Opinion: Why Christians Should Protect the Right to Life

By Michaela Messina ‘24.

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Before approaching this particular article, readers should note the previous pro-life and pro-choice editorials that have been posted on The Blue and White over the past two years. In continuing the conversation of perspectives on abortion, we are excited to share another viewpoint, this piece set apart by being grounded entirely on Scripture and traditional faith.

The right to life is a fundamental right all humans possess. This right, at any stage of life (whether in the womb or in one’s dying days), is backed by moral and Biblical principles. While in the womb, God is hard at work piecing together an intended beautiful creation, as Scripture states, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place…Your eyes saw my unformed body” (Psalm 139:13, 15a, 16a, NIV). The Bible is clear that God classifies us as humans in the womb, as all of Psalm 139 praises God for how He creates each person from the moment of conception.

While the Bible is very clear that God has a hand on our bodies in the womb and is knitting us together, He is also clear in the 6th Commandment: “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13, NIV). Murder is defined as the premeditated killing of another human, and since God placed His hand and will on the child being formed in the womb, that includes them as well. Telling God He was wrong and putting a stop to His creation that He is working on is a direct violation of the 6th commandment. 

A few weeks ago, on November 25, President Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act into law. This law, which was unanimously approved by the House and Senate, makes intentional cruelty towards animals a federal crime, punishable with up to seven years in prison. Despite our advances in the humane treatment of animals, some humans have yet to receive the same rights. While animals are gaining much-deserved protection, the rights of the unborn are in decline. Impaling an animal is a felony, but the dismemberment of babies in the womb is completely legal in the US (as this link with medically accurate depictions of abortion procedures shows: https://www.abortionprocedures.com/). 

Worse, in many places abortion is celebrated as an advance in “sexual freedom”, often by women. However, abortion takes advantage of women by killing them inside the womb. Alice Paul, an American suffragist and woman’s rights activist called abortion “the ultimate exploitation of women.” Many targeted abortions are directed towards baby girls, specifically in patriarchal societies. Some Indian provinces, for example, have not had a single girl born in over a year. As Mother Teresa, the tireless worker for the impoverished, states, “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish,” adding, “Abortion is profoundly anti-women. Three quarters of its victims are women: Half the babies and all the mothers.” Abortion, at its core, is fundamentally anti-woman.

Additionally, abortion strips the freedom from and destroys a child made in the image of God. From the moment of conception, every person is known, inside and out, by God. In Jeremiah 1:5a, the Lord tells the prophet, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” (NIV). God is omnipotent, and before we were even conceived, He knew everything about us. Mother Teresa also said, “We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?” Abortion takes away the most important right: life. Without life, one cannot have any other rights.

Also, abortion is against many things that Jesus stood for. Jesus came to bring life; abortion takes it away. Jesus protected the weak; abortion destroys them. Jesus embraced children; abortion negates them. Jesus went to the cross, sacrificing His body for others; abortion is the opposite, demanding that another’s body be sacrificed for oneself. In John 10:10 Jesus sums His mission up: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV). The abortion of a defenseless child is the very antithesis of Jesus’s message, and yet shockingly many churches remain silent about this issue.

In ancient Rome, babies deemed “defective” were left out naked in the wilderness to die of exposure to the elements or wild animals. This barbaric practice was ended when adherents of the new Christian religion started “choosing” to rescue these children. The “choice” of first century Christians to protect babies sets a standard for Christians today. Let’s choose to follow Jesus’s example and His directive to fight for the right of all children to “have life, and have it to the full.”