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In abortion, doesn’t women have the right over her own body?

Women and Abortion

Pro-choice advocates believe that because a woman has the right to control her body, she therefore has the right to exercise abortion for any reason she sees fit. There are three main arguments you can use against this line of thinking:

1. If you have a “right” to control your body, then you have a responsibility to do so before you get pregnant.

According to the Planned Parenthood affiliated Guttmacher Institute, 93% of abortions are due to social reasons (child is too expensive; it would interfere with mother’s plans; it will be burden on the mother). If these women knew they did not want a child, then they have a responsibility to either chose not to have sex, or to at least use effective birth control methods.

2. An unborn child is not a part of the woman’s body.

The unborn entity is not part of the pregnant woman’s body. The conceptus is a genetically distinct entity with its own unique and individual gender, blood type, bone-structure, and different genetic code. To say that the unborn entity is part of its mother is to claim that the mother possesses four legs, two heads, two nose…etc. But this is not true.

This is seen clearly in the case of conception in a petri dish or the “test-tube” baby. In this case the conceptus, if it has white parents, can be transferred to the body of a black woman and be born white. Hence, the unborn is not part of the pregnant woman’s body but is a totally separate entity.

3. Every year abortion activists allow over 1.3 million innocent babies to be stripped of their most basic right of life.

Our founding fathers wrote in the Declaration that “all men are CREATED equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The very first right, that of LIFE, is denied to these innocent babies.

Life Is Sacred

Any correct understanding of our relation to our fellow men points that we must respect and honor his life, for all life is sacred. Man cannot give life and has therefore no right to take it, unless asked to do so by God. No person, who possess mental and moral faculties, and thus responsible for his deeds, can run away from God’s punishment, not even the man who hurts himself.

The Lord says, “Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning…From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man” (Genesis 9:5, 6).

The sixth commandment states, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). This commandment is so wide in its application that every type of shortening or taking of life is prohibited. Jesus magnified the law (Isaiah 42:21) and this commandment (Matthew 5:21, 22). Not only does this commandment prohibit violence to the body, but any injury to the soul as well (Matthew 10:28).

At the resurrection every person will have to stand before God in the judgment to receive his reward (Romans 14:10). “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Those for whom the sacredness of that day has reality will try by the grace of God to be faithful and serious in seeking to make the Him first and to do His will in their daily lives.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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