It’s all about the womb.
Novels on dystopian societies like Brave New World and The Giver invariably begin with the dissolution of the family. Emotional bonds forged in the womb are broken and replaced with drug-enhanced loyalty to the State and its ideals. These remain novels only because human biology makes the stories unrealizable. The only result of babies without emotional bonds is suffering and tragedy.
It’s known as “the orphanage problem.” State-run communities don’t function as families. Even mothers in prison were found to have a better outcome raising their babies than sterile institutions. In the 1940s, Austrian psychoanalyst Rene Spitz published his results.
Love won: 37% of the infants kept in the bleak hospital ward died, but there were no deaths at all amongst the infants raised in the prison. The incarcerated babies grew more quickly, were larger and did better in every way Spitz could measure. The orphans who managed to survive the hospital, in contrast, were more likely to contract all types of illnesses. They were scrawny and showed obvious psychological, cognitive and behavioral problems.
In America, between 45 and 50 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned. Among unmarried women, 20-29 years old, the number increases to over 69 percent. And 40 percent of those pregnancies end in abortion. The overwhelming reason for abortion is that it’s less unkind to kill a baby before its born than to bring it into a world without love. These mothers believe they will be incapable of loving their babies.
Maybe that’s got some truth to it, but it’s far more likely they are in denial.
The answer to our national unhealed wound is not punishing women for having abortion. That’s like saying the cure for a broken bone is amputating the limb. The answer to abortion is love. It’s the only answer, or we assume humanity is no more than animals descended from pond scum, as I heard Kirk Cameron say last night.
There’s only one truth in the universe. I don’t buy all this relativist junk where there’s “my truth” and “your truth” and “that’s not truth for me.” The sun shines or we die. A billion billion parameters are exactly, perfectly right to the smallest possible measurement or there’s no life on Earth.
Ravi Zacharias recalls a professor of his, a quantum physicist, describing what the first few microseconds of the creation of the universe would have looked like. He described in great detail the how contraction and expansion ratio had to be so precise and the margin of error so small. And he added that the exactness demanded of that moment was such that it would be the equivalent of taking aim at a one square inch object twenty billion light years away and hitting it bull’s eye.
If we are just evolved pond scum, a whole lot more than just emotions is in the wastebasket. Our “rights,” our dignity, our destiny, our morality: these are all just myths. If we’re not loved by a Creator, we are just babies abandoned to a cold, sterile, institutional universe to die a lonely and pointless death. Abortion then is the least of our worries.
I heard Christian columnist Cal Thomas characterize an argument with an abortion advocate thusly:
Pro-abort: “What about rape and incest?”
Thomas: “You can have rape and incest. Can I have the rest?”
“What about health of the mother?”
“You can have the health of the mother. Can I have the rest?”
“No. It’s my womb.”
The argument for abortion is one of fear, selfishness and rejection of love. It goes like this: if I can’t love my baby, nobody can. It denies the love God the Creator has shown us in enabling us to live at all. It denies love as a concept. It denies that a baby raised in a prison can thrive while a baby raised by a faceless institution dies.
God either loves us all, or there is no God. And there is a God because we’re here. The Bible declares that we are without excuse (Romans 1:20). Our nation’s founders declare that these truths are self-evident. They do not require further explanation or defense. We are here, therefore we are loved. We are loved, therefore God exists. God exists, therefore we have a duty to love others.
Abortion is the denial of love. There’s no healing without love–loving the mother who aborted her child; loving those who have suffered; loving those mothers facing unplanned pregnancy. Anyone who cannot grasp that God loves us too much to allow us to embrace abortion cannot grasp God’s love at all.
Abortion should be illegal because our laws should be based on God’s principles, not because we wish to control wombs. Abortion should be illegal because God loves us. Should a mother who obtains an illegal abortion be punished? Let me answer that question with a question: Should God destroy the universe because his creation, humanity, denies his love?
You answer that one.