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Uproar Over the Humanizing of Fetuses

Uproar Over the Humanizing of Fetuses

Have you heard about the Doritos advertisement that aired during the National Football League’s Super Bowl? It features the ultrasound image of a baby. The advertisement promotes the idea that the product is so good that the father can’t resist munching on the chips even while his wife is undergoing an ultrasound. They are so good that the baby in the womb starts reaching for them! There is more to the commercial, but the baby’s image and movement is what has at least one pro-abortion group in an uproar.  

NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) tweeted a response that criticized the ad for using the “antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses.” Killing humans, born or unborn, is murder. NARAL does not want to give the impression that it believes the “right to choose” includes the right to murder other humans. To defend its promotion of abortion NARAL argues that unborn babies are mere fetuses, not humans. And how dare Doritos humanize mere fetuses!

Dr. Robert George explains that NARAL’s quarrel really is not with Doritos. He wrote this on his Facebook page after the Super Bowl:

I gather that the really big news, as always, had to do with a commercial advertisement that was broadcast in the course of the game. Evidently, a potato chip manufacturer, or some such profit-driven purveyor of packaged foodstuffs, showed a video image of an unborn baby. This shocked and appalled the folks at NARAL, the big abortion lobby, who promptly accused the company responsible for the ad of "humanizing the fetus." Since, however, the fetus in the video was, by all accounts, a human fetus, the offspring of human parents, and not a bovine, canine, or feline fetus, it's less than clear how it is that the potato chip company (or whatever it was) is to blame for the humanization. Surely NARAL's complaint would be more fairly lodged against God, or nature, or plain old biological reality.

Dr. George should have put a period after God.

According to the Bible children in the womb are the fearful and wonderful creation of God (Psalm 139:13-14). He has chosen some of them unto eternal life already before conception. And after conception, but before birth, these little humans already belong both body and soul to their faithful Savior Jesus Christ who purchased them with his blood. The Holy Spirit even works the life of Christ in some of them while they are yet in the womb.

God humanizes unborn babies, not ultrasounds.


This post was written by Rev. Clayton Spronk, pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, MI. If there is a topic you'd like Rev. Spronk to address, please contact us

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