Conviction Does Not Treat Murdered Baby as Human Being

by Ken Ham

A horrific story that highlights how far our Western culture has drifted from a biblical view on the sanctity of life has recently resurfaced in the news. Last year I blogged about a woman, 34 weeks pregnant with a little girl, who responded to an ad for baby clothes on Craigslist only to be stabbed and have her baby cut from her womb. The woman survived the attack, but the baby did not.

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The attacker, Dynel Lane, who stabbed this mother and killed her child wasn’t charged with murder for what she did! And the recent verdict from the jury confirmed this. Despite the fact that the baby died as a result of her violent actions, Lane wasn’t found guilty of murder but rather was convicted “of attempted first-degree murder [presumably of the mother], assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy.” As I reported in my earlier blog, in Colorado, where this crime took place, the killing of this child does not qualify as murder because there was apparently no proof that the baby was born alive. Of course, what this law really accomplishes is the protection of abortion. If a baby killed in the womb is considered murder in some cases, where does that leave abortion which clearly kills an unborn human being?

This horrible story highlights how dramatically the abortion debate has changed what murder is and who is considered a person. This baby girl died in this attack, yet, in the sentencing of her murderer, she isn’t even granted the respect and dignity of a human being. She’s just “a pregnancy.” This is tragic! Of course, millions of babies—over 57 million in America since the Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court decision—haven’t been granted basic respect or dignity when they are legally murdered by abortion doctors in the name of “health care” or “women’s rights.”

Sadly, abortion is just the natural consequence of an evolutionary worldview. If humans are just animals, then why not get rid of spare kids like you get rid of spare cats? What’s the difference? Well, in an evolutionary view, there’s really no difference in the evolutionists’ worldview! But in a biblical view there’s a world of difference. You see, humans are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and that’s what makes killing a human being murder! After the Flood, God gave Noah permission to kill and eat animals but said that killing a human being deserves death because “for in the image of God He made man” (Genesis 9:6). Human life is unique and separate from the animals. And unborn human life is clearly included with all other human life. Scripture tells us that God “fearfully and wonderfully” knits us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:14), and God says of the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Life is sacred from the moment of fertilization.

The sad reality is that our Western courts have strayed so far from biblical thinking that murder isn’t murder anymore. As Christians, the best way that we can combat this rising secular thinking is through the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s the gospel that changes hearts and lives for now and eternity. And we need to be sharing this life-changing message with those in our culture!

And, as I’ve written many times, God will deal with America (or already is dealing with this nation), the deeds of which make what Hitler did at the Holocaust pale in comparison to this abortion holocaust! Personally, I believe this nation is under judgment as we consider the ramifications of such rebellion as described in Romans 1.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,

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

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