The Morality of Abortion
Argument: "Abortion is not morally wrong."
Answer: Since human life begins at conception, then abortion by choice becomes premeditated murder. Exodus 20:13 says, "You shall not murder."
The Status of a Fetus
Argument: "A fetus should not be regarded as a baby."
Answer: A fetus is not a mass of tissue. God's Word does not distinguish between a "potential baby" and a "newborn baby." In the Bible, the same Greek word brephos, is used to describe . . .
- a fetus. "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb" (Luke 1:41).
- babies. "People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them" (Luke 18:15).
The Reproductive Rights of Women
Argument: "Every woman should have the right to control her own body."
Answer: Yes, she should, but in pregnancy there are . . .
- 2 different bodies
- 2 different heartbeats
- 2 different brain wave patterns
- 2 different genetic codes (DNA)
- often 2 different blood types
- often 2 different sexes
A woman should have the right to control her own body, but a woman should not have control over ending another's life. First Corinthians 6:19-20 says, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."
The Viability Factor
Argument: "Abortion is permissible when a fetus is not 'viable.' A fetus that is incapable of sustaining life outside the womb is not a viable person and does not deserve protection from society."
Answer: To define viability as a person's ability to survive without assistance is dangerous because a person's viability can be lost as a result of age, illness or serious injury. A 3-month-old girl cannot sustain life on her own. Nor can a 60-year-old man who is dependent on a respirator.