I don’t generally link to or comment on news stories, but this is one I felt important. For some back story, a pregnant woman answered a Craigslist advertisement for some baby clothes only to be cut open and her child forcefully removed from the womb. The baby did not survive. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this case is that the person who cut open this woman and took her baby will not have murder charges filed against them because in Colorado, a fetus is not recognized as human life. The woman was seven months pregnant. Let me state this again: The person who assaulted this woman who was maybe two months away from giving birth, cut her open, removed the human baby which died, will not face murder charges.
This is where we are at as a society. An almost fully developed child can be violently cut out of its mother and die and it is not considered murder because a fetus isn’t seen as human life. How awful is that? Scripture says otherwise on the fetus.
Jeremiah 1:5 states
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you
Likewise with Luke 1:41 & Luke 1:44
And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.
For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
These verses show personhood in the womb. Jeremiah shows that God knows us while we are still being formed and developing. He knows our personality and what we’re like even before we are born. And Luke even shows us that the unborn have feelings and a personality as John jumps (as best as a fetus can, I suppose) with great joy at the sound of Mary’s voice.
The fetus is its own person. It is its own person with feelings and a personality and just because we can’t physically see it doesn’t make it false. If there is one silver lining in this it is that the state is showing consistency. Through Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers, children are murdered everyday and no one bats an eye. Maybe, I hope, that this incident and the way the courts treat it will open some eyes. Even if only a few.