Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Why is Abortion Wrong? From the Biblical, Legal, Ethical and Medical Viewpoint

Why is abortion wrong?

1.Abortion is wrong because it is a sin against God- because it is murder in God’s eyes
  • Killing another human life shows contempt for God, who created that life
  • The 6th Commandment: “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13)
  • Abortion takes away another human life that is made in the image of God
  • Abortion is the ultimate power grab from God- to choose between life and death.

2. Abortion is wrong because it is the shedding of innocent blood and God hates the shedding of innocent blood
Prov 6:16-19 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood

3. Abortion is wrong because it is ethically wrong
  • Ethics- a set of moral principles adopted by a profession or a society; defines right or wrong
  • It is immoral to kill, that’s why it’s a crime to murder or kill another human being after he is born, from birth to natural death.
  • In the same way, it is immoral to kill another human being before he or she is born, when he or she is still in the womb.
  • It is immoral to choose who may live and who may not.
  • Ex. Holocaust- Nazis chose death for the Jews
  • Abortion- people choose death for babies; people decide whether a baby lives or dies
  • If the fetus is a human being, then the killing of the fetus (abortion) is homicide.-Dr. D. Brady-West, DM, Medical Practitioner, Jamaica

4. Abortion is wrong because our Constitution upholds life
In the Philippines, the State protects the life of its citizens from conception
The State shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. (Article II, Sec. 12 of the 1987 Constitution)

5. Abortion is wrong because in the Philippines, abortion is a crime
The Revised Penal Code punishes abortion as a crime with fines and imprisonment both for the woman and the health professional who committed the crime of abortion
Revised Penal Code, Book Two,Title Eight-CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS, Chapter One-DESTRUCTION OF LIFE, Section Two- Infanticide and abortion. Article 255-259

6. Abortion is wrong because abortion kills babies and hurts women
  • Post-abortion syndrome= post-traumatic stress disorder: guilt, major depression, anger, nightmares, hallucinations
  • Because abortion kills an innocent living person, another human life! No one suffers guilt or depression when a tooth or appendix is removed.
  • Chemical and surgical abortion cause many complications in women: uterine perforation, bleeding, infertility, susceptibility to breast cancer.
  • There is no such thing as a “safe abortion” because abortion is 100% fatal to babies.
  • Abortion tears apart bodies of children

Abortion promises power … brings powerlessness.
Abortion promises freedom … brings lifelong bondage.
Abortion promises a better role for women … brings destruction.
Abortion promises to save relationships … destroys them instead.
Abortion promises "reproductive health" … brings infertility and death.
From a speech by Dr. Janice Crouse
At the January Life Breakfast, Jan.22, 2008
Illinois, USA