Abortion is an Issue of Religious Faith

The following article and photograph were first published in The Forum, the student newspaper of Valparaiso University School of Law, as part of a regular column entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness.”  The purpose of the article was to assert that the pro-choice position is based on blind-faith.  The two dogmas of this blind-faith are: first, some living human bodies are not people; or second, it is morally acceptable to kill unwanted human beings.

Edict:  “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins,” but if life begins at conception, we have decided that “the word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn.”

— Harry Blackmun, Roe v Wade.  410 U.S. 158, 159.

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The pro-choice movement says that women should be allowed to destroy their fetuses.  This means that mothers may either kill their children, or that fetuses are not persons.

An assertion that fetuses are not people is made by faith, however, because it is a physical fact that fetuses are individual-living-human-bodies.  Modern technology makes their human characteristics plainly visible.

No one can prove that she is a person beyond the fact that she has a body.  This is because there is nothing beyond the body that can be measured.  A credo that denies the person-hood of any living body must define person by the presence of a spirit or some other invisible quality.  The reason that this philosophy must base the definition of person-hood on an invisible quality is because it has chosen to deny its benefits arbitrarily.  There is just no scientific reason to say that only some animated bodies have a spirit while others do not.  It is simply a matter of blind faith.

Some religions imagine, through blind faith, that women are sub-human and not real persons…  So also, the Feminist religion says, only by blind faith, that the human within is not a person.

Another “feminist” philosophy may recognize the person-hood of fetuses, but still maintain that they should be killed if they are not wanted.  This is also pure dogma, however, because there is no evidence that the world is a better place, either physically, morally, or spiritually, by any attempt to kill “unwanted” people.  It has never worked in the past, it isn’t working now, and it will never work.

The personal hubris of such a faith is incredible.  For anyone to think that they are morally qualified to intentionally kill another innocent human being is the ultimate in self-worshiping idolatry.

This killing is based on the presumption that individual people can act competently in the place of God, making decisions of life or death based on their own intelligence and experience.  It is a faith in man and his limited ability to morally decide which innocent people should live and which innocent people should die.  It is an evil concept; and it is murder.

Judge for yourself:  Did God grant an irrevocable right of life to all people?  Or is life just a privilege of the strong?

“You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates.  They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.”

Deuteronomy 12:31.

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2 thoughts on “Abortion is an Issue of Religious Faith

  1. So, according to Roe v Wade, one can have life but not be a ‘person’ as far as US law is concerned, and thereby be subject to the deprivation of life without due process? I’ve never looked deeply into this decision, since I live in another jurisdiction, but this reasoning seems incredibly flawed, even without bringing religion into it.

    A good piece…thank you.

  2. Mark,
    In moments of candor or behind closed doors (such as in legal classrooms), even ardent supporters of abortion will admit that Roe v. Wade is a deeply flawed decision.

    The best chance we had to overturn Roe was in the 1990s. However, Sandra Day O’Connor voted to uphold Roe under the principle of stare decisis (the principle of following precedent).

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