Saturday, 7 February 2009

Live baby thrown out with the rubbish in Florida

"Abortion Shock: Baby Born Alive Then Thrown Out"

Thankfully the idea of dumping a new-born baby in the trash still shocks people. But please, why would it have been legal to do exactly the same had the same woman in question not gone into labour at that moment and the same baby had still been in the womb?

Whatever labels people decide to apply to it, it's still murder. And the failure to speak out and speak clearly about that is a guilty silence.

1 comment:

Ned Kelly said...

In his book, the ‘Language of God’, Francis Collins briefly touches on the subject of when life actually begins, and when the soul may be considered to make its entrance into the human fetus. Theologically, there is no clearly defined moment, and from a biological perspective, there is no sharp boundary that clearly delineates life beginning. He mentions the case of identical twins who develop from a single fertilized egg and very early in development, the embryo comes apart resulting in two distinct embryos. He comments “In these cases, therefore, the insistence that the spiritual nature of a person is uniquely defined at the moment of conception encounters a difficulty” (page 250). He may be right, but only if one insists that God is subject to the same scientific paradigm that guides biology, which of course he isn’t. It seems perfectly logical to me that in the case of twins there is an exception, two souls may indwell one embryo, or the souls do not indwell twins until the embryo splits – we simply cannot know, but it does seem unreasonable to impose scientific limits on God.
I have been trying to understand the theistic evolutionist (or evolutionary creationism) position on souls, whether souls “evolved” or were implanted in homo divinus just prior to the Fall. So far I have been unable to get any reasoned response from anyone. But I digress. On the subject of abortion and whether it is murder, depending on when it is defined that life begins, it does seem to me that there is no clear biological or theological evidence and the best we can do is be guided by Scripture (always a good place to start).
When I think about the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, Luke 1:34-35 tells the story thus, “Then Mary said to the angel, how can this be, since I do not know a man? And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you”. Jesus was both human and God from the moment of conception, how could it have been otherwise? Psalm 51:5 says “For I was born a sinner, yes, from the moment my mother conceived me”. We can interpret that as a manner of speech if we so choose, or we can accept it as written as being a truth God wants us to know; the literary style does not prohibit facts being declared.
When faced with a choice on matters of no clear discernment, I embrace the spirit of Romans 14:23, “But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin”. The modern view is that if you are not sure it is wrong, then it must be right. I think that Scripture tells us the opposite, that if you doubt, if you are unsure that it is right, then it is wrong.
I see abortion in that light.