Modern "ethicists" like Peter Singer of Princeton University have offered arguments that an unborn fetus is less than human.
Given the continued scorn aimed at women who have abortions in our culture, we need to identify and expose how patriarchy and misogyny have shaped attitudes about contraception and abortion if we are to build an alternative theology of reproductive justice.
Abortion, The Complex Issue? Christianity, by contrast, forbade murder and taught that life was sacred, challenging pagan values and bringing about what some have called the "first abortion war" see Christianity Today, October 6, Signs are an important tool for rapidly communicating information to people in a way that would otherwise be impossible.
It is significant that abortion is now widely accepted in many cultures that historically called themselves "Christian. While I hope to work with the editor for a future re-write, here is the original piece for your reading: December Fetal pain, its existence, and its implications are part of a larger debate about abortion.
There is nothing new here; Marjorie Reiley Maguire and other pro-choice authors have been making similar arguments for decades.
These prophecies accurately describe our world today, yet these trends will grow far worse in years to come. The Bible reveals that God regards unborn babies as human beings, and that killing human infants, born or unborn, will incur the wrath of Almighty God!
John Noonan proposes the scenario of a family who was found to be liable for frostbite finger loss suffered by a dinner guest whom they refused to allow to stay overnight, although it was very cold outside and the guest showed signs of being sick.
Obviously because of the ex post facto provisos in the Constitution, they would not be liable for their actions before the abolition of abortion. To be an atheist is to support abortion. Sometimes the mother, but always her son or daughter.
British columnist Bruce Anderson comments: With the declining influence of Judeo-Christian values, and the resulting rejection of biblical morality, many turned to permissive sexual behavior, and "reproductive rights" became a rallying cry as women abandoned traditional gender roles and sexually promiscuous men sought pleasure without any regard for the consequences.
Today, few are concerned that human tissue from aborted fetuses is even used in making face creams! Carhart as judicial activism. Even those who try to frame the debate in terms of "reproductive rights" cannot honestly deny the negative social trends that have accompanied the acceptance of abortion.
To understand this emotion-charged issue, it is helpful to know why abortion has emerged as such a controversial topic in our time, and to recognize what is ultimately at stake. For example, the labels "pro-choice" and "pro-life" imply endorsement of widely held values such as liberty or the right to lifewhile suggesting that the opposition must be "anti-choice" or "anti-life" alternatively "pro-coercion" or "pro-death".
Again, if these factors are not relevant in granting or increasing personhood for anyone past the goal post of birth, neither should they matter where the preborn human is concerned. Dobson Litigation Guardian of v.
It is no wonder that many today call widespread abortion a modern holocaust. Another "abortion war" erupted in the s, when across the U. You need to know!
Overview[ edit ] In ancient times, abortion, along with infanticidewas considered in the context of family planninggender selection, population control, and the property rights of the patriarch.
In a democracy, certain rights are considered to be inalienableand thus not subject to grant or withdrawal by government. This provision guarantees the right to freedom from arbitrary government interference, as well as due process of law.
If rape were legal, would you try to change the law? According to this argument, those who deny that fetuses have a right to life do not value all human life, but instead select arbitrary characteristics such as particular levels of physical or psychological development as giving some human beings more value or rights than others.
Other sources of stem cells, such as adult bone marrow, are also preferable sources of stem cells. Does it really not bother you that unborn children are being killed? At birth a developing human changes location, begins to take in oxygen and nutrients in a new manner, and begins to interact with a greater number of other humans.
In many countries—especially across Africa and Latin America—abortions are routinely done under conditions so unsafe that the mother is at grave risk of complications and suffering, or even death. Give us a reason to think that we are misleading people, and you may have an argument. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire… for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods" Deuteronomy Wade, converted to the pro-life cause and became one of its highest profile speakers.
What is the acceptance of abortion doing to our societies? This gruesome practice finally ended when the Romans besieged and destroyed Carthage in BC. Like children or minors in the U. There is abundant debate regarding the extent of abortion regulation.
Historian Jim Nelson Black wondered how the murder of unborn children in modern societies is any different from the murder of children in ancient Carthage? While the rape victim did not choose and is unfairly put into this position, her basic obligation to her dependent human offspring is no less real than that of the sailor with an unwanted stowaway.Frequently Asked Questions About Abortion.
Abortion: Cosmological Argument; Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism; aborticians who continue to practice after the abolition of abortion should be severely punished.
4) After abolition, the question of what, if any, punishment the government should apply to abortive mothers is murkier.
A Christian Argument for Abortion? by Charles K. Bellinger within Abortion, Book Reviews, Religion. Peters discusses the history of abortion practice and law in the United States, and she provides extensive commentary on the contemporary scene.
(adult) rights-bearer in the modern world. An Ethical Argument Against Abortion - Each day throughout our world, medical professionals suction thousands of babies from their mothers’ wombs through a. A SECULAR CASE AGAINST ABORTION By: Kristine Kruszelnicki Human cultures the world over thus had what for them was good reason to do things like ban abortion.
BUT TIMES CHANGE, even if old habits still exist. -time exercise to show that he could write superficially non-discriminatory laws that are designed to discriminate in practice.
Arguments, Evidence, and Abortion Policy. By Marian Jarlenski. June 19, Research. There are three arguments against induced abortion. The first argues that a full human life begins at the point an egg is fertilized by a sperm; therefore, abortion is a violation of human rights.
In the Christian tradition, this argument is commonly. In a nutshell, this argument holds that, insofar as motherhood is a constitutive end of women's well‐being, abortion harms women; thus, abortion is wrong and should be prohibited, restricted, or avoided when possible regardless of the moral status of the fetus.Download