(Warning: strongly-opinionated, somewhat political post ahead :))
Abortion has really been on my heart lately. I've posted about it before, but I keep thinking about it and wishing it did not happen.
No matter how you twist the facts, abortion is murder. I read this post on Brooke's blog and thought I would re-share the facts she stated with you.
When does the unborn baby's heart begin to beat?
- The heartbeat begins on the 21st day after conception.
When does the brain begin to function?
Electrical brain waves have been recorded as early as forty days.
How early can a baby survive outside the mother's womb?
Currently, twenty weeks is considered the accepted minimum. However, this time will be reduced as medical technology continues to improve.
But what about the child with disease who will die a slow death or live his life as a burden to his family?
Do you believe the new "ethic" should be that we kill the suffering or burdensome? Some of these cases are tragic, some are also inspirational. We cannot assume the responsibility for killing an unborn child simply because the child has not yet been seen in public. The child's place of residence does not change what abortion does - kill a human being.
What about the population boom? We can hardly feed the people of the world now!
True, the population of the world is growing, but population is not much of a problem in the United States. With a birth every 8 seconds and a death every 11 seconds, the U.S. population is growing at less than one percent per year.
Population growth or decline compares replacement of the current number of reproductive age individuals with the number of babies being born. By this measure, the United States is now in a sharp population decline.
How can a girl give up her own baby for adoption and go through life never knowing what is happening to her child?
Truthfully, I can't relate with how women considering abortion feel. I don't know what they've gone through. I know things may be really tough, and perhaps having an abortion could end or altogether avoid the toughness for the woman. But I do know that no matter how bad of a spot somebody's in, they shouldn't take a child's life.
For the ladies out there who have had abortions - there is forgiveness. You don't have to live with guilt forever. Someone pointed out to me that these women need love - not someone saying over and over that they're wrong. They need the love of Christ.