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Creation 18(1):4, December 1995

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The baby-killers


by Robert Doolan

Naomi Wolf, the high-profile 32-year-old feminist author and Rhodes scholar, recently admitted that her morning sickness—and her seeing the baby inside moving on a scan—has helped her change her mind about abortion.

With her first baby due soon, Wolf said that she now rejects the abortion lobby’s claim that a fetus isn’t a human life but is merely a mass of tissue.

While she hasn’t gone so far as to oppose abortion ‘at all costs’, Wolf is firing some heavy verbal artillery at her fellow feminists, whom she accuses of self-delusion, hardness of heart, and even lying when they say a death doesn’t take place in abortion.

Amazingly, at the time Naomi Wolf’s change of heart was taking place, an even bigger defection from the pro-abortion ranks was occurring.

Norma McCorvey, who under the pseudonym of ‘Jane Roe’ in 1973 prompted the landmark United States Supreme Court case Roe vs Wade (which decided in favour of abortion) announced in August that she now believes abortion is wrong. She has become a born-again Christian. Like Wolf, 47-year-old McCorvey is still working through some of the issues, but she has left her job at a Dallas abortion clinic to work for the pro-life group Operation Rescue, revealing that she had been haunted by the sight of empty swings in a playground.

In a further heart-wrenching disclosure, distinguished Australian novelist Peter Carey, 47, revealed in October that he deeply grieves over his dead children. His first child was aborted in 1961, then three more children died at birth. At his twins’ cremation, Carey refused to give them any names, saying ‘I don’t believe in God’.

He now says he regrets that decision. Although his children did not get to experience life outside their mother’s womb, atheist Peter Carey knows they were human lives—his own children, not lifeless fetal tissue or a cosmetically inconvenient biological condition.

Willful abortion is the willful taking of life. Abortion kills real babies. There is simply no convincing argument against this. A human fetus does not suddenly become human the moment it emerges from the mother’s womb. It is a growing, God-given, human life from the moment of conception (Psalm 139:13-16), clearly identifiable as a human at all stages of growth.

The Bible is not only the truth, it is the truth to such a degree that even a non-Christian like Naomi Wolf can say that lying is required to try to justify the taking of a human life through abortion.

Ironically, this increasing recognition that unborn babies are human—and thus have the same rights as babies who have been born—may, instead of reducing abortion, extend it to include killing babies after birth, unless our culture restores its creation foundation. Why?

A society which believes everything has made itself (evolved) will increasingly reject any idea of a Creator, which means there can be no such thing as absolute, eternal standards. So everything, including ‘human rights’, is just a matter of opinion. If it becomes clear that all the millions already aborted with the blessing of evolutionary humanist ethics were already human, why—in the absence of God-given absolutes—should it continue to be wrong to kill unwanted babies after birth?

If you think this is far-fetched, consider influential pro-abortionist Peter Singer, author of the entry on Ethics in Encyclopaedia Britannica. Singer admits that abortion extinguishes human life, but not only has he been quoted as saying that a human fetus has fewer rights than a laboratory animal, he has recently been perceived to be openly arguing for infanticide. In The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia) of 10 October 1995, Professor Singer, a convinced evolutionist, approvingly cites pagan societies which have allowed routine infant killing, and says:

‘Why—in the absence of religious beliefs about being made in the image of God, or having an immortal soul—should mere membership of the species Homo sapiens be crucial to whether the life of a being may or may not be taken?’

Convinced evolutionists like Singer won’t accept that we are not evolved animals, and that we have a unique place in God’s creation (Genesis 1:26). Genesis is the key to the whole abortion debate.