Every body is special

As the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision approaches, the White House proclaimed today, Sunday, January 18, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. With Barack Obama taking office on Tuesday, it may be the last such proclamation of its kind for the foreseeable future.

We talked about abortion from a Biblical perspective today at church (In case you are wondering, unborn babies are created by God and He has a special plan for each and every one. But abortion is not the unforgivable sin! Seek counseling if you or someone you know has been traumatized by abortion). But even more profound, I think, is looking at it from a scientific perspective. As surprising as this may be to some people, there is no debate within the medical community as to when life begins.

A 1981 U.S. Senate report states, “Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being – a being that is alive and is a member of the human species. There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific writings. No witness raised any evidence to refute the biological fact that from the moment of conception there exists a distinct individual being who is alive and is of the human species.” No witness raised any evidence to refute the biological fact that from the moment of conception there exists a distinct individual being who is alive and is of the human species. (Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, Ibid.)

It’s also often argued that the baby, or fetus, is a part of the woman’s body and completely dependent on it for survival. Therefore, it belongs to the mother. I believe it is no more a part of her body or dependent on it for survival than after birth. Each baby, while conceived and developed in a woman’s womb, is unique, special. He or she has unique DNA that has never been seen before and that will never be seen again. The baby is a person, with brainwaves and preferences that differ from his mother.

My four-year-old said it best when I teased about being “special,” in comparison with my three older sisters. Her response? “Every body is special to God.” That has got to be the smartest thing she has ever said!

I know abortion is controversial. But it’s clear to me. The tolerance for abortion is a sign of complete disregard of human life. It breaks my heart to think of innocent babies paying for the price of the sins of their fathers and mothers, and to even attempt the emotional, spiritual and mental anguish of those mothers … I can’t.

And the news gets worse. The Freedom of Choice Act, supported by Obama, ironically, takes the freedom from faith-based hospitals and facilities to not perform abortions. It will mean unrestricted, federally mandated, no-questions-asked, taxpayer-funded abortions for every woman and child who requests it, without parental involvement. Not to mention, helping mothers make uninformed choices and providing no post-abortion counseling! Take action now to make your voice heard: www.fightfoca.com

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3


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