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Annihilating Arguments for Abortion

by Hank Hanegraaff

an article from the From The President column of the Christian Research Newsletter, Volume 6: Number 4, 1993.

The Editor of the Christian Research Newsletter is Ron Rhodes.

"The most merciful thing a large family can do for one of its infants is to kill it." (Margaret Sanger, Founder, Planned Parenthood)

"We have yet to beat our drums for birth control in the way we beat them for polio vaccine, we are still unable to put babies in the class of dangerous epidemics, even though this is the exact truth." (Dr. Mary S. Calderone, Sex Information and Education Council of the United States -- SIECUS)

Make no mistake -- "pro-choice" advocates are not friends of women or babies. America's unthinking submission to the lies and twisted arguments of the so-called pro-choice movement will move us inexorably toward social genocide of a magnitude eclipsing that of Hitler, Stalin, Somalia, the Serb-Croate conflict, or any other massacre openly denounced in our media.

The movement's own label -- "pro-choice" -- is a twisted deception, covering up for a social genocide where the "right" to choose to kill one's preborn baby reigns supreme over that baby's human rights; over the rights of the mother to receive accurate information about fetal development and the dangerous consequences to herself from abortion; over the rights of the parents of a pregnant minor; over the rights of the preborn's father; and over the rights of a human society to protect all its members -- no matter what their social status, economic independence, physical limitations, or acceptance by their families. Those who continue to fight legislation restricting abortion are not "pro-choice," they are "pro-abortion," or more accurately, "pro-murder."

Abortion is in reality the painful killing of an innocent human being. It is painful because the methods employed to snuff the life involve burning, smothering, dismembering, or crushing. There's no doubt that it is killing because the zygote -- which fulfills the criteria needed to establish the existence of biological life (including metabolism, development, the ability to react to stimuli, and cell reproduction) -- is terminated. The life taken is innocent simply because he or she has done nothing worthy of capital punishment. Finally, being a product of human parents and having a unique genetic code makes the unborn life unquestionably human. In fact, Dr. Micheline Matthew-Roth, a principal research associate in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, stated, "It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception, when egg and sperm join to form the zygote, and this developing human always is a member of our species in all stages of its life."

Recently on the Bible Answer Man program, I interviewed Dr. Francis J. Beckwith in order to demolish some of the most common pro-abortion arguments. Dr. Beckwith is the author of what I consider to be one of the best Christian resources responding to the pro-abortion movement, Politically Correct Death: Answering Arguments for Abortion Rights (Baker, 1993).

To help equip you to annihilate the arguments of pro-abortion advocates, I've developed the acronym A-B-O-R-T-I-O-N.

Abortion, rampant in America today, is the tragic consequence of a society that no longer values individual human worth, that worships at the feet of the idol Self, and that replaces the Word of God with social relativism. One-third of the children conceived in America this year will be murdered before they are born. And yet this brutal, widespread slaughter can be stopped if those of us who value human life, who worship the true God, and who obey His Word become informed, committed, and involved.

Editor's Note: Hank has an audiotape and small booklet that provides a more comprehensive discussion of the abortion issue. Contact CRI for details.

End of document, CRN0055A.TXT (original CRI file name), "Annihilating Arguments for Abortion" release A, July 15, 1994 R. Poll, CRI

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