Straight Talk about Abortion

March 20, 2013 | 2 comments

Every year it kills more people than heart disease, stroke, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, AIDS, accidents, murder, and war—put together.

It kills almost as many people as all other causes combined.

It is the single largest preventable cause of death.

It is abortion.

Every year around 44 million children die before birth due to induced abortion. By comparison, only 57 million people die after birth from all causes of death annually. Abortion is by far the biggest killer today.

Yet few realize the gravity of the situation. Many have been deceived into thinking that abortion doesn’t really kill children, and others—who do recognize the humanity of the unborn—simply do not understand the urgency of the problem.

That is why it is time for straight talk about abortion.

Facts About Unborn Children

A new human being comes into existence at the moment of conception, when the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg unite. From this very first moment, the child has a complete genetic code—different from anyone else’s. If nature is allowed to take its course, he will swiftly grow and develop and, in nine months’ time, be born.

Along the way there are several milestones. Around a week after conception, the child “implants,” or attaches to the mother’s womb to receive nutrients from her body.

Around three weeks after conception the child has a heart that is pumping his own blood (frequently a different type than the mother’s).

By the fifth week the child is developing eyes, hands, and legs. The next week his brainwaves are strong enough to be detected by current medical devices.

In the seventh week he has both fingers and toes and is kicking and swimming in the womb. By the eighth week the baby has every organ of the body and is forming his own, unique set of fingerprints.

By the ninth and tenth week, teeth and fingernails are growing, and the baby can turn his head and frown. He also hiccups, sucks his thumb, and reacts to loud noises. A week later he begins grasping objects placed in his hand and can smile.

By week twelve, his nervous system is developed enough to feel pain.

Additional growth and development occurs during the remainder of pregnancy. For example, by week seventeen the baby experiences REM (rapid eye movement) sleep—a sign that he is dreaming.

Milestones such as these—as well as images taken from within the womb—illustrate the humanity of the unborn child in a profound way. Thanks to modern technology, today we have a clear understanding of the stages we all passed through when we ourselves were in the womb.

Undeniable Logic

The logic of the pro-life position is straightforward and undeniable:

1)      Deliberately killing an innocent human being is always wrong.

2)      Abortion deliberately kills an innocent human being.

3)      Therefore, abortion is always wrong.

The argument is so simple that even a child can understand it. If the two premises are true then the conclusion that follows from them is also true.

As we will see in future posts, the premises are rock solid, and the argument is sound.

This post is based on material found in Catholic Answers' informative booklet Straight Talk About Abortion. To get your copy, use the link below

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Comments by Members

#1  David Fritz - Northampton, Pennsylvania

For those who says life does "not" begin at the moment of conception..and/or..considers abortion the very moment they believe their pregnant, ask them this quick question...."What is growing in there?".... If you get "no" answer from them,you made an impression! If you get any kind of answer different from "a human being", then respond to them that you personally know the curator of the Smithsonian Institute in DC who would be happy to give you a job there with great pay for just standing there on display doing

August 25, 2013 at 1:18 am PST
#2  David Fritz - Northampton, Pennsylvania

Another topic people wonder about is what happens to aborted babies? Please read Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. I would like to say that if God "consecrated" something,in this passage a "human life",( that is "every" human life)that would mean to me that God was equipping them with the needed graces to fulfill his purpose while having an earthly life.Because a baby had not come to natural birth by the mothers gravely sinful act of her own free will, the consecration the infant received directly from our loving God is not suddenly useless. "Consecration" is the sanctification of something by setting it apart (usually with religious rites) as "dedicated" to God. If God is dedicating us to him yet we are not born,then a question needs to be asked...If the baby in the womb growing is dedicated to God, then it deserves all the spiritual gifts including the spiritual effects of having received all the sacraments of Holy Mother Church.The baby's mother may have had no intention to have the child baptized but our Father in Heaven did. When something bad happens like an abortion,God will make something good come from it as he does for many other happenings even though we cannot bring the child back to life,we can pray for them as often as we would pray for any one else whom we would want to be in heaven.

August 25, 2013 at 3:03 am PST

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