Friday, September 01, 2006

Why Pro Life? Part II

This last month, I read the book Why Pro Life? by Randy Alcorn. This is the second Randy Alcorn book that I have read. It has helped me see so much that I never knew about abortion. I was so amazed at all of the scientific information he provided and his Godly insight.

Using incredible sources of information, including abortionists’ own words, he reveals the significance of human life and how it begins at conception. The italicized parts are from his book:

Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni, professor of obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, stated, “I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception…human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood…any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life.”
Page 26

He explains how a Fetus is a human being and how that human being is not a part of his mother’s body. Like how a car parked in the garage doesn’t mean that it’s a part of the garage. This illustration is so simple to understand, yet so many women (and men) are blinded to this fact.
For example, since many people think that a Fetus is a part of the woman’s body, why would they destroy it? Why would they eliminate a part of their body?

Pro-choice advocates argue,
“Every woman has the right to choose what she does with her own body.”
Ironically, the choice of abortion assures that at least 650,000 females in the U.S. each year don’t have the right to choose what they do with their bodies. (That number is roughly half of aborted children, the other half being males.) A female killed by abortion no longer has a life, a choice, or a body to exercise control over.
More girls than boys are now being killed by abortion [because of sex-selected abortions]. To kill an unborn female is to kill a young woman. There can be no equal rights for all women until there are equal rights for unborn women.
Page 61

Mr. Alcorn wrote,
Peter Singer, the Princeton ethics professor, wrote,
“The life of a fetus is of no greater value than the life of a nonhuman animal at a similar level of rationality, self-consciousness, awareness, capacity to feel, ect.”
(… he also believes there’s a moral justification for killing the elderly.)
Page 48

I was astounded when I read this. I thought,
“He believes it is right to murder a human being just because he or she hasn’t yet reached a certain level of development? And he’s an ethics professor?”
Then that would mean that it’s all right for an eight year-old to be murdered just because he hasn’t reached the level of development as the eighteen year-old standing next to him.

Does abortion harm a woman’s physical and mental health? I was somewhat surprised to learn that yes, it most definitely does.

In her testimony before a Senate subcommittee in 2004, Dr. Elizabeth Shadigan testified that “abortion increases rates of breast cancer, placenta previa, preterm births, and maternal suicide… Statistically, all types of deaths are higher with women who have induced abortions.
Page 69

If that is the case, why don’t abortionists inform women of the risks of abortion? Why do they think that abortion is the only way?

In surveys of women who experienced post abortion complications:
1. Over 90 percent said they weren’t given enough information to make an informed choice.
2. Over 80 percent said it was very unlikely they would have aborted if they had not been so strongly encouraged to abort by others, including their abortion counselors.
3. Eighty-three percent said they would have carried to term if they had received support from boyfriends, families, or other important people in their lives.

Every woman deserves better than abortion.
Page 74-75

Coming up: Why Pro Life? Part III

Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

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