This is in response to those who commented on the Facebook post I shared via APOLOGIA RADIO, on August 19, 2015, in regard to, Planned Parenthood…
Pro-tip the best way to stop having abortions is ACTUALLY… to stop having abortions. We’ve been told for so long that the topic of abortion is to tricky, it’s such a hard topic that we dare not speak of it, this only makes us complicit in the taking of innocent lives.
First of all, I can’t help but notice you guys have changed the discussion from the act of abortion into the value of education in reducing abortion. Instead of commenting on what’s actually taking place in the multiple lengthy videos recently exposed online, or written in the articles, you simply retreat to the same old rhetoric time and time again. First my brother and a man with the legal name Rock “LOL,” at the idea of abortion; how cute! Then Ashley constructs a straw man argument and Jenna helps burn it down. From there, everyone else gathers around and cheers as it burns to the ground. All the while the actual issue remains unattended to and both sides continue to talk past each other.
Whether we like it or not, the fact of the matter is scientifically, and philosophically the debate on abortion is simple.
If a fetus is indeed a living thing, if it is truly a life, we must not terminate it for it would be immoral to do so. On the other hand, if it isn’t and it’s just a pile of tissue and no real death has occurred than I will concede the discussion. In fact, I’ll go further than that! I’d say have as many abortions as you want and don’t think twice about it! However, even before delving into the issues, I would suggest we all know abortion is immoral. In fact, you tip your hand by even suggesting that reducing abortions, through education, would be a good thing. Wait a minute? Aren’t you supposed to be pro-abortion?
First of all I must clarify, you guys seem to think that our opposing views on abortion are some how preferences, akin to chocolate v. vanilla, or Seinfeld over Friends. In that case, maybe you’d have a chance to convince me of the benefits of watching Friends. After all, isn’t Seinfeld a show about nothing? Alas, What I am saying is this:
Abortion is wrong , regardless of personal opinions or preferences, no exceptions!!! (Hopefully this will kill the fallacious comment, “I have an idea, if you don’t like abortions then you shouldn’t get one”)
Why do I feel this way? Because of what I previously stated, if what is in the womb is a life, then the taking of said life with malice of forethought, is indeed murder. Thus, as murder is immoral so is abortion. Now that we’ve cleared that up…
*Side note before moving on*
I’m not sure where you guys picked up the idea I’m against education. I’m strongly for it! In fact, I would say we’ve done a disservice by just saying “this is a penis, this is a vagina, don’t forget the clitoris, play safe and have fun.” Our sex education is full of knowledge but completely devoid of any wisdom.
Let me say it again, I am all for education in all areas of sex. Whether it be the biological aspects of sex, the risks associated with it (pregnancy, disease), the moral component to it, as well as the spiritual aspect of it. In fact, I believe it’s education that will solve this issue. So here we go…
What’s being aborted? What is the unborn?
During conception when the male sperm meets the female ovum (egg) a zygote is created.
“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.
“In that fraction of a second when the chromosomes form pairs, the sex of the new child will be determined, hereditary characteristics received from each parent will be set, and a new life will have begun.” — Kaluger, G., and Kaluger, M., Human Development: The Span of Life, page 28-29, The C.V. Mosby Co., St. Louis, 1974.
“The term conception refers to the union of the male and female pronuclear elements of procreation from which a new living being develops. […] The zygote thus formed represents the beginning of a new life.” — J.P. Greenhill and E.A. Freidman. Biological Principles and Modern Practice of Obstetrics. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Publishers. 1974 Pages 17 and 23.
“[All] organisms, however large and complex they might be as full grown, begin life as a single cell. This is true for the human being, for instance, who begins life as a fertilized ovum.” — Dr. Morris Krieger “The Human Reproductive System” p 88 (1969) Sterling Pub. Co.
