When does someone become a person? Is it when they’re born? When their first heartbeat is detected? When their name is signed on the birth certificate? When they’re a toddler? When they can fend for themselves? If you ask lawmakers in New York and Virginia, certain representatives and senators, residents of the White House, the media, and pro-abortion activists in Texas, they’d say a person becomes a person when they’re wanted. When that baby isn’t an “inconvenience”, “unplanned”, or “unwanted”. When that baby doesn’t interfere with the parents’ lifestyle. When that baby doesn’t “pose a threat” to the family’s image or society’s perception of the parent(s) or grandparents.
Truth is, a baby is a baby from the moment they are conceived (Psalm 139:16). Not when the baby is wanted or deemed appropriate or allowed to be born. A miraculous change does not occur in the womb when the mother decides she wants the baby.
All Scripture is from the ESV.
RESPONDING TO ABORTION ARGUMENTS
Argument One: It’s just a clump of cells.
What’s your point? We’re all clumps of cells. Are you saying just because the baby is comprised of a clump of cells that don’t yet “resemble” a human being that the baby is worthy of horrific murder?
You don’t have to take an advanced biology course to know how a baby comes to be. From the moment the egg is fertilized, the baby is a human. On the fourth week, the earliest abortions are given, a heartbeat is already detected. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Soon after fertilization, the zygote travels down the fallopian tube toward the uterus. At the same time, it will begin dividing to form a cluster of cells resembling a tiny raspberry — a morula […] The rapidly dividing ball of cells — now known as a blastocyst — has begun to burrow into the uterine lining […] Within the blastocyst, the inner group of cells will become the embryo”. Furthermore, “upon fertilization, parts of human beings have actually been transformed into something very different from what they were before; they have been changed into a single, whole human being” (Irving).
Dr. Dumitru, a fifth-year M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Dartmouth, explains, “As scientists, my colleagues must concede that embryos are made up of living cells, but they don’t accept the embryo as a living organism. If the early embryo is ‘just a clump of cells,’ then you can justify abortion. By this logic, it’s not an autonomous being, and it’s definitely not a human person yet. It’s just a few cells growing in the mother’s body, and so the mother can choose to get rid of those cells if she wants to”.
The problem with this view, Dumitru writes, is that so-called “clumps” whether in a uterus or in a lab, don’t behave like clumps of cells. Instead, they appear to act independently, or autonomously, of any signals from the mother’s body, whether in or out of the womb. And “clumps” don’t do that.
As Ana Maria explains, “This one little cell, with its complete genetic content, can and does begin to divide and to grow, even in an experimental dish in an incubator in the closet space of some unmarked lab. … That means, as we suspected, embryos know what they’re supposed to do to live, and they try to live, whether they’re in their mother or not.”
And it means not only that the embryo is a living being, but that it’s a person (Stonestreet).
Baby is already a person, already forming within the first weeks of conception. Their clump of cells just looks different from ours since they’re not yet a fully developed baby.
A person is a person no matter how small. – Dr. Seuss
Argument Two: My body my choice.
Logic says otherwise. If it truly were your body, and therefore truly your choice, it wouldn’t be called abortion. It’d be called a surgery or operation to remove something potentially as harmless as a benign growth or something as dangerous as a tumor. The very fact that the operation is given a different name tells you this is not a typical procedure.
Biology says otherwise. The precise, exact moment a baby is conceived, a new cell is formed. That “new single cell has a brand-new DNA, never before seen in the world” (Mathewes-Green) That DNA brands that new, single cell as a different person. That cell – that baby – is alive and growing. That distinct DNA makes Baby a person, not some unwanted, inanimate lump. “The fact is, an unborn child, from the very first moment, is a new human individual. It has the three essential characteristics that make it “a human life”: It’s alive and growing, it is composed entirely of human cells, and it has unique DNA. It’s a person, just like the rest of us” (Mathewes-Green).
The Cleveland Clinic details Baby’s development:
Weeks 1-4: The face (eyes, jaw, mouth, lower throat) are developing. Blood cells are taking shape. The tiny “heart” tube will beat 65 times a minute by the end of the fourth week. Baby is 1/4 of an inch long by the end of the first month.
