Babies are people. Everyone says to a pregnant woman, “How’s the baby”. No one says “How’s the fetus”. It is absurd and we all know it.
“Not a person” is a decidedly unscientific argument: it has nothing to do with science and everything to do with someone’s own moral or political philosophy, though that someone may not readily admit it. Here is a good time to recite the scientific proofs, and maybe make a philosophical point of your own: We’re either persons or property; and even the staunchest abortion defender will be reluctant to call a human child a piece of property.
Development also shows obvious signs of human life. The cardiovascular system is the first major system to function. At about 22 days after conception the child’s heart begins to circulate his own blood, unique to that of his mother’s, and his heartbeat can be detected on ultrasound.
At just six weeks, the child’s eyes and eye lids, nose, mouth, and tongue have formed. Electrical brain activity can be detected at six or seven weeks, and by the end of the eighth week, the child, now known scientifically as a “fetus,” has developed all of his organs and bodily structures. By ten weeks after conception the child can make bodily movements.
Why don’t I believe in abortion and being pro-choice?
I believe that LIFE is sacred, both in the womb and outside the womb. There are numerous teachings in Scripture that make it abundantly clear what God’s view of abortion is. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb. Psalm 139:13-16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb. Exodus 21:22-25 prescribes the same penalty—death—for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb as for someone who commits murder. This clearly indicates that God considers a baby in the womb to be as human as a full-grown adult.
- God said “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
- David said “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.”(Psalm 139:13-16)
- Luke said “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 1:41)
- God said “You shall not murder.” (Deuteronomy 5:17)
- King Solomon said “There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood.” (Proverbs 6:16)
- Biblical authors unanimously refer to the preborn as people.
- Job describes miscarried babies as “infants who never saw the light” (Job 3:16).
- Pregnant mothers are referred to throughout the New Testament as being “with child”(Matthew 1:18, Luke 2:5).
- Of Rebekah and Abraham’s twin sons, Moses records “the children struggled together within her” (Genesis 25:22).
- Luke refers to Elizabeth’s baby with the exact same word, υἱὸν (Greek for “son”), both before and after his birth (Luke 1:36, 57).
- They’re not ambiguous “blobs of cells” or “scrambled eggs” but sons, daughters, children, infants.