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Is Abortion Murder 

For murder to occur there must be life present, and taken away forcefully.  With the introduction of new technology to view the fetus, the question of when life begins is raised. Some on the right have claimed that life begins when the heart starts beating.  Some take it even further and say that life begins at conception.   But when does life actually begin?  That is the question this treatise will try to answer.

What the Bible Says

 Many on the pro-life side also consider themselves to be religious Christians, so let’s take a look at what the Bible says about abortion.  Actually, it doesn't mention the word abortion, but there are many references to birth.  There is even a reference to God knowing someone before his being formed in the womb, (Jeremiah 1:5) "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee."  But the most telling verse in the Bible about when life begins is in the ontological statement of Genesis 2:7 which says: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

 The man, or fetus, became a living soul when God breathed into his nostrils, or when the fetus took its first breath.  The life of man, or fetus, is in the breath.  So while the fetus is in the womb, its “life” is provided through the breath of the mother via the umbilical cord. 

 There is also a reference in 2 Corinthians, 12:2 about a man that may or may not have been in a body.  “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.”   According to this, life can and does exist even if there is no physical body.  This is commonly accepted in terms of the "afterlife," but rarely considered in terms of a "pre-life."

 If abortion is to be classified as murder it would have to take away the life.  However, if the life has not yet entered the fetus through its nostrils, and the only actual life sustaining the fetus is from the mother, abortion cannot be considered murder.  It also couldn’t be considered suicide because the mother lives on.  In this light, I cannot use the term “pro-life” to describe those who want to end abortion.  

An American Hero

 One of the heroes from the political right is former president Ronald Regan, who was against abortion.  However, he was also well known for getting advice from astrologers, not only while president, but also during his acting career. 

 If you go to an astrologer and ask to have you natal chart constructed, the first thing the astrologer will do is ask for the time and place of your birth.  In other words, they need the moment that you took your first breath, the moment that “God breathed into your nostrils the breath of life,” to take a picture of the energies from all of the planets in our solar system, and how they merged as they entered into your body when you began your life on this earth.  This is another indication that the fetus does not have its own life while in the womb.  Whether you have any belief in astrology or not, Ronald Regan, hero of the anti-abortion political right did.

 We know that a person can survive for many days without food, and even a few days without water, but if you take away the ability to breathe, death follows in minutes.  When a person dies, they exhale their last breath, and their body is dead from that point on.  Once again showing that life is in the breath. 

 If murder is the taking of a life, and life is in the breath, and the fetus has not yet breathed its first breath, then abortion cannot be considered to be murder.

Whose Choice is it Anyway

 Now let’s try to take a look at this issue from a totally different perspective.  You have probably heard it said that when one dies, his or her life flashes before them in moments.  At the end of life, there is a review.  Since life is not dependent on  a body to exist, could it be that there is a review before commencing a life on this earth?  Is it possible that the soul, preparing to start its life here might get a glimpse of what the life might be like, change its mind and urge the potential mother to abort the whole thing?  If we look at life as a learning process, a school so to speak, we might be able to see this as a possibility.

 Have you ever signed up for a class, or agreed to take a job, or even agreed to something as life changing as a marriage, but when it came close to the time to start, you changed your mind and backed out?  We have all had situations where we thought we wanted to do something, but changed our mind and didn’t do it.

 Now suppose you are a soul, preparing for an incarnation, preparing to go through a class in the school of life.  When you are far away from it, it may look easy, but the closer you get, the more it looks like you are trying to bite of more than you can chew.  You are hovering around the potential mother, creating that glow sometimes seen on pregnant women, but you have changed your mind.  You want to pass on this particular life experience, and maybe look for another opportunity at a later date.  So you urge the woman, soul to soul, to abort the pregnancy and let you avoid an experience you have decided not to go through with.

Some Common Sense

 Abortion isn't murder, and the incoming soul might have a say in it.  Also, making it illegal won't stop it.  It will make it, like before Roe v Wade, more dangerous.

  Joe Furcinite