Why is abortion such a key issue?
In the political arena there are those who will say that we should not vote for a person based solely upon their position on abortion, that is not the only issue and may not be the most important. That raises the question as to the importance of the abortion issue. There is no longer any doubt that life begins at conception and that a human body develops very rapidly in the womb so that by the time a woman knows she is pregnant, a human child is already forming in her womb. For example, a face will form after just 2 weeks and a heart will be beating at 65 beats per minute after just 4 weeks. The Bible teaches that we are human beings from the womb such as, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” (Psalm 139:13-14) and both our Lord and John the Baptist were referred to as who they were while still in the womb, (Luke 1:39-45). It is also obvious that to kill the innocent is a sin, to commit murder is a capital crime under the Noahic covenant (Genesis 9:5-6) and the law of Moses (Exodus 21:12-23) and still in many states in the U.S. The key question becomes what is the value of human life? Is one life of more value than another and is the other life expendable under certain conditions? Who then makes that decision as to what life has value and what life does not? In Hitler’s Germany it was decided that Jews and other people groups were a social inconvenience and that the solution to the social problem was death to these people groups. When death becomes a solution to a social problem then the only question remaining is who is next to die? So yes, it is a big deal when a politician cannot solve a social problem without killing the innocent. All life is given by God, beginning at conception and all life has value as all are created in the image of God.
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