The above picture is an eight-week old "fetus" (taken from http://www.pathlights.com). In looking at the picture, I think of two items. First, it is better to think of the above fetus as a baby rather than some type of immaterial substance. The baby in this picture looks human. And, this should not surprise a Christian for the Bible presents unborn babies as being fully human from the time of conception. For example, David describes himself as being sinful from the time of conception in Psalm 51:5 (for more biblical support, click here, here, here and here). Just looking at this picture should convince anyone of the baby’s humanity. And, if the baby is considered human, it also follows that it would be an act of murder to terminate this helpless child’s life in the first trimester of his life. If you are in doubt about this assessment, you need to look at the following graphic video at Justin Taylor’s blog: "This Is Abortion."
Second, I am reminded that a presidential election is just around the corner. As the presidential candidates for both Republicans and Democrats do battle to represent their respective parties in the 2008 election, it is good to remind ourselves that one of the moral issues involved in the upcoming election is the issue of abortion. To be certain there are other significant issues involved with this election, such as the major issue related to the type of judicial appointments a president would make, but the issue of abortion has not gone away. Since today is the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we need to keep in mind with our vote in the next election that we must vote for a candidate that reflects the core moral values as reflected in the Bible. In keeping with this responsibility, we should check out where each respective candidate stands on abortion. For information on where each candidate stands on Roe v. Wade, click here to see each candidate’s position. May God help us in the next election to think beyond our wallet to those biblical values that glorify God.