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Fetal Heartbeat Laws Don’t Take Away a Woman’s Right She Never Had in the First Place

By Alex McFarland | May 21, 2019 | 11:43am EDT
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Now that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed her state’s “controversial” heartbeat bill, the spirits of pro-life advocates who want to protect pre-born babies are buoyed, while others are lamenting “lost rights” and protesting with shouts of “My body, my choice!

In fact, some media outlets report that “anti-abortion activists” are winning across the country, as similar measures are underway in Missouri, Utah and Louisiana.

This might create ire among the liberal left and Hollywood elite, but I believe the founders who gave us America would applaud these pro-life laws.

Where do women’s rights end, and where do human rights begin? It’s not about anyone’s constitutional protection of rights or privacy, but the issue is natural law. We are endowed by our Creator with the right to life. God gives us the right to be born and to live. Unless it is an issue of national defense or self-defense, we do not legitimately have the right to take the life of another person. When we are talking about the life of the mother, that’s one thing. When we are talking about the convenience of the mother and father, that’s something completely different.

In mandating that none of us have the right to murder another person, that doesn’t mean we have lost any rights. These pro-life bills do not take away the rights of women. They never had the right to murder another human being in the first place. It’s a national tragedy that nobody is talking about this fact—you can’t understand the impetus of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution unless you pre-suppose there are moral absolutes and natural law.

There are some moral truths incumbent on all people. We shouldn’t steal from a store, hurt another person, or be unfaithful to a spouse or friend. We recognize a common moral ground where everyone meets in the middle—and it has nothing to do with religion.

But today, we teeter on the brink of lawlessness because we aren’t acknowledging natural law and moral truth. The bottom line is every human life is God’s property—He created it.

Additionally, I speak with tens of thousands of millennials each year, and while they weren’t even alive for the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the disconnect from this piece of history in no way separates some millennials from a passionate pro-life stance.

It’s uplifting to know that more millennials are committing to pro-life views and dedicated to protecting life. The 2018 State of Theology survey found that most Americans—52 percent—say that abortion is a sin, and 57 percent of millennials feel the same way. Praise God! Let’s hope this outspoken and passionate generation will be the one that is instrumental to continuing the current efforts state-by-state in ending abortion in America.

Although Christians value life because we know human beings are made in God’s image, people of any faith walk—or no faith at all—should be able to see that life is valuable and something to be protected at any stage.

Dr. Alex McFarland is a religion and culture expert, a national talk show host and speaker, author of 18 books and the creature of Truth for a New Generation Ministries, sponsored by Liberty University.

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