Your Family Matters With Pastor Chanda
Today, I return to the subject of abortion. It simply will not go away.
Almost every time I talk with women who have become pregnant outside marriage, I soon hear that they once struggled with the temptation to abort. It fills me with both grief and anger.
This week is no exception. I sat with a couple that confessed to terminating a pregnancy in a clandestine way and then were planning to do the same to a second pregnancy but were overcome with guilt the next time around. That was what prevented them from doing so.
When I had finished my meeting with them, I later met the child that they had almost sent to an early grave. I was filled with grief and wept bitterly.
This girl could have also never seen the light of day and yet here she was—such a wonderful and precious soul.
When I read the writings of those who advocate the right of termination of pregnancy by women, they argue that a woman should be entitled to do anything with her own body.
I have a problem with that because the baby in the womb is not the body of the woman.
The baby in the womb is totally dependent on the mother for all of its nourishment until after delivery. However, it is not her body.
This is a human being who has come about by a fusion of a male’s sperm and a female’s egg and is now being kept in a female’s womb.
How can you call that a female’s body?
I also notice that those who advocate the termination of pregnancy often argue for the most extreme situations.
They say, “What if a woman was raped and she hates the thought of keeping a baby she never wanted and who keeps reminding her of the man who raped her?”
They also argue, “What if the life of the pregnant woman is at stake? It is better to lose the life of the baby than to lose both the life of the mother and that of the baby.”
How I wish that all or even most of the cases of termination of pregnancy have to do with such extreme situations! Sadly, that is not the case.
Almost all the cases I hear about in which a baby has been aborted involve people who are trying to hide their shame.
Ninety-five percent of such situations involve individuals who engaged in sex outside marriage and realised that a pregnancy will be incontrovertible evidence of their act.
They wanted to hide this evidence and the only way to do so was to kill the unborn baby.
A schoolgirl may not want to lose her place in school. A teenager may be afraid of what her parents will do to her once they find out. A married man may fear the repercussion if his wife finds out that he was having an affair with another woman who was now pregnant.
The Bible says, “This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I have done no wrong’” (Proverbs 30:20).
In this case, pregnancy is equivalent to crumbs remaining around the mouth after eating. The wiping of the mouth is the abortion!
These are the most common cases.
It is almost always situations where people feel the need to hide what they were doing, which they should not have been doing in the first place.
Let us face it: Is it right to end the life of another human being to hide your sin?
This is the question that must be asked when a person is asking, “Should I abort or should I not?”
The life in the womb is totally innocent and has as much a right to live as the two people who are now busy trying to find a solution to hide the evidence of their mischief.
Terminating a pregnancy in such a situation is the same as killing a person who sees you stealing red-handed.
You know that if he is killed then people will never know that you stole. Surely, that would be adding insult to injury. That innocent person has a right to life.
If in really need to revisit this matter and tighten the laws against abortion.Too many innocent lives are being lost on the altar of hiding shame. Two wrongs do not make a right.
Find another way of wiping your mouth, but please do not terminate the life of that baby!
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Your Family Matters With Pastor Chanda