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The Purpose of Abortion Debate

Alan's monthly letter for May 2010 Dear Friend, Last month, I debated a feminist and women’s studies professor over the legality of abortion. The 150-seat auditorium was packed, with people sitting on the floors, the stairs, and standing in the back. I unleashed a scientifically and philosophically rigorous pro-life argument. Many people presumed my goal was to change my opponent’s mind. But it wasn’t.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

Human Value Isn't What It Used to Be

Alan's monthly letter for March 2010 Dear Friend, Why would an alcoholic father, strapped for cash, sell his son and daughter for $30? Why would pediatricians at the University Medical Center of Gronigen kill 20 disabled newborn children each year? Why is it legal in Oregon and Washington for your doctor to help you commit suicide? These acts of injustice are possible because of a subtle, yet profound shift in how we value human beings. Our culture is abandoning intrinsic value for instrumental value.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

The Pro-Life Two-Step at Central Michigan University

Alan's monthly letter for January 2010 Dear Friend, Some say what I did was crazy. I was standing alone on a stage at Central Michigan University. My job was simple: Present the pro-life view and then debate any challengers from the audience. Simple? Yes. Easy? Not entirely, but I’ll tell you how I made the engagement more manageable in a moment.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

Pro-Life Is an Action, Not Just an Attitude

Alan's monthly letter for May 2009 Dear Friend, Every day, Americans are killing their children and we’re not doing enough to stop it. Although approximately 200 million Americans are Christian and most of those Christians are pro-life, we’re not having an impact that’s proportionate to our numbers. The problem is many Christians are pro-life in attitude, but not in action. They oppose women aborting their unborn children, but they do nothing to stop the killing.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 20, 2013

The Slippery Slope of the Right-to-Die Movement

Alan's monthly letter for March 2009 Dear Friend, There’s one fact about you I’m sure of: even though you’ll live forever, someday your earthly body will die. But that’s not really a problem. The real concern is that you may not die instantly. You might linger on after an accident or disease and someone else will be responsible for your care. And if right-to-die advocates have their way, you’ll have a duty to die – a moral obligation to kill yourself.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 20, 2013

The Final Nail in the Embryonic Stem Cell Coffin

What do Nancy Reagan, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, and Christopher Reeve all have in common? They have all aggressively promoted embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). And why not? Scientists believe embryonic stem cells hold the potential to cure diseases like Parkinson’s, cancer, blindness, and countless other conditions. Who wouldn’t want that? There’s one critical problem. ESCR kills human embryos. This doesn’t bother many scientists who disqualify unborn human beings from personhood: Kill the human embryos. Get their stem cells. Do the research.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 20, 2013

Making Bioethics One Step Easier

Alan's monthly letter for April 2008 Dear Friend,

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 20, 2013

Abortion Is Not a Complex Moral Issue

Alan's monthly letter for January 2008 Dear Friend, Emotional? Yes. Controversial? Yes. Complex? Not really. Abortion is a straightforward issue. There’s only one question to resolve for both sides of the debate. Once answered, the only option is to do the right thing.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 20, 2013

Christians Killing Their Children?

Alan's monthly letter for November 2007 Dear Friend, Followers of Jesus Christ are killing their unborn children. Christians in your church and mine are having abortions. What is going on?

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 20, 2013

An Inconvenient Truth: The Unborn Is a Human Being

Alan's monthly letter for January 2007 Dear Friend, Jennifer, a staunch pro-choice advocate from Atlanta, thought for a brief moment about the pastor’s question: “If it could be proven to you that the unborn is a human being, would that change your mind about your abortion?” Jennifer quickly responded, “no, it wouldn’t change anything…I’m not a murderer.”

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 19, 2013