It’s My Body – 3 of 3

Author: Jeff Hicks

”You miss the point preacher, it’s about a woman’s right to choose!”

 Deciding who decides. By its very nature, abortion is a life-and –death issue of consequences that force us to grapple with all the ultimate questions: Who are we? Why do we exist? At what point do we become a person? What happens to us when we die? What is the source of our human rights? What is the source of our “right to choose”?

Our national good, limits an individual’s right to choose to not pay taxes. Our domestic good limits a woman’s right to drive 100 mph on 24.

“No, I mean choose what she can or can’t do with her body!” Can a woman choose to sell a kidney on e-bay? Can she sell her body for sexual favors?

Political carton:

* First frame: “He kissed me and I melted.”

* Second frame: “My heart pounded at his touch.”

* Third frame: “His embrace sent blood coursing through my veins.”

* Fourth frame: “I was overcome with passion, I couldn’t refuse.”

* Fifth frame: “Well now I’m pregnant and I want an abortion.”

* Sixth frame: “After all, a woman should have control over her own body.”

“My body!” The male sperm and the female egg each contain 23 chromosomes. Upon fertilization, a single cell results containing 46 chromosomes, which is what all humans have, including of course the mother and the father. But the new organism’s 46 chromosomes are in a different combination from those of either parent. The fetus is not a part of the mother’s body, but a different individual. It’s chromosomes will heavily influence its destiny until the day it dies, whether that death is at the age of 99 or one hour after conception. The fetus is not a potential person, he or she is a person with potential.

“It’s a parasite”. A common argument against the personhood of a fetus is that they don’t look like us and are fully dependent on the mother for their very existence. What about an elderly man who has been a devoted husband and father but who now lies in a comatose, vegetative state, barely alive. We would anguish over “pulling the plug”. But suppose the doctor told us that a new drug had been found and that he could guarantee that in 6 to 7 months the man would recover and be his old self. Now how difficult a moral question do we have in removing his life support, though he still is inconvenient and expensive and totally dependent on outside intervention for his life.

Men VS women”. It is said that women have had little choice but those limited by terms which men set. In abortion, the human fetus has no choice but to be eliminated by terms which only a woman sets. The problem is not a feminist’s pro-choice stance, but that the stance has no moral context. All the emphasis is on rights. None is on the morality of using those rights. It’s as if we are back in the 1850’s. No one is talking about whether slavery is wrong; instead the whole discussion is over whether a plantation owner has the right to decide the issue alone.

A note from Jeff. This series will never demand a great readership. The country we live in believes that this issue is best left to the political masters. As Christians we should stay in our buildings lulled to sleep by our self interest and stained glass. Ours is the world of “redemption”, “sanctification”, pie socials and V.B.S.

Abortion is the single greatest moral/ethical issue of our generation. It just happens to be a political “hot-button” for our two major political parties.