Notice how early the heart is beating, within weeks of conception. I would venture to say that not many abortions occur before the unborn baby's heart has started beating. So if one takes a deliberate action that stops a heart from beating, is that not murder? If the same thing was done to a newborn, is that not murder? If the same thing was done to a mentally handicapped baby, is that not murder? If the same thing was done to an elderly woman, is that not murder? The intentional action that leads to stopping of a heart beat cannot but be murder.
Just because the unborn happen to be located and temporarily dependent on the woman that the unborn baby does not have intrinsic value. A newborn baby is also equally dependent on it's mother only the location has changed. The dependence of an individual and that individual's location is not a foundational factor in determining one's value or humanity. If so, then we could equally justify infanticide and the the murder of the sick, the elderly and the handicapped. Sadly, many use a perverse notion of "compassion" to kill the unborn handicapped.
We must also think of personhood, those qualities essential to our humanity, as non-degreed. This means that one cannot be more or less human. One's humanity or personhood is immediately present after the moment of conception. There is no new biological information added throughout the unborn baby's development, through it's birth, life and death as an adult. To justify the murder of the unborn relies on a purely arbitrary and power based view of what it means to have value or to be a person, and such arguments must be applied to the newborn, the child, and the adult.
These arguments are grounded in the truth that God has a special concern for the fatherless and the unborn epitomize the unwanted.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you..." Jeremiah 1:5
"My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!" Psalm 139:15-17
Even Jesus Himself demonstrated a loving concern for the newborn and the child.
"Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Luke 18:15-17
We honor Jesus by seeking to defend the most helpless class of humanity the world has ever know. To align oneself with someone who is pro-choice is to disobey Jesus.
HT: One News Now