Pro-life - Abortion

A person’s a person, no matter how small-hearted (or not so) pro-lifers might be

A new study, released in January by LifeWay Research is part of an effective rebuttal to a common pro-abortion argument. Pro-lifers are often accused of hypocrisy – we’re said to only be interested in life before birth, but that if we truly thought life was precious from conception onward, wouldn’t we do more to help children after they are born? Why, the question is asked, aren’t Christians adopting more children?

It’s a question intended to shut pro-lifers up, so, for the sake of the unborn, it’s important we understand the two problems with this accusation:

  1. it’s beside the point
  2. it isn’t true

Why is this hypocrisy charge beside the point? Because in the abortion debate there is only one issue that matters: whether the unborn are human beings. If they are, then they deserve the same protection as all other human beings, and that isn’t going to change no matter how caring or uncaring pro-lifers might be. Even if pro-lifers really are the nastiest sort of two-faced frauds, our personal failings don’t have the power to grant, or do away with, their humanity. It’s not about us.

In addition, the charge doesn’t stick. In Lifeway Research’s poll of 1,010 American Protestant and nondenominational churchgoers (people who went to church at least once a month) 40% of respondents said that over the last year someone in their church had been involved in foster care, or had adopted, or their church leaders were encouraging foster or adoption. Much more could be done – there is still a pressing need for more willing families – but these numbers show that Christian pro-lifers are concerned with children after birth too.


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  1. aaron grim

    February 10, 2018 at 12:46 am

    The government could make it easier for Christians to adopt more children, by not forcing the current worldly sin/’culture trend’ on us, whatever that may be; like the easter bunny, or transgenderism, etc…..
    It is just not going to work if there are barriers like these, forcing us to contradict our religion.

    The Bible tells us to take care of orphans, and if there is a need, there ought to be more freedom for Christian parents who adopt, or Christian orphanage’s in Canada, or some other means to properly take care of these children, otherwise it is the government neglecting the children.

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