Abortion: We Must Continue to Ask One Question

I'm around like-minded Christians quite a bit, so I've got to be intentional to get out of my bubble.  And when I do, I am reminded that many Christians are not in touch with the wealth of resources, arguments and evidence for the Christian worldview.  I've begun blogging for Conversant Life so I'm cross-listing my posts there.  Last week I claimed abortion is the greatest social justice issue of our time.  Notice the dissent in the comments.  Of course, it’s a bold claim so more must be said.  Many of our STR readers will be familiar with the following pro-life material but many Christians are not.  Those of us who know the arguments must continue to train other Christians who don't. 

I am a pro-lifer for very particular reasons.  I am not pro-life because "the Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it."  I am not pro-life because I want to fit in with Christians at my church.  I am not pro-life because I hate women who have abortions.  I am not pro-life because it fits with a particular political party's platform.  I am not pro-life because you have to be if you're a real Christian.

I am a pro-lifer because of the answer to one simple question:  What is the unborn?  Let me illustrate.  If my teenage daughter asks me, “Dad, can I kill this?” what question must I answer first before I can answer that?  

“What is it?”

If I turn around and she’s holding a spider she found in the house, no problem.  If she’s holding the neighbor’s cat, I’ll look to see if my wife’s within earshot and then tell her, “Sure, I can’t stand that cat” (I’m sorry, I’m sorry – I’m not a cat-lover).  But if she’s holding her kid brother who’s been pestering her, I’d have to tell her, “Lexi, put your brother down and slowly walk away.”  You see, I must first answer, “What it is?” before I can answer, “Can I kill this?”

If the unborn is not a human being, no justification for abortion is necessary.  But if the unborn is a human being, no justification for elective abortion is adequate.  

So, is the unborn a human being?  Yes and here’s why:

(1) If the unborn is growing, it must be alive.  And if it has human parents, it must be human.  Living human beings, like you and I, have a fundamental right to life, don’t they?

(2) There is no proper justification for parents to kill their newborn children.  How about poverty?  Single parenthood?  Rough circumstances?  Of course not.  Parents of newborn children cannot kill their children for any of these or other reasons .  And there is no morally significant difference between the unborn and the newborn.  This can be demonstrated through the S.L.E.D. test.   Therefore, the unborn child’s life should be protected just like the newborn.  

Of course, there will be objections.  But carefully examine each.  Most will beg the question and simply assume the unborn is not human.  We’ve dealt with most of them:

There are other important questions to answer but this is the first and most important.  Before we discuss how to help women or what the legal ramifications might be, we must first get clear on the logic of the pro-life position.

Brett Kunkle (@brettkunkle) is the founder and president of MAVEN, a movement to equip the next generation to know truth, pursue goodness, and create beauty. He has more than 25 years of experience working with youth and parents. Brett has a master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology and co-authored the book A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World.

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