58 million lives on her hands. The fundamental transformation of the general morality of society contributed to the acceptance of abortion — a form of murder. That is how it becomes an even greater issue than Obamacare.
The abortion debate comes down to this: Is an unborn child a human person, or not? If it is not, then my entire argument falls apart. But, on the other hand, if it is a human person, then abortion is murder.
I have Biblical, logical, scientific, and lawful reasons for why I believe that abortion is murder.
1) Biblical — The Bible tells us that each human being was created in the womb for a God-given purpose and that He knew us before we were born (Psalm 139:13-16). If God created each person, we have no right to decide which people we want to allow to live, and which we don’t.
2) Logical — Somehow, the law states that the murder of a pregnant woman is a double homicide, meaning TWO lives have been taken unlawfully, yet abortion (the termination of a life) is acceptable, and simply called a “surgical procedure” or “women’s health.” So a person can kill a pregnant woman and go to prison, but a person with a medical license can perform an abortion without question. How does that make sense?
3) Scientific — Some people make the argument that a fetus is not a life, therefore, abortion in not an issue. Thankfully, due to the development of technology and careful scientific research, we have learned much about when life begins. Many scientists now agree that life begins at conception and that the life is a human person. Dr. Diane M. Irving, a professor of the History of Philosophy and of Medical Ethics at Georgetown University, wrote the following:
“…the human embryonic organism formed at fertilization is a whole human being, and therefore it is not just a “blob” or a “bunch of cells.” This new human individual also has a mixture of both the mother’s and the father’s chromosomes, and therefore it is not just a “piece of the mother’s tissues”.
“… [T]hrough the mingling of maternal and paternal chromosomes, the zygote is a genetically unique product of chromosomal reassortment, which is important for the viability of any species.” (Emphasis added.)”
Speaking to the issue of “personhood,” she further writes:
“Philosophically, virtually any claim for so-called ‘delayed personhood’ (that is, ‘personhood’ does not start until some point after fertilization) involves the theoretical disaster of accepting that the idea or concept of a mind/body split has any correlate or reflects the real world. Historically this problem was simply the consequence of wrong-headed thinking about reality, and was/is totally indefensible. It was abandoned with great embarrassment after Plato’s time (even by Plato himself in his Parmenides!), but unfortunately resurfaces from time to time, e.g., as with Descartes in his Meditations, and now again with contemporary bioethics. And as in the question of when a human being begins, if the science used to ground these philosophical “personhood” arguments is incorrect, the conclusions of these arguments (which are based on that incorrect science) are also incorrect and invalid.”
Dr. Irving is not the only one. Listen to the statements of the following medical professionals and university professors.
The Mayo Clinic’s Department of Genetics Chairman, Dr. Hymie Gorson, stated, “By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception.”
Dr. Micheline Matthews-Roth, a professor at Harvard University Medical School, said, “It is incorrect to say that biological data cannot be decisive…. It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception…. Our laws, one function of which is to help preserve the lives of our people, should be based on accurate scientific data.”
Lastly, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who formerly ran one of the largest abortion mills in this part of the world and founded what is now the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), became convinced that he had been in the practice of murder after studying fetological developments and more closely observing unborn babies. He wrote that he was greatly concerned by his “increasing certainty that I had, in fact, presided over 60,000 deaths.”
Furthermore, these are some things that you can learn, simply by googling phrases like, “When does a fetus’s heart first beat?”:
“Doctors use several different methods to listen to the fetal heartbeat. About 3 weeks, one day after fertilization, when the heart first begins to beat, the sound of the little heart is too soft to hear. Very soon thereafter, they can see the motion using ultrasound technology.”
According to the Endowment for Human Development:
“Only 3 weeks and 1 day after fertilization – the heart begins to beat. By 4 weeks, the heart typically beats between 105 and 121 times per minute.”
4) Lawful — Many individuals will bring up the famous court case Roe vs. Wade, and claim that the states have no right to make a law that causes abortion to be illegal. What’s interesting is, that very court case based its ruling on the presupposition that a fetus is merely biological matter, is not yet a life, and has not yet been endowed with personhood. In Roe v. Wade, having thus posited, the Court stated,
“A. The appellee and certain amici argue that the fetus is a “person” within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. In support of this, they outline at length and in detail the well-known facts of fetal development. If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, [410 U.S. 113, 157] for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment. The appellant conceded as much on reargument.”
Therefore, if the “fetus” is indeed a live person, then it has every right that any other person would legally have. We have just seen how it is a life, so why do we continue with the debate?
At the end of the day, the Bible, logic, science, and law all speak loudly and clearly to the fact that an unborn baby is a real, living, human person from the very beginning, and therefore, abortion is the murder of that human person.
While America tries to fix her various political issues, how can we continue to deny an entire generation of souls even the opportunity to live? This is a vital issue, that must be solved before even the most urgent political issues.
So let’s end the debate. Let’s stand up and say, “I will fight for the lives of the unborn.” Young people, let’s be the generation that ends this blight on America.
~Julia and Benjamin
Dr. Carson CNN interview:
Dr. Irving’s article:
Mayo Clinic professional: