Thursday, 8 October 2009


Miscarriage may be planned, accidental, or natural. Pregnancy is interrupted and the unborn baby dies. Planned miscarriage is called abortion and ranges from destruction of the fertilized egg to the dismemberment and forced ejection of the full-term baby. A great controversy rages today concerning abortion, focusing on the issue of whether the unborn baby (or fetus) is truly a person and at what stage of development that fetus becomes a viable human being. The issue centers on the sacredness of human life. Does human life begin at conception, at birth, or at some point between the two? Who would argue that at birth the baby is fully a human being? The argument is whether the unborn child is fully a human being. The other part of the controversy is whether there are justifiable reasons for abortion. Most Christians would argue against abortion as a means of birth control. Some would argue that abortion is acceptable if it will save the life of the mother, or in the case of rape or incest, or if the unborn child is known to be brain damaged or deformed. Ultimately the core question is: In the process of conception and birth, when does human life begin? But a second question is parallel to the first, and may be equally important: What value do we place on the developing unborn child?

To be continued......

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