Rape, Incest, and the Life of the Mother

In this third article, we will examine argument made by anti-life advocates that abortion should be legal in the cases where the child is a result of rape or incest or is a threat to the mother’s health. Before we deal with these objections, we ought to point out that the percentage of abortions as a result of rape or incest is very low, so even if we grant the legitimacy of these abortions (which we do not) the vast majority of abortions would be unjustified. Continue reading “Rape, Incest, and the Life of the Mother”

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Abortion and the Definition of Personhood

Abortion and the Definition of Personhood

In this second article, we will consider the definition of personhood and how it relates to the issue of abortion. Anti-life advocates argue that a fetus is not a person, but merely a potential person. Therefore, they need not be afforded the rights and protections due to a person. Anti-life advocates argue for personhood either when the fetus is considered viable (able to survive outside the womb) or when it acquires some characteristic (sentience, self-consciousness, relationality, etc.), but both of these positions have massive problems. Continue reading “Abortion and the Definition of Personhood”

Genocide is a Gray Area

Genocide is a Gray Area

(This post is the first in a series of three.)

“Genocide is not a black and white issue,” “The Bible doesn’t specifically mention it,” “There’re good Christians who disagree about it,” “It’s a complex issue,” “We should leave it up to the individual’s choice,” “We really don’t know whether Jews/Tutsis/Cambodians are truly persons so we shouldn’t be dogmatic about systematically killing them.” I hope these statements shock you as being indefensible and wicked. We have learned all too well in the past century how much harm genocide can do. Yet these statements are all too often on the lips of professing Christians (especially those who lean towards the left on political issues) when it comes to abortion. Why is that? Is abortion really a gray area? Can Christians in good faith disagree on this issue? Before we answer these questions, we must recognize that they have massive implications. If abortion is not a gray area and truly is the murder of unborn persons – then it surpasses Nazi Germany, Communist Russia, the Khmer Rouge, and the Hutu government as the most massive human rights violation of all time. In the United States alone there have been over 60 million abortions since 1973, that is ten times more than the number of Jews killed by Nazi Germany in WWII. This is not an insignificant issue. If one is to argue for the morality of abortion he must be sure, absolutely sure, that it is not murder to kill unborn human beings. Continue reading “Genocide is a Gray Area”