The Role of Faith in the Abortion Debate
I’ve often said that the pro-life position in the abortion debate is largely fueled by religion. I had my preconceptions cemented last Sunday when the church I went to presented a sermon on abortion. Did you know that 50 million babies have been killed under this terrible law? It’s a tragedy! Everyone has been affected by it! The church needs to stand up for biblical truth!
I particularly liked the pastor’s claim that:
“18% of all abortions are late-term abortions. Now you just stop and think about that for a second.”
Oh my god that’s terrible!!! We’ve got to do something! Hey, wait a minute. Should we google that first, or just take it on faith?
Per the source, 1.4% of abortions occurred at 21 weeks or later. Does this picture look like the pastor had any clue what he was talking about? When people get their facts from the bible instead of from science, it’s no wonder their worldview becomes skewed.
Of course, laced throughout this sermon were the struts that supported the pastor’s argument: bible quotes. Including this one from Jeremiah 1:5:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
And this one from Luke 1:5:
15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.
The only reason anyone could reasonably believe that life “begins at conception” is if they think that souls are real. That’s religion. The abortion debate is fueled by religion, a worldview based on faith, not facts.
The pastor then went on to present pictures similar to this:
He’d declare, “According to the law, the one on the left is a baby, but the one on the right is just a fetus. Ridiculous, huh?? Har har har! The law says it’s okay to kill a fetus and not a baby. But they’re the same thing!” He then went on to show a bunch of different pictures of third-trimester fetuses in the womb. After every picture, he would ominously declare “This is not a life!”
Sir, I have some other pictures you might be interested in:
This is not a life.
This is not a life!
Oh my god, it’s a life! Do you see the arms and little fingers!?!?!? Don’t you just want to give that clump of undifferentiated cells a big hug?
You know, I have no problem with people being against 3rd trimester abortion. I don’t even have a problem with people being against 2nd trimester abortion. But I think it’s time we stopped being dishonest and started defining our terms. Using pictures of 3rd-trimester babies to try to stop women from killing a clump of a few cells that have only been alive for a week is fundamentally dishonest. Just man up and say you think cells can have souls and your only source is the bible.