A voice from the womb

Peter
Mais

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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From time to time the question of abortion has raised its head. So that there be no gloss on such a vital matter, it is indispensably necessary that we understand what the issues are.

Abortion is the termination of the life of an unborn child in the womb of his or her mother by unnatural means. The unborn child, in medical terminology, is known as an embryo for some six weeks after conception, and thereafter as a foetus until birth.

So, within the medical context, let us admit what abortion really is: The termination, by unnatural means, of pregnancy before the embryo or foetus is able to survive outside of his or her mother. You, the reader, and I, the scribe, began life as an embryo.

The current debate revolves around the question of whose choice is it to say whether or not to abort life in the womb: Should it be the mother or the result of a mutual understanding between father and mother?

However, in so limiting the debate, we overlook that what is at stake is the life of yet another person, albeit in the earliest stages of his or her creation. “What about me?” the infant asks; “Do I not have a say in all of this?” and passionately remonstrates, “No, I will never consent to you taking my life any more than you will consent to anyone taking your own life. You see, I am uniquely poised in a state where I exist while I co-exist with you, my mother. Who I am, where I am, and why I am are all matters entirely in the hands of our Creator who 'knit me together in my mother's womb' through the union of two other individuals who received the gift of life in the same way. In a word, I am who I am because God, who is and who loves me, willed me to be.”

You sow seeds in the Earth, water them, enrich the soil, care for them, and beam with joy at harvest time. Yet I, a seed of grace, and now the most precious fruit in my mother's womb, am tortured by what I hear on the outside; of permissive laws to destroy me, of the advances in science to do so safely, of the exclusivity of a mother's 'right' to terminate my life, of your plans to dispose of my remains in a more 'dignified' way, rather than in the dust of garbage. The universal brotherhood and sisterhood of infants in the womb weep with me in mortal anguish, but it seems that only a few listen to our plea: I am one of you; please, treat me 'more better'. Make choices for my future, not for my future destruction.”

God's wisdom is frequently communicated to us “out of the mouths of babes”, even from the womb. We must stop and listen carefully to the throb beats of their hearts.

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