Is the Baby in the Womb a PERSON?

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Typically, when people consider their stance on abortion, they consider the teenage pregnancies, rape victims, or the unmarried women who would be stigmatized. Rarely do we hear a discussion of abortion because the mother didn’t want another boy or another girl. Recently, in the Israeli press, there has been a discussion of married couples who want to abort simply because they don’t like the sex of their child.

During April, a married woman in her 16th week of pregnancy posted a blog which read: ”My husband and I have three sons. I recently discovered that I’m pregnant with our fourth boy. I really wanted a girl and don’t want to be outnumbered in my home with boys. Should I abort?”

A morning talk show decided to include this item on their program and invited a pro-abortionist and myself as guests. She was invited to speak first and shared her views regarding women’s rights over their bodies. I shared that the baby at 16 weeks, purposefully not saying “fetus”, is the size of an avocado, a fully formed human being, with hair beginning to appear on his scalp and toe nails. When I mentioned that the unborn child is a person, as you can imagine, I was loudly interrupted.

The co-host then asked me whether abortion could be allowed in cases of rape. My reply was that rape is a form of murder to the victim, bringing a type of death into her life. Abortion is another death. How could two deaths restore healing to this hurting woman? I also shared that abortion does not help, but rather hurts women. Again, the co-hosts and the other guest objected. The volume of the discussion barely allowed conversation, but I was allowed to make a concluding statement: “The child in the womb is a human being, albeit inside and very small—but this is a matter of only size and location. He deserves to be protected as a person.”

“Is the woman’s body just an aquarium?” asked the pro-abortionist.

No, women are not aquariums. They are created to be the protectors and defenders of their children! Babies, from the moment of conception have their own identity, their own genes and DNA makeup, their own God-given character, blood-type and gender. The baby and the mother are not one person, but two people— each one made in the image of the living God. If we do not define the unborn child as a person from conception, then what moment would we choose? Would the heartbeat at 23 days make him more human? Would the brain waves detected at 40 days determine his personhood? Perhaps the growth of hair on his scalp at 16 weeks would mean that he has the right to live? Israeli law states that the unborn child is a person only when the head emerges and the child is disconnected from the umbilical cord, thus allowing abortion for medical reasons until birth. Despite this legal definition, logic and reason tell us that this hidden child, who responds to voices and music, kicks and squirms, sucks his thumb, avoids pain and sleeps blissfully is a human being.

Let us stand together for the protection of those “people” who have no voice of their own.

• In the last year, the population of Israel has grown by 364,000, a growth of 2.0%.

• During this time 176,000 babies were born, and 44,000 people died.

• Our government paid for nearly 20,000 abortions and there were approximately 20,000 illegal, unregistered abortions.

 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die. Don’t try to disclaim responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it. For God, who knows all hearts, knows yours, and he knows you knew! And he will reward everyone according to his deeds. – Proverbs 24:11-12

This article originally appeared in the Be’ad Chaim Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2015.