Joe Otto

One’s own body?

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that each individual possesses an implied privacy and “right of choice” over his/her “own body.” In the case of a woman, the court correctly recognized that while a woman’s right over “her own body” does NOT extend to the right of life over a fetus inside the womb after “viability” – it does extend to the fetus before reaching “viability” inside the womb.

Note that the “viability” distinction was a creative construct by the court (not God). Also, note well that references are always to a woman’s “right of choice” over “her body” – never a woman’s right to choose life or death of the beginning of a new and different entity, which is not an integral part of a woman’s body but only happens to temporarily reside inside the womb.

Let’s look at the facts, and truth – not rationalization, self-interest or justification and certainly not excuse-seeking for moral failure, not blatant cover-up for a wrongful act committed during the early beginning of a new entity.

No accident

Initially, let us understand that a fetus does not just suddenly begin to appear in the womb; rather it is the result of a voluntary (and preventable) act of a woman – excepting, of course, in some forcible rape circumstances.

Our creator God

It is a fact that neither mother nor father, but God alone creates all new human entities – including not only at their early beginnings, but even planning their features before creation. Indeed, if desired, God can create a new entity or an adult person without a woman or man at all – recall his creation of Adam, soon followed by Eve. Indeed, God having created Eve from a rib of Adam’s body, Adam (and all men thereafter) having contributed a real part of his own body, might have a better claim for the female fetus being part of a man’s body.

“The Lord God made woman from the rib He had taken of the man. She shall be called woman for she was taken out of man. This is now bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh.” (Genesis 2:22-23)

Jesus Christ’s human body was also created by God without participation of a man, and praise God that Mary lived in 4 B.C., not 1974 A.D.

“God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.’ So God created man in His own image ... in the image of God, male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:21-27)

Knowledge of the fetus, entity, person before conception

Does the mother know the fetus even before the fetus was formed, including its shape, gifts, life’s plan and life span? God did and does.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you …” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

“For you created my innermost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalms 139:13-14)

All inside the body is not a body part

Everything inside of one’s body is not in fact part of “one’s body.”

A bullet, shrapnel, a surgeon’s forceps, a swallowed coin, a cancerous growth – indeed, anything that was not present of intended to be present at birth. Thus, any independent item or entity inside which is not an inherent or integral part of a body at outset is not and should not be equated to being “a part” of one’s body.

Further, in the case of a “fetus,” it is not being created by the mother – it is created by God with God electing to temporarily use another God-created entity as a place within which to grow from beginning to end. If the fetus is in fact part of the woman’s body – let us witness a woman who can both self-create a fetus, and when the fetus is ready to be born, choose to keep the fetus in her body permanently.

Body parts

When scripture mentions the body and its parts, specific reference is made only to such integral and inherent parts as the foot, hand, ear and eye – each an intended and permanent part of one’s body. No mention is ever made of “the body’s fetus,” either as a temporary or permanent part of the body (I Cor 12:12, et seq.).

Roe v. Wade (1973), Griswald v. Connecticut (1965)

Over America’s first 300 years, there was never an attempt to distort, self-interpret or distort truth. However, in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court in a divided opinion in Roe v. Wade, declared that only before a fetus in the womb reaches “viability” the mother of the fetus has a right of choice over “her own body.” Note well that the court makes no mention of why a test of “viability outside” – rather than inside – the womb or how after “viability” – by some magic – the fetus is suddenly transformed into a new entity and is no longer part of the woman’s body.

Roe was the second case decided in order to get in tune with America’s declining morality and sexual freedom following the court’s 1965 divided case in Griswald, which created new implied right of privacy and one’s freedom to use birth control measures contrary to a state’s prohibitive law.

These newly “found” implied rights of privacy – self-pronounced by the court as arising like mist from within the First and Fourth Amendments – were the progeny of the court’s creating for itself an “implied” right of judicial review in Marbury. Ignored was any understanding or admission that the application in Roe would be at the cost of infringement of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments guaranteeing “life, liberty and due process” to all persons – including one within the womb. (See Marbury v. Madison, 1803; Griswald v. Connecticut, 1965; and Roe v. Wade, 1973)

U.S. laws

God’s law clearly recognizes the fetus from its beginning to end as a separate person and legal entity created by God, including its protection as a protected entity under God’s Fifth Commandment (“Thou shall not kill.”), which makes no distinction at either the beginning or end of one’s lifespan. Similarly, U.S. criminal and civil laws also recognize the fetus inside the womb as an independent entity and person for purposes of protection – except when giving way to the new “non-viable” fetus argument.

Love, equality and life

It is our prayer that all allowed to be born and able to read this – having benefited from a mother’s respect for and obedience to God’s law – will never seek to argue with God’s law, love, wisdom, truth – nor with “God’s choice” of life. Further. allowing God to provide his incredible solution to all human weakness and sin: confession, forgiveness and salvation.

A final question

Finally, imagine for a moment, one of the few entering through the narrow gate leading into the eternal kingdom of God, asking him – “Lord, why did you not answer the many prayers of your children requesting a cure for all of the terrible cancers afflicting mankind in the world?” and, hearing God reply – “I did, but the person I appointed to discover and bring to the world a total cure for all cancers was taken from the womb at 2 months of age.”

The end, we hope, to man’s continuing resistance to God’s truths!

Joe Otto is an attorney from Rockwood.

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