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Sticks and Stones!

April 23, 2010

The other day I picked up a book by Randy Alcorn called Why Pro-Life: Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers. What is interesting about this book is, as Alcorn writes, “Though I am a Christian, I don’t make many arguments from the Bible in this book (I’ve done that elsewhere). The case I present is grounded in medical science and reliable psychological studies.” Alcorn wrote a book prior to this one called Pro-Life Arguments to Pro-Choice Arguments which he claims is grounded in  Biblical research.

As I continue to read, I will post more from the book. Here though, I will address a chapter titled “What’s the difference between egg, sperm, embryo, and fetus?” Alcorn writes,

Language isn’t just the expression of minds but the molder of minds. How words are used influences our receptivity to an idea–even an idea that, communicated in straightforward terms, would be abhorrent. A Los Angeles symposium offered this training, “If you say, ‘Suck out the baby,’ you may easily generate or increase trauma; instead say, ‘Empty the uterus,’ or ‘We will scrape the lining of the uterus,’ but never, ‘ We will scrape away the baby.'”

Throughout the rest of this chapter Alcorn discusses scientific terminology about the egg, embryo, sperm, and other such terms. Alcorn continues,

Like cells of one’s hair or heart, neither egg nor sperm has the capacity to become other than what it is. But when egg and sperm are joined, a new, dynamic, and genetically unique human life begins. This life is neither sperm nor egg, nor a simple combination of both. A fertilized egg is a newly conceived human being. It’s a person, with a life of its own, on a rapid pace of self-directed development. From the instant of fertilization, that first single cell contains the genetic blueprint in all its complexity. This accounts for every detail of human develpment, including the child’s sex, hair and eye color, height, and skin tone. Take that single cell of the just conceived zygote (embryo), put it next to a chimpanzee cell, and a geneticist could easily identify the human. Its humanity is already that strikingly apparant.

Really? Just after it’s conceived someone could already tell the difference? That truly is amazing. Remember, this is from a scientific standpoint. Not a biblical one. On that note, let’s hear from Alcorn one more time,

Abortion providers have become more direct in admitting what happens in an abortion. Dr. Warren Hern, who teaches doctors how to perform abortions, describes his work: “I began an abortion on a young woman who was 17 weeks pregnant…. Then I inserted my forceps into the uterus and applied them to the head of the fetus, which was still alive, since fetal injection is not done at that stage of pregnancy. I closed the forceps, crushing the skull of the fetus, and withdrew the forceps. The fetus, now dead, slid out more or less intact.” This man, who has dedicated his life to performing abortions and teaching others how to do them, has absolutely no doubt that abortion kills a baby. Do you know something he doesn’t.

Language is everything. This comes straight from the medical profession. This doctor testifies that he is killing babies. Just makes you want to cry doesn’t it?

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