Posted Sep 02, 2021 by Michael L. Brown

If you are a woman who believes that it is your moral right to have an abortion, you are likely quite angry or frightened over the enactment of the Texas Heartbeat Bill. All the more is the case if you live in Texas. And you likely think that people like me, conservative, male, pro-life Christians who are glad to see the bill enacted, are heartless, controlling, misogynistic monsters.

After all, you reason, what gives us the right to tell you what you can do with your own body? What makes us any different than the religious fanatics in other countries who put all kinds of restrictions on women? And how dare we interfere with these critical, life-impacting decisions that only the woman should make? Who do we think we are?

What about the 15-year old girl raped by her drunken neighbor, only to find out that she is pregnant? What gives us the right to force her to carry this baby to term, tormenting her with the memory of that rape every day for months as her body grows and changes? How can we require her to bear the shame of that rape before her friends and schoolmates and family members, most of whom would not have learned of the rape if she had been allowed to have an abortion? And how can we claim for a moment that, for this young woman, an abortion is not the compassionate and best choice for her life?

What about the married couple so excited to welcome their first child into the world, the child they dreamed of having for years, only to learn that the baby has a serious birth defect and will not likely survive? The best case scenario is a few years of life, but only with great pain and suffering, coupled with massive, crippling hospital bills. Is it fair to bring this child into the world knowing what lies ahead? Can the parents survive the upheaval that the baby’s suffering will bring on them? Doesn’t love require making the difficult decision of abortion?

Or what about the single mother of three young kids who can barely make ends meet as she juggles caring for her children while working a job? She and her boyfriend didn’t intend for anything to happen, but the birth control failed, and now she is pregnant again. He took off as soon he heard the news, and she is already beyond stressed with life as it is. To add one more mouth to feed seems cruel – cruel to the other kids and cruel to the mom, who is at her breaking point. Isn’t abortion the practical choice?

Obviously, as a man, I cannot put myself in the shoes of these women. But I write this to say, “I can understand how you view people like me, and I can understand why, in your mind, abortion is often the most compassionate or, at least, most pragmatic choice.”

I would only make this appeal to you: will you take a few more seconds and consider the pro-life side of things?

Do you realize that, at the moment of conception, the child in your womb receives its unique coding – to be precise, three billion base pairs of DNA coding? One science website explained that, “If you stretched the DNA in one cell all the way out, it would be about 2 meters long and all the DNA in all your cells put together would be about twice the diameter of the Solar System.” Put another way, at conception, this baby, which is barely visible to the human eye, “contains more information than fifty sets of the physical 33-volume set of the Encyclopedia Britannica.”

All that is planted inside that tiny baby as soon as the egg and sperm join together, almost miraculously. Talk about meticulous and careful planning. Talk about evidence of design. And it is at that moment we believe God breathes life into that little one. At that very moment, you are pregnant with a girl or a boy (or twins or more).

You can call the baby a clump of cells or a mass of tissue or a tumor or an “it.” But this is a “who,” not an it, a “who” that has been carefully formed in your womb with purpose and destiny and potential, even if by rape or by accident. It is God who gave this little one life, and that life is sacred.

The Texas Heartbeat Bill bans abortions after six weeks gestational age, which is four weeks from fertilization. Remember that "At 3 weeks [from fertilization], the pre-born child’s heart is in an advanced stage of formation. His eyes begin to form, and his brain, spinal column, and nervous system are virtually complete.”

Of course, you cannot ask the baby inside your womb how she or he feels about being born. But you can ask survivors of abortion whether they are glad they survived, and to a person, they will say yes. They are also, almost certainly, pro-life today.

And you can ask men and women who were conceived in rape if they are glad their mothers did not abort them. They too will say yes. In fact, some of the finest, most compassionate people I know on the planet were conceived in rape. They have done so much good to help so many people, but only because they were allowed to be born.

You can also talk to kids with Down syndrome along with their moms and dads and siblings: they are overwhelmingly happy with their lives and cherished by their families. According to one major survey, “Among those surveyed, nearly 99% of people with Down syndrome indicated that they were happy with their lives; 97% liked who they are; and 96% liked how they look. Nearly 99% people with Down syndrome expressed love for their families, and 97% liked their brothers and sisters.”

