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What are Sikhism’s beliefs on Abortion?

I want to explore and consider the question of what worldviews other than Christian think about the question of abortion.

Firstly, What are Sikhism’s beliefs on Abortion?

Guru Granth Sahib Ji has given us a thought process using which we can determine right or wrongness of the moral issues. Abortion is a complex issue involving numerous possible solutions to numerous situations. Life is sacred. Gurbani is clear that taking a life is wrong. Since, we do not know with 100% surety at what stage of pregnancy does life begin, we cannot decide for the fate of the child. Therefore, abortion is wrong as long as the life of the mother is not in danger.

Who are we to decide the fate of the child? Who are we to decide whether the child gets to live or not, even if life does not begin at early stage of pregnancy, abortion at an early stage would still be killing the potential of life for the child, making abortion immoral.

While Sikhism denounces abortion, allowance in circumstances such as when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have serious defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. In all other cases such as unfit parents, rape, failed contraceptive, social and economic factors abortion is wrong. Those who are unable to raise a child because of number of different reason; adoption is a wonderful alternative that should be considered.

If there is no prospect of marriage to the man or woman involved and the mother not willing to accept or able to accept the unwanted child, placing the child for adoption by parents who will love the child and care for the child is a wonderful option. There are many couples who long for a child and cannot have one.

10 Things You Should Know about Abortion

10 Things You Should Know about Abortion

Scott Klusendorf

Crossway Blog

These are my “notes” on the above mentioned article.

  1. Pro-life advocates present a formal case for their position
  2. “I am pro-life because the science of embryology establishes that from the earliest stages of development, you were a distinct, living, and whole human being. You didn’t come from an embryo; you once werean embryo. True, you were immature and had yet to visibly develop, but the kind of thing you were was not in question. And there is no essential difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today that justifies killing you at that earlier stage of development. Differences of size, development, environment, and dependency are not good reasons for killing you then but not now.”
  3. Feminist Naomi Wolf calls aborting a human fetus a “real death.”
  4. humans are valuable in virtue of the kind of thing they are rather than some function they perform. Humans have value simply because they are human… Abortion is the intentional killing of an innocent human being. Thus, the passages in Scripture that forbid the shedding of innocent blood apply just as much to the unborn as they do every other innocent human being.
  5. In a culture where children are a gift and barrenness is a curse, and where a nation’s destiny depends on parents having lots of children, abortion is unthinkable.
  6. Preaching on abortion is not a distraction from the Great Commission responsibilities of the local church, but integral to it.

      • P1: In the Great Commission, Christ charged the church to go make disciples.
      • P2: The way we make disciples is to “teach them to obey” his commands.
      • P3: One of those commands is that we are not to shed innocent blood.
      • P4: Abortion is the shedding of innocent blood.
      • C: Therefore, preaching on abortion relates to the Great Commission responsibilities of the local church.
  7. …while gender perspectives on abortion help us understand personal experience, they are no substitute for rational inquiry. Rather, it is arguments that must be advanced and defended.
  8. Theologically, it’s far more reasonable to argue that although humans differ immensely in their respective degrees of development, they are nonetheless equal because they share a common human nature made in the image of God.
  9. “When someone holds up a model of a six-month-old fetus and a pair of surgical scissors, we say ‘choice’ and we lose,” writes feminist Naomi Wolf.
  10. Post-abortion men and women do not need an excuse. They need an exchange: Christ’s righteousness for their sinfulness. Like all forgiven sinners, post-abortion men and women can live each day assured God accepts them on the basis of Christ’s righteousness, not their own.

Scott Klusendorf is the president of Life Training Institute, where he trains pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views. He is the author of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture.

Does Slavery Ever Bother You?

Does Slavery Ever Bother You?

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Slavery and Abortion.

During the days of slavery, Blacks were called “dregs of humanity,” and were considered “exactly intermediate between the superior order of beasts such as elephant, dog, and orangutan, and European or white men.”[4]

Other slave owners referred to the slave’s “ignorance, brutality, obscenity, animal appetite, viciousness, and illegitimacy,” and called them “ignorant, perverse, wicked, the pest of white men, and agents of satan.”[5]

Today in America, the same dehumanizing terms are used as an effective weapon against the preborn. The following terms, used by anti-life writers to describe the unborn, are all extracted from pro-abortion literature;

• “Just like fingernail clippings or warts;”
• Products of conception, contents of the uterus;
• Little worms or maggots;
• Abortus, conceptus, gobbets of meat;
• Blob of tissue, parasite, leech;
• Masses of protoplasm, human waste;
• A kind of venereal disease;
• A “loathsome plague,” a “hideous affliction;”

And many more.

