ABORTION - CAUSES AND OPTIONS
Abortion is horrifying at any stage, and under ANY
circumstance it is a sin. Legal? Yes! (see abortion
laws). But morally, there is no justification for it.
Life is God's gift; He alone is the Lord and giver of
all life and therefore He alone can decide to take it
away. We cannot give life, therefore we cannot take
it away, whatever may be the reason.
Muretus, the 16th century Christian scholar said, "Call
no man cheap for whom Christ died." Paul says in
2 Cor 5:15 "And he died for all." Each person
is more valuable in His eyes than one can imagine. The
value of one soul is measured by the price Jesus paid
on the cross.
Very often Pro-Lifers are confronted by pro-abortionists
with various arguments, trying to prove that there can
be certain exceptions where abortion can be condoned.
Let us see some of the often given excuses and pretext
for abortion and the options and alternatives that could
be provided in each case.
This could be a social stigma bringing shame to self,
family and loved ones. There is pressure from the family
to abort. No doubt the person goes through a lot of
mental torture and we may sympathize with her. But the
reality is that the child growing in the womb of the
woman is not part of the woman, that she can decide
to put an end to that life. It is an individual with
its own identity, uniqueness and beauty. "What
about social stigma then?" is the evident question.
She can be given options to keep the baby alive, staying
away from known people (crisis pregnancy centers or
homes) and delivering the baby secretly and then giving
up the baby for adoption.
Poverty: Too many children could be another reason why
one would opt for abortion. God is the provider for
all. He has made plans for every new life He sends on
earth. He knows best. The parents are no one to decide
for the child. God has the power to take the child through
Some of the greatest of men have come from poverty-stricken
homes e.g. Abraham Lincoln. Imagine what a loss it would
be to the world if their mothers had aborted them.
An extremely poor man and his wife have 14 kids and
she finds she is pregnant with the 15th. Considering
their poverty and the huge global population, would
you recommend abortion for the couple? If your answer
is Yes, you would have recommended killing John Wesley,
one of the greatest evangelists of the 19th century.
Pregnancy and child birth is a natural process. Some
say that a mother's ill health is a valid reason for
abortion. First of all, this situation very rarely arises
and when it does, it is best to trust in God. He cares
for both, the mother and child and will do what is best.
It is always better to take different medical opinions.
The Catholic Church allows termination of pregnancy
only in 2 cases, cancer of the uterus and ectopic pregnancy,
as in both these cases the treatment itself will result
in termination of pregnancy.
The rapid growth in population sets an alarm and abortion
is looked upon as a reasonable method to control population.
Why choose only the unborn to regulate population? Why
are the unborn singled out to die? Some of the Family
Planning methods propagated by the governments ignore
the fact that they are abortifacients. What is needed
is equal distribution of resources and the problems
rising from over- population will be resolved.
Deformed or handicapped baby
Science and technology have advanced and today the fetal
development can be monitored easily through sonography
and other methods. But it is said that in some cases
it leads to a decision to end that life. Who has a right
to live? Who decides? Who puts a price tag on someone's
life? Every person is important. The handicapped are
special and need special care, that's all. God in His
wisdom selects and provides the parents, with the needed
grace. We cannot decide to end another's life just because
we think they are not normal. Deciding to retain an
abnormal fetus, even against medical advice can be tough,
even expensive. But couples who decide to obey God's
command, rather than man's have been blessed.
A man is sick with syphilis and his wife has TB. They
have 4 children. The first is blind, the second, stillborn,
the third deaf and the fourth has TB. The lady discovers
she is pregnant again. There was a huge chance that
the baby would be abnormal when born. Given the extreme
situation, would you recommend abortion? If your answer
is Yes, you would have recommended killing Beethoven,
one of the greatest musicians.
But let us not forget that some of the greatest geniuses
in the world were defective at birth or from diseased
families, Stephen Hawking, Helen Keller, Vincent Van
Gogh, Louis Braille.
Such cases are very rare. Just 1% of the rape victims
get pregnant. Unlike shown in films, it is not so easy
to get pregnant during a rape, because the woman is
in a mental state of shock and the man is often unable
to complete the act. But even if it so happens, just
as a woman is a victim, the child too is a victim of
the event. The same help could be provided as in the
case of unwed mothers.
A white man raped a 13 year old black girl and she got
pregnant. If you were the distraught girl's parent,
would you consider aborting the fetus? If your answer
is Yes, you would have recommended killing Ethel Waters,
the great black gospel singer.
Many people are misinformed that abortion is not the
killing of the unborn. They are ignorant, they are informed
that it is only wiping away a cluster of cells or the
like, therefore, the duty of Pro-Lifers is to give the
complete truth; However all D & C's are not abortions,
and at times, medically advised, even when there is
While planning a family, if by mistake, the lady conceives
she calls it a 'mistake' and does not want to be responsible
for it. She decides to abort, therefore making an even
bigger mistake than before.
If a couple finds that they have too many children of
the same sex and learn that the one conceived now is
also of the same sex, they decide to abort.