Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Your View On Abortion Is Sickening!"

We received the following email in response to recent episode of "On the Box," in which we discussed the recent indictment of an abortionist, on eight counts of murder.

"I couldn't help but notice views on abortion. You all seem to be very convinced that abortion should be illegal, no matter what.

"What if a woman was raped, incest was involved, or the woman has a high risk of dying in child birth? Then that should be a good reason to go with an abortion. What if a teen aged girl was raped? Why should the government or anyone else tell her "You have to have the baby!" That to me is disgusting. Can you honestly look at a pregnant teenage girl, who’s a victim of rape, and tell her that [she] must bear the child because your Bible tells you so!?! As a Christian myself, a Congregationalist to be exact, wouldn't someone like Jesus understand that if a little girl was brutally raped, and got pregnant, she should have the right to decide whether or not to keep the child? These kinds of situations happen all the time in American, and around the world. In countries governed under religious law, such as Muslim nations, abortion is illegal, no matter what. Rapes happen all the time, but unlike here in America, the girl is forced to have the child, even if the girl is as young as 12 years old.

"I can understand that abortion is wrong when used as a form of birth control, but other than that, I'm mostly pro-choice. Rape, incest, or high risk of death during child birth should be a good excuse for an abortion. I'm sorry, but I lost so much respect for you all. Please, think for rape victims, incest victims, and young girls who are just far too young to physically go through childbirth. Your thinking is like that of someone living during the dark ages. It's sickening to me.

"If you guys decide to respond to this, please, just answer one question for me, whether is by an email response or on an episode you post on YouTube, I don't care. My question is, if you could change the abortion laws in America, how would you change them? Pretend you're a politician running for public office, etc." ~ Francis

Francis: thank you for your email and your candor.

Rape and incest are grievous sins against God. So, too, is fornication (sex outside of marriage). And murder is also a sin against God.

Francis, by your own admission, that which is carried in a woman’s womb is a child, a person, created in the image of God. Even the secular, non-Christian science community has long-since come to terms with this reality. Therefore, in the cases of rape, incest, or for any other reason, the premeditated termination of an unborn child’s life is murder.

You ask about situations in which the life of the mother may be in jeopardy. In such cases, the doctor, whose Hippocratic Oath states, in part, "Above all, I must not play at God," should do everything in his or her power to save both the mother and the child; because they are both lives created in the image of God. This is also the responsibility of the parents, of the child--to do everything they can to save the life of the child.

Statistically, "abortion because of danger to the life of the mother" situations account for less than a fraction of 1% of all abortions. The birth of our first child was a difficult one for both my wife and my daughter. If the doctor had come to me and said, "Mr. Miano, both your child and your wife are at risk. I don't think we can save both of them." My initial response would be, "Doctor, do everything you can to save both of them."

If the doctor came back to me and said, "We've done everything we can. We've exhausted every medical option at our disposal. But only one can survive;" then I would make the very difficult decision with the help of my wife, my family, and the Lord. I would make the decision knowing in such a situation there is no "best option;" only painful and tragic ones.

Francis, you asked, "Wouldn't someone like Jesus understand that if a little girl was brutally raped, and got pregnant, she should have the right to decide whether or not to keep the child?"

Let's be clear. The murder of an unborn child is a forgivable sin. Those who repent and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be forgiven all their sins—past, present, and future. If you are reading this and you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you have had an abortion, or you are a man who was an accessory to the murder of an unborn child by suggesting to or compelling a woman to have an abortion, please know that there is forgiveness for your sins, through Jesus Christ. Turn to Christ and live.

No, Francis. Jesus would not understand, in the manner you suggest. He would neither condone nor turn a blind eye to the sin of murder. As many others have said, "Hardship is not an excuse for homicide." While God is loving, merciful, and kind; He is also holy, righteous, and just. All sin is detestable in His eyes; and to suggest that God would overlook sin, any sin, including the murder of the unborn, is to cheapen His grace and, ultimately, create a false god in your mind to suit yourself, which is idolatry.

Francis, your last question is how would I change the laws regarding abortion, if I were an elected official. I would seek to have abortion outlawed and categorized as murder; with the very rare and multi-faceted exception of medical emergencies in which a family, once every possible medical option has been weighed and tried (with abortion never being the default position) must make the very difficult decision about who shall live and who shall die.

I believe this is a biblical position and consistent with a Christian worldview, whereas your "pro-murder" position is not.

Thanks for writing, Francis.

For several months, now, we have been putting together a plan for a large-scale evangelistic project, which centers on the abortion issue. We are not ready to disclose any details at this time. Francis’ email drives home for me both the necessity and urgency of this project. So, stay tuned for more details.