Why Don’t they Call it Feticide?

I came across the word Feticide while looking up synonyms for the word Abortion. It sounded a bit like Homicide, so I looked up the definition of the suffix “icide,” which means “to kill.”

Feticide, synonymous with Aborticide, falls under the category of “Killing of Family.”

According to his book of Proverbs, King Solomon tells us that one of the 6 things that God hates is “hands that shed innocent blood.” Proverbs [6:17]

If when we commit abortion, we come to a conclusion that our hands are shedding innocent blood, then why don’t we rightfully call it Feticide? Because millions of people don’t conclude that ending a child’s life in utero, is shedding innocent blood. They consider it a rightful choice.

Choice Misunderstood

Abortion is currently protected under US law due to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Roe vs. Wade, which was based on a fabricated rape story. Jane Roe was actually Norma McCorvey, who spent the rest of her life trying to undo the rule that she caused to become law, based on a lie that she and her lawyers conjured up in order to progress the pro-choice movement. Norma McCorvey also never had the abortion. She gave birth to her child who was then adopted.

One of the major problems with the pro-choice movement is that it fails to recognize that the act of Abortion is an act of Feticide, it’s synonym. A derivative of Homicide–the killing of family.

Today’s women’s movement demands the right to be equal to men in every regard, and to be in charge of everything in, about, and around their own lives, including their bodies. I get it. I am a woman. And I support many of these women’s arguments so long as they are aligned with scripture. But this movement includes the freedom to choose abortion, which somehow exemplifies a woman’s control over her own body.

I submit that when an informed woman has sex, especially unprotected, she is choosing to take the risk and is likely to get pregnant. So its safe to assume that an informed woman knows how to control her body from becoming pregnant. Pregnancies are rarely, if at all, true accidents.

Abortion Sympathy

Studies show that 1% of abortions occur due to rape, and 3% occur for medical reasons. Both of these reasons are commonly cited to be the factor for why many believe abortion law is necessary. These are tiny percentages considering that over 54 million children have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade.

Because abortion is legal, it means that a woman has the right to either give life or take life. God’s job.  However, millions of Americans support the idea that women have a right to abort their unborn babies for any reason, but I don’t believe these supporters intentionally want to kill an innocent unborn child, regardless of the circumstances under which the child was conceived.

When women choose to exercise abortion, they don’t think of it as killing, and they don’t intentionally want to commit Feticide, even if they’ve somehow rationalized and concluded that they must. I speak from my own experience, which I’ll share more about later in this blog.

The truth is that the thought of having an abortion and coming to that decision is one of the most personally devastating experiences a woman can endure.

I understand the panic that comes with an unplanned pregnancy. It threatens our relationships, education, plans, passions, direction, livelihood or even the status quo.  We rationalize why its right for ourselves and everyone else including the baby, that the baby should not get to live, but we do. This is a result of exacerbated fear and worry.

Innocent Blood

Psalm 127:3 “Behold, children are a heritage from the LordThe fruit of the womb is a reward.”

When pregnant, a woman’s body is a host to a completely unique, separate, individual human being. A family member.

Consider the below image of a 9-week old fetus. Consider whether it looks like a blob of tissue inside a woman’s body, or if it looks like a human baby in utero. Here are some things that a 9-week old fetus does in utero:

  • It squints,
  • it grabs,
  • it’s heart beats,
  • it reacts to sounds and touch,
  • it even has fingerprints!

9weeks

Psalm 139:13-16“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 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.”

Each one of us has experienced what it is to be a human being in utero, at a time when we were most vulnerable and innocent. We can’t remember that time in our lives, but as children in utero, we were filled with innocent blood.

By committing the act of abortion, are our hands shedding innocent blood? Are we commiting Feticide? Not according to the law of the land. However, people of faith, we should consider what committing abortion means to God. Not every law of the land aligns with God’s law. Listen to Ep50 of my podcast to learn about the spiritual side of abortion, as told by Christian Hollywood actors, Austin Peck and Terry Conn.

Remember, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. You are not judged by this blog, no one reading is judged by this blog.

Freedom of Choice

Free will is a God-given right of all people. If the laws of the land say that a woman can have an abortion, she has the right to choose it, regardless of those who are against it. Women are free to choose it even if it was not a law of the land. Of course, they’d face the consequences, but they are still free to choose it. In fact, women were choosing to have abortions before they were legal.

And according to the Guttmacher Institute: “Almost three-quarters of women obtaining abortions in 2008 reported a religious affiliation. The largest proportion was Protestant (37 percent), and most of the rest said that they were Catholic (28 percent) or that they had no religious affiliation (27 percent). One in five abortion patients identified themselves as born-again, evangelical, charismatic or fundamentalist; 75 percent of these were Protestant.”       

Lawful Consequences

“Post Abortive Trauma Syndrome” was a real experience in my life, though many deny it exists. My abortions caused me to struggle with body image and eating disorders. In fact, studies prove it.

So many fears went into why I had 2 abortions. I’ll say it this way, why I committed Feticide by law, in my past. Fears that I now understand are manageable. I suffered many lifelong consequences after I committed feticide by law, including guilt, shame, depression, grief over the loss of my children, never knowing who they would have been. Never forgetting it or them, and so much more.

The hardest part is knowing that I had other, better options and did not pursue them. Adoption is an incredible blessing, one I wish I would have chosen. Instead, I watched my brother make a choice to adopt two children later in life, and I witnessed the true blessings that came for those two children, blessings they brought to our family in return. This only compounded my guilt that much more. That was until I found help and hope in the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, through a recovery group.

You can watch my abortion story on the Real Life series on the Christian Television Network below. I pray it blesses anyone who’s ever had an abortion, or has supported one, and is suffering similar consequences.

Resources:

Just The Facts

Images of Fetal Development

Care Net

Heartbeat International

New Life Solutions

Post-Abortive Resources:

For Women

Surrendering The Secret

Rachel’s Vinyard

For Men

Silent No More

Host:

Brandee Nielsen