Is it possible to be pro-life and be satisfied with legalized abortion? This is an interesting question that I’ve been pondering since reading a recent article over at The Huffington Post. The article is political in nature, but this is not the main idea that I want to address. The interesting question to me is whether the Christian community can truly be satisfied with legal abortions, and still maintain their pro-life position. Check you the complete article here…
Will the Real Pro-life Party Please Stand Up?
by Zack Exley
I am amazed at the fact that pushing a pro-life agenda to bring an end to abortions has literally not decreased abortions whatsoever. It seems to raise the question about whether Christians are even doing the right things at all in this fight.
Should the focus of Christians be on changing the laws, therefore forcing others to live according to our moral standards? Or should the Christian response be more one of helping those in need of support.
I’m no expert on this, but it does seem to me that most people that turn to abortion do so because they feel like they do not have any other options. Abortion is usually a cry that they cannot do it on their own.
Now I know that there is the whole rape, incest, and potential risk to the mother’s life issues, but I would think that those are more in the minority compared to the abortions that are being performed because of one’s perceived inability to deal with the “situation” (a.k.a. “the human life that is growing inside her body”). It seems to me that support is the thing that newly expectant mothers need most. They need to know that they are not alone. They need help getting through the pregnancy. They need support afterwards, whether they decide to keep the child or put it up for adoption. They need people to help them.
That’s why I love organizations like. They offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to women who are facing unplanned pregnancies. They provide the moral support that the women need to get through the pregnancy, and then offer clothing, furniture, and infant supplies for the first year after the birth.
So how should Christians respond when dealing with the issue of abortion? Should our efforts be in forcing our worldviews on others? Or should we be reaching out to people who are breaking inside and feel like there is no way out of their situation?