Box No. 259
Essay # 3
2:00 p.m. December 3, 2010.
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (NIV). Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God. No one can assign the right to destroy directly or indirectly to a human. There are situations in which this right is not fulfilled. For example, in the case of abortion, the duty to not to damage another, is not enforced. Today, some women have the right to take that choice for many reasons, in spite not knowing the difficulties that could bring. The decision to legalize abortion in some states has changed over the years. In Evangelical Ethics, John Jefferson Davis presents the theme of Abortion. Davis says, “Until 1967 abortion was illegal in most states except in cases where the mother’s health was threatened. Between 1967 and 1969, eleven states extended the conditions for ‘therapeutic’ abortion to include various social circumstances such as number of children and financial need”’ (Davis 141). However, in 1973 the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade did not end the controversy over the morality of this right. As Davis says, “The Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, handed down on January 22, 1973, dramatically altered the legal situation and effectively gave the United States abortion on demand” (Davis 141). Although the legislation has changed the permitted reasons for an abortion, this legalization has serious effects and consequences to morale. Therefore, legalized abortion affects the morality of the nation, the family by its disintegration and the mother physically and physiologically. The legalization of abortion affects the morality of the nation, by affecting the concept of life and the value given. Abortion is a social problem with public health outlays and for these reasons it is a costly moral issue. There are some moral questions that invade today’s society about abortion. In Progressive Christians Speak, John B. Cobb Jr. emphasizes that as he says, “Still many moral questions divide Americans today concerning abortion. Is a fetus a human being? Is abortion murder? Who has the right to decide whether an abortion should take place? Does it matter morally at what stage an abortion should take place? What are the social consequences of abortion?” (Cobb 37). The ethical debate on abortion usually surrounds the issue of whether a fetus has the right to life, and if a pregnant woman’s rights over her own body justify abortion.
However, according to Cobb there are two parties that take place at political debate, one is “pro-life” and the other is “pro-choice” (41). Pro-life people believe that the fetus is a person, a human being, and having abortion is ending a person’s life and a murder. On the contrary, Pro-choice people believe that a woman has the right “to decide what happens in her body” (Cobb 41). Also, the pro-abortion propaganda continually proclaims that legal abortion is medically safe and that legalizing it is necessary due to the large number of maternal deaths caused by illegal abortion. On the other hand, Christians believe that the unborn child is already a human being, because it is created by God and made in his own image. In my own opinion, I believe that human beings do not have the right over the life of others, including an unborn child. Professor Harold O. J. Brown, cites some passages of the Bible such as “Psalm 139:13-14; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:44; and Psalm 51:5 as evidence that God relates in a personal way to the unborn human” (Davis 157). The legalization of abortion affects everyone and everyone has a place in the debate of abortion. Everyone, who is a citizen, has a responsibility to be apart for his or her government. The legalization of abortion not only affects those who directly involved, it also affects the lives of many families.
Legalized abortion affects the family...