Weeks 5-8: Facial features still developing. Ears, arms, legs, fingers, toes, eyes are forming. Everything connected to the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, etc.) is well formed. Digestive tract and sensory organs are developing and bones are replacing cartilage. Baby is about four inches long and one ounce heavy.
Weeks 9-12: Nervous system is functioning. Heartbeat audible through doppler instrument. The fingers and toes are well-defined. Eyelids, eyebrows, eyelashes, nails and hair are formed. Teeth and bones become denser. Baby can even suck his or her thumb, yawn, stretch and make faces. The doctor can tell if Baby will be a boy or girl. Baby is six inches long and four ounces heavy.
Weeks 17-20: Baby is active, developing muscles and exercising them. Hair is growing. Baby is ten inches long and weighs between .5 to 1 pound.
Weeks 21-24: Veins are visible through translucent skin. Finger and toe prints are visible. Eyelids part and eyes open. Baby can hiccup. Baby is 12 inches long and weighs about two pounds.
Weeks 25-28: Baby develops reserves of body fat. Hearing is fully developed. Baby changes positions and responds to stimuli. Baby is 14 inches long and 2-4 pounds.
Weeks 29-32: Baby can see and hear. Most internal systems are well-developed. Baby is 18 inches long and weighs up to five pounds.
Weeks 33-36: Lungs are close to being fully developed. Coordinated reflexes, blinking, turning, grasping, and detailed response to stimuli. Baby is 17-18 inches long and 5.5-6.5 pounds.
Weeks 37-40: Baby prepares for being born.
Unborn babies hide from abortion instruments. Tumors and growths don’t. They can’t. An unborn baby can. That along proves Baby’s humanity.
From the second of conception, Baby is a person. Science, logic, and biology prove it’s not your body and not your choice.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. – Psalm 139:13-14
Argument 3: Baby should be aborted because the mom’s health and/or safety is at risk.
First, we must define “at risk”. Is the mother’s life “at risk” because pregnancy causes discomfort, or is it truly at risk due to a medical condition and/or the treatment necessary to provide it?
No matter meaning of “at risk”, the answer is no.
This is both hard and easy to explain. I’ve researched many articles, read many opinion pieces, and contemplated both sides. Ultimately, though, the answer is found in Exodus 20:13: “You shall not murder”. This is not a statement with clauses and exceptions. It is a point-blank command. From this the conclusion is drawn that it is not permissible to abort a baby due to the mother’s health being at risk.
Before I continue, let’s clear something up. There is an argument posed by abortion activists that someone who is pro-life must then, by their reasoning for being pro-life, be against the death penalty. This is false. The death penalty targets criminals who have committed insidious crimes against humanity. This is not murder, this is justice. Babies are innocent and never deserve to be murdered. God commanded the death penalty (Genesis 9:6, Numbers 35:30-34, Exodus 21:12, 22:19, Leviticus 20:13). God did not command abortion; in fact, His Word is exceptionally clear that the penalty for murder is death (Genesis 9:6, Exodus 23:7).
Rescue those who are being taken away to death. – Proverbs 24:11a
Argument 4: The kid is better off / It’s better for the baby to be aborted rather than stuck in foster care
Better off dead through a brutal, bloody, sadistic, evil death? Really?
No matter the reason this argument is presented (parents have a hard life, are poor, etc.) it is unacceptable to murder a baby. If the mother or parents do not feel they can adequately provide for the child or give Baby a good life, then they need to place Baby up for adoption. According to American Adoptions, “Some sources estimate that there are about 2 million couples currently waiting to adopt in the United States — which means there are as many as 36 waiting families for every one child who is placed for adoption. Based on this couples waiting to adopt statistic, many couples are waiting to adopt” .
There are so many couples wanting to adopt. If you feel unable to raise your child, put them up for adoption. Adoption is a beautiful thing, and when babies are aborted, couples who would make wonderful parents are deprived of being able to be so.
