Saturday, November 10, 2012

Reflecting On The Matter of Life and Abortion


I'd like to recommend for your careful reading and reflection a number of good blog posts related to the issue of abortion.  I've been deeply troubled by the lack of careful consideration of abortion and all that it invllves during the last election cycle.  This is far too important a matter - lieterally life and death - to be left to sloganeering and "gotcha moments" by media pundits.  Set aside time to read and ponder these articles.  In some cases, you can look back on news events and consider them with hindsight.  Consider it part of the ongoing education on an issue that will be with us for the foreseeable future.


10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate Is Never Asked by the Media by Trevin Wax on theGospelCoalition.org site.  Trevin is Managing Editor for the Gospel Project curriculum that we use at Christ Covenant.
     7. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. has said that “abortion is the white supremacist’s best friend,” pointing to the fact that Black and Latinos represent 25% of our population but account for 59% of all abortions. How do you respond to the charge that the majority of abortion clinics are found in inner-city areas with large numbers of minorities? 
Click Here for the entire post.

The Mourdock Moment: Life, Death, and Lies on the Campaign Trail by Albert Mohler, president of Souther Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY.
     The issue of exceptions that might justify an abortion cannot be discussed carelessly. Furthermore, any reference to rape must start with a clear affirmation of the horrifying evil of rape and an equal affirmation of concern for any woman or girl victimized by a rapist. At this point, the defender of the unborn should point to the fact that every single human life is sacred at every point of its development and without regard to the context of that life’s conception. No one would deny that this is true of a six-year-old child conceived in the horror of a rape. Those who defend the unborn know that it was equally true when that child was in the womb. 
Click Here for the entire post.

Exceptions for Abortion? By Justin Taylor on theGospelCoalition.org blog
     When a rape results in a pregnancy, this means that we are now dealing with three people instead of two. Two of those three are innocent, and one of them is guilty. Take a case of violent rape. The pro-choice ghouls want to do two things—first, they want to go easy on the guilty one, refusing to execute him, while executing one of the innocent parties for something his father did, and secondly, they want to make out anyone who objects to this arrangement as the callused one.
     In the future (as if any of these guys are taking my counsel), pro-life candidates for office need to answer the question in this way: “That is an excellent question, but we have to settle certain things first before we answer it. When a rape results in a pregnancy, are we dealing with three people or two?” And then he should refuse to answer the question until the reporter tells him “three or two,” along with the reasons why. This is how the Lord handled this sort of question.  Click Here for the entire post.

The Press and Abortion, Revisited by Ross Douthat of the NY Times
     The same polling also shows, as a for instance, that only 24 percent believe that second-trimester abortion should be legal (as it is almost without restriction under current law), and only 10 percent believe that it should be legal in the third trimester. In both cases, the Democratic Party’s position is starkly at odds with the public’s, yet you almost never see a national Democrat pressed the way Republicans have been pressed on the rape issue in this cycle, or a pro-choice politician pinned down by tough follow-up questions during a high-profile debate.  Click Here for the entire post.

What Todd Akin Should Have Said About Abortion and Rape by Trevin Wax
     I believe that all innocent human life should be protected. So, yes. This difficult situation is about three people: the rapist, the mother, and the baby. Currently, there is no death penalty required for the rapist. I refuse to believe we ought to give an innocent victim a sentence more severe than the perpetrator of the crime.  Click Here for the entire post.

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