Abortion is the intentional ending of a pregnancy before birth, and is morally wrong because it is the murder of a separate and innocent life through cruel and inhumane circumstances. There are many reasons for abortion but none of them is a viable excuse to kill a living being which God loves and has created. There are many different ways in which an abortion may be performed including suction, partial birth, and saline injection. None of these can be considered humane, acceptable or morally right because the child is indeed a living being, can feel pain, and has the right to live.
The main arguments for pro-choice are that the women should have the right to choose, that a fetus is not a real human, abortion does not cause harm, and that every child should be a wanted child. This viewpoint believes that women should have the choice to have an abortion because it is her body in question, and that a fetus is a mere extension of her body cells. They validate their opinions that it is not a real life because a fetus cannot reason or feel pain. The other main point is that they should not bring children into this world that are not wanted by their natural parents. These appear to be very valid points, but with proper knowledge of the conditions surrounding abortion and a developing baby, it is evident that abortion is morally wrong.
“For you created my innermost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb.” “I know that I was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All they days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13-16, NIV) Abortion is morally wrong because God knows each one of us and created us all specially. He created our genetic code, which is in us from the moment of conception. To abort one of God’s children is to say that we reject this wonderful gift he has given us. Each child, whether in the womb or in the cradle is loved and wanted by God. We were all put on this earth for a reason, and God has formed our life plan before we were even born. This acknowledges that we are humans and living while still in the womb and we are meant to have a place in the world. What if the fetus you aborted was meant to grow up and discover the cure for cancer? God meant for that life to be there. On judgment day will you stand before God and tell Him, “I’m sorry that I aborted your cure for cancer, but I’m sure it was just cells, and besides it was in my way?” Nothing is in God’s way. This is one reason that abortion is morally wrong, is because God loves us and knows each one of us.
Another major argument for abortion is that the fetus is only a mass of cells. Did you know that a baby up until age one month is classified as a neonate? Since it is not called a baby, if it were to be killed does this mean it is not murder? Calling a child a fetus does not change the facts. The baby’s heart is beating by twenty- five days, and brainwaves have been recorded at thirty-five to forty days. At eight weeks, the tiny baby has eyelids, hands and moving feet. In addition she will have working ears and a full nervous system and you can even see the tiny lines forming in her hands. By this time the baby is also able to squint, swallow, make a fist, kick and suck his thumb. The fetus also has it’s own fingerprints and is sensitive to heat, touch, light and noise. This baby could fit into the palm of your hand and would look just like a miniature newborn. Yet we choose to say that it is not a human being. Realistically, by the time a woman realizes that she is pregnant, her baby can already to respond to pain and has working body systems. An article from Focus on the Family illustrates the idea that a fetus is a baby. At twenty-one weeks (almost five months), baby Samuel needed to be operated on in the womb because of a severe case of Spina Bifida. As the doctor was preparing to close the uterus after surgery, Samuel’s hand slipped out and a picture was snapped with Samuel’s tiny hand holding onto Dr. Brumer. Samuel, although still at an age where he could be legally aborted, was very much a real baby. (Vinley) Some say that a fetus is not a life because it cannot think logically. This is untrue. During an abortion it has been documented that the fetus will shy away from the instruments. This shows rational thinking because he realizes the danger and fears for his survival. The facts plainly show that abortion is morally wrong, because a baby in the womb is indeed a living human, who can think and react as well as feel pain.