Maybe I haven’t convinced you nor did the embryologists. Fine, lets take a look at some pro-choice advocates and abortionists:
“Of course human life begins at conception.” — Oregon abortion clinic owner Aileen Klass
“No one, neither the patient receiving an abortion, nor the person doing the abortion, is ever, at anytime, unaware that they are ending a life.” — abortionist William Harrison
“Well, when the woman comes in, the fetus is alive. But the doctors that we represent will affect fetal demise in utero. So that means the baby is effectively, you know, dead in the uterus and then the procedure starts.” — National Abortion Federation head Ron Fitzsimmons
“It was when I was four months pregnant, sick as a dog, and in the middle of an argument, that I realized I could no longer tolerate the fetus-is-nothing paradigm of the pro-choice movement.” — feminist Naomi Wolf
“We can accept that the embryo is a living thing in the fact that it has a beating heart, that it has its own genetic system within it. It’s clearly human in the sense that it’s not a gerbil, and we can recognize that it is human life.” — British Pregnancy Advisory Service chief executive Ann Furedi
“Perhaps the most straightforward relation between you and me on the one hand and every human fetus from conception onward on the other is this: all are living members of the same species, Homo sapiens.” — UC Boulder philosophy professor David Boonin
More from Boonin, he admits at the beginning of his book, A Defence of Abortion, in a deeply personal passage:
“On the desk in my office where most of this book was written and revised, there are several pictures of my son, Eli. In one, he is gleefully dancing on the sand along the Gulf of Mexico, the cool ocean breeze wreaking havoc with his wispy hair…. In the top drawer of my desk, I keep another picture of Eli. The picture was taken September 7, 1993, 24 weeks before he was born. The sonogram image is murky, but it reveals clearly enough a small head tilted back slightly, and an arm raised up and bent, with the hand pointing back toward the face and the thumb extended toward the mouth. There is no doubt in my mind that this picture, too, shows the same little boy at a very early stage in his physical development. And there is no question”
Science tells us the zygote acts immediately and decisively to initiate a program of development that will, if, uninterrupted by accident, disease, or external intervention, proceed seamlessly through formation of the definitive body, birth, childhood, adolescence, maturity, and aging, ending with death. This coordinated behaviour is the very hallmark of an organism.
Embryology teaches us that these are distinct, living, whole human beings. The moment the zygote is created these embryos will develop themselves from within, they are driving their own process of natural development (this destroys the construction argument). The fact is, according to science and conceded by pro-choicers, it’s a human. And that my friends, is as much as sciences can tell us. From here on out, we must use philosophical reasoning based upon the science to come to a conclusion.
Even Mr. Boonin concedes, the child in-utero is as much a human as the child who has made the 8 inch journey through the birth canal and is crying in it’s mother and father’s arms. Eli in utero is the same as little Eli dancing through the sad, the same Eli who is now a young man. However, there are a few exceptions, let’s look at those now:
(S)ize: It’s small, since when does size determine value? Is Shaquille O’neal more of a person, with greater value than I based upon his gigantic frame?
(L)evel of development: Does our level of development determine level of personhood? Is a prepubescent teenage girl without a fully developed reproductive system any less a human being than a fully mature woman? Is a person under the age of forty (the age when your brain becomes fully developed) of more value than those who have no met such a milestone?
(E)nviroment: We go in and out of environment all the time. This is never, not once, a basis in which, we determine the value of human personhood. The difference between 8 inches is a matter of life and death? Nonsense!
(D)ependancy: What’s in your womb is not you, it’s a distinct human life. It’s as dependant on the loving care, and compassion of another for survival, even after birth and well in to childhood. Do we have the right to kill those who are dependent upon us because they are dependant on us? For instances does a child that needs to breast feed, because it cannot use formula, deserve to die? Never. That’s abject insanity!
These are the four differences between Eli, you and myself now, and that of, the three of us in the womb. None of these reasons are philosophically or morally justifiable in the taking of another humans life with malice of forethought.
It’s hard for me to imagine even imagine a, so called, civilized society ever not deciding to err on the side of caution. Let’s expand on this idea.
For instance, if you saw a man shaped figure on the street, dressed from head to toe, laying motionless on the road, it could either be a scarecrow that’s blown over, or a collapsed drunkard, What do you do?
- Do you hit it?
- Do you swerve out of the way?
Spoiler Alert! The answer is B (even if you suspect it’s just a scarecrow)!
Another? Imagine if you are on a hunting trip and you hear a rustling in the bush, you can’t make out what’s there, it’s either that 4 point buck you’ve been waiting your whole life to snag or your pal Chuck, Do you shoot?
Spoiler Alert! The answer is B again!
