Part 1 Reasons why women have abortions

The issue of abortion seems to have the nation divided.  The pro-choice side sees themselves as protecting the rights of women. The pro-life side sees themselves protecting the life of the unborn. For the most part both sides would say it is wrong to take the life of an innocent human.  Whereas the pro-life advocates argue human life begins at conception, the majority of the pro-choice would say the unborn doesn’t qualify as a human until after birth.

This series will focus on making the case the unborn is fully human at conception and human rights begin at that point.  I will make my case scientifically, philosophically, and finally, theologically.  I will start by defending the unborn with arguments that could be used in the public square. I will make my case utilizing evidence from science and philosophy.  I will then finish the series demonstrating the Bible supports the pro-life position.

Let me begin by stating the problem.  In the United States over 51 million abortions have been performed since 1973[1].  The overwhelming majority of all abortions, (95%), are done as a means of birth control. Only 1% are performed because of rape or incest; 1% because of fetal abnormalities; and 3% due to the mother's health problems.

Women give a variety of reasons for having an abortion[2].

  • Postpone childbearing: 25.5%
  • Desire no more children:  7.9%,
  • Cannot afford a baby:  21.3%
  • Having a child will disrupt education or job: 10.8%
  • Has relationship problem or partner does not want pregnancy: 14.1%
  • Too young; parent(s) or other(s) object to pregnancy: 12.2%
  • Risk to maternal health: 2.8%
  • Risk to fetal health: 3.3%
  • Other: 2.1

The vast majority of the reasons for an abortion are not medical.  Is abortion an appropriate means of birth control?  If the unborn is not human then abortion would be an appropriate procedure for any reason.  However, if the unborn is human, then outside of protecting the life of the mother, killing an unborn is wrong and needs to be stopped.

My entire case rests on answering the question, what is the unborn?  My job will be to establish the fact the fetus is a precious unborn human person deserving full protection from being killed by a doctor performing an abortion.

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[1] National Right to Life; http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/facts/abortionstats.html

[2] http://www.abortiontv.com/AbortionStatistics.htm

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