Monday, November 14, 2011

Abortion: Where Does It Fall--Black, White or Gray

Initially, I would say abortion is a sin because it is intentionally taking a human life which is called murder. Do not kill is one of the ten commandments God gave. Certainly, God knows every fetus (Psalm 139:13-14). After all, He is the one who creates us and chose us before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4)

Then I hear the pro-choice reasons that in some cases, it is okay. Such as what if the doctors can see there will be brain damage? What if it’s an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy? What if the doctors can see physical defects? What if the mother was raped?

I’ve come to the conclusion that there are absolutes and God has not changed what sin is. In God’s eyes, there are not gray areas, only people make gray areas when something they want to do doesn’t fall in line with what God says to do.  We call it “situational ethics” but God calls it sin. We rationalize and question God’s judgment but have no right to do that because God is sovereign, knows the future, has a plan and created us to do good works that he planned for us to do (Eph. 2:10).
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At our Women of Wonder meeting at church this month, we had a volunteer from the Cleveland Pregnancy Center speak about that organization and all the services it provides who I know personally. It was a powerful presentation because she shared her personal experience of being born to a 12-yr-old girl who was raped. She shared how the second chapter of The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren helped her realize that she was not a mistake! She obviously is passionate about helping woman carry their babies full-term regardless of the circumstances.

How do you feel about abortion?

Books on this topic:
Unplanned, The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye Opening Journey Across The Life Line
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker (deals with questioning beliefs and hating the sin but loving the sinner)
Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (Would the mother have chosen to have an abortion had she known her daughter would have a rare disease?)The Purpose Driven Life (chapter 2) by Rick Warren

Related Posts: Will God Forgive Abortion?
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Lin said...

I'm a pro-choice gal. Not that I approve it, I'm just sayin' I don't feel I have the right to tell anyone else what to do. It's a touchy subject I think.

BeadedTail said...

As Lin said, it's a very touchy subject for sure! I think it's an individual decision based on someone's circumstances. I don't think it should be used for birth control (I know someone who used to do this) but to eliminate the choice for all situations just doesn't seem right.

Rebecca Mecomber said...

Murder is never right and abortion should be illegal. Ronald Reagan made a good point when he said, "All those in favor of abortion have already been born."

We DO have the right to tell people what to do. We do this ALL THE TIME: to stop at the stop light, to not kill grandma or your brother, not to steal, etc. Why does everyone go zombie when it's about abortion?

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Beaded Tail & Lin & Sandee: I knew I'd get comments on this post becuase it's such a hot topic and controversial. As you know. most my stuff is fluff so this was really a courageous post for me.

Beaded Tail's reply: Yeah, I was surprised to see it on your blog! I just know if I ever was in a situation of rape or something horrible, I'd want the option. Not saying I'd do it, I'd just want it available if I really couldn't live with the circumstances. I'll have to go back and see what else people wrote on the post.

Beaded Tail: I bet most people share your view. I am interested to see what my readers think about this.

Lin's reply: You are more brave than I! But I think you did a very nice job of it and it doesn't stir up strong convictions. Typically I don't even comment on those types of posts because it just gets people all riled up, but I felt comfortable with your post. Good job! A truly talented writer when you can do that!!

Lin: Thanks! I did debate with myself whether I wanted to post it or not but I do like to mix things up and show I can actually write about something other than my pets! I really am interested to know what my readers think about this topic without offending anybody.

Rebecca: Love your comment! Just think some people don't realize a fetus is a human life so they don't view it as murder but as a medical procedure. People can rationalize anything! (I saw your abortion post and linked it up here.)

Sandee said...

It's a personal choice that each woman has to make. It's none of my business what another woman does about her pregnancy. I'm not the judge or jury. I think people stick their noses in other folks' business way too much.

Have a terrific day. :)

The Other Alice said...

Hi, Karen! I'm new here, but your post was very good! Those are excellent points, written very courteously.

To the other ladies I'd like to recommend you check out a 33-minute movie you can watch for free here:

A lot of people featured in it had the same views, but changed their minds when they were asked one question. I'm not saying watch it to change your mind, but it wouldn't be anything but fair to consider what's presented. Just try to put yourself in the situation and ask what you would do. I personally found it very challenging. Please watch the whole video to get the best understanding, and just consider what's said.

Karen and Gerard said...

The Other Alice: Sorry your comment got directed to spam somehow. I found it tonight though and marked it as non spam. Welcome to our blog and thanks for your comment! I watched that video today and wow! It's really good! It's the same one Rebecca had in her post that I linked to here.

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