What Do the WHO Guidelines Say About Human Rights to Sexual Health?

What is sex, and what is sexual health? The definition of sexual health from the World Health Organization is much different than what the Bible says. Here is a comparison of the two and how it relates to abortion and the value of life. 

Sexual Health According to WHO 

According to WHO (the World Health Association), “Sexual health today is widely understood as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality. It encompasses not only certain aspects of reproductive health – such as being able to control one’s fertility through access to contraception and abortion, and being free from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but also, the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. 

Indeed, it has become clear that human sexuality includes many different forms of behavior and expression, and that the recognition of the diversity of sexual behavior and expression contributes to people’s overall sense of well-being and health.”

Sex According To The Word of God

Genesis 2:24 shares one of the first mentions of sex in the bible, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

What does ‘becoming one flesh’ mean? Though it does refer to physical intimacy, it also suggests the hearts and souls of two people coming together. To the world, sex may be seen as some sort of fling, but God’s purpose for sex is for a holy connection and commitment made between two people who love one another.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 shares, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” What we do with our bodies matters, as we are temples of the Holy Spirit, made in His image.

Life is Valuable

Scientists agree that a new human’s complete genetic composition is formed at the moment of fertilization. Still, that exact moment is where the controversy begins. 

While society may see sex as something only for pleasure, and life can be disposable, God’s word says in Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1: 5-6)

Today, modern science gives a baby born at just 24 weeks a 60-70% survival rate. The proof is in front of us; the line between viable and non-viable is narrowing when given a chance.

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