Abortion-Is The Choice Really Ours?

I remember a time while I was studying pre-health science, a debate was held in one of my college courses. The controversial issue was based on one of the most commonly debated topics of all time: abortion.

A bill was recently signed in New York allowing additional protection to abortion access. These protections include: allowing abortions past the 24 weeks, allowing non-medical professionals to perform the abortion procedure, and essentially allowing women their autonomy and “reproductive rights.”

I heard about this new law and immediately told my best friend who has been passionately praying for those who are choosing to abort and who are subjected to abortion. Her stance on the matter is derived straight from God’s Word:

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them.

-Psalm 139:13-16

Having formed us from the womb, God intimately knows each individual He’s created. From our every thought to the number of hairs on our head, God knows each and every one of us before we were even born. He has uniquely designed each and every one of us according to His craftsmanship. The Lord is very careful when it comes to creating, designing and detailing, and yet somehow, we have taken ownership of what He has made.

Of course, there are many reasons why people choose to have an abortion. For some, it seems like the “logical thing to do” in their situation. However, life was never ours to take. Exodus 20:13 says, “You shall not murder.” Abortion is murder. We cannot justify taking the life of an unborn child, there is just no excuse. Not only does transgression against God’s law cause grief an sorrow, but it also causes psychological and spiritual stress on the mother.

While science makes it possible to detect abnormalities, again, life was never ours to take. God created us “in His image” and has designed us all uniquely according to His plans and purposes. On a personal level, I have two cousins in my family with cerebral palsy, a disease which can limit a person’s ability to do what the “average” person can do on a daily basis. However, I have witnessed both of these individuals laugh, love, play and enjoy the life God has given to them. To end a life because it is not “perfect” in our eyes does not mean they are imperfect in Jesus’ eyes.

Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What are you begetting?’ Or to the woman, ‘What have you brought forth?’ Thus says the Lord, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: ‘Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. I have made the earth and created man on it.

-Isaiah 45:10-12

Some situations differ from one another, and I understand that not all abortions are due to “selfish” reasons. This is why it is so important to have a personal relationship with the Lord because when we are one with God, we have access to being in tune with His will even if it goes against our own will or understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). We may never fully grasp why God allows certain things on this side of eternity, but we can choose to walk by faith and in obedience to Him despite our limited perspective and fallen nature.

God has an unfathomable love for each of us. He also has a divine plan and purpose for those who choose to place their trust in Him. He giveth and taketh away, and He is our righteous judge.

…Choose life, Jesus died to save yours.

 

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