The previous post on “when does human life begin”, focused on how biblically it is defined by God. Life is conferred only when the “spirit-of-man” aka. “breath-of-life” was given after delivery from the womb. Any intra-uterine fetal activity is a function of intrinsic ability of cells/tissues to express themselves as programmed into them, like automaticity, rhythm, reflexes,etc. which are expressions of kinetic from potential energies. No activity from machine or robot that moves as programmed, can be considered as “living”. Any major genetic disorder not compatible with growth and development to maturity in-utero, will have spontaneous abortion. The “mature delivered baby” is alive as evidenced only with spontaneous breathing. Assisted breathing given to babies that are born is effective only when it leads to spontaneous breathing; otherwise, when the baby does not breathe despite artificial means, cyanosis supervenes that leads to stillbirth.
With that said, does this knowledge of “when does human life begin” justify induced abortion or after-birth infanticide? For the answer, this biblical research may help as a follow-up on this subject.
Definition of induced Abortion and after-birth Infanticide
These are very sensitive topics of discussion especially at this time of passionate pro-life and pro-choice advocates. Violence occurs as a result of differences in how people understand “when human life begins”. Pro-choice advocates maintain that the “fetus is still part of her body, the mother owns the fetus and therefore can rightfully decide” what to do with… and the argument continues. Is this thinking a justification for killing the fetus?
To begin with, abortion is intrauterine termination of pregnancy; it can be spontaneous or induced. It is induced abortion that is anathema to pro-lifers On the other hand, after-birth infanticide is termination of a newborn baby’s life when parent/s decided for that to happen.
Back from the future
Abortion is not a recent phenomenon; it happened in ancient times way before the present generation. Taking pregnancy through maturity is not an easy task. And, even more taxing to an elderly woman like Sarah who was already menopausal when she became pregnant with Isaac as in Genesis 18:9-15. What would have happened if Sarah aborted Isaac? This is an unthinkably dark scenario as Jacob and others would not have been born.
This then takes us to Mary, mother of Jesus. Remember, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, who, in her old age, was 6-month pregnant with John the Baptist as narrated in Luke 1. In Luke 1:41-45 , it stated that 6-month John leaped in Elizabeth’s womb as soon as she heard Mary’s greeting. Through Elizabeth’s ear, signals were sent to her own parts in the womb that the fetus “leaped for joy”.
Can you imagine if the prophet John was aborted instead of growing, developing to maturity, then delivered and breathed spontaneously? There would not have been a John who baptized Jesus with water at River Jordan!
Similarly, Bible interpretations that support abortion have to be reconsidered .
The point is this:
While the fetus in the womb are still parts/property and owned by a mother and not “alive as defined by God”, that does not give anyone a justification to commit induced and forceable abortion. Except for an emergent choice between life of mother or “fetus”(her parts”), choose the life of the mother. Besides that, there are numerous options other than killing the fetus. Even a “child born deaf and blind” has a future and for the glory of God, as in John 9:3. Jesus’ miracle to restore this physically“deaf-and-blind” child, is a prelude to spiritual enlightenment of those who are “deaf and blind” spiritually” through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit.
The best option is still to refrain from pre-marital sex, sexual immorality or unplanned pregnancy. Even those with late-onset genetic disease like Stephen Hawkin, deserved to live.
From the Source, may the Father God bless you with the “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit” to have wisdom and guidance to make the “right-choice”.
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