Yesterday while I was at work I chanced upon a discussion with two colleagues on the topic of abortion and I feel compelled to convey some thoughts on this subject.
According to “Real Time World Statistics” there are roughly about 40-50 million abortions conducted all over the world each year i.e. about 125000 licensed murders per day. As per Guttmacher Institute statistics: In America about half its women who are menstruating have unintended pregnancies from which about 30% resort to abortion; from these about 74% of the reasons for abortion are “having a baby would dramatically change my life” and “I can’t afford to have a baby”. The abortion statistics in England and Wales 2011 according to the Department of Health reveal that most of the women undergoing abortion are just 20 years old and 96% of all abortions here are funded by the National Health Services. 98% of the pregnancies here are carried out under Gound-C i.e. to protect the mother from permanent and grave mental and physical injury. The next growing reason for abortion in the UK is Ground-E, where Congenital Malformations such as Downs Syndrome is a good enough reason to go ahead with licensed murder. There were fewer than 10 Ground-E cases in 1999 in England and Wales but in the year 2011 that figure has gone up to 2037 cases.
For those who use the ‘rape’ excuse against anti-abortion movements, it is interesting to note studies reveal that 90% of abortions due to rape in children under 15 are due to incest. Statistical data from Guttmacher Institute reveals that abortion owing to rape and incest together score only 1% as the reason for going ahead with abortion. I would like to quote as to what they have determined directly from their study: “In contrast to the perception (voiced by politicians and laypeople across the ideological spectrum) that women who choose abortion for reasons other than rape, incest and life endangerment do so for ‘convenience’, our data suggest that after carefully assessing their individual situations women base their decisions largely on their ability to maintain economic stability and to care for the children they already have.”
This link might interest you on this matter.
3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
From a Biblical perspective abortion is wrong because it is murder. The Moral Law in the 10 Commandments clearly states that ‘thou shall not murder’ (Ex 20:13). Scripture (Gen 25:21-22) teaches us and life begins at conception. People who support abortion especially on the count of rape, incest and the woman’s health have never contended with the general facts of abortion. The Elliot Institute for Social Science Research reports the following statistics concerning Abortion’s Post Traumatic Disorder which occurs through a period of 10 to 15 years:
• 90% suffer damage in their self-esteem
• 50% begin or increase alcohol and drugs
• 60% report suicidal ideation
• 28% actually attempt suicide
• 20% suffer full blown post-traumatic stress disorder
• 50% report some symptoms of PTSD
• 52% felt pressured by others to have the abortion.
Even if I were to consider the 1% of abortions due to rape, does the victim then have the right to justify the wrong done to her by killing someone totally innocent of that crime? Further is the trauma of rape not enough for that victim that she should choose to go by the way of abortion. There is absolutely no sound thought is this but it only reflects a nature of destruction arising from unfortunate bitterness.
In India, according to the “Times of India” as of 2008 there were 12510 institutions approved to carry our Medical Termination of Pregnancy with 641000 abortions carried out across the country. The Hindu reports abortion related deaths are at 8% (4600) of the Maternal Mortality Rate in India i.e. about a woman dying every two hours owing to an unsafe abortion. The BBC reports that the most common reason for abortion in India is ‘female foeticide’. Though the PCPNDT Act 1994 (Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act) was modified in 2003 to tackle this issue, there still are violations in states like Delhi, Punjab and Gujrat.
I am told that women are subject to society more than anything else and this fear of society can bring a woman to abort an illegitimate child. This precisely is the problem with heathen culture, where an individual is subject to society as through that society were a god. But such an individual would only feel that way if her image in that society were as good as her life. Where does obedience to God’s Law then go with all this?
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
A woman decision concerning abortion is seen no differently than that of Eve in Gen 3:6, when man fell to ungodly disobedience. Most abortion as I have shown you above are purely a matter of choice from a woman’s good reason. For as long as we understand that life is from God (Ps 127:3) not man, a person understands the sanctity of life and that it is only God who has a right to take it away just as He alone has the right to give it.
Licensing abortion as a solution to rape, is seen as cowardice and slothfulness on the path of apostate political powers and societies, who deny the victim true justice and instead offer a legalized solution of killing the one who is innocent of that crime rather than acting swiftly against the perpetrator.
25 “But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die.
26 “But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death, for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case.
You see the Law of God, differs from the apostate civil law in that it is personal. Apostate civil law is impersonal to effect that the punitive measures against such crimes are not taken considering the plight of the victim nor the potential for destruction on the part of the aggressor; but because that region holds to particular law, which was violated. This impersonal model of justice denies true justice to victims and perpetrators. The Law of God on the other hand is personal to the effect that it does not considers the crime committed as against the region but against the victim and so the justice delivered to the aggressor comes from the victim by God, not from the region where the crime was perpetrated. This identifies the personal aspect of God’s Moral Law in contrast to what we know as ‘the law of the land’.
Abortion; Biblically is seen as nothing more than licensed murder. You see there is such a thing as a difference between the terms ‘power’ and ‘authority’, where power is used by a body according to its own will whether that be for ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Authority on the other hand is only from God to be used only according to the precepts of God. Now power comes with such authority but it is not authority that is seen with humanistic (precepts of men) power, on the contrary what is seen with the humanistic power is just a provision or license to act against the Moral Law of God.
9 ‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'”
17 But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them.