The Beautiful and Efficient Anatomy of Pregnancy – OK, I admit it, I didn’t expect to see this on the Huffington Post. I noted some interesting things when examining the comments. A few committed Democrats (the party of unrestricted, taxpayer-funded abortions) freely admitted that abortion is murder. They simply couldn’t ignore the humanity of the unborn, and that’s progress.
We should keep emphasizing our simple and clear reasoning: It is a scientific fact (and basic common sense) that a new human being is created at fertilization. It is simple moral reasoning that it is wrong to take the life of an innocent human being without proper justification, and that is what happens during 99% of abortions. The situations surrounding abortions are psychologically complex (pressures on the mother to abort, economic concerns, etc.) but morally simple (you don’t kill unwanted humans outside the womb for those reasons, so you shouldn’t kill them inside the womb for those reasons). Their size, level of development, location and degree of dependency are not reasons to ignore their right to life.
Oh, and the one true God says, “Don’t murder.”
Unfortunately, too many of the commenters were spouting pro-abort sound bites and couldn’t acknowledge indisputable facts. Here’s an example from one of their super user / moderators:
Me: “Every embryology textbook will tell you that a new human being is created at fertilization. The science is clear.”
Me: This is classic. I am making references to mainstream science textbooks and you say I’m the one being anti-science? No, it isn’t fundy land we’re talking about, it is you visiting from stereotype land.
Here’s a sample of what I have to offer. Please provide your own scientific references that prove that the unborn are not human beings.
And even without the science texts, just what do you think the unborn are? What would two human beings combine to create?
“Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoo developmentn) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual. . . . A zygote is the beginning of a new human being (i.e., an embryo).”
Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2003. pp. 16, 2.
“[The zygote], formed by the union of an oocyte and a sperm, is the beginning of a new human being.”
Keith L. Moore, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008. p. 2.
Her comments got less cerebral from there.
The rate of abortions in the black community is three times that of whites and Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provide, was founded by racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger. And the Democrat’s platform of taxpayer-funded abortions will increase that rate.
But you are a racist if you point those out!
I just finished the Great Gatsby (seems like everyone read it in high school except me) and chuckled at this line from this nearly 90 year old book:
“I read somewhere that the sun’s getting hotter every year,” said Tom genially. “It seems that pretty soon the earth’s going to fall into the sun— or wait a minute— it’s just the opposite— the sun’s getting colder every year.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott (2003-05-27). The Great Gatsby (p. 126). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Ah, so the “sciencey” hotcoldwetdry climate change sound bites have been around for a long time! There really is nothing new under the sun (heh).
P.S. One word book review: Meh. Slightly longer review: If Fitzgerald set out to let us know that high society in the 20’s was full of dislikable, self-indulgent, drunken, self-destructive people then he did a good job.
Rape Exception: Why Do We Kill Babies Instead of Rapists? – I like to pose a variant of that question when people act surprised that I oppose a rape exception. “So you are favoring capital punishment in this awful situation? Well, I guess I could entertain that. Rape is a spectacularly awful and cruel crime. Oh, wait, you meant capital punishment for the baby? How does that fix anything?”
A good quote about attacks on Christianity by people like Richard Dawkins.
Don’t just take it from me. The atheist philosopher of science Michael Ruse says that Dawkins’s arguments are so bad that he’s embarrassed to call himself an atheist. Terry Eagleton, an English literature and cultural theory professor, severely criticizes “Ditchkins”—his composite name for Dawkins and Hitchens. He considers them to be both out of their depth and misrepresenters of the Christian faith: “they invariably come up with vulgar caricatures of religious faith that would make a first-year theology student wince. The more they detest religion, the more ill-informed their criticisms of it tend to be.”
Copan, Paul (2011-01-01). Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God (pp. 17-18). Baker Book Group. Kindle Edition.
An open letter to a gun grabber by Cylar. Nice.
Point two: The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has affirmed in two separate decisions (Heller vs DC 2008 and McDonald vs Chicago 2010) that the Second Amendment is “incorporated” via the Fourteenth Amendment. In layman’s terms, this means that our right to Keep and Bear Arms shall be construed as an “individual right,” not a “collective right” as in the sense of a militia called up for a time of war. . . .
Point three: I’ll limit myself to a musket when you limit yourself to a printing press and a town crier.
Why We Know That the Story of Sodom Indicts Homosexual Practice Per Se – a thorough analysis refuting the “sin of Sodom was inhospitality” claim.
Borrowed this (“stole” is such a strong word) from Just Say No To Abortion. I especially like #15.
Given that today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, here are 15 things to consider about abortion:
1. Existing fetal homicide laws make a man guilty of manslaughter if he kills the baby in a mother’s womb (except in the case of abortion).
2. Fetal surgery is performed on babies in the womb to save them while another child the same age is being legally destroyed.
3. Babies can sometimes survive on their own at 23 or 24 weeks, but abortion is still legal beyond this limit.
4. Living on its own is not the criterion of human personhood, as we know from the use of respirators and dialysis.
5. Size is irrelevant to human personhood, as we know from the difference between a one-week-old and a six-year-old.
6. Developed reasoning powers are not the criterion of personhood, as we know from the capacities of three-month-old babies.
7. Infants in the womb are human beings scientifically by virtue of their genetic make up.
8. Ultrasounds have given a stunning window on the womb that shows the unborn at eight weeks sucking his thumb, recoiling from pricking, and responding to sound. All the organs are present, the brain is functioning, the heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint. Virtually all abortions happen later than this date.
9. Justice dictates that when two legitimate rights conflict, the limitation of rights that does the least harm is the most just. Bearing a child for adoption does less harm than killing him.
10. Justice dictates that when either of two people must be inconvenienced or hurt to alleviate their united predicament, the one who bore the greater responsibility for the predicament should bear more of the inconvenience or hurt to alleviate it.
11. Justice dictates that a person may not coerce harm on another person by threatening voluntary harm on themselves.
12. The outcast, the disadvantaged, and the exploited are to be cared for in a special way, especially those with no voice of their own.
13. What is happening in the womb is the unique person-nurturing work of God, who alone has the right to give and take life.
14. There are countless clinics that offer life and hope to both mother and child (and father and parents), with care of every kind lovingly provided by people who will meet every need they can.
15. Jesus Christ can forgive all sins and will give all who trust in him the help they need to do everything that life requires.
This post is adapted from Pastor John’s article on Desiring God.
From Sifting Reality: