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Should a list of pros and cons of abortion really be necessary for Christians...or human beings for that matter? I mean, have we really reached a point where we cannot tell that abortion is murderous no matter how you color it or try to paint it as compassionate? Apparently so.

Thirty plus years after the infamous Supreme Court decision in Roe versus Wade and thirty one years after my own timely birth, I sit in awe at the ignorance of a great portion of society...their lack of understanding, their selfishness, and their brazen support of such a horrendous practice as abortion. I guess I should not be surprised that the unregenerate world can support abortion, but what shocks me most is that professing Christians need to consider some sort of pros and cons of abortion list so that they can \\\"make an informed decision\\\". It is a crying shame that we have reached a day when the Bible is not sufficient enough of a guideline for Christians that they feel they must hear the \\\"pros and cons of abortion\\\".

Well, since this seems to be the case, let's look at some pros and cons of abortion. Lets evaluate them in light of the scriptures and in light of our conclusions based on the whole of scripture and the impecable character of our God and His expectations for us. I recently viewed a site with one of these lists with the \\\"pros and cons of abortion\\\". I would like to review their statements with my evaluation of them below:

Pros of Abortion

\\\"*Laws against abortion kill women. Even though abortion may be illegal doesn\\\'t mean that women won\\\'t go through with the abortion. Look at the case of Becky Bell for example. She was an innocent girl that did not want her child and died because of an illegal abortion.\\\"

***My Assessment: Yes, people will continue to sin, but we should never sit band condone theirs inn by either verbal support or merely apathy. We certainly should not use the dumb excuse of: \\\"Well, they are just going to do it anyway and at least if abortion is legal, they won\\\'t be doing them in dirty back alleys.\\\" It is always tragic when a human being loses their life, but if abortion is once again outlawed (as it should be), these people would always be losing their lives in violation of a good, common sense, and compassionate law. If they die breaking the law, then they will die the death of a criminal. But, please keep this in mind: As abortion remains legal these days, many women still die as a result of complications of \\\"clean, safe abortions\\\" (every aborted child dies) and though they are guiltless according to \\\"the laws of the land\\\", they are guilty according to the eternal laws of the God that will judge them.

\\\"*Legal abortion protects women\\\'s health. For tens of thousands of women with heart disease, kidney disease, severe hypertension, sickle-cell anemia and severe diabetes, and other illnesses that can be life-threatening, the availability of legal abortion has helped avert serious medical complications that could have resulted from childbirth. Before legal abortion, such women\\\'s choices were limited to dangerous illegal abortion or dangerous childbirth.\\\"

***My Assessment: O.K., I think it is fitting at the moment to emphasize that in a \\\"successful\\\" abortion, it is always a fatal procedure for the child. Also, much credible research indicates that the victims (children) do feel the excruciating pain of it all! To justify abortion as a \\\"medical\\\" procedure that saves (or potentially saves) one life by detroying the other is remeniscent of the gas chambers and concentration camps scatterwed across Europe during

WWII (after all they were just removing the callous of \\\"non-humans\\\" from our planet for us, right? Wrong again!). Iguess since we think we need a list of pros and cons of abortion, we should have been around to give Hitler and his cronies a list of pros and cons of genocide! This argument

is also rebutted by many scientific studies that the mainstream media and pro abortion forces do not want widely publicized because they smack of the reality that in most cases even one full nine month pregnancy and birth of a child significantly lowers a woman\\\'s risk for developing breast cancer and many other life threatening diseases. For additional resources click here. You see the real danger lies with abortion itself, not the ifs, ands, and buts, of circumstance. Pros and cons of abortion: The sad fact is that abortion snuffs out at least one human life in each and every tragic case!

\\\"*A woman is more than a fetus. Though a woman might be pregnant with a child, she still is her own person and has every right to decide what she wants to do with her baby.\\\"

***My Assessment: A woman is not more valuable than a fetus, nor is a fetus more valuable than a woman. Both are precious in God\\\'s eyes and deserve to live (if it is God\\\'s will). We should not usurp the authority of Almighty God by taking a life that He gave. Now I must sidebar here and say that some would interject here that we should not advocate capital punishment for criminals, fighting in war, or killing out of the necessity of self defense (in which a person is \\\"conciously\\\" attempting to take our life or the lives of our family). What they do not seem to understand is that these precepts ad standards are also set in scripture and in light of this we must conclude that all killing is not necessarilly murder, but all murder (killing of an innocent person) is killing and is dreadfully wrong.

On this point, we should also note that a fetus is more than just a fetus as well. Though those who advocate abortion will probably never admit it, the fact that every fetus (which is simply the name of a growth stage of a human being \\\"a.k.a. person\\\"), that is allowed to grow and develop naturally always (unless God or man intervenes) grows into an infant...which grows into a todler...which grows into a youngster...which grows into a teenager...which ultimately grows into an adult. Can\\\'t you see that just because we have named a person by a different name based on what stage of life it is at, does not take away that person\\\'s right to live, nor does it take away the inate will to live that we each possess within us. Furthermore, a woman, as soon as she becomes pregnant with a child (no matter how that child was conceived) has become party to the creation of a human being...and that human being, though inside her body, is also a separate

entity which needs her protection. She is now responsible before God

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