Becoming Subversive like Jesus

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Is the baby a human being?

I am certain we would all agree that it is always wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being. Assuming agreement on that point, if the baby in the womb is a human being, then an abortion is always wrong, because it is an intentional killing of an innocent human being. If the baby is not a human being, then morally an abortion is no different than an appendectomy. I believe that logically, philosophically, medically, and, most importantly, biblically, the baby is a human being. It is an either/or question. There is no middle ground.

In Christ,

The enemy hates clarity

theenemyhatesclarity more than 1 year ago

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Is your report going to talk about abortion? It is hard to take seriously the statements of christians upset about the status quo (and the things you list are serious problems) who don't acknowledge unequivocally that abortion is alway an evil act.

In Christ,

The enemy hates clarity

theenemyhatesclarity more than 1 year ago

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Dear Sadie Buster: No, abortion is not a topic under discussion. And while abortion is always tragic, it is not always evil. Early in our marriage, it was necessary for us to terminate a pregnancy because of serious medical danger to me and to the damaged fetus I was carrying. It was a difficult decision that caused my husband and me much anguish, but it was the best choice for us at the time. I continue to hold the United Methodist position that abortion is a decision best left up to a woman and her partner in consultation with her doctor and her pastor. It should therefore be safe, legal and rare, as the church instructs. Thank you for your comment. -- Cynthia Astle

cynthiaadmin (United Methodist Insight) more than 1 year ago

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Dear Sadie Buster: No, abortion is not a topic in this discussion. While abortion is always tragic, it is not always evil. I know this from personal experience, because early in our marriage it was necessary for my husband and me to have to make the agonizing decision to terminate an unexpected pregnancy because of life-threatening medical complications. Consequently, we continue to hold to the United Methodist doctrine that abortion is a decision best left up to a woman and her partner in consultation with her doctor and her pastor. Abortion should be medically safe, legal and rare. Thank you for responding. -- Cynthia Astle

cynthiaadmin (United Methodist Insight) more than 1 year ago

The premise "Abortion is always evil"...

Is not valid. The person making this assertion is not fit to judge others. Moreover, the debate over abortion is not really about abortion at all, but about human sexuality and the subjugation of women. One may reasonably believe, for oneself and one's family, that abortion is mostly wrong; that is reasonable. However, criminalizing it is bad public policy. Groups which stalk clinic patients and staff, support the assassins of doctors, and relish in slut-shaming, are terrorists. Doctors and nurses who risk their lives to protect women are heroes. The persons who vote on the basis of who supports criminalizing abortion do not act morally. Abortion is reduced when a woman has better options to support a baby. Criminalizing it does not reduce it one iota, it only puts the woman at risk. As a social worker I have sought assistance for women with unwanted pregnancies from antiabort groups, but about the best they can offer is recycled cribs and such.

George Nixon Shuler more than 1 year ago

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