Americans United for Life have put together a nice one-page chart that explains what’s going on with federal funding for abortion in the health care bill. It shows the importance of the Hyde Amendment–and the necessity of similar language appearing in this bill.

HT: Justin Taylor

What is the appropriate, God-honoring, biblically faithful response?
More importantly, if someone asked you to show from the Bible that abortion is morally wrong, could you do it?
Is it always wrong for humans to intentionally end the life of another human?

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  1. I might suggest that using the affirmation of life as the lynchpin of an ethical system has root in the Torah: “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deut. 30:19). Thus, this biblical injunction to affirm life would seem to effectively trump the more abstract issues of right and wrong, and good and evil. This may also be seen in the Decalogue, the fifth commandment of which contains both the command to honor mother and father and the promise of long life. Is this not the granting of life to succeeding generations? Paul’s citation of this verse in Ephesians 6:1 would seem to tip the scale in favor of viewing it as a personal promise of a protected and extended life to those individuals who choose to honor their mother and father. The good, then, is that which affirms the family and family life, in this case by honoring the source of one’s biological life—namely parents. So, the commandment and the associated promise point to the same sort of life-affirming ethic that we see in the passage in Deuteronomy.

    To this point, we may have broad agreement. Who with an eye toward the ethical does not want to affirm life? But what authentically affirms life, and the value of life? This would seem to be where one’s viewpoint may diverge, particularly as one contemplates the polarizing issues of abortion (as well as other issues such as the death penalty, which I tend to support as life-affirming). The issue would seem to hinge on what aspect of “life” one would care to emphasize. If we value the biological aspect, we have a problem when the biological life of the mother is threatened by the biological life of the fetus, and both lives are threatened. We cannot flip a coin, so must we not look for a higher principle of life-affirmation? For instance, to choose to preserve a mother’s life instead of the fetus saves her life as well as preserves the possibility of her having more children. In such a case, we are faced with a difficult value judgment that all human lives are not equal, and biological life is not an absolute value. Is not this the same issue that must be faced when dealing with the reality of evil people who are set upon the harm and destruction of other people? The question is, are not some people by their behavior “worthy of death,” and are not others expendable under severe circumstances, such as the preservation of a mother’s life over the fetus, a notion that would seem to be supported in both Old and New Testaments (Exod. 21:12; Rom. 1:32)?

    These are just some thoughts and observations. I am not at present comfortable enough with my knowledge of God’s Word on this and related topics to take a firm stand, although I tend to support life-affirmation. I still have questions about this, among which is what does the Word say about the point at which life begins? Inception or first-breath (as discussed in Genesis 2:7 and elsewhere)?

  2. Excellent “thoughts and observations.” Clearly you’ve thought about this more than many evangelicals who are life-affirming. Of course, one does not have to have warrant for their beliefs to be true, but sure does help when engaged in dialog with those outside one’s circles.

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