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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Abortion - no consequences?

A new research study says that an abortion increases the odds of the next baby being born prematurely and increasing the risk of the child dying or suffering disabilities.

Having an abortion almost doubles a woman's risk of giving birth dangerously early in a later pregnancy, according to research that will provoke fresh debate over the most controversial of all medical procedures.

A French study of 2,837 births - the first to investigate the link between terminations and extremely premature births - found that mothers who had previously had an abortion were 1.7 times more likely to give birth to a baby at less than 28 weeks' gestation. Many babies born this early die soon after birth, and a large number who survive suffer serious disability.

Of course, prolife groups will use this as the article mentions. If the study is proven conclusive, women should definitely be informed.

But I do have advice for my fellow prolife advocates. If you only have this as your argument, you will fail. Medical science may eventually overcome the increased risk or like breast cancer, additional studies may confuse the matter. Where will your ability to dissuade others be then? One need not rely completely on potential health risks to the mother. After all, abortion kills the preborn regardless of what it does to the mother. That will not change, that is its main purpose, the desired consequence when stripped of the misleading euphemisms. Make sure you do not lose focus on this or forget how to present the rational and sound reasons for being against abortion.

It would do well if many prolife advocates would also learn how to present the arguments in ways that do not rely solely on religion. While I do not have a problem with a religious motivation, such an argument is really only effective to those who accept the words of Christ to begin with. Certainly, the Holy Spirit may lead one to that approach on occasion but an assumption that it is the only way to argue will result in more failure than success. It hands the other side the ability to say being prolife is only forcing one's religious faith on other people. It also gives those who would otherwise be prolife in some way, reason to pause, as they understandably do not want to be seen as forcing religion on others.

Remember the words of Christ as he sent out the disciples:

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matt. 10:16)

This matter is far to important for us not to do our best at offering sound reasons, alternatives and appropriate methods within our society and political structure, to produce positive change and as a result, save many innocent lives.
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