The dignity of babies in the womb

The dignity of babies in the womb

Here we are again. The battle lines have been drawn. On one side are those who affirm the dignity of vulnerable human life, and on the other side are those who don’t.

Since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, over 50 million babies have been legally murdered in the United States. The Holocaust of Abortion is justified, and even advocated for, by many powerful people and interest groups in our country for a variety of reasons.

Perhaps you are reading this and have wondered what the basis is for the statements I have just made here. Many would say that they constitute an extreme position. While this letter is indeed written from the perspective of a Christian pastor, the ethical dilemmas that will be confronted should be within the ability of even the most agnostic skeptic to understand and ponder.

We will begin by defining when life begins. From the Christian perspective, we turn to the pages of the holy Bible, which is the guide for all Christians everywhere with regard to all matters of faith and practice. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity. And in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). David affirms that he existed as a person beginning at the moment of conception. The New Testament says of Elizabeth that “the babe leaped in her womb” at the greeting of Mary (Luke 1:41). According to God’s Word, life begins at conception, and there is a baby in the womb from that point until birth. Therefore, for the Christian, the case is closed. Human life clearly begins at conception.

What about those who do not accept these things as true because they do not believe the Scriptures? Humanly speaking, we cannot say for sure when life begins, or can we? I submit to you that we can, and the line of reasoning goes as follows. The human life is a continuum, which begins as a single cell at fertilization. We might say that this is the ‘most embryonic’ stage of human life. From that point forward, the person continues to develop as a human being. Blood cells begin to form after 17 days, the heart begins to form at 18 days, the heart begins to beat at 24 days, the baby looks distinctly human after one month, reflexes and brain waves are operational by the end of two months, and so forth. Ever since fertilization, or conception, we have a person with the capacity to be a functioning adult. There is no time between the points of conception and death that a viable human being does not exist. On what basis then do some select a particular point of time at which a baby goes from ‘un-personhood’ to personhood?

It would be untenable to argue that life begins at some point in the womb – say three months – because that is simply a point on the continuum of development. That is, there is no radical change or interruption in the child’s development that would justify such a reach. A second part of the debate is viability. Again, who gets to determine viability? The state of Rhode Island and its “progressive” politicians who now advocate for murder in the third trimester?

Are the infirm elderly, terminally ill, and mentally (disabled) going to be next? I pray that our state and nation rights the wrong of state-sponsored murder of babies in the womb.

James Moriello

Pastor Firm Foundation 
Christian Church,

Woonsocket