Posted tagged ‘Abortion’

Christian Worldview Thought of the Day: Wednesday

July 15, 2009

A friend of mine posted a thoughtful question about abortion on his facebook status earlier today.  But that wasn’t what caught my interesting in particular, it was someone who commented on his status that had me thinking about the abortion issue in a different way.

Of course, the question of whether or not the fetus is a human life is the most important one in the debate.  However, what about the rights of the father?  All we hear is “It’s the woman’s body so she gets to choose.”  Really?  That’s not even biological correct.  The baby (or fetus, however you prefer to think about it, because that’s all it is, a preference) has half the fathers DNA and literally part of the father’s body entered the mother’s and became a part of the baby (and I’m not talking about the penis you sickos).

So it is also the father’s body that is a part of the growing baby.  I’ll ask again.  What about the rights of the father?  Doesn’t he have a say in what happens to his half of the DNA?  Isn’t this country all about equal rights for everyone?  So what about the rights of the father?

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When Life Begins; Scientifically Speaking

March 2, 2009

I ran across a great article on the scientific evidence for the beginning of life.  Keeping these things in mind might help us stop deluding ourselves that abortion isn’t killing a human being.

In 1997, Faye Wattleton, the president of Planned Parenthood said:

“I think we have deluded ourselves into believing that people don’t know that abortion is killing. So any pretense that abortion is not killing is a signal of our ambivalence, a signal that we cannot say yes, it kills a fetus.”

In his book A Defense Against Abortion, David Noonin admitted:

“In the top drawer of my desk, I keep [a picture of my son]. This picture was taken on September 7, 1993, 24 weeks before he was born. The sonogram image is murky, but it reveals clear enough a small head tilted back slightly, and an arm raised up and bent, with the hand pointing back toward the face and the thumb extended out toward the mouth. There is no doubt in my mind that this picture, too, shows [my son] at a very early stage in his physical development. And there is no question that the position I defend in this book entails that it would have been morally permissible to end his life at this point.”

Don’t you see?  Even among abortion supporters, their argument isn’t that abortion is not killing therefore it’s morally defensible, their argument is that abortion is the killing of a distinct human being but it’s morally defensible anyway.

Their admittance that abortion is killing is supported by the biological consensus on when life begins. 

Speaking of the zygote, Keith Moore says:

“This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”

and . . .

“A zygote is the beginning of a new human being (i.e., an embryo).”

Ronan O’Rahilly says:

“Although life is a continuous process, fertilization (which, incidentally, is not a ‘moment’) is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new genetically distinct human organism is formed when the chromosomes of the male and female pronuclei blend in the oocyte.”

Clark Edwards Corliss says:

“It is the penetration of the ovum by a spermatozoan and resultant mingling of the nuclear material each brings to the union that constitues the culmination of the process of fertilization and marks the initiation of the life of a new individual.”

J.P Greenhill and E.A. Friedman wrote:

“The term conception refers to the union of the male and female pronuclear elements of procreation from which a new living being develops.”

“The zygote thus formed represents the beginning of a new life.”

E.L Potter and J.M Craig proclaimed:

“Every time a sperm cell and ovum unite a new being is created which is alive and will continue to live unless its death is brought about by some specific condition.”

In 2005, National Geographic explained:

“The two cells gradually and gracefully become one. This is the moment of conception, when an individual’s unique set of DNA is created, a human signature that never existed before and will never be repeated.”

A Scientific Consensus

I could go on with the quotes for a bit longer, but I think you get the idea.  That a distinct, never to be repeated, human life begins at conception is a biological, scientific consensus.  Regardless of the arguments after this point, isn’t abortion still killing?  No matter what you say?

And, if abortion is the planned killing of a distinct human life, is that not the legal definition of murder?  Don’t get crazy, I’m just asking a question.

So can we now, at the very least, stop deluding ourselves about what abortion is?  Can we at least start the argument at the scientific consensus?