One would logically conclude that an abortion clinic on every street
corner might encourage more abortions and, conversely, abortions would
decline if they were not glorified and encouraged. However, abortion
will not go away simply because it's outlawed. Like any other practice
that society would deem immoral, such as drug use, sodomy, or
prostitution, people will find a way to do it if they believe it will
meet their self-serving interests.
The abortion debate will only be won through education and persuasion,
leading to a change of mind about the value of life itself. Women (and
men) must be forced to honestly look at the core issues of abortion.
It's not about the law. It's not about a woman's body. It's not even
about religious tradition.
Abortion must be viewed scientifically and morally.
Science has made great leaps in the last three decades. Parents can peek
into the womb with 3-D ultrasounds and see if a baby boy has his
father's nose. Mothers experiencing complicated pregnancies can deliver
any time in the third trimester (and, in some cases, even sooner) and
watch her daughter grow into a normal, healthy girl.
From a purely scientific point of view, we know that life begins long
before birth. Some would argue that it begins at conception. Others
believe it's more accurately tied to brain activity some time around the
26th week of gestation. Intelligent arguments exist for other stages in
between as organs develop, senses begin to function, and normal human
patterns take place, such as sleeping, breathing, and yawning. The idea
that any child in the third trimester can be killed simply for
convenience is truly barbaric, and the vast majority of Americans will
Once people face up to the scientific facts of a baby in the womb, they
must make a moral choice, and that is where the actual debate must take
place. Those of us who believe that every life is a gift from God,
sacred and worth protecting, will preach this message of hope and love.
Those who believe that a woman's right to do whatever she pleases
supersede the child's right to live will continue to make their
argument. But at least we will be debating a moral issue from a
scientifically factual position, instead of this pseudo-scientific
political rallying that seems to drown out all honest discussion.
"This is an issue affecting real people, real lives around the states
and potentially around the country," said Kate Looby of South Dakota
She's exactly right. There are real people whose lives are at stake. The
least we can do is have an honest debate about when life begins and when
we begin to value it.
Author: James Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE
Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host
of the television program, Life
Today; and author of The
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net
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