Friday, November 5, 2010

The A Word...

Ooh, this is such a touchy subject but it is something I feel so strongly about that after reading this interesting fact today I had to write about it.

***Warning-the nature of this subject is graphic and there are also pictures at the bottom of this post***

Did you know that our wonderful country will happily lock you up in prison (a maximum of 5 years) for breaking open a bald eagle egg?  The government considers our once endangered national bird as precious and worth preserving and have classified that egg as no different than a full grown eagle.  Why is it so different when we try to classify humans?
We are happy to save trees, protect unborn animals, and shout about saving our whales yet when it comes to the most precious form of life, human life, it is wrong to tell a woman to save her child.  It is her body, her choice right?
Wrong.  I mean, if we were talking about a boil that gets in the way of wearing her favorite high heels and she chooses to remove that from her body, then fine.  That truly is part of solely your body, remove away!  When you are pregnant, that baby is being grown by your body, but it isn't your body.  You didn't just develop a new internal organ or something, you are the new grower of a completely separate human being.  Just look at yourself for that greatest example.  Look in the mirror, search your thoughts and ask yourself, "am I just a replica of my mother? No different, nothing of my own.".  Of course you're different.  You are an entirely new and unique individual.  There has never been someone exactly like you before.  Do you think you only became different when you were born and before that you were just an extension of your mom; a nameless, lifeless blob that didn't form into "you" until pushed through the birth canal? No way. Just like that eagle egg being classified as no different from a born eagle in the eyes of our laws a human being should be no different.  Plus, in some states if a pregnant woman is murdered the law allows prosecution for two murders, not one.  To me that makes it seem like a life is only worth protecting if it is wanted by the mother.  If that same mother had gone into an abortion clinic she wouldn't have been prosecuted for the murder of her own child.
I think we are so concerned on "self" that we are focused on conserving our own way of life and making it as convenient as possible.  Not the "right time", get rid of the baby. Don't want to get fat, get rid of the baby.  Forgot to use a condom, get rid of the baby.  Afraid to tell my parents, get rid of the baby.  How selfish.  Here comes the age old adage- give the baby up.  No where in life does it say you have to become a mother.  Just take the baby to a fire-station, contact an adoption agency, or ask your doctor for help finding another family.  You don't ever even have to meet your baby, but you have the obligation to let this human being that has been created to safely carry them to term and deliver them.  They don't have to disrupt your life, just don't keep it. Simple.  You don't want the discomfort of having people know you got pregnant, too bad.  We all have to own our choices in life and pregnancy just happens to be a very visible one.
Plus, as a believer in Jesus Christ His Word is very clear about when we are considered human, his children.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame 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 the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16

Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you (Isaiah 46:3-4).
And now the LORD says—he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength (Isaiah 49:5).
The word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations" (Jeremiah 1:4-5).
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy" (Luke 1:41-42, 44)

He also tells us murder is wrong.  Murder is willfully taking the life of another human being (not to be confused with killing, which is having to take another life to preserve your own or someone elses'
Now for the classic objections.  What about if a woman is raped or forced into an incestuous situation? If you are raped, you go to the police or at very least the hospital.  When there they will give you the choice of a pregnancy prevention cocktail and you should take it if you do not want to become pregnant.  This is much like the birth control pill and prevents pregnancy, it doesn't get rid of an already made baby.  Anyone who has tried to conceive a baby knows that "conception" does not always happen on the same day as the deed.  It can take up to about 5 days afterward to result in a fertilized egg.  If a woman is too ashamed to go to the hospital or to a police officer and gets pregnant is a hard scenario.  While rape and incest are terrible, awful situations that I would wish on no-one you take the risk when not going to the hospital that you may conceive an unwanted baby.  I have much sympathy for those women, but they should not have decided to take that risk if they were not prepared to have to give birth to the product of such an awful crime.  Adoption.
Abortion is the way to ensure we don't get too overpopulated/humans are a dime a dozen.  If this is the way you feel would you like to be the first to jump off the cliff to allow more resources for others? No?  Because you are important?  Yes you are.  So is every other human.  God will provide.
There aren't enough people to adopt these babies.  So false.  There are so many families that are jumping thru hoops trying to get a baby to love and finding it difficult.  Believe me, you decide to give up your baby they will find a family.  The big problem is trying to find foster families, that's what you see in the media with waiting children.  It is much harder to find a family willing to go through the adventure of taking care of an older child that they may have to give back to their birth families.  We need many more foster families, but really there are plenty of adoptive ones.

Would it help if you knew how babies were aborted?  If it makes you uncomfortable to read or think about than somewhere inside you you know that what they are doing is wrong and that this fetus is really a human.  It should make you uncomfortable.  It should make you sick.  

**warning there are pictures, but if you don't believe they are human it won't other you**

In a medical abortion (usually performed before 9 weeks) a woman is given a ton of medicine that basically forces the lining of your uterus to expel itself (like a period) and eventually forced the placenta to detach from the uterine wall.  The placenta is what passes blood, nutrients, and oxygen to your baby.  With that detached your baby dies.  It's like someone putting a bag over your head. This is really a slow process and can take up to five days for it to die and you to expel the baby from your body.
In a surgical vacuum abortion the baby is literally sucked out of your body.  It is much quicker, but has the same result.  Many times, though, it doesn't work completely and the doctor will need to do a D&C to remove the body parts and tissue left behind.  Yes, you just ripped apart a human being and left behind the pieces.  Not the way I'd want to go.  
In a surgical dilation and evacuation a baby is  given a shot that kills it in addition to the medications given to the mom (similar to a medical abortion) .  Then the babies head is crushed so that is can be more easily divided into pieces to be removed. God forbid the shot didn't take and the baby was ripped apart alive, but they never really know.

Dilation and extraction.  This one should make you want to vomit.  I couldn't sleep for days when I first heard of how this worked.  The baby is delivered feet first up until the neck (if the head is delivered it is considered a live birth). The doctor makes a hole in the neck, inserts a tube, and -get ready for it- sucks out the babies brains.  When the head collapses it is delivered, dead.

And what is done with the babies?  Most clinics (including planned parenthood) sell the babies to research facilities and often they are "parted out".

Murder.  No doubt about it.  Your thoughts?