Abortion: The End of a Life

I can’t say anything new on the subject of abortion that hasn’t already been said many times before. 

However, by writing the truth, maybe there is at least one woman or couple out there who will by chance read this and decide that abortion is not the right decision for their situation.

Quite simply, abortion ends a life that God has created. In God’s world, there are no mistakes, no babies that were conceived that are intended to be terminated later. Even before a baby is conceived, God has a plan for it—it’s that simple. 

God tells Jeremiah:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.

Jer. 1:5

To end a pregnancy is to undermine God’s plan for that child.

That’s not to say that you can hinder God’s ultimate plan and His will, but it does mean that that child will never have the opportunity to grow up and know God, learning to worship Him as the Holy Creator of all things.

You may have heard it said that abortion stops a beating heart. That’s very true.

It’s possible to detect an embryo’s heartbeat from about the fifth week of pregnancy on. By the tenth week, the baby’s heart is fully formed.

The tiny heart is beating anywhere from 110 to 150 beats per minute to help supply blood to the fetus (the developing child is generally referred to as a fetus after the eight week).

Even at this early stage of life, critical functions are taking place to allow the child to live and continue developing.

Other milestones in the baby’s growth include the development of the neural tube in weeks five through eight. This includes the brain, the spinal cord, and other neural tissue of the central nervous system.

By the end of the second month, the fetus is about one inch long and weighs about 1/30th of an ounce.

During weeks nine through 12, the hands, fingers, feet, and toes are formed. Fingernails and toes are beginning to develop, and the reproductive organs are taking shape.

By the end of the third month, or the first trimester, the fetus is fully formed. All the limbs are in place and will continue to develop over the next few months.

Mother and baby are about one-third of the way through their pregnancy.

My point is not to detail the development of a baby at each stage of a pregnancy.

Rather, by emphasizing the early weeks of the child’s life in utero, you can see that there is much development and growth already taking place. The miracle of life is in full bloom inside the mother’s womb long before she begins to show her pregnancy.

To end a child’s life at any stage of pregnancy is to instantly undo all the effort and energy that has gone into sustaining that life.

It is to literally rip the child out of its protective cocoon—its mother’s womb—through a suction tube into a machine. 

The most controversial aspects of abortion seem to revolve around cases of rape, incest, and danger to the mother’s life.

I’ll admit I don’t have all the answers. However, I do know that no child conceived is a mistake on God’s part. He formed the tiny creature in its mother’s womb so that it could grow and develop and eventually enter the world nine months later. 

Who are we to interfere with what God has put into motion? We should respect the life that God has made provision for.

Many will disagree with these thoughts, citing a “woman’s choice” to do with her body what she wants. The problem is that a woman’s choice ends when it leads to the termination of another life. 

Personally, I believe that women who are pro-choice don’t see the developing child inside the womb as a living creature with a beating heart. To them it is merely a clump of cells that is not viable in the outside world. 

While that may be true, it’s also true that a baby born from a full-term pregnancy is also not viable on its own. It still must be fed, changed, and tended to in order to live.

The only difference is that it’s now outside the womb. The child in utero is no less a living being than a baby who was just born.

Once conception takes place, there is a life created by God. And we must respect that life, whether or not it was “planned.” Abortion on demand is not the answer.