Friday, September 05, 2008
ON THE ISSUES, PART 1: ABORTION (UPDATED)
I don’t know about you, but as a Christian, as a mom, and as a human being, one of the primary issues for me with regard to the politcal arena will always be the sanctity of life. This issue, more than ever before, has been thrust into the arena after reports that Obama supports not only abortions after conception, but also partial and live birth abortions. Familiar with the term "infanticide"? You will be shocked, google it. This is the term now being applied to live birth abortions. So, we know where Obama stands on abortion, but since I am just getting to know Sarah Palin, I wanted to know where she stands. It goes without saying that she stands with her running mate, Senator John McCain, FOR LIFE. Sarah Palin opposes stem cell research, she is pro-LIFE, she believes that every human being is created by God with a future and potential. She has been quoted as saying that she would "choose life, even if her own daughter were raped". She is pro-contraception and has rejected sympathy for her son Trig, who was born with Down’s Syndrome. “He is a gift from God” Palin said, later saying in a speech that "with some of God's greatest blessings also come some of life's greatest challenges". A McCain/Palin Presidency would seek to overturn Roe v. Wade. The only instance where Palin says abortion is an option is when the mother's life is in danger. (more on this later) I believe, as do most conservatives, that this is the primary issue that has turned liberals against Sarah Palin. Were she pro-choice, she would be considered a moderate, and probably would secure a huge number of moderate and even liberal votes...thank God she has taken a strong stand on such a vital issue, even if it loses these votes.
I will add more on this posting as I research her stance on such issues. In the meantime, let's do what we can to support this wife and mother of 5 who clearly has chosen LIFE.
As promised, I have done more research on the abortion issue. One thing that has always bothered me is the exception I hear mentioned in conservative circles regarding the life of the mother. My own feelings about this break my heart for those who are put into the terrible position of having to choose whose life to save. The following has been sent to me by a blogger who wishes to remain anonymous:
"Biblical theology classifies abortion, post fertilization, as murder. Biblical theologians have not distinguished between trimesters for purposes of determining when life begins. “Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb…” (Isaiah 44:2) Therefore, since life is assumed to begin at fertilization, any termination of the developmental process is in contravention of the Divine commandment prohibiting murder (Exodus 20:13). However, when confronted with the decision to sacrifice the life of the mother for the unborn, conservative biblical scholars find an exception.
When considering the question of the moral legitimacy of abortion in the case of preserving the life of the mother, reference must be made to God’s structuring of the family and the role that the husband plays in the family. First, the husband is commanded, in scripture, to love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it (Ephesians 5:25). There can be no higher standard of conduct. Second, the family structure is patriarchal and the husband is charged with the wellbeing, both physically and spiritually, of his wife (Ephesians 5:23,28). The husband’s duty is to his wife both scripturally and by dint of the marital vows. Therefore, when the wife’s life is threatened, the husband must choose the life of his spouse, preserving the essential structure of the family and fulfilling his role as protector. The wife’s duty is to reverence her husband and to submit to his authority in the family (Ephesians 5:22-24). In this way, God’s purpose in the family structure is honored. Ultimately, in this narrow circumstance, the question is one of conscience, which can only be answered individually through communion with God in His word."