In the news yesterday I heard about the murder trial of the Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of killing babies in a clinic that mainly serves low-income women. This left me wandering in thought. Those who are pro-life certainly value the concept of choice. They however, make preparations concerning pregnancy before conception, by choice. They would argue that this is the morally responsible thing to do. Those who claim to be pro-choice claim the right to make this decision after conception regardless of the eventual fate of the fetus, possibly terminating a life. They argue that the rights of the individual trump those of the unborn fetus.
Here's the rub as I perceive it: How ever one chooses to define it, a life has been created upon conception. This life should be defined as a human being if only for the fact that it will not alter it's design in the womb and become something else. It has a genetic code and was designed to become a human being. Moreover it is unique in all creation in that it possesses a soul and personhood from day one. I am certain of this for at least two reasons. One, nobody can claim or prove the exact moment of personhood other than from conception. Three, six, nine months, which is it? Since nobody knows exactly, benefit of the doubt has to be applied from a moral, physiological and logically consistent standpoint. The second reason concerning our soul comes from the pages of the most read book on the planet. Jeremiah 1:4-5 says: Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” This is one among many passages where The Lord assures us that our soul is created at conception and personhood begins in the womb.
Personal morality is one thing, government intrusion is another. Those who choose to live by a moral code of ethics are forced to walk the thin line between personal conviction and the laws of the country they live in. We can do little to change that individually. However, we have every capability to change the hearts and minds of those within our sphere of influence. For the love of God is the most powerful force in the universe. To Him, all life is precious, especially life created in His own image.
Just today President Obama encouraged those gathered at a Planned Parenthood event to continue fighting for abortion rights. "You've also got a president who is going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way," Obama said. It's crystal clear where our current President stands on this issue.
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