(A newspaper article by Lloyd Streeter)
Abortion has now been legal on a nation-wide basis for 33 years. Many millions of babies have been killed in the abortion holocaust. Every decent and thoughtful person should oppose this grizzly slaughter of innocent little babies. We should oppose it in our influence, in the voting booth, and in all of our thinking.
Abortion is a sin against God. It is sin because God, and only God, gives life; therefore life is sacred, and the unjustified taking of life is a slap at the Person of God.
Abortion is a sin against God because God values the unborn child. He deals with the unborn one as a person from the time of conception. There are many scriptures to prove this (John 10:8-12; Isaiah 49:1 and 5; Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-16; Luke 1:41 and 44).
Abortion is a sin against God because an unborn child is a human being scientifically. He is not like a tumor, an appendix, a tonsil, or a blob of flesh. An unborn child’s heart beats, his brain works, he responds to stimuli, he feels pain, and he has intellect, emotion, and will. Make no mistake about it, when a baby is aborted, a human person is killed.
God is honored when little helpless unborn babies are protected. We have the responsibility of doing all we can to protect them. This means that we must oppose abortion which is the biggest threat faced by the unborn.
I have heard all of the clichés, “A woman has a right to privacy.” But wait, killing a person is not right just because it is done in private. Almost all murders are committed in private. Should we remove all penalties for murders if they are committed in private? The “privacy argument” is nonsense.
Another cliché, “Unwanted babies should not be allowed to be born because they will be neglected and abused.” But there are very, very few unwanted babies. They are all wanted by someone. There are never enough babies to satisfy those who want to adopt them. The “unwanted baby” argument is more nonsense.
Still another cliché says, “If we keep abortion legal it will be safer and more sterile and will save some lives.” Strange argument, this. We have legalized a procedure which is supposed to produce safety and protect lives, and it has cost fifty million lives of unborn babies! More nonsense!
Another cliché says, “The woman has the right to control her own body.” But the unborn baby is not part of the mother’s body. The unborn child is an individual human being with its own separate body. That unborn child should have rights, also. No woman should have the right to use her body to kill another human person, even if that other human person lives within the woman’s body.
One final cliché says, “No one knows when life begins.” Well, if you don’t know when life begins, then you certainly should not go about getting an abortion. Do you think it would be all right to fire a shot gun blast through a door when you do not know if someone is on the other side of the door? You say, “Why, that would be immoral!” Right! And it would be immoral to get an abortion if you don’t know when life begins.
Actually, we do know when human life begins. When a human sperm with twenty-three chromosomes unites with a human ovum with twenty-three chromosomes, the result is that human life begins. It is not a vegetable. It is not a mineral. It is not a cow. It is not a horse. It is human life.
I read a little story a while back. Here it is: A young teenaged girl learned that she was pregnant. She had a fiancé, but he was not the father of the baby. Her family was poor and it would be difficult to have another mouth to feed. Her family had a good name in the community, and she hated to see her family embarrassed. An abortion would have been a quick, easy solution to the situation. But she did not have an abortion. She had the baby. It was a little boy. She named Him Jesus.
I would not want to conclude without saying that there is forgiveness for any sinner, even for one who has killed, if he will come to Jesus Christ by faith, repenting of sin. “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” John 3:17 and 18.