"It's just a clump of cells."
So are you.
“Do you eat meat? If you do, then you also kill.”
Yes, we eat meat. The reason that’s permissible is because the Bible says that human beings alone are made in God’s image - animals are not. It is morally okay to kill an animal for food or clothing. However, it is never morally acceptable to murder a human being. (Genesis 1:27)
“Abortion prevents child abuse and neglect.”
Abortion doesn’t prevent child abuse and neglect; it ensures it. There is nothing more abusive and neglectful than procuring a hit man to abuse an innocent infant to death.
“Why don't you guys go help the homeless or foster kids in need?”
Just like it would be unfair to criticize the American Heart Association for not also fighting diabetes; likewise, speaking up in defense of babies scheduled for slaughter is our particular ministry focus right now. We care for all children who are neglected, abused, or suffering. However, our time and resources are limited, just like yours. Once abortion is abolished, many Christian anti-abortion ministries will be freed up to focus the bulk of their attention to other causes that are also important to us all.
“But abortion is legal.”
Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean that it’s morally right. It used to be legal in the United States to put black people up on auction blocks and sell them like cattle. Likewise, during the Holocaust, it was legal to pull screaming Jewish children away from their mothers. It was legal to pull husbands away from their weeping wives. It was legal to haul them all off to the concentration camps and gas chambers. Though something is legal, it doesn’t make it right. To allow the government to define your morality is dangerous. The Bible is the only reliable source for wisdom on moral issues and it says, “You shall not murder.” (Ex. 20:13, Rom. 13:9) It is always wrong to take human life unjustly.
“It’s a parasite. If it‘s in my body, I can kick it out.”
By definition, a parasite is never of the same species. The location of the baby a few inches up in the birth canal makes no difference regarding whether it’s right or wrong to kill. Being in the perceived “wrong location” does not mean that it’s suddenly morally justifiable to poison, vacuum, or dismember another.
“I just don’t want it.”
There are many good folks who do want your baby, and you can go to www.nightlight.org to hand-pick a loving, forever family to adopt your little one. Adoptions can be “closed” or “open.” A closed adoption means you can choose to never see your baby again. An open adoption means you can still get cards, letters, picture updates, or maybe a phone call or visit, depending on the terms of your adoption. Adoption is usually free for the birth mother.
Romans 2:4-5 says, “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to REPENTANCE? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.” And we sure don’t want that to happen to you.
“But in the Old Testament, there are recorded instances of God causing the death of infants or small children.”
God has the authority to give and take life. (Job 1:21)
“I don’t think it’s murder as long as the heart isn’t beating yet.”
Life begins at conception, but you should also know that the heart is beating around the time the mother is taking her pregnancy test. In Jeremiah 1:5, God declares: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” God knows us even before our father’s sperm penetrated our mother’s egg. Let’s err on the side of kindness. Let’s honor and dignify a person starting at fertilization.
“What are you doing about all these unwanted children being born into this world?”
Not enough. Scripture says that it is true religion to visit the orphans in distress (James 1:27). That being said, whether I can or cannot adopt a baby saved from abortion does not change the fact that it is always wrong to murder a child in the womb.
“If abortion isn't legal, then women will go back to aborting their babies in back alleys with coat hangers. That would be so dangerous!”
We agree. It’s very dangerous to kill one’s pre-born baby with a coat hanger — just like it’s dangerous for a burglar to rob a little old lady’s home. He could, after all, cut his hand on the glass. Likewise, a mother could get hurt in the scenario of attacking her baby with a coat hanger.
“But I’m not married.”
We do not fix one sin against God (fornication) by committing another (murder).
God has judged already, and He says that He hates the hands that shed innocent blood.
“I’m pro-life, except in the case of rape.”
Rape and abortion are both wrong for the same reason; they are both violent acts upon the body of another. When a woman has been impregnated via sexual assault, we should go after the rapist to the fullest extent of the law. To make the baby pay the ultimate price for the rapist’s sin is not just. To put the baby to death makes two victims out of the rape situation and two abusers. A mother who has been raped should know more than anyone else what it’s like to suffer violence at the hands of another — therefore, she should have compassion on the child in her womb and not want that child to suffer similarly to how she has also suffered. Contrary to popular thought, women who keep their babies after sexual assault have found them to be a blessed “distraction” from the PTSD flashbacks of the assault. Children — all children — truly are GIFTS from the Lord. (Psalm 127:3-5)
“It’s not a baby. It’s a fetus.”
