Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Murder Rights of Moms?

Exodus 21:22-23 (New International Version)

"If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life”

Here we have an accidental premature birth, an abortion. The woman was not in the fight. The premature birth was not her intention. There are judicial consequences for the man or men who caused the injury. Both the mother and baby could be harmed. If the baby is stillborn, that is the death the text is speaking of. The injury probably is speaking of both the mother and the baby. If there is no injury, the husband/father gets to demand recompense, but the court has to allow it. If there is injury, the penalty is fixed.

The above is not intentional murder. Abortions today are all intentional murder-- premeditated. Sometimes the father of the baby is part of the pre-planning. Sometimes he does not even know. He is not consulted, nor informed, even if he is the husband of the mother. The Supreme Court of the United States affirms the mother’s right not to consult nor to inform her husband/baby’s father.

Early in 2005 in California, a father was convicted of 2nd degree murder for the intentional death of his unborn son.

We have a conundrum. If a mother murders her unborn child it is her right to do so. If a father murders his unborn child he is convicted of murder. If a mother chooses, the father does not have the right to veto, nor does he have an opportunity to be an accessory to the murder. He never even has the chance to say “yes” or “no”.

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