Life Library — Abortion
Abortion and the Gospel
The Church needs to speak boldly against abortion, but we should speak more boldly still about the love of Christ for sinners considering and perhaps even participating in abortion.
Abortion and the Meaning of Parenthood
If the essence of our humanity consists in our freedom, in taking control, we must think of parenthood correspondingly. But that may mean the loss of the wisdom that to accept full responsibility for what our children are and become is to cut the nourishing root of unconditional parental love.
… And So the Toll Begins
Death will soon be referred to as “choice,” and politicians will solemnly dedicate themselves to making it “safe, legal and rare.”
Children of Light
The darkness of Roe v. Wade gives children of light opportunities to share with those who feel trapped in the darkness Jesus’ powerful words of hope: “I have come into the world as a light so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).
The Economics of Abortion: Dannemeyer and Hyde
Since abortion was legalized in 1973, more than 40 million abortions have taken place. The U.S. population is more than 40 million smaller than it would be without those abortions. No wonder there is a labor shortage, which impacts immigration, taxes, Social Security, future homebuyers and the availability of people for every occupation.
Planned Parenthood is trying to bring sex-education programs and abortion counseling into churches.
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Abortion is much more than a political issue for me — it is deeply personal. My obstetrician urged me to “terminate the pregnancy.” I told him I would not kill my daughters; I wanted to give them the best chance at life that I could.
Hippocrates or Hypocrite
Most doctors have taken an oath not to commit abortion or euthanasia.
A Historical Summary of Abortion from Antiquity Through Legalization (1973)
This excerpt of “A Christian View of Abortion” by Dr. John W. Klotz is an excellent summary of the history of abortion practice and abortion law from antiquity through the period of the legalization of abortion in 1973.
Human Ethics and Animal Rights
It seems incongruous that even as we freely kill unborn humans made in the image of God in demonstration of “a woman’s right to choose,” we find ourselves defending the helpless non-human creature that we apparently value more than an unborn human child.
In Loco Parentis
Artificial wombs might end abortion, but the price would be the end of the family.
The American Civil Liberties Union tries to force pro-life hospitals to perform abortions.
Each reason for choosing abortion is unique. Yet, one thread runs through many women’s stories — insecurity. That thread is often tangled with the threads of alcohol or drug abuse. Katie’s story is shot through with all those threads. Years later, she had to confront what she had done.
Even though churches have lost significant influence over society, they do at least retain authority over their own members. Some churches are considering the exercise of discipline over pro-abortion politicians.
A Letter to My Birthmother
“I am writing this letter to thank and encourage all the birthmothers who may read it. … You made the right choice, and I thank God every day for that.”
The Many Victims of Abortion
Unborn babies aren’t the only losers through abortion. Their mothers, fathers, siblings and society at large are hurt as well.
Many nations are aborting their future generations, creating a worldwide underpopulation crisis.
Relics of the Saints, Abortion and Gay “Marriage”
An obscure religious practice, the termination of life in the womb, and the increasing push for same sex unions seem to have little in common. Actually a common, though contradictory, thread exists: the attitude toward the physical. The church must not ignore the significance with which God has endowed the body.
The Secret Pain
There is hope for those who are suffering from the secret pain of abortion. In Jesus, all who confess their sin are cleansed and forgiven (1 Tim. 1:15). In Jesus, the captive is set free (Gal. 5:1). Jesus fills the empty and expectant rooms of hearts — and heals the secret pain.
Some Theological and Practical Implications of Churches and Pastors Advocacy of Abortion in the Case of a Pregnancy Resulting from an Alleged Rape
There are clergy and laity within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod who ignore what the Scriptures have to say and use other grounds to limit or justify cases for which an abortion may be performed. As a result, great inconsistencies occur and many loopholes are formed to allow abortion on demand.
Theory, not Practice
Even in liberal pop culture and high culture, abortion is problematic.
An afternoon in front of an abortion clinic can be an enlightening experience. While picketing an abortion clinic is a matter of personal judgment, the morality of abortion, according to God’s clear Word, is not.
What Women Don’t Know Does Hurt Them
The church ought not do anything — whether through silence, a lack of support, or not sharing God’s Word — that would cause a girl or woman to miss out on something that God desires to accomplish in her life and the life of the child He has entrusted to her.
Logical conclusions: According to Wesley Clark’s existentialist metaphysics, most of us are not alive.