Abortion: Twenty-Two Theses

1) From the moment of conception, a baby has its own unique DNA and is therefore a human being with inalienable rights.

2) Science is not in consensus with regard to current abortion-on-demand practice. Plenty of scientists believe that human life begins at conception.

3) A baby is distinct from and dependent on his or her mother’s body. A baby is not his or her mother’s body. A baby is not a cancer or a lump of tissue.

4) The most vulnerable people, even those who are dependent upon outside sources for survival, are worthy of our compassion and consideration: the poor, the homeless, the sick, widows, orphans, and unborn children have inherent dignity and value apart from their ability to fend for themselves or contribute to society.

5)  There are such things as immoral laws. Slavery was once legal but was still immoral. “Abortion is legal” is an illegitimate argument if abortion is immoral. We must distinguish between legality and morality in our thinking since the two concepts are not automatically in agreement.

6) Women’s Rights and personal autonomy are important, but not absolutes. Men cannot appeal to Men’s Rights to rape women because there are moral laws that transcend Women’s Rights, Men’s Rights, and personal autonomy.

7) If a fetus is a person, abortion is murder. If a fetus is a non-person, the conversation can shift to Women’s Rights and personal autonomy. If a fetus is a person, Women’s Rights and personal autonomy are smokescreen arguments to cover up evil.

8) Approximately 1% of abortions are incest- or rape-related. Laws should be made to govern 99% of the cases, and then exceptions should be considered. Exceptions should not determine laws.

9) Even then, abortion doesn’t make the heartbreak of rape or incest any better. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Sentencing an unborn child to death for the crime of a rapist is the worst sort of injustice.

10) Families and churches should love vulnerable mothers with self-sacrificial, practical compassion.

11) If a fetus is a person, cleanliness is an illegitimate argument. It makes no difference if you murder someone with a rock or with sterilized steel instruments.

12) The standard libertarian argument (I would never do X, but I want other people to have the right to do X) only applies for morally good or morally neutral principles. “I would never murder anyone, but I want other people to have the right to murder others” is destructive moral reasoning.

13) “Abortion should be a choice made between a woman and her doctor without government interference.” Personal autonomy is not an absolute. See #7.

14) “Stay out of her business. Sexuality is only a private affair.” No. Sexuality has public consequences. Child support laws are just and reflect the reality that there is no separating sexuality, economics, and public policy. Planned Parenthood is funded by taxpayer dollars and is a public matter.

15) “You’re not allowed to talk about this because you don’t have a personal experience or because you’re a man” is not an argument, but an attempt to demean and belittle an opponent. In a murder trial, people who had a personal experience of the murder are not allowed to sit on the jury. Why? Because a personal experience clouds judgment. People who have had personal experiences should be heard as witnesses whose experiences are important, but not allowed to sit as jury or judge. All people are allowed to speak on this issue of abortion because men, women, and babies have a shared humanity.

16) Satan is committed to destroying or defacing the image of God in humanity. One of his tactics is a redefinition of words that results in dehumanization.

17) History is replete with examples. “That slave is not a person, but my property, therefore I can do as I please. That Jew is not a person, but a beast, therefore I can do as I please. That baby is not a person, but a lump of tissue, therefore I can do as I please.” The powerful play word games so that persons are redefined as non-persons, and power is then exercised for selfish desire.

18) Therefore, we as an American people, are like the Pharisees who believed they would never murder the prophets as their fathers did, who turned around the next moment and did what was worse: murdering the Son of God. We are guilty of historical blindness and forgetfulness, railing against the evils of the past while neglecting the worse evil of our own day. 12.5 million blacks crossed the Middle Passage over 300 years. 13 million black babies have been aborted in the 40 years since Roe v. Wade. Per unit time, we take away the rights of 10 times as many blacks as our slave-owning ancestors did. To rail against American slavery without speaking against the greater evil of our own day is cheap zeal, straining out a camel of the past while swallowing the larger camel of the present.

19) We, as an American people, are Pharisees who strain out gnats and swallow camels. We look for single-cell alien life on meteorites while slaughtering single-cell human life in our own wombs.

20) Abortion and Molech worship both involve murdering a child and throwing it in the flame to secure prosperity, careers, and money. Americans don’t believe in demons, but we sure act like it.

21) America needs to cease and repent of this evil of abortion, or the blood of the unborn will cry out from the ground as witness against us. There will be justice on the earth.

22) Christ was murdered on the cross to forgive sin. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:16-21).

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