Also, according to a major survey published in 2011 by the American Journal of Medical Genetics, “The vast majority of parents said they have a more positive outlook on life because of their child with Down syndrome. And, nearly 90 percent of siblings indicated that they feel like they are better people because of their brother or sister with the developmental disability.”

Yet mothers carrying babies with Down syndrome are commonly encouraged to abort their babies, even told they should “end” the “thing” in their womb. (For the dreadful situation in Iceland, read this.)

As for children with severe health issues, the obvious question is: Where do we draw the line? And, if it’s wrong to bring a child into the world who will only suffer pain and sickness, why not terminate a three-month-old infant or a two-year-old toddler if their suffering is intense? The obvious answer is, “Because that’s a child.”

But what if it is also a child inside in the womb? Wouldn’t that same argument hold true?

This is why we are so adamantly pro-life. It is not because we are heartless. It is certainly not because we are misogynistic. (Many, if not most, of the key pro-life leaders are women.) It is because we recognize that, the moment a baby is conceived, it is a human being with rights and dignity and purpose, and no one has the right to snuff out the life of that child.

That’s also why excited, expectant mothers don’t say, “Look at my fetus bump!” They say, “Look at my baby bump!” And that’s why they say, “The baby just kicked me” rather than, “The fetus just kicked me.” And that’s why they talk to the little one in their womb and sing to their precious child. And that’s why they are so devastated and crushed if they miscarry and lose their baby.

That’s a little human being in there, and they already love their child, sight unseen.

Now, in saying all this, I don’t expect you to change your position on the spot, as if you never thought about this before. But I write all this to you for three reasons.

First, understand that those of us who hold dear the value of every human being, beginning in the womb, are not your enemies.

Second, if you’ve never studied the development of a baby in the womb or – this is quite jarring and shocking –looked seriously and thoughtfully at pictures of aborted babies, may I respectfully ask you to consider doing so?

Third, know that, while we are thrilled to see the Texas bill enacted and hope that it will be the first of many similar bills nationally, many of us are thinking about you too. We are saddened and burdened because of your own fear and anger and are praying for God’s best in your lives.

As pro-life followers of Jesus, we care about your life too.

