What is life?
In the past few weeks we have had several states in our country pass or consider some of the most barbaric abortion laws to date. At this point, they are only talking about the most innocent of lives, the unborn and newly born. These proposals and laws on abortion and infanticide are horrific, these new laws and forays into what life is seems to make us no better than animals that eat their young.
Supporters of these practices point out a doctor and the mother will decide if the human baby is worth saving; some laws even say the decision can be made as the baby is being born. What will the next step be in the debate of what life is, or when we become human? To be blunt, when an egg and a sperm merge, life is conceived; it will grow and develop, whether it be a puppy, lion, elephant or human being.
We plant carrot seeds in our gardens in the spring, and when they grow and develop, we harvest a carrot, not a radish or any other vegetable. The same with human life, or any other species. People like to call an unborn baby in the womb a fetus, it makes them feel better about eliminating that life if they choose to, but if you look the word fetus up, you will find this: act of being, young, offspring: a developing human.
We watch the ads on TV that pull at our heartstrings to save animals from becoming extinct or against cruelty to animals, and these ads are valuable to remind us that is wrong to treat animals in such a cruel way. There was a great outcry when someone from this country killed an African lion as a trophy kill. Shouldn’t we be just as outraged that human beings are being killed? Human babies are killed at the rate of about 3,500 per day in our country. Are these lives of lesser importance than animals? Because God is the author of all life, we would like to think it is all important.
We were taught and believe that all human life has a soul and dignity. When we as a country can no longer distinguish this about the unborn, it won’t be long before we place no value on any stage of life. Our country should be a land where we can feel that all life is safe and secure. Our constitution gives the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You can’t have the latter two without the right to life.
We would like to close with a quote, “And gradually, though no one remembers exactly how it happened, the unthinkable becomes tolerable. And then acceptable. And then legal. And then applaudable.” – Joni Eareckson Tada
Fred and Kay Zirger,