If People Really Knew the Truth About Abortion

If people really knew the whole truth about abortion, how many of them would still support it?

Over forty million babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973 and approximately 93% of those occured for social reasons (not medical problems, rape or incest click here).  It is estimated that 43% of all women will have an abortion (at least one) by 45 years of age (www.abortionno.org).  If what pro-lifers are saying is the truth, isn’t this abysmal and abhorrent infanticide on a mass scale enough to at least give us pause?  As a friend of mine said, this is a “modern day sacrifice of the most innocent of human beings to a god of comfort and convenience.”

Those who are not in Christ are spiritually blinded to His Truth (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). I understand the spiritual side of the issue of abortion. But I also understand that there are medical and biological facts. And if we approach this issue logically, I have a difficult time understanding why people that know the facts through and through, still believe choosing abortion is a moral choice.

What causes us to instinctively celebrate with friends and family when they announce that they are pregnant?  Is it because they are pregnant with a life?

When Does Life Begin?:

The 30-year old question of when life begins is not a religious one, as pro-choice proponents would like to have you believe.  This question can be (and has been) addressed scientifically, and plenty of evidence has shown that life does begin at conception.  It just has not been fully accepted by those unwilling to see the truth.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.  You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.  You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in your book.  Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” (Psalm 139:13-16).

Wikipedia says “life is a characteristic of organisms that exhibit certain biological processes such as chemical reactions or other events that results in a transformation.”  Time Magazine had a cover story in November of 2002 that addressed the issue of life at conception and detailed biologically what happens to an embryo from conception to birth.  This article states that cell division begins within hours of conception.  Is that life?  National Right to Life reports that a heart beat is formed somewhere close to 22 days after conception and brain waves at 40 days.  Is that life?  And yet, abortions usually are not performed until after those days.

So is it biology that determines life?  We’ve just seen above how biologically there is life in the cell division, heart beat, and brain waves of an embryo.  Is life determined by viability outside the womb?  Babies outside the womb can die without caretakers and those on respirators are still filled with life.  That is not a valid argument.  What about size?  Is a child that is 5 years old more alive than one a couple of weeks old? Is it intellect?  Is it brain development?  Do you see the flimsiness of these arguments?

Why are Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice activists fighting the Ultrasound Bill, that would “require all expectant mothers considering abortion to be shown ultrasounds and hear the heartbeat of their developing child, which is almost non-existent in abortion clinics.”  Are they really interested in reducing abortions as they claim, because the simple act of viewing an ultrasound first has been shown to change 80% of women’s mind about abortion (http://www.freemarket.org/Img/November%202008%20Design.pdf).  Are they afraid of this bill because they are not really interested in reducing abortions?  That would then reduce the millions of dollars that are made each year from this “medical” industry.

Why was Scott Peterson, for example, convicted of two counts of murder when he killed his wife Laci and their unborn child, Conner?  The courts have recognized, in such cases, that an unborn child is a life for which we can seek justice.

Right to Choose:

Can we be honest for a minute?  What are pro-choice advocates really asking to choose?  If we establish that life does begin at conception, then aren’t they asking to be able to choose one life over another?  Their convenience over a defenseless baby?  Remember, according to statistics cited above, only 7% or less of all the millions of abortions are performed because of the life of the mother or rape and incest.  So let’s address the 93%.  Do we have a right to take that baby’s innocent life?  If we take a baby’s life after he or she is born, then we are put on trial in a court of law for murder.  But “it’s our body” women will say.  Do we have a right to “choose” our body over that baby’s body–a body with a heartbeat, brain functioning, fingernails, and the ability to feel pain, especially the pain of an abortion?  Do we have that right?

Unwanted/Unplanned Pregnancy:

What if the child is “unwanted” or the pregnancy “unplanned”?  According to the National Council for Adoption, “there are 450 married couples for each child waiting to be adopted, and millions of qualified singles who could foster parent or adopt as well.”  Given those statistics, there is no such thing as an unwanted child.  And to turn an unplanned pregnancy into the gift of a lifetime for a couple desperately wanting a child. . .what an incredibly selfless act that will bless others for years and years to come.  Many children secretly labeled unwanted or unplanned, or born into less than ideal circumstances, have gone on to become some of the world’s leading figures and incredible defy-the-odds success stories.

Some would ask if an unwanted child then becomes an abused child?  Statistics actually show the opposite.  Child abuse has been on the dramatic rise since abortion on demand became legal in 1973.  Could this have to do with a culture that devalues life and treats it as a disposable commodity?

The Procedures:

This is by far the most disturbing part of this whole debate, and I firmly believe that this is where the greatest myths and lies are perpetuated.  Not all women seeking abortions have ultrasounds beforehand.  Why is that?  We discussed the Ultrasound Bill earlier, but shouldn’t all women see the truth about what they are aborting before subjecting their baby (or themselves, for that matter) to this “procedure”?  Planned Parenthood, on their website, admits that an abortion may or may not be preceeded by an ultrasound (and I will not link to them for obvious reasons, but you can find the source if you so desire).  I wonder what lengths Planned Parenthood goes to discourage young, vulnerable women considering abortion from obtaining an ultrasound.