Yes, it is a “fetus” which is Latin for “unborn human baby.” As we speak English in our country, why not just say “baby” as pregnant women do when they talk about their wanted child? Changing languages does not change the humanity of the unborn child.
“Abortion is fine as long as the baby is young enough to not feel pain.”
Someone who is shot in the head likely doesn’t feel significant pain. Does that mean that shooting them in the head would be “fine” or “morally acceptable”? Would it be “morally acceptable” to dismember a living person against his will as long as he is under general anesthesia?
“But the baby is really, really small...”
It’s wrong to kill small people just as it’s wrong to kill big people. All human beings are made in God’s image, regardless of their size or stage of development. Psalm 82:1-4 says, “Rescue the weak and needy, deliver them from the hand of the wicked” — using our own strength and size to PROTECT them, rather than bully them to their deaths.
“I'm really early in my pregnancy, so abortion is okay.”
It’s wrong to murder 60 year olds, 6 year olds, and 6 week olds in the womb. God says “You shall not murder,” and He does not disregard that command for human beings who are very young. (Ex. 20:13) To the contrary, James 2:8 says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” — even your tiniest of neighbors who have no idea what’s about to happen to their own bodies as their mothers’ names are called to the back.
“I wanted this baby, but now I found out she has a fatal condition and will die.”
We are so sorry and have great compassion for what you are going through. We all have fatal conditions, however, as we all will die. It is murder though to end a life prematurely before natural death. How about instead of terminating your little one, you leave the timing of death in the hands of Almighty God? What you can do instead of aborting your baby is to do everything in your power to give your little one the best in comfort measures and medical treatment all of her remaining days. That’s what good parents do for sick children.
"God knows my heart."
Actually, you have 3 children. So, why are you terminating this one and not one of your older children? James 2:9 (NIV) says that “If you show favoritism, you sin.” Instead of picking favorite children to keep and others to terminate, consider the words of Scripture — that all of your children are GIFTS from the Lord and you are blessed to have many of them (Psalm 127:3-5).
“The earth is already overpopulated.”
It’s not. Humanity only continues to exist because each generation of people has produced another generation to replace itself. The replacement rate is one person per person. Since women are the only ones who can have children, replacing every person on earth means each woman needs to have two children: one to replace her and the other to replace the man. In developed countries, the replacement birth rate is 2.1 children per woman. Even that number assumes that every woman has children and that there are no wars, famine, or disease. In the real world, these kinds of disasters happen all the time and, sadly, not all children reach adulthood – especially in poor countries whose replacement rate is up to 3.3 children per woman. Since not every woman has children, some women need to have more children to balance the birth rate with those having none or only one child. Many of the world’s nations are only barely replacing themselves, while the growing majority of countries have birth rates below replacement – some as low as 1.2 babies per woman.³ “God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion.” (Gen. 1:28)
“I don’t know who the father is.”
Not knowing who the father is does not justify killing the child. God gives a special promise to the fatherless: “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5).
“There is something wrong with my baby, and I don't want him to suffer a cruel life.”
We do not kill people with handicaps, deformities, or illnesses. We help them. We give them the best in medical care and comfort. It is not our place to judge whether someone is deformed or disabled enough to kill. Life and death are in the hands of the Lord.
“Those images are fabricated.”
No, they're not. I don't support deceptive abortion abolition practices. To view certificates of authenticity from medical experts who have examined the photographs, you may follow the link in the footnotes. 5
“Her body. Her choice.”
The body inside the mother’s body is not her body. The mother doesn’t have four arms, four legs, two brains, and two hearts. If the baby is a boy, the mother is not double-gendered. No baby would ever choose to have his or her own body poisoned, attacked with a vacuum, dismembered, or forcibly birthed into a toilet half full of water.
“Abortion must be kept legal for those situations where the woman could die if she didn't terminate.”
