Abortion: Fetus or Baby

In 1973, a landmark decision was announced by the United States Supreme Court in the court case of Roe vs. Wade. The justices ruled 7 to 2 that a right to privacy under the due process laws of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s right to abort her unborn child. The Gallup Poll has tracked public opinion on this decision since 1975. In 1975, of those polled, 75% of American responders favored the vote to legalize abortion and 22% opposed the vote. Gallup Poll’s most recent survey from 2020 revealed 79% of American responders favored legal abortion and 20% opposed legalizing abortion (https://news.gallup.com/poll/1576/abortion.aspx). Since the ruling, it has seemed like a large majority has always favored abortion rights. Loving parents have always spoken on their child’s behalf, but how many of those loving parents would speak on behalf of a child unwanted and unloved by their biological families? Could there have been an even larger majority unpolled and unspoken?

Every human being that has ever loved a child has a responsibility to verbally defend the helpless and endangered children of the world against this most abominable and heinous attack on life. Christ takes a stand on abortion (the murder of children) as recorded in Matthew 18:4-6: “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” A child, no matter the size or developmental stage, will always be a gift from God.

            The abortionists would have people believe that which grows within a woman’s womb during pregnancy is not a child or baby, but something less than human, unworthy of the rights of life. What does God say to the idea that the unborn are not human? In Luke 1:41, God calls the leaping in the womb of Elizabeth, the sister of Mary (mother of Christ), the actions of a baby, “the babe leaped in her womb.” The “babe” would be John the Baptist. God calls that which is in the womb a baby! Elizabeth states to Mary, “For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” Babies in the womb have feelings and emotions just like grown adults! God knows the children and loves them even before they are formed in the womb; God calls the early formation of conception a “child” (Matthew 1:20-23). Life begins at conception (Luke 1:36; 2:21). The Greek word for “babe” in Luke chapter 1 is brephos (bref’-os). In Luke 2:12, 16, the same Greek word is used to describe Christ in the manger. ‘Brephos’ is also translated “babe” in 1 Peter 2:2, “child” in 2 Timothy 3:15, “infant” in Luke 18:15, and “young child” in Acts 7:19. These scriptures show that God uses the same word to describe a child whether it is unborn, new-born or toddler. In the eyes of God, aborting the unborn is no different than murdering a toddler!

Do not let propaganda-pushing abortionists dehumanize the children of the world. Christians must stand to warn the wicked of their destructive paths (Mat. 7:13-14). Perhaps if the silent majority of biblical Christians would take more time to speak out, then the polls might begin to shift. Eternal torment and condemnation await those in the Day of Judgment who, ignorant or uncaring of God’s Word, take the life of their unborn child (2 Cor. 5:10-11; 2 Thess. 1:8). If Christians genuinely love the souls of the next generation, they must not remain silent but stand to educate the world in truth (2 Tim. 2:15; 4:2-5).

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