If people really knew the procedures for abortion, and had a chance to not only see their baby with an ultrasound, or see an abortion in progress, would humanity really sit by and advocate for this brutality?  Well, we have a chance to not be in the dark anymore.  If abortion providers and pro-choice advocates are not afraid to support these procedures (even though they are afraid of being honest with the public about them), let’s combat this by being bold enough to know them ourselves, and speak out against them.  Check out “The Silent Scream” on YouTube.  It is the video that many abortion providers do not want you to see.  (Warning:  This video is incredibly disturbing and many, if not most, of you will be unable to watch it all the way through).

Let’s begin with the most egregious and inhumane of all the abortion procedures, the partial-birth abortion.  This is for women beyond 20 weeks into their pregnancy, and sometimes much later.  Here is what a 20 week old baby looks like.  In this procedure, the doctor pulls the baby out by his or her legs until only the head remains inside the womb.  (If the head isn’t “born,” does this keep it from being called “murder” in their eyes?)  “Then the abortionist jams scissors into the back of the baby’s skull and spreads the tips of the scissors apart to enlarge the wound. After removing the scissors, a suction catheter is inserted into the skull and the baby’s brains are sucked out. The collapsed head is then removed from the uterus” (source).

Other procedures include:

    * Suction Aspiration–the baby is essentially cut into pieces and suctioned out with a vacuum; the patient is at risk for infection if all of the body parts and tissues are not removed properly.
    * Dilatation & Curettage–very similar to suction aspiration
    * RU 486–the abortion pill that starves the baby to death, causing the “embryonic baby to be expelled from the uterus.”
    * Dilatation & Evacuation–similar to the D&C except the baby is torn limb from limb and the hardened skull is sometimes crushed before removing.
    * Salt Poisoning (aka “Saline Amniocentesis”)–some of the baby’s amniotic fluid, allowing him or her to live and breathe, is replaced with a concentrated salt solution causing ”painful burning and deterioration of the baby’s skin” until the baby dies.

The Aftermath:

Despite what many would have you believe, there are side effects to abortion in many cases–physical and emotional.  Bleeding, hemorrhage, laceration of the cervix, and infection are among the most common physical complications, but there are also psychological complications such as guit and regret (nrlc).  Some studies show upwards of 50% of the women experience this guilt, as seen in the many sources below:

    * http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/125515.php
    * http://www.abortionfacts.com/reardon/after_effects_of_abortion.asp
    * http://www.pregnancycenters.org/Fact%20Sheet%20on%20abortion-emotional%20risks.pdf
    * http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/ASMF/asmf13.html
    * http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/ASMF/asmf14.html
    * http://www.thefloridacatholic.org/mia/2009_mia/2009_miaarticles/20090205_mia_shanice.php
    * http://prolifeaction.org/providers/everett.htm  (Carol Everett is a former abortion provider that is now a strong pro-life advocate because of what she saw.  Her story is quite compelling.)

Now What?:

I have nothing but compassion for the majority of women who have had an abortion.  As stated earlier, I believe most of them are deceived, without the truth, and taken advantage of during a vulnerable time.  And knowing that many will feel guilt, regret, or experience significant physical complications from their abortion, I am not in favor of using our pro-life passion to condemn those already feeling the weight of their decision.  God is a God of forgiveness. . .it is not in His nature to deny anyone forgiveness when they seek it and it certainly isn’t in His nature to condemn those who are in Christ.  As Christians, we need to remember that this issue, although heated at times, involves children of God (both the babies at risk, the women who are choosing abortion, and even the doctors who provide and perform these abortions).  Our approach must always be loving, and never violent, no matter how passionate the protest.

What we can do is speak up, stand on the Truth of God’s Word, and not be passive anymore.  Let’s be advocates for these precious children, let’s refuse to allow them to be “sacrificed to a god of convenience,” and let’s get this information out to as many people willing to listen.  Then, knowing that we have the power of the God of the universe behind us, let’s pray with fervency that the eyes of those who are blind will be opened and that one day soon we will see an end to these deaths.

I’ll close with God’s Word on the matter, as well as links to ways that you can further educate yourself on abortion and then make your voice heard.

Support Pro-Life Groups–with your time, talents and treasures; or volunteer with a local crisis pregnancy center.

Contact Your Elected Officials–let them know how important this issue is to you and your family, especially when there is legislation pending that threatens the right to life (such as now with President Obama).  Click here to locate state and local elected officials by zip code.

Get and Stay Informed–with credible websites such as http://www.abortionfacts.com/ and books such as  Why Pro-Life? or  Prolife Answers to Prochoice Arguments, both by Randy Alcorn.  He also has an excellent article on his webpage  entitled, “Fifteen Pro-Life Truths to Speak.”

Encourage Your Church to Speak Up and Get Involved

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.  So you must honor God with your body.”

Proverbs 31:8-9  “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.  Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”

Proverbs 24:11-12 “Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death.  Don’t excuse yourself by saying, ‘Look, we didn’t know’.”

Source: Standing on Truth
Publish Date: March 25, 2009
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