The Abortion Clinic in Belfast and the Travesty of Murder

| December 16, 2012

This Thursday, 18th October, an abortion clinic in Belfast will open its doors. The clinic will be the first on the island of Ireland to offer abortion. Located on Great Victoria Street, it will perform medical abortions in cases up to nine weeks gestation. Its services will be available where there is a “permanent, long-term and serious risk to the physical and mental well-being of the woman” according to the Maris Stopes centre’s director, Dawn Purvis.

The Scripture speaks unequivocally of the sanctity of human life. The Old Testament records the poignant word of God to Jeremiah: Before I formed thee… I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5). One of the most highly-acclaimed poems of Israel’s psalmist, King David says no less. David waxes eloquent about God’s involvement in the intricacies of conception and gestation in Psalm 139.

The abortion clinic in Belfast specializes in aborting human life. Marie Stopes website provides details on the procedure termed medical abortion. Pharmaceutical drugs are used to wrestle life from the foetus and end the pregnancy. While the terms used may be couched in “tender” language, the intent is clear. Human life is ended by the poisonous activities of human hands. Murder occurs.

Scripture defends human life by prescribing a penalty for murder. In the same passage which lays the foundation of Western civilization’s approach to civil government, Genesis 9, God speaks unequivocally. “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man” (Genesis 9:6). The aborting of human life, the murder of innocents, is here linked with assault on God. Why? God  made man “in his own image,” with peculiar likeness to himself. God made man to reflect and proclaim his glory. To attack man, then, and murder him, is to brazenly deface God’s image. Some have phrased it as an “attempt to kill God himself.” The penalty prescribed, then, is reasonably the ultimate one. Life for life has served as a broad framework in which the Western world historically penalized murder.

The glory of salvation through faith alone in Christ brings with it a fresh reverence for the sanctity of life. All major New Testament writers affirm its sanctity, condemning murder. Jesus Christ characterized his arch-enemy the devil as a murderer (John 8:44). Paul charted mankind’s demise into murder-filled ways (Romans 1:29) and delineated the function of the law as being laid down “for murderers” (1 Tim. 1:9). The Apostle Peter instructed the early Christians to part with murder (1 Pet. 4:15). Likewise, the Apostle John pointed to the hate at the heart of murder (1 Jn. 3:15) and pitted it against the true love exhibited by those in Christ.

The abortion clinic in Belfast is a travesty of justice. Its presence should not be acceptable in a society where live is prized. It is an attack on the Christian ethos of life. It is an assault on God himself, according to the Christian doctrine of the imago Dei. May its doors be shut before they are opened.

To arrange a protest against the abortion clinic in Belfast, you can contact Precious Life here. Also, you can contact your local politician in either the North or the South and express your shock and dissatisfaction. Please let us know how you get on by commenting below.

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