“A case for the Unborn”
I want to approach a very sensitive topic today which may ruffle some feathers. You don’t have to agree with me, but at the very least I hope this provokes us to think.
The topic of Abortion is one that particularly resonates with me and while I’ve always wanted to write about it, articulating myself proved bit of a problem.
According to the Webster dictionary, Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, or resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus as:
1. Spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first weeks of gestation.
2. Induced expulsion of a human fetus.
I’m more concerned with the second definition; the first is usually what we commonly refer to as a “miscarriage”.
Evidently, this topic is hinged on moral/religious premise especially in most parts of Africa, and so that will have a huge part to play in our discussion.
We live in a world of greys; the lines between right and wrong are getting more and blurred as people get more “civilised” and “knowledgeable”. So a lot of the time it’s no longer a case of “This is wrong” or “This is right”, it’s now an issue of “It depends on…” Where everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course, and if yours isn’t accepting enough, you are labelled ignorant or unenlightened. Don’t believe me? Research into how gay people regard Christians who say it’s wrong. Living by a “black & white” mentality is frowned upon these days as a “simplistic” or “idealistic” way of life. Like all of a sudden it’s stupid to have ideals to live by.
Back on the topic of abortion, there are two camps. There’s Pro-Life and there’s Pro-Choice.
Pro-Life are those who believe abortion is wrong, they advocate for the life of the baby. In a nutshell.Christians and Christian organisations tend to fall into this category
The Pro-Choice camp insists the decision should lie with the mother on what to do with her body. In a nutshell. Without meaning any offence to any feminist activists out there, they usually tend to fall into this category.
Both sides in my opinion, have sound arguments.
I am Pro-Life AND Pro-Choice, ironically; but with a little twist. I believe the baby should be kept alive and if you don’t want him/her after birth, give him/her up for adoption! There are millions of couples looking for kids all around the world. In fact, it’s the fashionable thing now for celebrities to adopt African children ever since Angelina Jolie did it.
However, I also do believe that the woman has a right to be able to make a choice on what to do with her body; but here’s my issue:
The baby should be taken into consideration when making such a choice. And given a choice it’s a given that the child will want to live. As much as the woman has a choice to do whatsoever she wants, she’s not making that decision for herself only, she’s making it for the innocent, defenceless individual in her womb.
This is where I bring in my initial mention of our world of “greys” with two scenarios for those who are in the “pro-abortion” camp:
1. NOT HUMAN: I have heard it said that the embryo in the womb isn’t human yet because it’s so small and so on, so TECHNICALLY it’s just like flushing out a tumour. There are so many things wrong with this kind of thinking, because medically after four weeks the embryo already has a regular heartbeat. In fact, the central nervous system is mostly formed by the third week, before the heart even starts beating. This is a whole MONTH before the woman even SUSPECTS she’s pregnant (yes ladies, that shaky, sweaty Oh-My-Gosh moment when your period is missing and you’re praying to the Lord Almighty not to let you get pregnant. Before you even take the test or go to the doctor, that little fella is already comfy in your womb). It’s already a living thing, not completely formed alright but it’s alive. Not some lifeless mass of cells.
So re-consider your lifestyle. If as an unmarried woman, abortion is your get-out-of-jail free card to live as you like based on the logic above; you’re travelling a very dark and slippery road.
2. RAPE: The method of conception is also a touchy issue, especially rape. Now I’m not going to insult any lady’s intelligence by telling you I understand how it feels because I don’t. I only know it’s the worst, most grotesque invasion of a woman’s privacy there is; and no woman, absolutely no woman, deserves it. And worse if it results in a pregnancy because it’s a continuous reminder of that horrible event and COMPLETELY understandable if the lady decides to terminate it. However, I’m making my case here for the unborn child. He/she is the innocent party here and while life will go on for you and time and family and friends will eventually help dull the pain after the abortion, a life has been cut short, and you have transferred your pain and anguish unto a defenceless victim. You don’t have to keep the baby. Like I said earlier, giving the child up for adoption is a good option. Probably even better than raising the child because then the child can start fresh, without the dark cloud of how he/she was conceived hanging over him/her for the rest of his/her life.
From the standpoint of Christianity, abortion is wrong. Plain and simple. Black and white. In God’s eyes it’s the murder of a defenceless child, whether as an embryo or as a foetus. And God is VERY particular about children and the defenceless. God swore to wipe out the Amalekites because they attacked the weak, the old, and the children of the Israelites from behind as they marched through the wilderness, and then when Saul TECHNICALLY obeyed that command hundreds of years later, God cut off him and his lineage from the throne of Israel, hence David. So when some women marry and begin to wonder why they can’t have children, It’s because of the blood of aborted innocents crying out for God’s justice.
There are however, dire medical instances when abortions have been carried out to save the mother’s life. I personally think even God will classify it as self defence. He did after all provide cities of refuge for people who committed murder either accidentally or in self defence ( what modern day courts call involuntary/voluntary manslaughter as the case may be )in the Old testament. But not when a child is aborted to remove an “incovenience”.
Like I stated at the beginning of this article, you don’t have to agree with me, but I need you to, after reading this, sit down and think. You’ll notice that I made use of the words “innocent” and “defencless” repeatedly throughout this article, to drive home the point that whatever decision you make, that child’s life depends on it. And he/she can do nothing about it. And per adventure there’s any lady out there reading this that has been a victim of rape, rest assured that God is especially vicious when defending the defenceless, and while it may not seem like it now, He’s definitely in your corner.
Ariel Ugorji identifies himself as a mild insomniac, geek, nerd, an audiophile, an avid music lover, Liverpool Fan and an unashamed Christian; with more often than not a completely different point of view on the world and a love for sensible arguments. He Resides in Warri, Nigeria; the land of the sharp and the brave.
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