Biblical Argument Against Abortions

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LaToya Howard
Philosophy of Values and Ethics
February 2, 2013
Rational Argument Against Abortions

Biblical Argument Against Abortions In this paper, I will discuss arguments against abortions. The first sets of arguments I will discuss are biblical arguments. That being said, I must begin by acknowledging that the Bible doesn’t say anything about abortion directly. Abortion was so unthinkable to an Israelite woman that there was no need to even mention it in the criminal code. Why was abortion an unthinkable act? First, children were viewed as a gift of heritage from the Lord. Second, childlessness was seen as a curse. One of the key verses to understand in developing a biblical view of the sanctity of human life is Psalm 139.
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A trained geneticist can distinguish between the DNA of an embryo and that of a sperm and egg but that same geneticist could not distinguish between the DNA of a developing embryo and a full-grown human being another set of medical arguments against abortion surround the definition of life and death If one set of criteria have been used to define death, could they also be used to define life? Death used to be defined be the cessation of heartbeat a stopped heart was a clear sign of death. If the cessation of heartbeat could define death, could the onset of a heartbeat define life? The heart is formed by the 18th day in the womb, if heartbeat was used to define life, then nearly all abortions would be outlawed. Opponents to abortion also raise the controversial issue of fetal pain. Does the fetus feel pain during the abortion? The evidence seems fairly clear and consistent consider this statement made in a British medical journal: “Try sticking an infant with a pin and you know what happens. She opens her mouth to cry and also pulls away. Try sticking an 8 week old human fetus in the palm of his hands, he opens his mouth and pulls his hands away. A more technical description would add that changes in heart rate and fetal movement also suggest that intrauterine manipulations are painful to the fetus.”

Obviously, other medical criteria could be used. For example, the developing fetus has a unique set of fingerprints as well as genetic patterns that make it unique

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