Abortion and the Unborn Child

If you have not read my last post on abortion, you may want to read that first.  You can find it here, The Hypocrisy of Abortion regarding how society seeks to protect animals but not innocent human babies.

Abortion and the Unborn ChildTHE majority of people in the United States are pro-life and believe abortion is wrong.  However, many of these same people will not speak up to protect the more than 4,000 babies who die daily through abortion.  Why?  Because they have bought the lie that “you can’t legislate morality.”  It goes something like this; “Well, I myself am personally against abortion, but we can’t legislate morality; I don’t want to tell others how they should live their own lives.”

I recently heard a true story in the news that illustrates this line of reasoning.  It spoke of an abused young woman who finally mustered the courage to run away from her abusive boyfriend.  The story says that he chased her down and caught up with her in the center of town.  He to yelling like a maniac in the public square.  Then it happened.  He punched her.  The people who had been gathering around to watch the spectacle all gasped in horror at the sight.  In a rage, the boyfriend punched her again and again until she died. Right there in the public square.  And, everyone watched in horror!

Reporters entered onto the scene and asked people in the crowd why they didn’t help to protect this young lady.  The answers were mostly the same.  They didn’t want to “Interfere in their personal life;” they didn’t want to “Tell that man how he should act;” they didn’t want to “Force their own beliefs upon him,” etc.

What a tragedy!  My opinion is that it doesn’t matter how horrified they were because they stood there and chose silence.  This is what happens when good people do nothing.  They didn’t stand up for an innocent lady being abused, beaten, and killed, a lady who didn’t deserve that – and all because they didn’t want to offend someone.  I think any reasonable person would agree that helping her would have been the correct thing to do.  But hindsight is 20/20.

The problem is that we still use this same illogical reasoning today regarding abortion.  People confess that they are pro-life, and that they think that it’s taking an innocent human life, but they don’t want to step on anyone’s toes by legislating morality.”  Thus they have bought society’s great lie.  The truth is, we legislate morality all the time. And we should.  What do I mean?

Our government continually makes laws to protect us.  For that reason, there are laws stating that we cannot murder, steal, rape, or drive drunk.  We cannot own slaves, practice drug trafficking, domestic violence, and countless other things which are legislated every single day.  We do legislate morality, and for good reason.

Why does government legislate these moral absolutes?  Because these things harm others.  So, not only do we have the right to say such things are wrong, but we have a moral obligation to stand up against what is harmful to our fellow human beings.

Another true story tells about a lady working at a pro-life table. As a man browsed the table, she asked him if he would help the pro-life cause.  He said: “Well, I’m personally pro-life, but I don’t think…”  The lady stopped him mid-sentence.  She asked him why he was personally pro-life.  Think about it for a moment, he responded; “Hmmm… because abortion is killing an innocent life, and that is wrong.”  As soon as the words left his lips, he realized the ramifications.  He realized that if a human was being killed, and he could do something about it, then he had a moral obligation to do so, like the lady who was beaten to death.  Silence was not enough.

Abortion and the Unborn ChildNo one believes that a person can do what they want with their own animal inside their own homes.  So, why do we accept that people can do so with innocent children out or inside the womb?  Thus, there should be laws against it.  Why are we protecting trees and the ozone but not our own species?  Why do we work to save dogs and seals but not our own children?

If someone is being sexually abused or raped on a street corner, or in a back alleyway, and we can do something about it, don’t we have the moral obligation to?  Likewise, if innocent human babies who cannot speak up for themselves are being killed at a rate of 4000 a day, don’t we have the obligation to speak up and seek justice?  Multiply 4000 to the number of days in a year.  Have we not far surpassed Hitler’s Holocaust murder rate?  Are we not having a Holocaust of our own?

In the words of Mother Theresa, “What is taking place in America is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another” (National Prayer Breakfast in Washington)?

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About Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier is a thirty-eight year old speaker and retreat leader. He has spoken to adults and teens for the last fifteen years on a wide variety of topics; ranging from catechetics and faith formation, to morality, spirituality, and apologetics. He has spoken at youth and adult retreats, workshops, seminars, Catholic schools, parish missions, local, regional and national conferences. He has spoken in front of crowds ranging from thirty to three-thousand and has been aired on both TV and radio in different states. Bryan also runs the R.O.C.K. (Revival Of Catholic Kids) Ministry Team that puts on all-day retreats for teens. He is going for his Masters in theology and working on writing numerous books and tracts.
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One Response to Abortion and the Unborn Child

  1. Kerry says:

    While I understand the point you’re making and I absolutely believe abortion has led us to this place of total disregard for all life I don’t really think the angle you take a means of conversion, though I wish it was. Libs know intimate partner violence and pregnancy go hand in hand. The CDC’s reports on in consistently show this (http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/violence/). The question really is how do people make the leap between this and recognition of it being two, not one life? It is, in large part a matter of God’s hand but from a practical pt there are real pts to consider such as embryology although that too can be too dry to pierce hearts. What I have found the most effective argument with intellectuals in maternal child health, the thing that gets them thinking is asking them two things, is there ever a pt where abortions wrong, most have a cut off with pain, or viability of the baby and if they do that’s the starting point for discussion next is asking if abortion is something that is desired in copious number, most again will agree wanting to make it rare. It then can be helpful to site the numbers of abortions pre and post R v. W. It’s very important NOT to argue the numbers, which is easy to get caught up in because the number pre-1973 are admittedly exaggerated by the former president of NARAL, but rather stick to that number and compare the data before and after the Supreme Courts decision. It speaks for itself every year and every advancement made to extend the legalization of abortion has only made the numbers of those choosing abortion explode. When we look at states that focus on sex ed that focuses on chastity and reducing the number of clinics, replacing then with cpc the number of both unplanned pregnancies and abortion reduce, TX is the predominant example.
    A final punch for severe libs that see NOW and NARAL as the Holy Grail of women’s health they should be directed to invest energy into the stats coming from Guttmacher Institute, the research branch of Planned Parenthood, and as a final punch I would ask them why both orgs (NARAL and NOW)have boards severely saturated with men…
    Anyway that’s just the perspective of one in the field, Im sure there’s many ways to skin a cat.

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