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What does the Bible say about the sanctity of human life?

Psalm 139:14 is one of the most quoted verses in the Bible. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” This verse has been used in churches and Bible classes, to say that God made YOU uniquely as you are. This is entirely true; however, most people forget to add verses 13 and 15-16 when reciting this verse. These verses form the basis for my opinion regarding the controversial topic of life. 


People all over the country and even all over the world have advocated for murder cleverly disguised as choice. That's right, I am writing about abortion. People say that it is the mother’s body, and if she wants to discard her baby, then she should be permitted to do so. I believe this statement is a fallacy. Yes, of course, the mother should have the option to do what she wants with her body. Whether she chooses to take the risk of ending up in this situation or not, there are options besides abortion. The mother can either keep and raise her baby as her own or, if she feels she can not adequately support her child, she can put her baby up for adoption. The problem comes when the mother wants to have an abortion in the name of choice, saying it is “her” body. I beg to differ.


Illustration by Emma Scrivner

The abortion will affect her body, but only in a negative way. The actual effect of abortion is the complete destruction of another person: the baby inside. I would say this is not “her” body, but the body of an entirely different and whole individual. The mother, in this instance, should want to nurture her child. Even if the creation of the baby was not intended, or even if it was traumatizing for the mother, the Bible says in Psalm 127:3 that children are a gift. This verse explains the value of a person, whether they are in the womb, going into college or entering their last season of life. 


Many people argue that a baby is not truly a baby when inside the womb. However, according to dictionary.com, life is “the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.” 


Those last two words alone prove that the life inside the womb is a living human being worthy of the rights granted to them in the Declaration of Independence. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” our country is built on these values, but abortion takes them all away.


The World Health Organization (WHO) states that on average, 73 million abortions take place annually. Hopefully, you were as shocked and appalled as I was when you read this. Let’s go back to Psalm 139. Verses 13-16 say, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 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.”


God says in His word that YOU are loved and here for a purpose. He says He had a plan for you when you were still being formed and even before. There is no inherent difference between the embryo you once were and the person you are today. Your body grew, and you, of course, changed, but what made you YOU was the same from the beginning. 


It is scientifically proven that all your genetic information was present at conception. This means that from that moment, you were alive and worthy of the chance at life God had offered you


As a Christian and pro-lifer, I would encourage you to fight for life and give every child the opportunity to grow closer to the Lord, just as your parents and grandparents gave you a chance to live and grow as God intended. 


Luke 18:16 states, “Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’”

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