• P. Frank

Follow the Science

God created science and science has shown that He exists time and time again. Sir Isaac Newton once said, “In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.” He was speaking to the beautiful complexity of the human body. “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. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13–14). Physics, astrophysics, chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, and so on – these are all scientific areas of study in which we as humans use our God-given skills of observation to try to understand the incredible universe He has known from its beginning. What seems to us as scientific breakthroughs have been known by God since He spoke every particle and process into being. Thus, as we learn more about the world around us, science glorifies its Creator.

In any introductory Biology course, you learn about the six taxonomic Kingdoms of life: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Bacteria, Protozoa, and Archaebacteria. Biological scientists across the board have correctly considered and identified single-celled bacteria as living organisms. These are some of the smallest known living organisms we have discovered so far. Amazingly, there are smaller living organisms, but bacteria are some of the most widespread and common. If space explorers were to find actual remnants of bacteria on Mars, most scientists would consider that as proof that life used to exist on Mars. Don’t worry, I’m not digressing, there is a point to all of this.

One problem in our country is that we have legally defined when human life ends, but we haven’t yet legally defined when it begins. In his legal opinion on the controversial ruling of the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun wrote: “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.” This opinion is no longer valid and therefore should be overturned.

There are many different theologies in our country and many are in direct contradiction to one another. Most of these theologies will never come to an agreeance on when life begins, so the U.S. Supreme Court should not wait on theological agreeance to overturn Roe v. Wade. If someone doesn’t believe the same theology as you, you will most likely never convince them of yours. However, as far as the U.S. Constitution is concerned, this is perfectly okay. The First Amendment to the Constitution protects your right to worship in whatever religion and whatever god or God you would like to.

According to Christianity, life begins at conception. “When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!’” (Luke 1:41–42). Consider this: Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John was a miracle because she was old and had been barren, and in this verse she is six months along. At this same time, Mary’s miraculous pregnancy with Jesus was new – maybe just weeks along. If Elizabeth’s unborn baby was not alive inside her womb, how did he jump for joy when Jesus was nearby in His mother’s womb? If Jesus was not alive in Mary’s womb, what cause would there have been for John’s joy?

One theological “proof” offered by pro-abortionists is that Jews read the same Old Testament text as Christians, yet believe that life begins at birth, not conception. Judaism and Christianity are similar, but not the same religion. Jews don’t believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah, the only Son of God, our Lord and Savior, sent to die for our sins and rise to new life to defeat sin, death, and the devil once and for all. According to the Christian belief, Jesus Christ is the only way, the only truth, and the only life; the only way to our Father in heaven (John 14:6). Jews do not hold this to be truth, despite the fact that they read the same prophecies Christians do in the Old Testament.

The last 49 years of medical advancements since Roe v. Wade have proven that life begins at conception. You can actually observe life beginning at conception. In that same introductory Biology class, you also learn about human reproduction. After a human male sperm cell reaches a human female egg cell, it takes about 24 hours for the sperm to fertilize the egg. However, as soon as a sperm has penetrated the egg, the outside of the egg changes so that no other sperm can enter (twins are a bit different). The fertilized egg (a single cell) is now called a “human zygote.” It is made up of 23 pairs of chromosomes (46 total), half from the father and half from the mother. Within 30 hours of fertilization, the human zygote cell starts dividing and multiplying. If nothing abnormal occurs and nobody interferes, that human zygote cell will eventually grow to full term and be born a fully developed human baby. There are abnormal circumstances that render the pregnancy unviable, but just as a single-celled bacterium is scientifically considered a living organism, so a single-celled human zygote must be too.

There is an additional argument as to why Justice Blackmun’s opinion is invalid: the morality and ethicality of abortion. Since 1973, despite assurances from pro-abortionists, abortions have NOT been exclusively used for medical emergencies, rape, or incestuous rape, they’ve been used as a form of contraception. Pro-abortionists argue that abortion is a “right” and a “need.” But there are known and proven forms of contraception that don’t include killing an unborn child. The easiest and most effective contraceptive is abstinence. The next best, which are very effective when used properly, are hormonal birth control and condoms. Killing an unborn baby because you wanted to have promiscuous, unprotected sex is both morally and ethically wrong.

