New Year, New Abortion Laws
Hello, wonderful people! This past week has been one that has forever changed the course of US history. If you have not heard, the state of New York passed a law regarding their updated abortion policy. Many are rallying behind this decision, including New York’s governor. People across the nation are also furious because of the extended leniency of the new law.
What does the law state?
Article 25-A of the new Reproductive Health Act recently legalized by the state of New York states the following “A health care practitioner licensed, certified, or authorized under title eight of the education law, acting within his or her lawful scope, may perform an abortion when, according to the practitioner’s reasonable and good faith professional judgement based on the facts of the patient’s case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of the pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion in necessary to protect the patients life or health.”
To sum these words up, it is now legal to have abortions up to the due date if the child well being to survive or the mother’s health and safety are put at risk. It is also up to the doctor to determine if this is a good decision for both the mother and child.
What does the governor have to say about this?
CNN News stated a direct quote from New York Governor Cuomo in their article regarding the new state law. “Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion. With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in New York will always have the fundamental right to control their own body,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo after signing New York’s Reproductive Health Act on Tuesday night.”
This law was enacted in order to preserve the rights of women. The governor mentions the personal health of the woman, but when is the line drawn between the two? Do we begin to factor mental health, her physical health, or her general capability of caring for a child?
It is scientifically proven that a child begins to feel pain as early as sixteen weeks, and that “there is substantial evidence that the process of being killed in an abortion will cause the unborn child pain.” With the amount of time that is increased for abortions, the child will feel pain. They begin to feel pain even more as the pregnancy progresses.
To Think On…
I have to ask you a series of questions to help you think about the moral reason behind this specific law:
- When do you consider a “fetus” a child who does have rights of their own? People begin to draw a line, but if you research the devoplment of a child in the womb, you will begin to realize when their senses and nerves develop. Is there a difference between a day and week before a child is born than when they are in this world?
- What allows for someone to determine whether or not a life is no longer “viable”? Who draws that line and determines that?
- Is it morally right to inflict pain on an unborn child who has no voice of their own?
- Is it morally right to take a life just to save another one if both may die in the end?
- What type of mark is this going to make on the world in the long run?
Read the facts for yourself and come up with your conclusion…
Here are some articles that I would highly recommend reading about fetal pain and development as well as common methods of abortion. Both of these are based on scientific fact and written by credible sources.
It is up to you to determine your stance on the subject of abortion itself and just how far it is okay to go with abortions. I challenge you to read, think, and pray about this subject, escpecially since our nation is currently going through this time.
Answer these questions for yourself. What is your perosnal testimony/experience with the subject of abortion, and how do you approach it? Is it right for women who have been raped to receive abortion? Is it right if the mother is going to die? If the child possesses disabilities? What if the mother is incapable of caring for the child? Or what if it is a teenage pregnancy? Read through testimonies answering these questions. Don’t jump to the conclusions or base them off of the opinions around you. Look at testimonies and go to the Bible. I also challenge you to listen to the heart of the matter and look objectively at both sides before drawing conclusions.
What the Bible says…
Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
13 “For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”
“But as it is, God arranged all the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.” 1 Corinthians 12:18
These are two of the verses of many about how God designs individual people. Even before someone entered this earth, they were known by God, and we are all arranged in the body of Christ to perform his work in some way.
For me, I have come to respect both sides of the issues. I know and have read testimonies of both Christians and non-Christians that stand on both sides of the issue. Ultimately, I have drawn my own personal conclusions regarding abortion and the terms/conditions I believe come with it. I am pro-life but pro-adoption as another way to help the women who cannot care their children.
Just a reminder though God loves all life, and you are someone that matters. Research this for yourself before jumping to conclusions.
Rethink the new law and just how far abortions have come in the past few decades,