During an ultrasound, 14 weeks after conception, Samuel Armas was diagnosed with spina bifida. To correct this birth-defect, Samuel was operated on at the age of 21 months; while still in his mother’s womb!
This story is certainly emotional and inspiring, and it clearly shows, through the need of the operation, that life does exist within the womb. However, I believe hundreds of similar stories could be told, and it still wouldn’t change the minds of those who believe the barbaric act of abortion is acceptable. So instead of sharing one, or a hundred stories, trying to convict, I’ll simply share these thoughts.
Abortion is really nothing new, and it should come as no surprise. Throughout history there have been those who have chosen one group or another to be designated as “sub-human”; believing they do not have the same rights of a “fully-human” being. Different races, young and old are distinguished as “sub-human”. There are still places in the world that actively practice slavery. Countries exist where people are killed simply for their religious beliefs. There are many who consider that the right to live is something doled out when it is convenient; believing that life begins at birth not conception or that one has the right to die with “dignity” when they suffer from a terminal illness. I think it is clear to see there is no end to the barbarism we can conceive when we begin to place others on a level lower than we place ourselves.
No one would deny that the Holocaust, during World War II, was indeed barbaric. But the very same desensitization that allowed Nazi soldiers to systematically wipe out a “sub-human” race is what allows us, whether we condone abortion or not, to sit by while the lives of millions of babies continue to be prematurely extinguished. As Erwin Lutzer poignantly stated:
When we no longer protect the very weakest among us, we display a heartlessness that grieves the heart of God. We must repent of our own silent ‘holocaust’ in which five thousand tiny victims lose their lives every day.
Hitler’s Cross, Erwin W. Lutzer, Moody Press, pg. 96
From my Christian/Biblical worldview, God created human life. That life is His, and His alone, to decide when and how it will end. That choice is entirely God’s. It’s not a matter of whether or not we have the right to choose who lives and who dies. This quite frankly goes against our very nature, for it is not natural for humans to want to take another’s life. Yes, we can physically take someone’s life, even if that life is our own, but the ability of action does not equate the right of action. Simply put, we have gone way beyond our bounds in assuming life is ours to do with as we please. One day we will have to account for our actions.