A video clip of a Virginia lawmaker saying she would allow abortions up until the moment of birth went viral this week. In the video, Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax) is asked if her proposed legislation, would let a woman ask for a late-term abortion for mental health reasons.
“Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth… she has physical signs that she is about to give birth would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so certified? If she’s dilating?” asked House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah). “My bill would allow that, yes,” answered Tran. Eventually.
Many people are rightly appalled by the callous disregard for the life of a soon-to-be born infant. But we should not be shocked. Allowing women to have an abortion for mental-health reasons anytime in the third trimester (28 weeks until birth) is already the law of the land in the United States.
I was angry. I struggle with the callousness toward life in the law. But how do we lovingly and gracefully argue against abortion? I came across this piece which does just that in 250 words or less.
Preach a biblical view of human value. But students in local churches also need to know how to make an essential pro-life argument and convey it to non-Christians. The basic shape of that argument looks like this:
Premise #1: It is wrong to intentionally kill innocent human beings.
Premise #2: Abortion intentionally kills innocent human beings.
Conclusion: Therefore, abortion is morally wrong.
Pro-life advocates defend that argument with science and philosophy. We argue from science that the unborn are distinct, living, and whole human beings. You didn’t come from an embryo; you once were an embryo.
We argue from philosophy that there is no relevant difference between you the embryo and you the adult that justifies killing you at that earlier stage of development. Differences of size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency are not good reasons for saying you could be killed then but not now.
Instead of arguing at a fever pitch, Christian students can be taught to ask thoughtful questions aimed at giving people something to think about. Two of my favorites are:
“Do you believe that each and every human being has an equal right to life, or do only some have it based on something none of us share equally?”
“If it’s wrong to hurt people because of skin color or gender, why is it okay to hurt them because they are smaller, less developed, or in a different location?”
The goal of asking is not dominance but thoughtful engagement. (Scott Klusendorf, president of Life Training Institute).
Thoughtful engagement. That is what we need and what has been modeled by the Savior. The lives of children hang in the balance.