Mixed-Up Morality
On March 4, 2005, we presented a lesson on abortion entitled: "The Shedding of Innocent Blood." Recently, I ran across a story in the news, on the same subject, that I felt was worthy of attention.

According to a reporter, a 19-year-old East Texas man faces a life sentence for causing his 17-year-old teenage girlfriend to miscarry twins, even though she wanted to end the pregnancy.

Apparently, the young man was accused of causing the miscarriage by stepping on his girlfriend's stomach. He was prosecuted under the state's new fetal protection law. The young woman acknowledged that she asked her boyfriend to help her end the pregnancy, but, she can't be prosecuted because of her "legal right" to an abortion.

The defense contended that she punched herself while he was stepping on her, making it impossible to tell who actually killed the twins. The jury reached a verdict after deliberating four hours. Because prosecutors declined to seek the death penalty in the case, the young man received the mandatory life sentence.

When I read stories like this one, so many questions come to mind. However, the one question that jumps to the forefront is: How can people be so foolish and mixed-up?

Teenagers who engage in sexual activity before marriage are behaving foolishly. Such is unwise for a variety of reasons (not to mention sinful). One might contract a sexually transmitted disease or become pregnant (as was the case with this couple). Then, there is the temptation to murder the unborn child to escape the responsibility of parenthood.

While it is true that our society doesn't call abortion murder, that is not how the Lord views it! Abortion is certainly the shedding of innocent blood--and God hates it (cf. II Kings 24:4)! Our nation has been mixed-up on this subject for over 30 years now. The verdict reached in this case underscores the foolishness of America. The bottom line is that two people were trying to kill an unborn child. They were successful in accomplishing such. How does the fact that the child was inside the woman's body change anything? If she can kill her unborn baby, why can't she ask the father to help her?

Even more illogical is the fact that had this woman gone to a doctor, he could have "legally" killed the child for her! Granted, he wouldn't have done this by stepping on the woman's stomach. He would have done so in a "civilized manner"--if you consider the use of a high-tech vacuum or cutting tools to dispose of a baby to be civilized!

Friends, think about it. From God's perspective, both the young man and woman did wrong: first, through fornication and second, through murder. Both of them are guilty. They should both be punished. The boy helped abort an unwanted baby. Why does our society allow a doctor to do this but not the presumed father of the child? The man's sentence seems inconsistently harsh since his girlfriend and thousands of others abort babies without charges being brought against them everyday. How can our society consistently accuse the man of anything other than "practicing medicine" without a license? How much more mixed-up can America become? May our nation seek God's way of righteousness and justice always and strive for consistency! "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD..." (Psa. 33:12). "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Prov. 14:34).