The Personhood of the Unborn

Psalm 139:16 “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. “

The Psalmist is acknowledging the fact that God knows absolutely everything about him and always has. God even knew him in his mother’s womb before he was fully formed. Although this psalm is more about God’s care and interest in David than about David, it is still a latent recognition and appreciation of David’s personhood even before his birth.

Herein is the crux of the debate about abortion. The unborn baby, the fetus is denied his or her “personhood”. As such, these children have no rights under the law. It is, therefore, legitimate to burn them alive with saline or tear them limb from limb with a D & E procedure (Dismemberment and Evacuation).

What would be considered a ghastly, grisly, and gruesome death outside the womb is called a procedure inside the womb. What should be considered chillingly sadistic was recently called “very humane” by Ms. Priscilla Smith, an abortion rights advocate and Director and Senior Fellow at the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School.

As intrauterine imaging increasingly advances and the window to the womb is increasingly vivid, one wonders at what point abortion advocates will acknowledge the absolute heinousness of what they are approving.

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