Abortion: The premature ending or abandonment of an undertaking.
When referring to a human being, abortion is the ending or abandonment of a person’s life prematurely, specifically in the womb of the mother. After all,
- One could hardly argue that the “fetus” growing in the womb is not alive.
- One would also have difficulty arguing that the living “fetus” in the womb is a dog, or a cat, or something else; we all know it’s a living human being.
- Nor can one logically argue that the living “fetus” in the womb is a part of the mother’s body because the DNA of the two are different (this is made obvious when the “fetus” is male).
Hence abortion must be – by definition – the premature ending of a human life that is separate and distinct from the mother.
Another term for such an act is “murder.”
So what about a woman’s “choice”? That choice still exists: She can choose to act responsibly and avoid the potential for pregnancy, or choose not to do so. What she cannot choose to do is avoid the consequences of her actions. What she cannot choose is to commit murder for the sake of her own convenience trying to escape the consequences of her actions. (Even if she chooses to have an abortion, she will experience unavoidable, long-lasting negative personal consequences due to that choice.)
The same moral standards apply to men as well. If the consequence of sexual activity is a baby, men are equally responsible for that baby’s welfare as women. Regrettably, too many men try to avoid their responsibility. That is unmanly and wrong.
These same principles apply to all kinds of activities:
- A person can choose to drink poison or do drugs, but none can avoid the consequences.
- A person can drive recklessly but cannot avoid the consequences.
- A person can do foolish things like jumping off a bridge, but cannot avoid the consequences.
Why should sexual activity be any different?
Unfortunately we are all fallen sinners and at times act irresponsibly and make mistakes. Why should an innocent victim bear the burden of responsibility and consequence for another person’s folly?
Amazingly, our loving God did exactly that. He willingly accepted and bore the consequences of our folly when Jesus Christ, the innocent Son of God, was crucified in our place. (What He did does not give us the right to expect an innocent babies to bear the consequences of our folly. In fact, He demonstrated how much we should care for them.) All He asks in return is that
- We believe in Him
- Learn from our mistakes, stop acting irresponsibly, and ask for forgiveness.
Have you put your faith in Jesus? We all have a choice. Always.
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