Planned Parenthood is a leading, or the leading, provider of abortions in America. On their website, they have posted some questions with answers based on their belief that a fetus is not a human being. Their answer is presented first, along with an alternate (my) answer. These questions were originally found at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ABORTION/chooseabort1.html although by the time you may be reading this article, that page may no longer be available.
Question 1: What is abortion?
Abortion is a way to end pregnancy. Sometimes, an embryo or fetus stops developing and the body expels it. This is called spontaneous abortion or “miscarriage.”
A woman can also choose to end a pregnancy. This is called induced abortion. There are two ways it can be done — surgical and medical.
Abortion is killing. It is not the same as miscarriage. Miscarriages happen by accident. But abortions are intentional. A person who experiences the unfortunate event of a miscarriage will not be held morally accountable by God in the end. God suffers with them. He feels their pain. And He grieves and mourns with them over the loss of their precious child who is now with Him in heaven. On the other hand, an abortion is intentional. It is planned. Because it is intentional and planned, God holds the person who has the abortion, as well as all those who partake in it (doctors, nurses, etc.), morally acountable. They will have to give an account to God. Will they be able to stand under the fire of His judgment? That precious baby could have been destined to bring much happiness and joy to the world. But now, you have snuffed it out. God will hold you accountable for that — you can be sure!
Question 2: Who chooses abortion?
(Editor’s note: Planned Parenthood doesn’t actually answer the question but side-tracks it in trying to make the person feel more secure about having an abortion).
The chances are high that a woman will have more than one unplanned pregnancy in the course of her lifetime. Nearly half of all women will have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old (NAF, p.26).
About five million women in the U.S. become pregnant every year. Half of those pregnancies are unintended. And 1.2 million end in abortion. The most common reasons a woman chooses abortion are
She is not ready to become a parent.
She cannot afford a baby.
She doesn’t want to be a single parent.
She doesn’t want anyone to know she has had sex or is pregnant.
She is too young or too immature to have a child.
She has all the children she wants.
Her husband, partner, or parent wants her to have an abortion.
She or the fetus has a health problem.
She was a victim of rape or incest.
The answer to ‘who chooses abortion’ is YOU. And YOU and all those that tried to persuade you to have an abortion will be held morally accountable for that decision. Are you ready to be held morally accountable? If you have had an abortion, and are beginning to feel a little insecure about that decision, please keep reading. You can find out how to have peace with God at the end.
Question 3: Can anyone help me decide if abortion is right for me?
Most women look to their husbands, partners, families, health care providers, clergy or someone else they trust for support as they make their decision. Specially trained counselors at women’s health clinics can talk to you in private. You may bring someone with you. You will discuss your options — adoption, parenting, and abortion. Your counselor will try to make sure that no one is pressuring you to have an abortion.
Abortion is never right for you. It is always wrong.
If you have had an abortion:
1. Confess your sin to God and ask for his forgiveness. If you have never asked God to forgive you for your sins, this should also be the time that you accept the Lord Jesus Christ into your life by faith, and receive Him as your Lord and Savior. “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:21) Don’t hesitate or put off this decision! “…behold, now is the day of salvation!” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
2. Get involved in a good Bible-Believing church.
3. Make a determination to allow God to use your mistake for His good in the end. God can do that. Even though He did not intend for the abortion to take place, and it was a mistake, yet He can use it for the good, if you allow Him to (that is called “God’s Sovereignty” — His ability to take even bad things, and turn them around for the good). As you make this determination to allow God to use your mistake for His good, you are going to have to make the decision that you are going to start talking about what happened to you — you are no longer going to keep it a secret. Remember, Jesus said, “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.” (Luke 12:2) That means, if God wants you to share it with others, so that they can learn something valuable from your experience (not to have an abortion, for example), then it is absolutely pointless to try and keep it a secret. You might as well get used to sharing what God wants you to share right now, and simply rest in God’s unconditional love and forgiveness for you, rather than trying to act as though you never had it! Those who are your true friends will still accept you (and even more than they did before, because many of them will be able to identify with you).
If you are in the midst of an unplanned pregancy:
If you are in the middle of an unplanned pregancy and have questions, there are good people who want to help you. Some of these work and operate “Crisis pregancy centers”. Many who operate such centers are Christians, who value life, and will help you to find peace in the midst of your trying circumstances. Since they value life, they will do their best to try and help you honor God in the midst of your pregnancy, which means allowing your baby to come to term and have the chance to experience a full life, just like you were given the chance to experience a full life — even with it’s bumps and bruises, sometimes. There are people that God wants to bring into your life, in order to help you. So settle it in your mind that you are going to trust God, and do it His way from now on. You will be surprised at what He does in return, for He will “meet” you and bless you in the midst of your circumstances, if you will allow Him to. If and when you contact a “crisis pregnancy center”, make sure they are Bible based, otherwise, they may try to lead you to have an abortion, which is definitely not what you want! If you cannot find a crisis pregnancy center, find some good Christians (and they do exist!) who can pray with you, and love you, in the midst of your trial. Seek God, and use the internet to your advantage, for there are many good Christians out there who want to help you in your situation.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:5-10)
Updated Sep 16, 2010