Texas has been center stage of the abortion debate lately with their proposed heartbeat bill, which would make it illegal to have an abortion once a baby’s heartbeat can be detected. While many pro-life Christians applaud the proposed law, 25 churches are staunchly standing against it.
These 25 churches have united to oppose the heartbeat bill because they seek to, according to a recent article, “eradicate stigma around reproductive freedom in Texas … one congregation at a time.”
One church in the oppositional group is Presbyterian and another is Baptist, but most are Unitarian Universalist, which means they don’t share a creed apart from a personal search for truth. In other words, they don’t believe Jesus is the only way to heaven or even that there is only one God.
The churches may vary in their theology, but they all agree on three core principles:
“We trust and respect women.”
“We promise that people who attend our congregation will be free from stigma, shame, or judgment for their reproductive decisions, including abortion.”
“We believe access to comprehensive and affordable reproductive health services is a moral and social good.”
On the surface, these principles may sound moral—heroic even. But if you push past the sanitized language, you understand what they really mean.
In the second statement, replace the words “reproductive decisions” with “killing unborn babies,” and suddenly the weight of their words becomes clear. In the third statement, the true meaning becomes obvious again when you replace the words “reproductive health services” with “access to end the lives of unborn babies.”
Is Abortion Really Murder?
Why do we replace seemingly innocuous phrases like “reproductive decisions” into blunt phrases like “killing unborn babies”? Because that’s exactly what abortion is.
Abortion is the destruction of a human life—murder. Why? Because every human being, even in the womb, is created in the image of God and has inherent value.
There are several arguments regarding when human life begins. Does it start at conception (when the egg is fertilized)? After all, at this point, babies already have all the genetic material they’re going to have. Or does life begin 12 to 14 days after conception, since that’s the point when the embryo can split into twins or not? What about after 24 to 26 weeks, after the baby has developed certain neurological structures? Others say a baby isn’t fully human until it can exist outside of the mother. And one famous scientist even argues human life doesn’t begin until three days after birth!
But instead of relying on science to tell us when life begins, we must start with the Word of God. Some may claim that the Bible is silent on when life begins, but that’s not true. Certain passages certainly shed light on what God thinks about life in the womb. Consider the following Scriptures:
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. … Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Psalm 139:13, 16, ESV).
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5, NIV).
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; and before you were born, I consecrated you; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5, NASB).
These passages seem to indicate that life truly does begin at conception. Even more clear is that God cares deeply about human life—including life in the womb.
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