According to Common Law, murder is:
1. The act of killing a person
2. The state of mind of intentional, purposeful, malicious, premeditated, and/or wanton
We all agree that abortion is the killing of a person. And abortion, being a medical procedure, is intentional, purposeful, and premeditated. On the part of the people involved, it may also be malicious and/or wanton.
So, logically, abortion is murder. It is not a judgment, it is an application of the Common Law definition. The point in question is not point 2, but point 1. Orthodox Christians agree that life begins at conception. The only thing that can be questioned, then, is whether abortion is intentional. Clearly it is—you cannot accidentally find yourself in an abortion clinic with a doctor hunched over you.
According to Matthew 5, Jesus equated hating one's brother with murder, too.
I can see both sides of this argument which is, perhaps, why I see this merry-go-round as a silly exercise in arrogance, pride, and our own self-delusion. Yes, abortion is murder. Period. I say this as the husband of a woman who killed her unborn child half a lifetime ago and who still feels the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of it.
But I commit murder (in the eyes of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ) every day I ride the bus and think violent, angry thoughts about the loud, uncouth people who dare to board and disturb my
bus ride with their vulgar discussions about their neighbors. I commit murder every time I think about sideswiping the idiot who just cut me
off in traffic. I commit murder when I think about the wrongs people have done me in the past and how I'd "make them pay" today if I ever came across them again.
My name is Michael and I'm a murderer.
Part of the problem is that far too many of us view women who have had abortions as something worse when, in the end, we're all damned because we kill with our thoughts. A woman who killed her unborn child 20 years ago, repented, and who hasn't had a violent thought since has killed once and will, God willing, have a share in His heavenly Kingdom.. Those of us who kill with our thoughts every day and don't even think about repenting because "we really didn't do anything" are going to be doing a lot bleating with the goats on the left for murder and
judgment of those who God has forgiven.
Just my two cents.