“It’s better for the baby to be aborted rather than stuck in foster care.“
Bold of you to assume Baby wouldn’t be adopted. True, some kids don’t get adopted, but do you really wish an unimaginably horrific death on them rather than allow them the chance of childhood? Of living and growing up? This is another unacceptable excuse used to justify baby murder. If the person saying this excuse really cared about Baby’s future, they would be advocating ways for adoption to be cheaper and a quicker process, not advocating for murder.
Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live, which God has bestowed upon this nascent life […] The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Argument 5: The dad’s a loser.
That’s unfortunate, but no reason to murder an unborn baby. The baby cannot help who their parents are. This is just one of the many reasons abstinence until marriage should be followed: that a baby is not conceived with a loser (or two) for a parent. Are you really going to punish your baby for your choices? For who the dad is? How is that Baby’s fault? If it is just too horrible and too much to raise a loser’s, felon’s, convict’s, any-other-descriptor’s child, then put Baby up for adoption. It is never justified to take an unborn baby’s life.
It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish. – Mother Theresa
American Adoptions, Inc. “How Many Couples Are Waiting to Adopt a Baby?” American Adoptions – How Many Couples Are Waiting to Adopt a Baby?, https://www.americanadoptions.com/pregnant/waiting_adoptive_families.
“Fetal Development: Month-by-Month Stages of Pregnancy.” Cleveland Clinic, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/7247-fetal-development-stages-of-growth.
Grudem, Wayne. “Scientific Evidence for the Personhood of Unborn Children.” Crossway, 21 Jan. 2019, https://www.crossway.org/articles/scientific-evidence-for-the-personhood-of-unborn-children/.
Mathewes-Green, Frederica. “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense .” National Review, https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/01/abortion-roe-v-wade-unborn-children-women-feminism-march-life/.
Stonestreet, John. “Scientist Confirms: An Unborn Baby Is a Human Being from the Moment of Conception.” LifeNews.com, 13 Feb. 2017, https://www.lifenews.com/2017/02/09/scientist-confirms-an-unborn-baby-is-a-human-being-from-the-moment-of-conception/.
IF YOU”VE HAD AN ABORTION OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS
If you’ve had an abortion, please feel free to reach out. Abortion is murder, and murder is sin, but you are not beyond the cleansing love and mercy of Christ. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” , and in Romans 10:9, we are told, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”.
There is hope. You have hope. Your sin is not unforgivable. Repent, confess, place your faith in Christ, and become a new creation.
If you know someone who has had an abortion, there is a high chance she feels guilt, fear, confusion, and pain. Despite what some claim, abortion is not a once-and-done procedure. There are mental and physical scars the woman will never recover from, even if she won’t admit it. Reach out and confront them in love. Tell them what they have done is wrong, but that they can be forgiven and made new. Come alongside them and offer hope and comfort and the love of Christ.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
Add these pro-life songs to your playlist (but be prepared to get teary-eyed).
Life Inside You by Matthew West
Plan for Me by Manafest
Lucy by Skillet
What It Means to Be Loved by Mark Shultz
Unplanned by Matthew West
Kaydie by Penny A. Zeller
Sustainer’s Smile by Erika Mathews
To Save a Life by R.M. Peterson
Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight
Ravenwood Chronicles by Morgan L. Busse
WRITE FOR LIFE: Sustainer’s Smile and To Save a Life Book Launch
Erika Mathews and R.M. Peterson are releasing their pro-life books (listed above) this October. Join myself, these authors, and many other pro-life bloggers for this launch as we honor and mourn the 63 million babies lost to abortion.