So, why are pro-abortionists fighting the science rather than following the science? It is because they do not value life as God values life. Consider God’s creation of mankind. “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life, and the man became a living creature.” (Genesis 2:7). God molded Adam with His own hands from the dust of the earth and then Eve from one of Adam’s ribs. Everything God created in the universe up to Adam and Eve was brought into existence with only His words. While that is a display of His almighty power, it is less intimate than His creation of Adam and Eve (and all mankind). After all, He made them in His own image (Genesis 1:27). Each one of us are immeasurably valuable to Him. We too should value each human life as He does.

Unfortunately, Satan is a very talented liar. He has convinced many people that abortion is an extension of “women’s health.” Yet, when has it ever been “healthy” to end life? That is the antithesis of health. What about the rape and incestuous rape argument? Let’s be clear, rape in all forms is evil and disgusting and deserves swift and severe punishment. But, according to a 2004 study performed at Guttmacher Institute in New York, only about 1% of abortions are because of pregnancy due to rape and less than 0.5% were due to incest. In fact, the most prevalent reasons for electing to have an abortion were “interference with their life” (education, employment, etc.) and “unable to afford the baby” for whatever reason (unmarried, student, unemployed, etc.). These reasons represented 74% and 73% of all abortions, respectively.

If a woman becomes pregnant from rape or incestuous rape, many argue that she has the right to choose to have an abortion. However, that is a flawed argument. When has the killing of an unborn baby ever been justified by rape or incestuous rape? When has performing a wrong deed ever been reconciled by the performance of another wrong deed? It never has and never will. What justice will a woman impregnated by rape or incestuous rape receive if she kills her unborn child? None. This argument does not condone rape, but rather condemns abortion.

All living organisms have the genetically programmed instinct of self-preservation. No human of sound mind would want their life to be taken by another, including unborn children. You can witness this during an abortion when the unborn child tries to dodge or fight the abortion equipment trying to end his or her life. A human baby growing in his mother’s womb cannot speak for himself, so we cannot ask him if he wants to live. But through observations, we can watch natural instincts kick in and then safely presume that the baby would choose to live if he could. Because unborn children cannot defend themselves, we are called to defend them. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” (Proverbs 31:8).

Many women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy fear that they are trapped, like their only option is to have an abortion. This is another one of Satan’s great lies. Abortion is not your only option; adoption is a fantastic alternative. Another alternative is to reach out to a crisis pregnancy center, which can provide resources such as classes to aid new parents or material goods for babies that would normally be expensive. Many women have communities who can help take care of the baby, even if they don’t realize it. There are many people willing and able to help through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. It might mean admitting the situation and admitting that the pregnancy was unplanned. So, let us encourage all women to seek life for their children. With abortion, the child doesn’t even have a chance; her life is snuffed out before she can show you how fearfully and wonderfully she is made. God chose all people, born and unborn, as His children. He loves and cherishes us all more than any of us can imagine.

Since January 22, 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court essentially legalized abortion with its decision on the Roe v. Wade case, it is estimated that about 63.5 million babies have been aborted in the United States. Let’s break that figure down just a little further: an estimated 148 abortions happen every hour and almost 2.5 abortions happen every minute. So, while standing in line for your cup of coffee for only about 4 minutes is the same amount of time it takes for 10 unborn babies to be killed in this country. That is repulsive.

The time is now to put an end to abortion and the evil lies that prop it up. Pray for the women thinking about getting an abortion to see how fearfully and wonderfully made their unborn baby is. Pray for the abortionists to see what they are doing as wrong. Pray that our governmental leaders pursue what is good, right, and just. And pray that God has mercy on us all.