The Most Important Question About Abortion
Imagine you are standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes. Your 5-year-old boy comes up behind you and asks the question, “can I kill this?” What will be the first words out of your mouth? You would respond with, “what is it?”
Before we can answer the question of whether or not we can kill something, we always first must identify what it is. If the thing in question is a cockroach, and your son is asking if he can kill it, you would probably not hesitate in saying go for it! If, however, he is holding a puppy, then you would (hopefully) tell him no! Now, imagine he comes to you holding his baby sister, and asks “can I kill this?” The answer would be even more abundantly clear. It is wrong to kill innocent human beings.
I heard this illustration when referring to the abortion issue. Before we can answer the question “can I kill this?”, we first must ask the question “what is it?”
What is the unborn?
The entire abortion issue boils down to that very question. After all, if the unborn is not human, then no justification for abortion is necessary. However, if the unborn is human, then no justification for abortion is adequate. As was stated a moment ago: it is wrong to kill innocent human beings. Abortion kills an innocent human being. Therefore, abortion is wrong.
Too often, those arguing against abortion neglect this vital question, and attempt to answer the objections to the argument first. They will begin by addressing objections such as “what about a woman’s right to privacy?”, “what if she cannot afford to have a baby?”, and “what if the child is unwanted?” While these are reasonable objections that we must be prepared to answer, they ultimately ignore the overarching issue of the debate: the question of whether or not the unborn is human.
Abortion is not a morally complex issue. It is either wrong to kill innocent human life, or it is not. Again, if the unborn is human, then abortion is wrong. The objections listed above completely ignore the question, “what is the unborn?” One of the most common fallacies that abortion proponents commit, after all, is known as the fallacy of begging the question. Advocates for abortion assume that the unborn is not human. This is hugely problematic.
If we as “pro-lifers” focus solely on the objections that pertain to abortion, without actually defending life from the start, we will not effectively make our case for the sanctity of the life of the unborn.
Think about it: if the unborn is, in fact, human (which the science of embryology confirms), then would those objections still stand? Hardly. Consider arguing for killing a toddler for such reasoning. Imagine a mother claiming that, because her 2-year-old is a financial burden, or that the child is unwanted, that this should serve as justification for killing the toddler! Each and every one of us would agree that such an assertion is utterly egregious. Similarly, imagine this mother wants to kill her toddler within the privacy of her own home, because this is somehow her right to privacy. Again, the statement is absurd to say the least! Yet, this is exactly what abortion proponents are suggesting regarding the unborn child.
It is for this reason that the most dangerous place for a baby to reside is within the womb of her mother. What a shocking reality to face!
Ambassadors for Christ have an obligation to stand up for the unborn. We must defend those who cannot defend themselves. It is time for Christians to be courageous on this topic. Too many cower away in fear of social rejection. Yet, many of these same Christians will willingly speak out against other social issues, such as racism or the pursuit of “social justice.” Why is this?
Because standing against abortion is not culturally popular or attractive. But we were never called to find our identity and affirmation within the world. Jesus promised us that the world would hate us for his sake (John 15:18). If what we believe about abortion is true, and millions of innocent babies have been murdered because of it, then who are we to stay silent on the issue? Stand up and speak out!