Nicole D. Hayes: Abortion is Not the Way to Deal With Life

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 19: Pro-life activists try to block the sign of a pro-choice activist during the 2018 March for Life January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered in the nation’s capital for the annual event to protest the anniversary of the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in 1973. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10, NIV)

The thief described in John 10:10 seeks to lead people astray through wicked lies, to turn them away from the truth and God’s way of doing things. The lies are told by pillow prophets masquerading as a refuge. Abortion is one such deception and its effects are cruel.

Since 1973 with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, there have been more than 60 million completed abortions in the United States. Certainly, abortions were performed in the United States before 1973, though Roe v. Wade made it legal.

Through abortion, physicians and patients have been participants and victims of deception. In the earliest years of abortion, physicians were told that the fetus was “just a blob of tissue” and many presumed this to be true. Deception is often cruel. Abortion, hailed as part of women’s reproductive justice, is skillfully marketed to a woman as an on-demand solution during a pregnancy crisis in her life (i.e., “We can make this go away”). But are those complicit in abortion the same ones who will help her when she regrets her decision? Will they help with the physical and psychological harms (ex: increased infection risk, major depression, suicidal thoughts, addiction disorders, etc.) sometimes experienced post-abortion?

Through abortion, we’ve eliminated the talents, gifts and creations of more than 60 million would-be contributors to our society; would-be voices in government, in education, even as payees into our tax base. We’ll never know what we’ve lost in our culture through abortion. This is tragic.

It is an undisputed scientific fact that a distinct, living human being exists in the womb of a pregnant mother. Human development from the scientific perspective is observable and a seamless process from fertilization to birth. The “blob of tissue” has a complete genetic makeup. Personhood has been established. The abortion industry seeks to discredit personhood and the viability of life from the earliest weeks of pregnancy into the third trimester.

But the moment we allow society to question personhood is the moment you and I should know that someone someday may question ours. When life is considered arbitrary today yours may be considered arbitrary tomorrow. From slavery, to the Holocaust, to human trafficking, to violence, to physician-assisted suicide, history has proven that the value of another’s life is subjective. We should seek to preserve, protect and promote life at every stage.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nicole D. Hayes