I would be more than happy to discuss the issues within this post at any length with you over email, but I have preemptively closed the public comments on this entry because I know how volatile the subject is. There is perhaps no more painful wound felt by so many on both sides in all of the world. Please understand I desire to tread lightly here and I desire to be respectful in every possible way. One of the main reasons that I have not broached this subject in the entire history of this blog until now is that I am concerned that voicing my opinions will cause some who don’t agree with me to write me off me entirely, perhaps even permanently. I treasure your friendships and your ideas so much that the thought of losing you kinda petrifies me. But to remain silent on this subject now would be selfish cowardice. I hope you’ll be gracious, and that you’ll choose to give me the benefit of the doubt, even if I make you angry.
Also understand that I begin with the assumption that an unborn, developing fetus ought to have all the rights of a newborn human. To believe otherwise and be wrong is a greater risk than I am willing to accept. If you do not or cannot believe that a fetus has inalienable rights, ask yourself why. Justify it. I’ll try to do the same. What’s the crucial, highly-significant difference between a baby inside the womb and one that has traveled 10 inches to be outside its mother’s body? A newborn still needs someone else to feed it and take care of it or it’ll die. A newborn still has the same potential to live if not mistreated that it had from the moment of conception. I assert that the potential and strong tendency to become fully human after the moment of conception is the key to this entire debate. An egg and sperm, if left alone, tend to die. But put together, they tend to live. Conception is when things change, not at some more arbitrary point afterwards. Therefore, that is when the child’s rights should begin.
I have many good friends whom I love and respect deeply who have told me that while they personally believe abortion is immoral, they can no longer allow the issue to affect their vote. We have lost, they say. Hope is gone, they say. Nothing can be done, they say. If we have any victory on this issue, it will be far smaller, maybe person-by-person, and it will happen outside the voting booth and outside of politics in general.
I encourage those friends to read Albert Mohler’s article, “Is the Abortion Argument Changing?” from beginning to end. The comparison of this struggle to that of the struggle towards the abolition of slavery seems apropos to me. I am not suggesting that we ought to start a war. I am suggesting that we have given up far too soon, far too early considering the horror of the practice we desire to end. Moreover, I am suggesting that the horrific reality of abortion ought to motivate us strongly both politically and personally, and take a backseat to very few issues, if any.
I appreciate any calmness and level-headedness you can muster for me when carefully considering what you’ve read here.