Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue

Since we have abortion in the news, here are some thoughts I have for those who align with pro-choice:

1. The sanctity-of-life issue is important because it underscores the gravity of the debate over when life begins.

2. Secular humans are uncertain of their ultimate value and significance.

3. The bible has a high view of humanity's significance.

4. The sanctity of life was articulated in the Old Testament, and its importance was expanded by Jesus in the New Testament.

5. Because the bible is so emphatic in its support for the sanctity of life and human dignity, anyone contemplating abortion must ask, "Will my actions potentially align or conflict with biblical teaching?"

6. The sanctity of life is affirmed by the laws of nations, self-evident truths, and natural science.

7. The human reproductive system exhibits a tremendous bias toward life.

8. It is rational to view abortion as an emotional issue.

9. In the ancient world, Greeks and Romans supported abortion and infanticide, but the Jewish and Christian communities did not.

10. The question of when life begins is made more difficult to answer because it is linked tightly to the meaning of life itself.

11. The bible does not offer an explicit statement as to when life begins. Implicitly, the bible supports the idea that life begins at conception.

12. Science offers compelling evidence for the early personal human development of the child in the womb.

13. The bible teaches that conscience must not be violated in making ethical choices.

14. Good advice for any ethical choice (but in particular when making a decision about abortion) is this: "When in doubt, don’t."

15. Government is a divine gift. Its role is to restrain evil so that human beings can live in peace and safety.

16. The most fundamental right of government is the just use of force.

17. According to the bible, the authority and power of the state rest in the authority and power of God.

18. The protection of human life is at the head of proper governmental concern.

19. Separation of church and state means that the two entities perform distinct and separate functions. The separation does not necessarily mean the separation of the state and God.

20. Because moral issues are at the center of all human endeavors, government inevitably is involved in legislating morality.

21. The right to life transcends the right to privacy.

22. No people, including women, have an absolute right to do anything they wish with their bodies.

23. The fetus, although sharing geographical space within a woman’s body and connected to her, has a distinct genetic imprint and in essence is a separate entity, not a part of the woman’s body.

24. Although the death of a woman in any abortion (legal or illegal) is tragic, the focal point of the abortion debate must remain the unborn child.

25. Anti-abortion and pro-capital punishment views are not biblically inconsistent. A high view of the sanctity of life is foundational to both positions.

26. Abortion is not just a women’s issue. Since the father contributes one-half of the genetic structure of the fetus, men should be involved in the abortion discussion.

27. The right to choose is not an absolute right that outweighs the more fundamental right to life.

28. The legitimate moral and ethical choice as to whether or not to produce or prevent human life is made prior to sexual intercourse.

29. For those who are uncomfortable with the pro-life, pro-abortion, or pro-choice positions, there is another possibility: undecided.

30. Some of the reasons given for abortion include anticipated economic hardship for the newborn child, the mother, or the family members; possible birth defects or other medical disorders; no desire to have children out of wedlock; and pregnancy as a result of rape or incest.

31. Regardless of the reason for abortion, in all cases abortion is perceived as a quick and clean solution to anticipated pain.

32. Only a small number of abortions are performed as a result of rape or incest. Therapeutic abortions (those done to save the life of the mother) are also rare.

33. Adoption is one alternative to abortion. Because there is an oversupply of unwanted bi-racial and minority babies, pro-life adherents need to seriously consider adoption of such children.

34. Extreme cases should not shift the focus of the abortion debate: the national issue is abortion on demand.

35. There is no biblical evidence to support the idea that abortion is the unpardonable sin.

36. God forgives anyone who humbly and contritely repents of sin, even the sin of abortion.

37. The struggle against abortion is difficult and may require significant personal sacrifice.