It is interesting indeed that the number of dehumanizing names attached to a target population is directly proportional to the perceived threat it poses to the oppressor.

It is obvious from the above that anti-lifers consider preborns very dangerous indeed.

D is for Degree of Dependency – the Case for Life

The Case for Life: Degree of Dependency

Sean Martin

[24 March 2015]

Abortion supporters often claim that a baby’s inability to survive outside the mother’s womb should automatically justify abortion. The issue is that the child is still fully dependent on the mother, or, as it is sometimes explained, the fetus is not “viable.”

There are major problems with this line of thinking. First, if the standard for being worthy of life is the ability to survive “on our own,” when do any of us really become independent? Children at later stages of pregnancy and even after birth are still completely dependent on their mothers for protection and food. People with disabilities or certain illnesses are also dependent on caregivers, medications and machines.

Second, the assumption that a mother can choose to end her baby’s life simply because of the baby’s degree of dependency presumes the mother’s absolute power over the baby accords her the right to do what she wants with him or her. This harkens back to the “might makes right” rationale that dictators and tyrants have used to oppress and slaughter innocents throughout the ages.

Personhood is not imparted to us when we gain the ability to care for ourselves, nor do we lose our personhood when we age and become dependent on the young to care for us. The very young, the very old, the very sick or the very weak are no less human than those of us fortunate enough to be healthy and strong. We cannot make a determination about people’s value based on how dependent they are at a given moment. The baby in the womb—regardless of degree of dependency—should be allowed to live.

If Pregnancy Termination is Just a Medical Procedure…

According to Abortion Services in New Zealand:

You are able to have counselling after your abortion procedure also. Your partner may be involved if you request it.

This counselling aims to assist you with any unresolved issues or feelings related to the pregnancy termination and to support your emotional recovery after an abortion.

Hold on. My son has had an operation and he was not offered any form of professional counseling pre or post operation. My wife has had multiple operations and in no case was she offered professional counseling pre or post operation.

How often are we told abortion is a medical procedure similar in significance and complexity to an appendectomy.

My sister had an appendectomy. There was no offer of professional counselling prior to the invasive operation. There was no offer of professional counselling in the aftermath of the invasive surgery.

abortion medical procedure

Why the Offer of Counseling?

Maybe it’s because so many women are having abortions on the grounds that continuing their pregnancy would cause a serious threat to their mental health.

One would think in such situations, what is required is not a medical procedure in the sense of removing the pregnancy, but psychological and/or psychiatric care.

After all, if the problem is not the pregnancy in and of itself, but the mental health risk presented by the continuation of that pregnancy… address the issue, the mental health issue – not the physical circumstances that are simply drawing out that underlying problem.

Or maybe there is something more sinister going on.  Maybe there is no real mental health risk in play.  Maybe that’s just the easiest way for certifying consultants and abortion providers to offer their services on demand, regardless of the real reason.

I applaud those willing to go through the statistics and reports to expose the reality of illegality of the abortion industry in New Zealand.

Hillary’s Law Calls for Parental Notification

Having faced the attempted suicide of her teenage daughter, kiwi mum petitioned the government, asking that there be a law change.  Hillary’s Law calls for parental notification in cases where there teenage daughters are taken by education providers for abortions.

Sadly, the Select Committee decided the consequences of parents knowing what’s happening to their daughters is not something they are willing to contend with.  Instead, it’s better that no parent know what’s going on.

This is my poetic reflection:


Hillary’s Law Parental Notification

So your daughter needs a panadol

There is a much greater toll

In things of which you ought to know

 

She’s going on a school field trip

For that you’ll sign a permission slip

While others are lead away

Hillary's Law Parental Notification

Hillary is lost for words

Like her voice has not been heard

Other’s silenced too

 

Why can’t they know about their girls?

When treated like stolen pearls

Why darkness must you remain?

 

Kiwi parents, they ought to know

When daughters dealt a massive blow

That often proves too much

 

Daughters being whisked away

During the darkness of the day

To have more than just a panadol

 

What do they think behind closed doors?

When loving kiwi mum implores

To care is first to know

 

It’s not a question of consent

When innocence is being spent

One knows and so one cares

 

Hillary’s law has been shot down

Makes MP’s sadistic clowns

While daughters cry in darkness.