“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” -Proverbs 31:8-9
The most defenseless, needy, poor, helpless, and voiceless citizens we have in our country are those in the womb. For the rights of all who are mute, destitute, poor, and needy, twice it says, “Open your mouth.” That is speech, and much of it. We are to open our mouths frequently for those who cannot. It also says to, “Defend the rights of the poor and needy.” So, not only are we called to frequently talk about these things, but we are also called to defend them. To fight for them. To be willing to risk our livelihoods for them. Sacrificing our own well-being, and comfort, in order to secure their God-given right to life in this world. How can Christians obey this text? Open your mouth, and defend. How can you disobey this text? Stay silent.
Life begins at conception. At the moment of conception God begins a creative work in the womb,
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” -Psalm 139:13-14
God is one the One who is forming, and knitting the child together in the womb. And we humans have no right to interrupt that process. The fact that life begins at conception, and that is where God begins to form, and knit, makes this a Christian issue. We are called to uphold the truth of God in this world, and never to cower away from it in the name of self-preservation.
The arguments that are thrown around are not out of genuine concern for the mother. Let’s make that clear. The people who throw these arguments around would have to consider the reality that women who have a medically-induced abortion have suicide rates that (at least) double after the child is dead. A study done in Finland provided some telling numbers in regard to the suicide rates of women, post-abortion. The study says this,
“Indicates that in the year following an abortion (with most deaths occurring in the first two months) women were three times more likely to commit suicide than the general population, and nearly six times more likely to commit suicide than women who gave birth.”
Another study done in the United States gave similar numbers,
“Examining 173,279 low-income California Medicaid patients found that women who underwent abortions had nearly double the chance of dying in the following two years, and had a 154 percent higher risk of death from suicide, than if they gave birth.”
So, suicide rates for women who have abortions go up 154 percent. Therefore, if people cared about the women who have abortions, they would do anything in their power to ensure that they gave birth the way God has designed them to.
The argument for the women doesn’t come from a place of concern, but truly as a position of indifference. Indifference is the greatest enemy of this battle.
What about rape? Less than 0.5% of abortions occur due to rape. Approximately 3% occur due to some type of physical health issue. Meaning over 96% of abortions occur due to convenience. Murder in the name of convenience is the issue.
There is a passage of Scripture I wish all Christians would consider when talking about abortion,
“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” -Luke 1:41-45
John the Baptist, in the womb of his mother, leaped for joy! He expressed emotion! He reacted to the coming of our Lord in the womb! He wasn’t a mere blob, or clump of cells. He was a life that had real feelings!
With the technology that we have today, we have learned a lot about the development of the child in the womb. We have learned that babies express emotions. We have also learned that babies in the womb express fear. When a doctor has to use a needle to do blood work, the baby will actually recoil in fear of pain. The same way a baby will recoil when given a shot. Therefore, we can know that when a doctor surgically removes a child for an abortion, the baby experiences fear. Their little arms, and legs will recoil in fear. Doesn’t that make your heart turn in your chest? It should, and if it doesn’t, you may need a new heart.
If we Christians do not speak up, and defend the rights of these little ones, who will? Can we expect a totally depraved nation to speak up and defend anything but themselves? It does come at a cost. People will call you every name in the book, and that’s ok. That’s why our Lord said this,
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” -Matthew 5:11-12
We are called to be called names. We are blessed to pick up the cross of these little ones. We should joyfully, and gladly receive the criticism, and hatred. Because if we fight for these children, whose lives matter to Jesus, our reward will be great in heaven.