I was in a classroom of about 150 students that day, in a Political Science class. The college I attended wasn’t really known to be extremely liberal, but regardless the institution, every student will most likely end up with one or two professors who are so far left, they think John McCain is conservative. This lady was just such a professor. Almost every Tuesday and Thursday, for the 1 hour and 30 minutes I sat in her classroom, I gritted my teeth and bit my tongue. Except on this particular day. Call it a breaking point if you will, but I had just had enough of the idiocy. She was ranting about how if we overturned Roe vs. Wade, it would cause mass consternation and the nation wouldn’t be able to handle it because of the polar division that this kind of ruling would create. On those grounds alone, she was arguing that consideration of overturning the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling should be deemed preposterous. But, as overly opinionated professors often do, she just wouldn’t let it go. I looked around the class and saw a LOT of students shaking their heads with noses turned upward and steam pouring from their ears. So… I raised my hand.
I think she discerned what I was going to say because she was very reluctant to call on me. But alas, I was the only student who cared to participate in this discussion, and I think she was assured of her ability to cut down this conservative 21 year old boy who sat under her extensive scholarship and vast knowledge of the political field. She had another thing coming. When called upon, I stood to my feet and hit the issue head on. “I mean no disrespect, ma’am, but you said that overturning Roe vs. Wade would cause mass consternation and the people of this nation would be extremely divided. Well, I just have to say that this decision was made thirty years ago, and we’re still arguing about it in a political science class today. It has ALREADY caused mass consternation! And it STILL IS causing mass consternation!” You know on those cartoons when two parties are arguing, and the heads of the bystanders swish from one head to the other, anticipating the response of each party? Yeah – it was definitely like that. For the next ten minutes, we went back and forth. And as her argument wore down, other Pro-Lifers in the class started giving me subtle “amen’s” and affirming nods. She kept trying to shut me up. But I refused. How did the argument end, you ask? Well, she ended up saying, “Okay – you’re right.” Did she mean that? Probably not. But her reluctant admission was good enough for me. I don’t think the point was to win an argument that day. I think it was that 150 people in the class were not brain-washed by the idiocy of a professor with a liberal agenda. By the way, I got a “C” in that class. 🙂
I believe that biblically, abortion is wrong. In Genesis 29, we see the story of Leah and Rachel. Leah was barren, so God “opened her womb.” In Job 10, we read Job’s words… that God, “shaped me and formed me,” “clothed me with skin and flesh,” and “wove me together with bones and tendons.” In Isaiah 44, twice the author says that God “formed you in the womb.” Jeremiah acknowledges God’s “knowing” and “calling” before he was even formed in the womb and before his actual birth. In Matthew Chapter 1, we see that Jesus was appropriately a person at the time of conception: “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” Psalms 51 and 58 also acknowledge that humans are persons at the time of conception. And perhaps the most convincing passage of scripture very often pointed toward in considering the sanctity of human life is Psalm 139:13-16:
“For it was You who created my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You,
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful,
and I know [this] very well.
15 My bones were not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all [my] days were written in Your book and planned
before a single one of them began.” – (HCSB)
I believe that scientifically, abortion is wrong. Did you know that at the moment a human egg is fertilized, his or her DNA is fully present? That means that at the millisecond conception occurs, a child is a unique member of the human race. Even when formless, it possesses every bit of biogenetic specificity that you or I carry. A fertilized human egg is a complete human being. At just 21 days after conception, the baby’s heart begins to beat independently. And at that point, the child develops a blood type of his- or her own. And in this same pattern of development, biological, biochemical, and physical individualities continue to emerge, develop, and on some levels, continue in a pattern of development or change over an entire lifetime. Life begins at conception, even scientifically. “By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception.” – Dr. Hymie Gordon, Chairman, Department of Genetics at the Mayo Clinic. For more information by people much more qualified than I on this matter, follow this link and visit a website (by professional physicians) which explains in more detail.
I believe that historically and societally, abortion is wrong. Though not required of all doctors, the Hippocratic Oath is one in which a doctor swears to practice medicine in an ethical manner. Hippocrates, the originator of this oath, wrote in the 4th century B.C., “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly, I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy.” Have you ever met someone whose parents seriously considered aborting them? Damaging psychologically, no doubt. But it is amazing to walk and talk with someone who, at the beginning of their life, could have been legally murdered in the name of convenience, safety, and even “morality” in some instances… and the influence and life that they carry today would be non-existent. I can’t know for sure, but some of such people, as is widely rumored, are: Lord Byron (18th – 19th Century poet, author of “Don Juan”), John Wesley, Beethoven, and Jesus Christ. Yes. Jesus – a young unmarried “virgin” suddenly presents with child? There was certainly the possibility of aborting that baby, and ending the potential social estrangement she would face before it ever began.
So if abortion on any level is morally, ethically, socially, historically, and biblically wrong, the question becomes, “Why not end the practice altogether?” I read on Fox News this morning that Mississippi will consider on the election ballot this November, an amendment which recognizes human life as beginning at conception. And they’re not alone. Four other states hope to have a similar motion on their own ballots in 2012. But the leftward idiocrats are imploring the same arguments that my political science professor preached all those years ago: “It’s just too inconvenient. The ramifications would be dire.” It escapes me why that argument has any weight at all.
Drug reps are concerned that this would jeopardize their highly praised drug which has become known as “The Morning After Pill.” Doctors are crying that it would put their practices in difficult positions concerning pregnant mothers or fetus care. Health insurance providers are in an uproar about potential new regulations. Executive branch officials worry about the legal ramifications and the enforcement of the new laws this would create. My thoughts? – – – SO WHAT???!!! If it is wrong, it must be righted.
Even our Southern Baptist machine was slow to combat the issue of abortion. During the mid to late-mid part of the 20th Century, when the theologically liberal were running amuck amongst our convention, abortion was side-stepped, and largely ignored. Various resolutions recorded in our history uphold the right for abortion in the case of rape, incest, or danger to the mother. I thank God that we have since righted that wrong denominationally. There is no instance in which it is biblically, ethically, morally, scientifically, societally, or historically “right” or “just” to end an unborn human’s life. (In 2003, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a very strongly worded resolution, “On Thirty Years of Roe vs. Wade.” Please click HERE to read its complete text.)
Now it is time we right this wrong nationally.
Will it cause mass consternation? No more than the mass consternation Roe vs. Wade has impregnated and nurtured inside the womb of our culture over the past thirty-eight and a half years.
Will it create moral dilemmas? None so great it usurps the morality of standing up for those who are unable to stand for themselves.
Will it create division? Already divided, this great nation will benefit more from life than it ever has from death.
Grace and Peace,