This is going to be a heavy post. During this past week, I began reading a book titled Why Pro Life? Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers by Randy Alcorn. As the title indicates, this book is about the precious life of an unborn child and his or her mother. I've only read a few chapters, and I'm completely overwhelmed with a sense of urgency to fight for the most innocent off all humans on the face of our planet. I'm outraged that we even have such an atrocity in our society. I know many of you might not agree with me on this issue, or you may even become offended by my position. However, this is not about you or me. It is about the life of an unborn CHILD/PERSON and his or her mother facing a critical and literally life-threatening choice. Yes, it is a life threatening choice because once someone is living and then he or she is surgically killed via abortion, that child is then dead. I am ready to stand up for these unborn children and their mothers. I'm also ready to help those who have had abortions and are now facing the trauma of that decision.
I really like the nature of this book in that everything the author writes is from a scientific viewpoint. He is a Christian, but he doesn't quote scripture in this book. I'm going be writing a lot about this issue; something is stirring inside me, and I can no longer hold back. Again, this might come across offensive, but that is certainly not my intent. My intent and purpose is to educate and bring light to the truth of the matter. For too long, our culture has believed the lies and deception about abortion. Lies such as: "it's only an 'embryo"', "the baby will feel no pain", "the mother won't be affected", "it's the only choice", "no one will want this baby", and on and on they go. Well, it's time to speak the truth and stand up for what we know is right. We know that abortion kills because an embryo, which is a verifiable baby, is already living. At the point of conception we have life, and that is scientifically provable.
In this post, I'd like to write some things from the book that describe the earliest stages of life. If you are "pro-choice", please consider what you actually support. A doctor of abortion will even admit he or she kills a baby during this procedure. A doctor who performs abortions kills a baby at his or her earliest stage of life when he or she has no voice at all. Please read the following information from this book:
"The stakes in this issue are extraordinarily high. If the pro-choice position is correct, the freedom to choose abortion is a basic civil right. If the pro-life position is correct, the 3,753 abortions occurring every day in America are human casualties, more than all lives lost in the September 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center.
" Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni, professor of obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, stated, 'I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception...human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood...any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life.'"
"The newly fertilized egg contains a staggering amount of genetic information, sufficient to control the individual's growth and development for his entire lifetime. A single thread of DNA from a human cell contains information equivalent to a library of one thousand volumes."
"The cells of the new individual divide and multiply rapidly, resulting in phenomenal growth. There's growth because there's life. Long before a woman knows she's pregnant there is within her a living, growing human being."
"Between five and nine days after conception the new person burrows into the womb's wall for safety and nourishment. Already his or her gender can be determined by scientific means. By fourteen days the child produces a hormone that suppresses the mother's menstrual period. It will be two more weeks before clearly human features are discernible, and three more before they're obvious. Still, he is a full-fledged member of the human race."
"At conception the unborn doesn't appear human to us who are used to judging humanity by appearance. Nevertheless, in the objective scientific sense he is every bit as human as any older child or adult. He looks like a human being ought to at his stage of development."
"At eighteen days after conception the heart is forming and the eyes start to develop. By twenty-one days the heart is pumping blood throughout the body. By twenty-eight days the unborn has budding arms and legs. By thirty days she has a brain and has multiplied in size ten thousand times."
"By thirty-five days, her mouth, ears, and nose are taking shape. At forty days the preborn child's brain waves can be recorded and her heartbeat, which began three weeks earlier, can already be detected by an ultrasonic stethoscope. By forty-two days her skeleton is formed and her brain is controlling the movement of muscles and organs."
"No matter how he or she looks, a child is a child. And, always, abortion terminates that child's life. The earliest means to cause abortion, including Mifepristone (RU-486) and all abortion pills, are too late to avoid taking a life."
It doesn't matter if you're Republican or Democrat, Christian or non-Christian. The point is this: human life begins at conception, and a baby inside the womb is a precious, innocent person. Is a baby on the inside of the womb less of a person because he or she is in an earlier stage of development and resides in a belly for a short time while he or she properly develops? No. The answer is clearly and morally, no. Do you love your child now more than you did when he or she was one day old? Is a baby more of a person as he or she grows and develops on the outside of the womb? Not one bit. We all grow and develop, and we would never condone killing a one day old baby, but we say it's okay to kill a baby when he or she is snuggled into the uterus, awaiting a grand entrace into our world. This is disgusting, and it is murder. I will not stand for this treatment any longer. If we don't fight for the unborn, then who will? If we don't educate and protect mothers of the unborn, then who will? If we don't fight for babies who have survied abortions, then who will? If we don't come to our senses and realize what we're doing and allowing, then what will become of us? As we think about this upcoming election, why does the economy mean so much to us yet an unborn life is not a big deal? I urge you to think about your position.
I will be writing daily or weekly about this issue. I feel it so deeply in my heart to do something, but right now, I'm not sure what that looks like. I just want to get my thoughts out there and hopefully help you realize we need to do something. I have a challenge for each of you, and I do hope you'll join me:
A.) If you hold the pro-life position, will you join me in daily prayer for the unborn, mothers of the unborn, babies who have survied abortion, and for women around the world who have had abortions and need support dealing with their decision?
B.) If you hold the pro-choice position, will you read this book? It's a small book, and the author does a wonderful job of writing it from a scientific view.
Please leave me comments on how you feel about this issue. All comments are welcome. As you can see, I'm very honest about my feelings. We might not agree on everything, but thinking through this will help us all. (I'll write more about rape, incest, etc. and other controversial issues in future posts.) Thank you for taking the time to read through this meaningful issue.