Last week I claimed abortion is the greatest social justice issue of our time. That’s a bold claim so more must be said.
I am a pro-lifer for very particular reasons. I am not pro-life because "the Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it." I am not pro-life because I want to fit in with Christians at my church. I am not pro-life because I hate women who have abortions. I am not pro-life because it fits with a particular political party's platform. I am not pro-life because you have to be if you're a real Christian.
I am a pro-lifer because of the answer to one simple question: What is the unborn? Let me illustrate. If my teenage daughter asks me, “Dad, can I kill this?” what question must I answer first before I can answer that?
“What is it?”
If I turn around and she’s holding a spider she found in the house, no problem. If she’s holding the neighbor’s cat, I’ll look to see if my wife’s within earshot and then tell her, “Sure, I can’t stand that cat” (I’m sorry, I’m sorry – I’m not a cat-lover). But if she’s holding her kid brother who’s been pestering her, I’d have to tell her, “Lexi, put your brother down and slowly walk away.” You see, I must first answer, “What it is?” before I can answer, “Can I kill this?”
If the unborn is not a human being, no justification for abortion is necessary. But if the unborn is a human being, no justification for elective abortion is adequate.
So, is the unborn a human being? Yes and here’s why: