When Murder is a Crime

In abortion, news insight on November 23, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Lifenews is reporting that the highest criminal court in Texas has upheld a decision that a man could be charged with two counts of murder after killing a woman and her child who was five weeks in the womb. While this is good news for the case against abortion (it is hard to use the word good when talking about the death of a woman and her child) some alarming quotes are found in the article.

The Supreme Court has emphasized that states may protect human life not only once the fetus has reached viability but ’from the outset of the pregnancy,’” the court said. “The Legislature is free to protect the lives of those whom it considers to be human beings.

God certainly has placed all governing authorities above us and we are to submit to those authorities, but when they overstep God’s clear definition of human life and claim to have sole-power in determining who they consider to be human and non-human, we as Christians should take note of this. This train of thought has had disastrous consequences in that it allows one group to say who should live and who should not live as evidenced in another quote found in the article:

The ’compelling state interest’ test, along with the accompanying ’viability’ threshold, has no application to a statute that prohibits a third party from causing the death of the woman’s unborn child against her will,” Presiding Judge Sharon Keller wrote.

So here we see that, in accordance with the US Constitution as it exists today, one person has complete control on whether or not a child will live.

The logic used in this case is tough to grasp: a man can be charged with murder because he caused the death of a child still in the womb but a woman cannot be charged with murder when she “desires” the death of a child in her womb through an abortion. But, this is our current state of affairs, a woman has the right to take her child’s life while it is in the womb. This is perfectly legal and it happens over 45 million times every year according to WHO.

References on abortion:
Russell Moore Commentary
Desiring God on adoption
Jefferson Davis Book “Abortion and the Christian”
Justin Taylor partially reviews Frank Beckworth’s upcoming book “Defending Life”
Al Mohler weighs in


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