I write this knowing the consequences of my words. I write this knowing that, to the majority of my friends, it will seem as if I am an alien with seven heads, forty six eyes and no brain. I write this in spite of the loss I’m sure to suffer, in spite of the fall out. Why you ask? Because taking the life of an innocent, defenceless, whole human life in-utero, a child with it’s own special set of DNA, is an abomination!!! Why do I care?
IT’S NOT BECA– USE OF THE HARVESTING AND SALE OF BABIES BODY PARTS. IT’S NOT THE THOUSANDS OF ABORTIONS, A DAY. IT’S NOT EVEN THE MILLIONS OF ABORTIONS, A YEAR. IT’S ONE PRECIOUS BABY, IT’S ONE PRECIOUS LIFE AT A TIME.
Now that we’ve examined the issue of abortion let’s examine the presuppositions that undergird the development of our epistemological systems. What is the foundation in which we stand? How has that foundation led you to declare abortion on demand, as moral and necessary, and me to declare it immoral and disgusting?
The Bad News
I would venture to guess, it must be a system that has as it’s foundation the autonomous will of man. A system that believes knowledge is gained through man’s use of his senses, logic and reasoning BUT this system must then assume the validity of an individuals senses, logic and reasoning. How can you reconcile this with man’s fallibility? Using your own senses, logic and reasoning to declare your own logic, senses and reasoning as valid is by definition “viciously circular reasoning,” and your left with an infinite regress. This system cannot produce or account for the use of abstract, universal, and unchanging laws (i.e. laws of logic, noncontradiction, morality etc.) because of this, the resulting worldview is reduced to one of absurdity. Without an ultimate, transcendent standard of truth, truth becomes relative. In relativizing truth, you kill it! By killing it you make the logical exchange of ideas meaningless and render truth arbitrary. By this system, you have no basis to call anything true or false, even the world views in opposition to your own. You see once again, you’ve tipped your hand? The fact that you believe and use abstract universal laws as the basis for knowledge but have a worldview that contradicts such a thing, exposes drastic flaws in your senses, logic and reasoning. In fact, this system requires infinite knowledge as its foundation. This means unless you know everything you can’t truly know anything because even if you had 99 percent of all knowledge the one percent you don’t possess could very well contradict the 99% you do.
The claim you could be wrong about everything you know is absurd! If you could be wrong about everything you know you can’t even know that. This exposes you and your system of epistemology as fraudulent!
You’ve set forth a system of thought that has man at the very centre as God. This has led you to deny the God of the Bible. The fact that you both know things with certainty and constantly appeal to abstract universal laws exposes that you believe an objective standard of truth, one in which we can appeal to have reasoned debate. Thus lending validity to the words of scripture:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1:18-23)
The Good News
Despite or totally depraved nature. In spite of our love of sin, in spite of our inclination to turn from the one true God of scripture, which in turn, renders our thinking futile and leads to a world view that condones the murder of innocents. Despite the fact, we all know God exists, and we choose to suppress that knowledge in utter rebellion.
This holy, transcendent, God of Scripture condescends into creation, taking the form of human flesh and frailty, to live the perfect life, in order to die the death we deserve, with the purpose of imputing His perfect righteousness to rebels, sinners and haters of God, in which we are, so that we may be reconciled to God through the person and work of Christ Jesus.
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5: 8-11)
Peace has been wrought with God, by the precious blood of Jesus. Because of this gracious act of self sacrificial love, as revealed in the word of God, I can declare to you with certainty that for all whom turn from their sin and trust in Him will flee the wrath to come. For all those who repent and trust in Him we can declare these words along with the apostle Paul;
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
Whether you have been complicit on this issue, whether you’ve procured and abortion in the past, or have supported and applauded a “pro-choice” stance peace and reconciliation is found in the cross. For do you not know? “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” It’s in this gracious extension of peace to all men and women of every tribe, tongue and nation that will lead to ultimate peace and assurance. If you’re in need of help or want to read more of the words I have written contact me and I will try my best to help.
I hope my passion and zeal for this issue doesn’t overshadow the fact every word is written with love! Every word is written with an understanding that many will find me wrong and some may despise me.
However, I hope that you can at least admire my thoughtful stance (regardless of your opinion), my boldness, and the fact I stand with the courage of my convictions fully accepting whatever comes of this.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Matthew David Hallick