Launch Tour Schedule
Erika Mathews at Resting Life – tour intro
Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the Darkness – Write For Life Blog Tour ~ Intro Post ~ Why I am Pro-Life
Erika Mathews at Resting Life – Read the First Chapter for Free
Grace A. Johnson at Of Blades and Thorns – prolife post
Katja Labonté at Little Blossoms for Jesus – prolife post
Joy C. Woodbury at Discipleship With Joy – prolife post
Madisyn at Madi’s Musings – Responding to Abortion Arguments Part 1
Jen Rose at Living Outside the Lines – Sustainer’s Smile spotlight
Akira Rodriguez at With Joyful Praise – prolife post
Eva-Joy Ruth Schonhaar – Sustainer’s Smile review
October 8 – To Save a Life Cover Reveal
Kylie Hunt at Kylie Hunt – The Film Director’s Wife – Sustainer’s Smile spotlight
Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the Darkness – prolife post
Grace A. Johnson at Of Blades and Thorns – Sustainer’s Smile spotlight
Kylie Hunt at Kylie Hunt – The Film Director’s Wife – To Save a Life post
Joy C. Woodbury at Discipleship With Joy – Sustainer’s Smile review
Katja Labonté at Little Blossoms for Jesus – prolife post
Madisyn at Madi’s Musings – Responding to Abortion Arguments Part 2
Lauren Compton at Novels That Encourage – prolife post
Jen Rose at Living Outside the Lines – Sustainer’s Smile character spotlight: Carita
Akira Rodriguez at With Joyful Praise – Sustainer’s Smile review
Vanessa Hall at Vanessa Hall – Sustainer’s Smile review
Stephanie Agnes-Crockett at Stephanie’s Ninth Suitcase – Sustainer’s Smile post
Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the Darkness – Sustainer’s Smile spotlight
Kelsey Bryant at Kelsey’s Notebook – Sustainer’s Smile character spotlight: Rita
Brianna Burden at Singing in the Rain – prolife post
Grace A. Johnson at Book Nations – guest post by Erika
Joy C. Woodbury at Discipleship With Joy – To Save a Life review
Katja Labonté at Little Blossoms for Jesus – Sustainer’s Smile review, spotlight, character spotlight: Liliora
Rebekah Morris at Read Another Page – Sustainer’s Smile review
Lauren Compton at Novels That Encourage – Sustainer’s Smile author interview
Martha Abilene at Beyond the Literary Horizon – prolife post
Kristina Hall at Kristina Hall – To Save a Life review
Jen Rose at Living Outside the Lines – Sustainer’s Smile review
Akira Rodriguez at With Joyful Praise – To Save a Life review
Vanessa Hall at Vanessa Hall – prolife post
October 21 – Sustainer’s Smile release day!
Erika Mathews at Resting Life – Sustainer’s Smile special author post
Kristina Hall at Kristina Hall – Sustainer’s Smile review
Grace A. Johnson at Book Nations – author interview with Erika
Kellyn Roth at Lilacs & Reveries – Sustainer’s Smile spotlight
Martha Abilene at Beyond the Literary Horizon – Sustainer’s Smile review
October 22 – To Save a Life release day!
Erika Mathews at Resting Life – To Save a Life release post
Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the Darkness – TSAL spotlight & author interview with Ryana
Grace A. Johnson at Of Blades and Thorns – To Save a Life spotlight
Kellyn Roth at Lilacs & Reveries – To Save a Life spotlight
Martha Abilene at Beyond the Literary Horizon – To Save a Life review
Grace A. Johnson at Book Nations – To Save a Life spotlight
Stephanie Agnes-Crockett at Stephanie’s Ninth Suitcase – To Save a Life review
Abigail Harris at Read Review Rejoice – To Save a Life spotlight and SS character interview: Claera
Courtenay Burden at Sheep Among Wolves – prolife post
Katja Labonté at Little Blossoms for Jesus – To Save a Life review
Tara at Tower in the Plains – prolife post
Tara at Tower in the Plains – Sustainer’s Smile review and character spotlight: Tae
Lauren Compton at Novels That Encourage – To Save a Life review
Rebekah Morris at Read Another Page – To Save a Life review
Tara at Tower in the Plains – To Save a Life review
Jen Rose at Living Outside the Lines – To Save a Life review
Kaitlyn Krispense at Kaitlyn Krispense, Author – Sustainer’s Smile, To Save a Life, & prolife
Vanessa Hall at Vanessa Hall – To Save a Life spotlight
Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the Darkness – Author Interview: Erika Mathews
Kelsey Bryant at Kelsey’s Notebook – To Save a Life post
Erika Mathews at Resting Life – tour wrapup
Grace A. Johnson at Of Blades and Thorns – To Save a Life review
November 1: Memory’s Mind (Truth from Taerna #5) cover reveal