“Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless.”

Proverbs 31:8

Without a doubt, that verse stood out to me this morning. But I was reading from the NLT Bible version, which was a little more hard-hitting:

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.

If you research what abortion does, you’ll find that the word crushed is not an exaggeration in this case.

There are practical ways we can “speak up” and defend the helpless. When we educate people about the truth of abortion; when we support someone in an unplanned pregnancy; when we offer someone a free ultrasound; when we adopt a child from a crisis pregnancy; when we do our part, we will have spoken up for helpless people, like the verse says, “Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves.” But therein lies the rub.

Many on the abortion-choice stance take issue with identifying the unborn as people. Jocelyn Elders, former Surgeon General of the United States, said:

“America needs to get over its love affair with the fetus.”

But I wonder if she’s honestly asked herself, “what is the fetus?”

We should never discredit the circumstances of a woman in economic or relational crisis, who isn’t ready to parent, who wants no memory of that night or of the father. All of these kinds of situations should never be ignored. Thankfully, today’s pro-life efforts are alleviating more and more of that anxiety in unplanned pregnancies. But there are still approximately 3,000 women every day in the United States who choose to end the life of –what she has been told– is just a fetus. You might say, “well, it’s not a person…yet.” Because of our law, we have been taught to feel that way. Abortion being legal (under any circumstance and at any week of gestation) has affected our culture’s conscience of what is right and wrong on the issue. But because of medical innovations like 4D Ultrasound, it’s getting harder to tell ourselves that the fetus is not a person. At the time when abortion was federally legalized in 1973, a low-quality image on an ultrasound machine was a novelty. It was difficult to put a face to the unseen. To this day, even with our advanced capability to see inside the womb, the unborn person remains at the mercy of his mom.

If you still have trouble with the word person in describing the unborn, here is a checklist you might subconsciously be abiding by:

Your Personhood Requirements:

  • Must be a certain size
  • Must look a certain way
  • Must be in a certain location (i.e. inside or outside the womb)
  • Must be at a certain stage of development
  • Must not need to depend on others for life support (i.e. viability)
  • Must not have disabilities

Scientifically speaking, life begins at the moment of conception. Everything that we eventually become begins in that moment. The DNA of mother and father combine to make one unique person. It’s hard to argue with that fact. And many don’t. There are people who don’t waste time with the personhood debate and admit that abortion is the taking of a life. To them, however, the woman’s right to choose outweighs that unborn’s right to life. But we as civilized people with ingrained moral compasses don’t end people’s lives for the reasons given for abortions. Unfortunately, there still exists a “woman vs. baby” mentality; if the baby lives, the woman suffers. She’s considered more helpless than the baby. But that helplessness can be changed. She doesn’t have to stay afraid, and she doesn’t have to make the choice that is grounded in fear. There are other options for her, there are people wanting to help.

Society as whole can view pro-life as also pro-woman. And the magnificent liberal value of inclusivism can extend to those who are small, unseen, and totally dependent on us.

 

One way to speak up for the unborn is to join the making of this important documentary. If you contribute $50 or more, we’ll include your name in the theatrical credits.