Why should the child give up his life for his mother? Isn’t that backwards? Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop stated, “In my thirty-six years in pediatric surgery I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life.”1 Even Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Alan Guttmacher acknowledged over 50 years ago, “Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life.”2 If Planned Parenthood’s own leading physician was making statements like that over 50 years ago, how much more can a patient be brought through pregnancy alive with the medical advancements half a century has brought us?
“Abortion is a right for women.”
In any debate, it’s good to define our terms. Abortion is the intentional and unjust killing of an innocent human being. No one has the "right" to poison a little girl to death (medical abortion), attack her with a vacuum (suction aspiration abortion), dismember her alive (d&e abortion), or force-birth a little girl prematurely into a toilet half full of water (labor and delivery abortion). The will to live is innate for healthy human beings. That means that abortion ALWAYS violates the will of the little preborn child.
“I'm just sending my baby to Heaven. I'll be with her again someday.”
You believe that you’re sending your baby to Heaven; however, you yourself will not be there. Revelation 21:8 says that all murderers will find their part in the lake of fire. And we sure don’t want that to happen to you.
“But the baby is dependent on the life of the mother.”
So is the typical one year old or three year old. Neither would survive very long without the mother there to feed, protect, and nurture their little bodies.
“But what if a mother can’t afford a child at that time?”
When we are going through difficult times financially, we rip up credit cards; however, we don’t rip up our children. We get financial counseling, we budget, we apply for new jobs or better jobs, but the last thing on earth we should be thinking of as a financial move is to take one of our children to a hit man to save a bit of money. Would we do that to a 4 year old?
“It’s just not the right time to be a mother.”
It is the right time because God has said it’s the right time. He has placed this child inside of your womb, and you are already a mother right now. Every decision you make regarding prenatal vitamins, OB/Gyn care, whether to smoke or not, what to eat, how much to exercise, and what drinks to avoid are all part of parenting your child right now.
“God knows my heart.”
God knowing your heart should cause you to tremble for Scripture says, “The heart is deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9). Apart from Christ, we have feet that are “swift to shed innocent blood.” (Isaiah 59:7)
“My local abortion clinic also does so much good!”
If your local grocery store molested children who come in with their customers, but also sold vitamins, cheap food, and life-saving prescriptions, would that make it an acceptable place to shop?
“Abortion must be kept legal because of ectopic pregnancies.”
Family practice physician Dr. Patrick Johnston says:
The standard of care for ectopical pregnancies is “expectant management,” or watchful waiting, since half of the embryos who implant in their mother’s fallopian tubes perish on their own without medical intervention, and are reabsorbed. Nevertheless, in my experience, doctors are often stricter than this standard of care, aggressively intervening in ectopic pregnancies to kill the baby when, in reality, it is not necessary to kill the baby to save the mother’s life. . . . removal of the embryo – whether dead or alive – is not necessary to save the mother’s life. . . . Doubtless, one of the reasons there aren’t more cases of ectopic pregnancies surviving is because of the medical community’s haste to kill. I suspect that haste is motivated less by the desire to save the mother’s life and more to protect the physician. . . . Let us be confident in our commitment to God’s Word as the foundation for morality and justice, and not be seduced into straying from this sure foundation by medical scenarios awash in deceit. “Thou shalt not kill” can withstand the scrutiny of the skeptics.” ⁴
“It’s not like the mothers asked to be pregnant.”
Statistics tell us that around 99% of those who are aborting willingly engaged in the only act that creates a baby. That’s why God says that that act should be reserved for marriage.
“Flee sexual immorality.” (I Cor. 6:18 NKJV)
“I'm personally against abortion, but I'm just here at the clinic to support her and drive her home afterward.”
Just like you wouldn’t just ‘support’ someone raping another; likewise, you shouldn’t be supporting this mother abusing her child to death. And as you wouldn’t wait outside to drive the getaway car for a person heading in to rob a bank, likewise, you shouldn’t be waiting to drive the mother home post-kill. Have nothing to do with the shedding of innocent blood.
¹ C. Everett Koop, “Abortion: Deception-on-Demand,” , May 1980, 24.
² Alan F. Guttmacher, “Abortion–Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,”The Case for Legalized Abortion Now (Berkeley, Calif.: Diablo Press, 1967).