If you took a human sperm and a human egg and left them on opposite sides of a room, they would stay that way and nothing would ever happen, save for their eventual expiration.
Now, take the very same sperm and egg, have them fuse together in a woman’s womb (an event commonly known as conception) and what typically happens, short of some very unfortunate medical episode, is that nine months later a newborn baby enters the world.
This process is truly a miracle. From nothing … comes something of immeasurable value: life.
Is it any wonder, then, that the Catholic Church regards abortion as one of the Four Sins that Cry Out to Heaven for Vengeance and that opposition to abortion is one of the unchanging and unchangeable doctrines in the Church?
It is an absolute catastrophe, therefore, that today the miracle and wonder of life has been so tragically dismissed by a not insignificant number of people in favour of so-called “reproductive rights” and “bodily autonomy”.
Challenge any pro-choice advocate to a debate on a Facebook comments thread and you will soon come to find that there is a common idea shared by all of those who support the use of abortion. The idea is that the negative environment that a child may be born into is reason enough for the mother to decide to abort the life of the unborn baby in the womb.
Make no mistake; this is the logical conclusion of one who subscribes to a relativised moral framework.
Moral relativism is the rejection of objective truth and the application of shades of acceptability to committing sinful acts. It is a trademark of postmodernist philosophical thought and serves as the foundation of the secular humanist movement, which has had our world in its grip for decades.
The excesses of modernity have given rise to an individualistic idolisation, and we are told that we have full agency over ourselves and the physical world.
Proponents of abortion make various arguments but, ultimately, every argument fails to answer the core question: when does life begin?
As demonstrated in my opening, the unobstructed development of the fused sperm and egg inevitably gives rise to new human life. It does not become a bacterium. Nor become a fish. It becomes a human. Abortion prematurely and unnaturally cuts off that process; it is therefore murder.
This is indisputable and the circumstances surrounding the potential living environment of the unborn child or the personal circumstances of the pregnant mother matter not in this regard.
To deem an unborn child’s life as unworthy of the circumstances they will be born to is completely ignorant of us. To end that life is categorically and objectively the murder of the unborn.