The headline on azcentral.com reads as follows, “Anti-abortion demonstrators rally in Phoenix as part of March for Life movement.” When reading that headline, the obvious phrase that sticks out is “Anti-abortion.” This begs the question of who would use an opposite phrase of “pro-abortion”? Well, in fact, I would use that phrase to describe the movement and law that has killed 58+million babies in the United States of America since 1973. That is equivalent to 18% of the population in the United States over the past 45 years.
Why do I use the phrase, “pro-abortion” rather than “pro-choice”? The term “pro-choice” is good in one sense for a mother who is on the fence about keeping her baby and is given a choice to keep the baby. However, that is not the ideology behind the movement. The ideology of the movement is that a woman can do whatever she wants with her body. On top of that, it has been the legal thing to do since 1973 and the Roe vs. Wade case. So, in fact, the law, the movement, the ideology is pro-abortion and anyone who opposes it is “Anti-abortion.”
The problem with the pro-abortion movement is that it is also anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-human and anti-science. It is anti-God because every human is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Life begins at conception and every human life has worth because they have been uniquely created by God.
It is anti-Bible. Psalm 139 beautifully describes how God knows a person before they are born and intricately knits a body together in a mother’s womb and gives that body a soul (Psalm 139:13-16). God tells the prophet, Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, …” (Jeremiah 1:5). This is a true statement for all human beings. God has a purpose for each life and has a profound love for humanity.
It is anti-science. How is that, you say? Science, according to many in the pro-abortion camp is the answer to everything. They would point to the “Big Bang” and eventually evolution as the cause of all existence. This would push any sort of deity out of the picture and give them carte blanche over their lives and an autonomous morality that only they can define for themselves. This is where they come up with the idea that once a woman is pregnant, that it is their body and they can do with it whatever they please.
The flaw in all of that thinking is that it is anti-science. Each cell from the time of conception contains proteins (organelles) and DNA information that is not part of the mother’s body, but unique to the baby. While the pregnancy progresses, the baby is dependent on the mother for life, but that does not mean that the baby is simply another body part of the mother, but rather a unique human being.
It is anti-human. Frankly, abortion is the ending of a life and could be described as murder, which is clearly prohibited in the Bible (Exodus 20:13). This commandment was not a new one, but an old one from the beginning. Human beings are made in the image of God and so all life is sacred. This is one of the laws of nature which requires a reckoning from God (Genesis 9:5-6). To expound on this commandment, thou shalt not kill means not doing anything to hurt or injure another person or yourself.
Women who say that their bodies are their own are fighting a losing battle against the Word of God. Paul addresses this in 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 to flee sexual immorality because you are not your own. You cannot do whatever you want with your body because you owe your life to your creator. If you are a Christian, you owe your life to your Redeemer.
Infants are particularly precious to God. Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven as belonging to such as these (Matthew 19:14). This most especially includes the unborn because the unborn are the most vulnerable humans on earth. Their lives are the most fragile and they are loved by God.
The babies are not the only victims when an abortion takes place. The guilt of the mother and also father is immense. It leaves a parent with a feeling that they may not be forgiven, that God could not possibly forgive them. This could not be further from the truth. God says in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord; though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
God sent his Son, the Lord Jesus to die for sins such as abortion. If you have gone through an abortion or know someone who has, know that the precious blood of Jesus has paid for that sin. God promises in 1 John 1:9 that if you confess your sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The promise of the gospel is that Jesus came to save sinners and He will save you and forgive you even for the sin of abortion.