According to a recent poll, 52% of US adults aged 18–34 support banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected (the heart actually begins beating very early in a child’s development—by day 22 in the womb—and can be detected usually around six weeks gestational age). This is encouraging and good news for the pro-life movement and for the lives of unborn babies. Banning abortion after the heartbeat stage of development would save lives (and has in several states that have passed such bills), but we do need to understand so much more:

  1. Life begins at fertilization—not at day 22, when a heartbeat begins, or day 28, when heart rhythm is established, or day 40, when Baby develops a sense of touch, or week 25, when Baby becomes “viable” and can survive outside of mom’s womb (with significant medical interventions). All of these are arbitrary points along the developmental timeline of a human being, and none of them determine personhood.

    From the moment of fertilization, everything that makes you “you” is present—no new genetic information is added after this stage. We are 100% human, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), right from fertilization. Abortion at any stage is killing a human being made in the image of God.

  2. One can’t legislate a person’s morality. Unless people’s hearts are committed to God and to his Word, the battle will ultimately be lost. The only ultimate, lasting answer to the current sanctity-of-life crisis and the culture of death is the gospel message.

Abortion is the murder of unborn children, and it should break the hearts of every believer.

Abortion is the murder of unborn children, and it should break the hearts of every believer. The Lord crafts each child (Psalm 139:14), and he knows all of their days:

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. (Psalm 139:16 NKJV)

If this poll is accurate (the sample size was rather small), it’s wonderful to see that many young adults would support heartbeat bans—but they need to understand: (1) that life begins before the heart begins beating; and (2) they all need to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. You can help educate others (including those in the church!; so many Christians are not equipped to think biblically on this issue) by using the following resources to disciple others:

  • Prenatal Development: Life of an Unborn Baby” web series. This in-depth series features a stage-by-stage overview of the development of an unborn human being, beginning with fertilization and ending at birth. As our writers describe each developmental stage, they answer common pro-abortion arguments and equip you to give answers for the sanctity of life.
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Kit.” This pro-life kit features 12 gorgeous 3D lenticular mini-poster images from the stunning Fearfully and Wonderfully Made exhibit at the Creation Museum, along with a book, DVD, and journal.
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” exhibit at the Creation Museum. Come and visit the museum in N. Kentucky and discover the wonder of life from the moment of fertilization.
  • Zoomerang, our 2022 Answers Vacation Bible School is a sanctity-of-life VBS. Equip the children in your church and community, with age-appropriate lessons, to think biblically on this issue and know that life is precious from the tiniest baby to the oldest person.
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made book. This book features incredible photographs of the Fearfully and Wonderfully Made exhibit at the Creation Museum and a 41.5-inch fold-out timeline of a baby’s development.

You can find all of these resources, and more, at AnswersBookstore.com.

Get More Answers on Answers News

This item was discussed yesterday on Answers News with cohosts Patricia Engler, Rob Webb, and Tim Chaffey. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed live before a studio audience and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also covered the following topics:

  • A trapdoor helps fin whales eat without choking.
  • France passes a law banning prayer and counseling for homosexuals.
  • The moon—a magnetic powerhouse?
  • And more!

Watch the entire episode of Answers News for February 2, 2022.

Be sure to join us each Monday and Wednesday at 2 p.m. (ET) on my Facebook page or the Answers in Genesis Facebook page for Answers News. You won’t want to miss this unique news program that gives science and culture news from a distinctly biblical and Christian perspective.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

This post was originally published on this site