From a booklet by John Piper  (emphasis mine):

  1. Existing fetal homicide laws make a man guilty of  manslaughter if he kills the baby in a mother’s womb  (except in the case of abortion).
  2. Fetal surgery is performed on babies in the womb to  save them while another child the same age is being  legally destroyed.
  3. Babies can sometimes survive on their own at 23 or 24  weeks, but abortion is legal beyond this limit.
  4. Living on its own is not the criterion of human personhood, as we know from the use of respirators and  dialysis.
  5. Size is irrelevant to human personhood, as we know  from the difference between a one-week-old and a  six-year-old.
  6. Developed reasoning powers are not the criterion of  personhood, as we know from the capacities of three month-old babies.
  7. Infants in the womb are human beings scientifically  by virtue of their genetic makeup.
  8. Ultrasound has given a stunning window on the womb  that shows the unborn at eight weeks sucking his  thumb, recoiling from pricking, responding to sound.  All the organs are present, the brain is functioning, the  heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the  kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint.  Virtually all abortions happen later than this date.
  9. Justice dictates that when two legitimate rights conflict, the limitation of rights that does the least harm is  the most just. Bearing a child for adoption does less  harm than killing him.
  10. Justice dictates that when either of two people must  be inconvenienced or hurt to alleviate their united  predicament, the one who bore the greater responsibility for the predicament should bear more of the  inconvenience or hurt to alleviate it.
  11. Justice dictates that a person may not coerce harm  on another person by threatening voluntary harm on  themselves.
  12. The outcast and the disadvantaged and exploited are  to be cared for in a special way, especially those with  no voice of their own.
  13. What is happening in the womb is the unique personnurturing work of God, who alone has the right to give  and take life.
  14. There are countless clinics that offer life and hope to  both mother and child (and father and parents), with  care of every kind, lovingly provided by people who  will meet every need they can.
  15. Jesus Christ can forgive all sins, and will give all who  trusts him the help they need to do everything that  life requires.


– William Chong