She was told she should not carry her child to term and against her best sense went with the doctor’s recommendation. She never really got over it. She broke down and suffered for years under the weight of her guilt for killing her baby. She need not have but the sense of innate responsibility may be difficult to manage and often is.
True story, certainly not the only one out there
The back-and-forth debate on government position and ruling on abortion pros and cons for a wonderful kaleidoscope of population in our country has gone on for a long time. The banter will continue I’m sure, so long at least as there is with our plurality of people groups under one flag a difference in preference toward worldview. Part of the question about government’s legislation is whether you can remain a government that represents such diversity, thrive as a democratic republic, and be other than secular (religionless) in the making of laws. On the other hand, where does a government go for moral guidance on issues of moral import?
We could debate that for a while too
My following remarks are decidedly religious and particularly based upon an attempt to remain consistent with a Biblical worldview, that is, one that is guided by the revelation of the Judeo/Christian Scriptures.
Necessary, at some point, to the whole of the debate would be the validity of Scripture to tell us the truth. Let’s for the moment assume they do.
Concluding as the Bible does that God exists, He is the creator of us and we are told He made us as humans in His own image. Whatever that means, by so doing He separated us from the animal and plant kingdoms in our value to Him and to one another.
We are a product of divine design and in a position above the rest
This means humans are sacred, set apart by God for His own purpose. One poet/songwriter said this, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness of it (Psalm 24:1).” We are therefore not our own but His. We do not have rights other than what He ordains, and we answer to Him for our choices. We will all, regardless of race or creed give an account to Him.
“It is appointed (throughout time) for us to die and after this the judgment (an accounting).” Hebrews 9:27
My body is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof
Another fact affecting all of us is that God has purchased us by way of the blood death of Jesus Christ. His death was as a ransom to buy humanity from a form of slavery due to the ploy of an enemy and the choice on our part to allow ourselves to be persuaded into a bondage. The payment to bring us out bought us and we are His both by virtue of creation and now also via a price paid (I Corinthians 6:19, 20). This price was paid apart from any care on our part. It was not paid only for those who wanted to be a part of the plan. It had nothing to do with our desires and wants. It had only to do with His purposes and kindness with no need of us recognizing, believing, or acknowledging any need for it. We are His by purchase regardless.
It must be said that not everyone benefits in the same way from His purchase. We are not by His kindness automatically shoe-in for Heaven, citizens of His kingdom or members of His household. That comes when we receive Christ by faith. It is only to those that once being shown the offer receive Him to become the children of God.
“As many as receive Him to them He gives the right to become a child of God.” John 1:12
Particularly for the person that does hold to a Biblical worldview, this is the ultimate fundamental. It means we do not have rights except as they are ordained – installed – by God. Therefore, with great conviction we say,
“[My body therefore] is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof.”
Grace today y’all