I have an old friend, R, who has in the past wrangled with me here on this site. It hasn’t always been pretty, and we’ve both been guilty of some pretty poor behavior toward each other. We’ve set aside those mistakes and have had fewer, but more constructive dialogues here and there.
Recently, on Facebook, he challenged my pro-choice position. He calls it “pro-abortion,” of course, but I reject that specificity on the grounds that 1.) it doesn’t accurately represent my position and 2.) it still assumes I have some choice in the matter myself.
Up front, however, I will make my position clearer. I am pro-choice because I believe a woman has an autonomous right to control her own body, including every aspect of her reproductive system. Therefore, I don’t have any say in the matter. But I’ll go further and say that, if anyone was actually asking me (which they aren’t) I don’t think I could bring myself to make such a decision casually, nor can I make a pronouncement one way or the other without actually experiencing the situation. I think it’s reprehensible for anyone to insist a rape victim carry to term the result of their rape. I think it’s cruel to the woman and baby to force anyone to bring a deformed child to term whose life is going to be nothing but a brief torture and quick death. But I’m not the woman, and I’m not in a position to make those choices, nor do I presume to be qualified to do so, unlike so many others.
My friend R is an evangelical, fundamentalist Christian who has very strict views about abortion. He is wholly against it for basically any reason, and views it as wholesale murder and Planned Parenthood as a government funded slaughterhouse (nevermind the fact that not one federal dollar goes to fund abortion services.) He believes that abortion doctors murder ~1 million unborn babies every year. I don’t think I’m mischaracterizing his stance at all (having once held that view myself) but I invite him to correct any aspect of that I’ve got wrong.
Now, all that said, I would like to invite my friend, R, to participate in a thought experiment with me. Ideally this will be an interactive post, with us discussing each points and supporting our particular conclusions.
And for the sake of the thought experiment, let’s go ahead and assume that my position is pro-abortion for any reason, with zero personal reservations (forgetting for a moment that it’s none of my business.)
In a slight way this won’t be fair to R, because I already know what I’m driving at. However, the questions should make it quickly clear what I’m driving at, and we’ll see where we end up. My intention is to embed the initial answers and my responses into the body of the post, then we can take up any further conversation in the comment fields below.
Question 1: What is the primary mission of Born-Again believers?
Question 2: In your Evangelical Worldview, what happens to the souls of babies that are aborted?
Question 3: Of all the children born every year, what percentage of them will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ – a genuine regenerative conversion?
Question 4: What is the eternal fate of the remaining percentage who do not come to a saving knowledge of Christ?
So there you go. I’ll ping R and see if he wants to come out and dialogue.
I should say that my purpose in this is not to convince anyone to support or not support abortion per se. Rather I hope to challenge the simplistic assumptions of Evangelicals and hopefully get at least a few people to view the larger picture on the importance of women’s health issues in our modern society. I’d like readers to see the complexity and the humanity of the pro-choice position, and step away from the inflammatory and platitudinous nonsense that characterizes this social conflict.