“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place” (Psalm 139:15).
What makes a woman choose abortion? I believe the number one reason is fear.
It is believable to me that life begins at conception. I read with wonder what scientists discover about the unborn child. The more we learn, the more we realize the birth process is only the continuation of a life that has already begun. It would be ludicrous for me to believe a fetus is merely tissue one day and the next day it is a human being.
When I read Psalm 139, I am amazed that King David wrote with so much certainty about the unborn child. Consider his words: “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (verses 15, 16). David believed God supervised the prenatal period of life and determined the lifespan of the child long before the child was born.
Mothers know their children before they are born. We can feel them moving inside our wombs and know something about their personalities. Science, our Judeo-Christian backgrounds, and all of our experiences as women tell us plainly that life begins at conception.
The decision to abort is made emotionally by someone saying, “I do not want this baby.” It is justified rationally by their thinking, “This tissue is not yet human.” Both elements of that argument are untrue. Women choose abortion out of fear. If they really understand how God can take mistakes and turn them into miracles, many abortions will never happen.
God sees our babies just as He sees us. He has a plan for each of their lives. And as His Word says, His perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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