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JoshuaBybee posted a comment · Sep 06, 2021
Newton, I am not against contraception of women. Also, I am not against abortion because women say "my body, my choice". I am against abortion because I believe it is killing an unborn child. I am also against using the saying "my body, my choice" for abortion because the it should be the choice of the unborn child using that saying, and nobody has asked the child. If we use the saying "my body, my choice" for abortion then it can be up to anyone's parents, grandparents (or even farther back in history, higher up in the family line, such as great grandparents, great-great grandparents, and so much farther back in history) at any point in time if you should be killed for any reason that they want to, and you have no choice in the matter. The reason that would make sense is because at one point in time maybe your grandparents thought afterward that they wish they would have just aborted one of your parents, and if that was the case you would have never been born. I believe that pretty much most Christian republicans against abortion probably think this same way. It might be hard for you to process. One thing I will tell you, though, is that Biblically murder is wrong, and also Biblically there is one true and final judge that each and every person will have to face, and that is God, because He is the one who created everything, and being the only God, He is the only one that knows everything, including every situation and if is right (good) or wrong (evil). So, this being true, just know that you will have to come before God one day to be judged for your life. Nobody else will be able to truely judge your actions. If you are judged as an evil one, you will be sent to death when God tells you "depart from me, for I never knew you". But also know, that Jesus Christ has already conquered death for you, so if you get to know God, and a good place to start is in prayer and listening to Him through reading His Word, the Bible, and when you are brought before God He will not send you to death, but give you a new and everlasting life. That new and everlasting life can also start here on earth if you give your life to Him, just as he gave His life for you through Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, and when He was here on earth was both human and God in one.
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Newton posted a comment · Sep 04, 2021
I believe the reason women say" my body my choice" is the real reason social conservatives are against abortion, because they want to control women. I know there are people who believe abortion is taking a life. Now if that were the way all social conservatives felt they would be against contraception which prevents abortion. Social conservatives want women to stay home barefoot and pregnant.
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Newton posted a comment · Sep 04, 2021
I find it ironic when people who say my body my choice when it comes to the covid vaccine, knowing that they can spread the virus if they get it , they don't like it when women say it about abortion.
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JoshuaBybee posted a comment · Sep 03, 2021
I completely agree with you Dr. Brown. And to people like Newton (1st comment), just as Dr. Brown said in is opinion article, he stated correctly, he cannot put himself in the shoes of all of these different women who have been or will be in these circumstances, but he can state some statistics. I can tell you right now, being someone with a disability, I have uncontrolled epilepsy, and was denied having the area of my brain removed to fix it by doctors because I would have lost my entire memory. I will tell you right now, I enjoy every seizure I have, do not want to lose my seizures, and have found that with God in my life, God has found a way to show how He has created me with my seizures and epilepsy all for a purpose. Thank the Lord that I was not aborted. Let me ask you one question, if you end up with a disability in the future do you think you know the future and what you would like to do with your life from say a car accident that makes you mentally disabled in some way? Maybe you would end up being thankful you lived through it all and you just can't see the light at the end of a possible tunnel right now. Can you truely put yourself in the shoes of someone with one of these mental disabilities or someone who survived an abortion, or just feel like you can? Try and honestly answer that. Like Dr. Brown said, he could not put himself in the shoes of these women in these different situations (because he isn't able to get pregnant), but are you any one of the type of people who he stated the statistics, or are you just guessing it would be too difficult for you?
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JoshuaBybee posted a comment · Sep 03, 2021
I completely agree with you Dr. Brown. And to people like Newton (1st comment), just as Dr. Brown said in is opinion article, he stated correctly, he cannot put himself in the shoes of all of these different women who have been or will be in these circumstances, but he can state some statistics. I can tell you right now, being someone with a disability, I have uncontrolled epilepsy, and was denied having the area of my brain removed to fix it by doctors because I would have lost my entire memory. I will tell you right now, I enjoy every seizure I have, do not want to lose my seizures, and have found that with God in my life, God has found a way to show how He has created me with my seizures and epilepsy all for a purpose. Thank the Lord that I was not aborted. Let me ask you one question, if you end up with a disability in the future do you think you know the future and what you would like to do with your life from say a car accident that makes you mentally disabled in some way? Maybe you would end up being thankful you lived through it all and you just can't see the light at the end of a possible tunnel right now. Can you truely put yourself in the shoes of someone with one of these mental disabilities or someone who survived an abortion, or just feel like you can? Try and honestly answer that. Like Dr. Brown said, he could not put himself in the shoes of these women in these different situations (because he isn't able to get pregnant), but are you any one of the type of people who he stated the statistics, or are you just guessing it would be to difficult for you?
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Newton posted a comment · Sep 03, 2021
Liberals are tired of being given a religious argument against everything they support. Not all Americans are Christians. as for handicap people some children are in wheelchairs, can't speak, see or hear. Not a way I want to live. People have their take on when life begins, I think it is when a baby can live outside its mom without any help. The texas law will be overturned when someone tries to enforce it. Were Rowe is in trouble is with the Mississippi law being challenged at the supreme court. The justices have already played their hands in this case. You can't change peoples mind.
allenrayjohnson posted a comment · Sep 03, 2021
Dr. Brown, you make a compelling moral case. Hopefully will convince many! However, are we as Christians supposed to make all our moral law mandatory civil law? Does Jesus and His inbreaking Kingdom need the power of law, or is The Holy Spirit empowerment of His people to witness truth and life sufficient? Let's say that abortion is first degree premeditated heinous murder of an innocent life. Should the perpetrators and abettors of an abortion get life imprisonment or death penalty? Or can we as Christians be more persuasive, life-affirming, prayerful, and helpful to women in difficult pregnancy circumstances?
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BW posted a comment · Sep 03, 2021
https://askdrbrown.org/library/when-antifa%E2%80%99s-barbarism-offends-worshipers-hindu-god-kali
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BW posted a comment · Sep 03, 2021
Swkh310 Sorry fellow commentators! ___________________________https://askdrbrown.org/library/when-antifa%E2%80%99s-barbarism-offends-worshipers-hindu-god-kali
czarpaul posted a comment · Sep 03, 2021
Trying to find something like this: an outline of a pregnant woman with the outline of the baby inside with a word bubble by the babies head with the words "my body" in it and a word bubble by the woman's head with the words "my choice" in it. As this illustrates that the body doesn't belong to the one making the choice.