My response to Mary Elizabeth William’s post, “So what if abortion ends life?”
Whether or not unborn children are valuable lives is a debate throughout this nation. The unborn child is indeed a living human, but not only are the unborn living, but important. Life matters because all lives have souls. Provided that unborn babies are humans just like ourselves, we aren’t justified to go and murder them because they inconvenience us. This goes as well for someone in our lives who inconveniences us, we wouldn’t murder them, we either love them anyway or we let them be with those who truly love them for them. Abortion is an option we should never go for as it brings so much pain and is murder. There are many other options for a pregnancy for you to consider if you decide not to keep your child, including adoption.
Williams strongly states, “I believe that’s what a fetus is: a human life. And that doesn’t make me one iota less solidly pro-choice” (Williams). I agree with the fact that of course a fetus is a human life, but because of this I can not condone the murdering of a life. This fetus, an unborn child, is an innocent being and I believe killing innocent life is a sin. The Scripture is clear about not killing the innocent and this includes any state in life. As John Piper puts it, “Surely the blood of the unborn is as innocent as any blood that flows in the world” (Piper). William’s statement can go as far as to say that it shouldn’t matter what human life is killed, since women can have their opinions and killing someone might make it more convenient.
Williams states, “Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always” (Williams).
William is stating here that indeed a fetus is a human life, but does not have the same rights as the woman carrying. This is a whole break down of any morals. It shows forth the selfishness of someone being pregnant, but not wanting the responsibility to take care of a baby. Women resort to saying that the woman has the choice about what to do. As Christians we love life, because humans have souls. If you ask someone if murder is wrong, they will obviously say yes. If you ask if it is wrong to kill a child that is already born people will obviously say yes, but all of a sudden when the child is not yet in the arms of the mother and growing inside her it, doesn’t matter. The fact is, this child is not her life, it is the child’s life. The child’s life is precious, whether in or out of the womb. As much as Williams wants to justify the murdering of a unborn child, it is still murder.
John Piper discusses about killing the unborn and if the Bible justifies such, “When the Bible speaks of killing that is justifiable it generally has in mind God’s sharing some of his rights with the civil authority. When the state acts in its capacity as God’s ordained preserver of justice and peace, it has the right to “bear the sword” as Romans 13:1-7 teaches. This right of the state is always to be exercised to punish evil, never to attack the innocent (Romans 13:4). Therefore, “Thou shalt not kill,” stands as a clear and resounding indictment of the killing of innocent unborn children” (Piper). Piper here shows that when Scripture says “Thou shalt kill” that means that all innocent killing is wrong.
After quoting a woman discussing about abortion saving lives not just killing it, Williams concludes and justifies why she doesn’t care about saving the life of the baby, “She understands that it saves lives not just in the most medically literal way, but in the roads that women who have choice then get to go down, in the possibilities for them and for their families. And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing” (Williams)” I understand that we all have our own views on topics, but something as big as a life is not something to treat as something that doesn’t really matter and is a personal preference. This is a completely selfish statement, while she boasts she does what she wants and it doesn’t matter.
My one friend, Haley, last year went through a miscarriage. I asked her to explain her feelings about why the life of her child mattered. As someone who was able to relate with the fact that the life of her child did matter, even in her womb, she explained to me that you don’t know how good you have it until it’s gone. She explains, “I didn’t get the chance to know Eliana. Don’t take away a life that you didn’t even get to meet. The child is not at fault for other people’s mistakes. Adoption is always an option” (Haley).
Adoption is an option that has many benefits for both the biological and adoptive parents. Meg Brannagan from LivingStrong.com writes, “Adoption allows a birthmother to choose the family who will raise her child. Although she will not care for her baby directly, she can arrange how much contact she wants with her baby as he grows. Adoption allows a birthparent to continue with her life, finish school and achieve other goals while knowing that her baby is being cared for. Adoptive children can grow up knowing they are in a stable home with a permanent family” (Brannagan). She makes a great point that adoption leaves a lot more in the hands of the birthmother. The birthmother can decide how much interaction she wants to have in the child’s life. The adoptive parents are able to love the child just as the birth parents could and would be able to give the child the life he or she needs. Instead of getting ride of your child you are actually giving a special life to a parents who wants a child to love. That is special and an option to be proud of.
As women, we all know a child that growing in our womb is precious . I understand that such a decision as keeping the child, abortion, or adoption is not easy and causes a lot of emotion. I love children, born and unborn, and encourage you to as well have love them enough to give these innocent lives a chance at a good life. If you can not take care of the child yourself then you should put your child up for adoption. There are so many couples who really would be able to give your child a chance at life, who would truly treasure your child.
We can agree that the unborn are indeed living beings, so we shouldn’t be killing innocent life, since that is murder. We would not be killing innocent people around us that we see in person just because they are already born, so we should not kill those that are not yet born. No matter what kind of possible inconveniences this unborn child may be to us, we have many options, including adoption, with what we can do with this child’s life, other than murder. An unborn child is a life, a life worth cherishing.
Williams, Mary Elizabeth. “So what if abortion ends life?” Salon Media Group, Inc, 23 Jan. 2013,
Piper, John. “Ten Reasons Why It Is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn Children” DesiringGod, 7 April 1989, http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/ten-reasons-why-it-is-wrong-to-take-the-life-of- unborn-children.
Lundvall, Haley. Personal interview. Nov 2016.
Brannagan. Meg. “Facts About Adoption Instead of Abortion” LivingStrong, 21 June 2015, http://www.livestrong.com/article/193363-facts-on-late-term-abortion/