My heart is heavy today and I have to tell you why. The subject will be controversial and may contain triggers for some, but we need to talk about it. Humanity is fading fast...or at least that’s what it seems like today. That is what is consuming my thoughts at the moment.
Other than the current state of the weather, have you seen something new floating around on social media and in the news? Tennessee lawmakers proposed a bill that would let biological fathers stop abortions. Is this why my heart is heavy? No...but it was the catalyst that sent me down a path of reading about this bill and all the comments other people posted on the articles. I was sucked into what felt like a tornado of comments that went nowhere except straight to the pits of hell. While there were many people making amazing points on there that I agreed with... the majority were the most egregiously disgusting things that could be said. People who commented with the life of a baby in mind were being attacked by the others that weren't. There were good points made on each side. But, whether or not this bill should go through isn’t my focus for this post. (Although, we may visit the subject in another post soon.) This post rests solely in the hearts and minds behind all those comments and how they made me feel as though our world is no longer living in reality but a different detached parallel reality. A reality that I refuse to become a part of and you should, too.
I want to share one of the conversations I read between a few of the people that were going back and forth. I think it important to give their word for word exchange, but I will change their names. To set the conversation up, many people were commenting to leave religion out of it. This is where this lady speaks from a science perspective and then gets several responses from others, but I will only include two others to keep this as short as possible.
Sally: What about people who are opposed to abortion because of science and human rights? Not religious based. Are our opinions not important? Are you saying the only people who should be heard on every issue are those that agree with you only? Because to me, separate DNA, separate heartbeat, separate brain waves equals a unique human being. When my parents died, the doctors pronounced them dead because they no longer had a heartbeat or brain function. Conversely, having those things makes you alive. Now, I’m for parents having the right to make decisions for their children, such as what they wear, or the type of diet they eat, or how they are educated- but that doesn't include killing, abusing, or neglecting them. Every person on this planet, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, socioeconomic status, country of origin, religions belief(or lack thereof), marital status, employment status, or any other factor, should have the basic right to life, from conception until natural death. There are many ways to prevent pregnancy, from hormonal interventions to barrier contraceptives to surgical options. Why should another individual with unique DNA have to pay the price with their life for a woman and man being irresponsible sexually? Scientifically, it takes 2 to create a child- a genetic male and a genetic female. Why should only one be able to control the destiny of that child?
Jared: Sally, you're describing a parasitic symbiotic relationship. Like a tapeworm. And a host can expel a parasite at its own pleasure.
Sally: Jared, Except you fail to acknowledge that the 2nd set of DNA, the unborn child’s DNA, is HUMAN. Humans are not parasites. If we used your logic, then instead of evicting a bad renter from your property, you could just decide they are the equivalent of a termite and exterminate them. Live-in boyfriend who won't pay his share of the bills? No different than the raccoons who moved into the attic- kill ‘em and move on. Human beings have the right to life. No matter how you twist it, the DNA of a human child at any point from conception through natural death, is always going to be human.
Paul: Sally...Human beings have no right to use the bodies of others without their expressed and maintained consent. The other examples you listed don’t quite work...a bad boyfriend or a deadbeat renter can (usually) be removed from a property without killing them. A fetus has no such luck, but it has no more right to be inside of an unwilling woman’s body as anyone else does… DNA is irrelevant.
Jared: Sally, easy because a woman can revoke consent for the use of her body by others at any time. Therefore a woman can choose not to be a vessel for a fetus at any time. She has bodily autonomy no matter the consequences.
This is really just a short excerpt from the conversation I read. The more of this conversation and the many others that I read, the more sick to my stomach I felt. What has our world come to when we can consider an unborn baby just a parasite easily expelled when unwanted? Friends...this is what happens when we have a nation without God! The amount of people that have this type of thinking is overwhelming to me. It breaks my heart! Even when science can speak and leave the beautiful miracle that is God’s out of it...they cannot see the truth. Humanity is fading fast… but it is not lost. We still have hope! We can still make a difference! You see, I believe that if these people knew Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they wouldn’t feel the same way. They would understand that a child is a gift from God.
I will end today’s post with these verses: Psalm 139: 13-16, “For it was You who created my inward parts, You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.”