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The Value of A Fetus

As addressed in our article Is a Fetus a Person?, we know that a Fetus is a person.  But to dive deeper, we want to understand HOW valuable this small developing growing person is in reality.  Is a Fetus of a different value than a grown adult?  Are they equal?  How can we know?  Does the situation of conception justify abortion, such as rape or incest, thus reducing their value?

Besides the fact that God himself recognizes them as a person and his creation, there are other areas in scripture were we can see the equal value of human life is granted to them.
"If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise" (Exodus 21:22-25)
The context is a pregnant woman giving birth prematurely not caused by natural conditions.  The injury is not talking about the pregnant woman, there are other commandments (laws) that discuss compensation and punishment for injuring people.  This is talking about the child.  If there is serious injury, meaning, stillborn or injuries that lead to the babies death; "you are to take life for life".  This places the premature baby equal in life to the life of the adult who caused it.  God declares this baby, prematurely born, equally valuable in life.

The excuses of rape and incest come up a lot.  Some Christians are confused on this matter and pro-abortion supporters jump all over their inconsistency and hypocrisy.  With their weak arguments aside, God settles the issue:
"Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin" (Deuteronomy 24:16)
As we have already established, God sees the pre-born baby as a person and equal in life.  Thus, abortion is killing the child.  Aborting a baby because they were conceived in rape or incest is perfectly addressed by God here.   The baby is not at fault for the sin of the father... the sin of rape or incest.  Therefore, abortion due to rape or incest is not justified in the eyes of God.

The next terrible argument to justify abortion is the risk or actuality of deformities.  That is like saying God made a mistake and so we must get ride of his mistake.  As established, that deformed person, is still a person, loved by God.  Secondly, God does not make mistakes.  To address the issue of deformities, God states:
"So the LORD said to him, 'Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?'" (Exodus 4:11)
 "Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'He has no hands?' Woe to him who says to his father, 'What have you begotten?' or to his mother, 'What have you brought to birth?' This is what the LORD says—the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question Me about My children, or give Me orders about the work of My hands?" (Isaiah 45:9-11
"Yet, to shame the wise, God has chosen what the world counts folly, and to shame what is strong, God has chosen what the world counts weakness" (1 Corinthians 1:27)
"His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God would be displayed in him" (John 9:2-3)
Nicholas James Vujicic was born with no legs or arms, yet, he is more than glad to be alive and is a pastor with a family of his own.  Joni Eareckson Tada is a quadriplegic and initially struggled with it but now praises God for it.  The governments of Nazi Germany or Communist Russia would have legally dehumanized her worth.  Helen Keller was born blind and deaf, yet, came to faith.  She was not ashamed of her faith and had a book written about it.  All these people, would have been argued by pro-abortion ideologies to be aborted and dehumanized as 'mistakes'.  God chose them to show the world how weak their mindset is (1 Cor. 1:27).  The world counts them as weak, God declares them as equally and in some ways, greater (see verse below).  And what has happened to them is so that God's works are displayed through them (John 9:2-3).  An honor and privilege that most people would not understand.  Their faith brings honor and glory to the Lord!
"Then an argument started among them about who would be the greatest of them.  But Jesus, knowing the thoughts of their hearts, took a little child and had him stand next to Him.  He told them, Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me welcomes Him who sent Me. For whoever is least among you—this one is great.” (Luke 9:46-48)
We need to read that again, "Whoever WELCOMES this child in my name welcomes Me".  For the growing person in the womb, how does aborting them welcome them?  Jesus goes on to say "whoever is LEAST among you, this one is great".  A pre-born person IS without any doubt the least person.  Least in the sense of worldly worth, protection, support, and value.  Why?  Because they are in the greatest need for protection and support.

Just imagine the feeling of self worth if the pre-born person was able to understand that their own mother did not want them.  Their own mother called them an "IT" and wanted to get ride of them.  The pre-born person, with no one to speak up for them, except their mother; but their own mother see them as less valuable and an inconvenience to her life plans.  So inconvenient she would rather abort them.  Even considering the option of abortion reveals how devalued that person is.

Follow Jesus' line of logic here:  Whoever welcomes little children [pre-born persons] in Jesus' name, welcomes Jesus.  AND whoever welcomes Jesus, welcomes God Almighty.  BUT, whoever does NOT welcome little children [pre-born persons], does not welcome Jesus.  And whoever does not welcome Jesus, does not welcome God Almighty.  The key here is either welcoming them, or not.  Welcome them to the one who brings life, or stop them from living.

The defenseless, dependent pre-born person is in need of growing up and believing in the gospel; they are the greatest among us.  They are that valuable!

This leads us to the next issue:  Life, The Nature of God?

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