WRIGHT WAY: Life in the balance
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The life histories of numerous women who became pregnant as teenagers were reviewed in a 2006 study and reported in the “Journal of Youth and Adolescence.”

Half the pregnant women gave birth and half had abortions. The study concluded, “Childbirth was associated with a lower likelihood of receiving psychological counseling services, less frequent sleep problems, and a lower probability of smoking marijuana when compared to abortion.”

While this conclusion is disputed by other experts, Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D., considered the leading published expert about the real and psychological impact of abortion on women, said, “A conservative estimate from the best available data is 20 to 30 percent of women who undergo an abortion will experience serious and/or prolonged negative consequences.”

What do you think? Although abortion may be the most common minor surgery in the U.S., one might ask: How minor is this surgery?

If you believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, you may wonder how God views what is growing in a female’s belly? Psalm 139:16, gives us a clue. It reads, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” — New Living Translation.

Does these words suggest God’s view of David as a fetus was unimportant? The New World Translation reads, “Your eyes saw even the embryo of me, and in your book all its parts were down in writing.”

Here David does not say “an embryo” but “the embryo of ME,” revealing that his life began when he was conceived, long before his birth. David said, “You saw ME before I was born.” Does this imply a woman conceives a piece of tissue in God’s eyes or does it suggest something far more valuable is living in her? You decide.

Job 3:3 mentions how, “a male child is conceived.” — New King James Version. This indicate that at conception a human being already exists as a person, according to the Bible. Do you agree?

Dr. David Fu-Chi Mark, a celebrated molecular biologist said, “The human being is fully programmed for human growth and development for his or her entire life at the one cell age.”

His conclusion? “There can no longer be any doubt that each human being is totally unique from the very beginning of his or her life at fertilization.”

Experts say the second an egg is fertilized by a sperm, it contains the plans for every detail of the baby’s development, including sex, hair, eye color and height. By the third week the brain, spinal chord and nervous system develop. By the fourth week the heart begins to beat.

Could this be why God’s law to Israel was so decisive in dealing with an accident that terminated the life of the unborn? In Exodus 21:22-23 it states, “If people are fighting and a pregnant woman is hit and gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life.” — Today’s New International Version.

Is taking the life of an unborn child — deliberate or accidental — a trivial matter in the eyes of God? Jesus said at Matthew 10:29, “not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” — New Living Translation. If God is that sensitive about a small bird, would He be less sensitive about a life growing in the womb?

This is not to suggest there are absolutely no circumstances in which a female may decide to terminate a pregnancy for a valid reason. For example, there might be a situation in which, at the time of childbirth, a choice has to be made between the life of the mother and the life of the child. What human could pass judgment on such a difficult choice?

At the same time, should the reasons for terminating a pregnancy ever be something as minor as inconvenience, embarrassment, poverty or fetal abnormalities when there are families willing to adopt and raise an unwanted child as their own? You decide.

All imperfect humans are wise to keep in mind the words of Romans 14:10: “Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.” — New Living Translation.

Since any life-changing decisions we make can also change our relationship with God, every decision we make should be well informed. Would the Creator of life encourage anyone to take violent measures to correct this matter?

Romans 12:19 clearly states, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

When it comes to the unborn and the pursuit of life, liberty and justice for all, the dynamics are clearly too complex for any mere human to fully resolve to the satisfaction of all.

But the perfect human birth, sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is God’s guarantee of a coming world free from all miscarriages of justice.

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