Some Common Questions Prolife Individuals are Asked

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1. How can someone be both prolife and for the death penalty?

I believe that human life is so precious that it is worthy of protection at every stage of development.  I value life so much that those who take it should not be given the chance to do it again.  The Bible lays out clear principles on abortion (What does the Bible say about abortion?) and the death penalty (Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:12), and even though they may appear contradictory, they should be observed because they are God’s commands.

2. Why don’t you trust women to make their own decisions?

This is quite a loaded question.  If we say yes, then they’ll expect us to support abortion.  If we say no, then they’ll call us sexists or something (even if they’re talking to another woman).  My answer is: I believe that everyone should have the right to make their own decisions that affect themselves and only themselves.  Every woman has the choice whether to risk pregnancy or not (with the exception of rape, which I discuss here and below).  Once that child is conceived, the child must be given the chance to make decisions in its postnatal life.

Spiritually speaking, I believe that unregenerate people will naturally choose what leads to happiness and comfort for themselves.  The only reason they may consider others is to make themselves feel good or to get something else in return.  That is the natural state of human beings.  We are self-centered individuals who crave nothing but glory for ourselves.  That condition is especially evident when one observes the majority of reasons for abortions.

3. What about rape?

Only 0.3% of abortions are performed because of rape.  That means 99.7% are performed because of other reasons.  That being said, I believe we should focus on stopping abortions performed merely for convenience first, then get to the root cause of the problem of rape.  Abortion is a problem.  Rape is a problem.  Why can’t we deal with both issues?

As for what I would say in the meantime, I don’t believe the child should pay for the crime of the father.  I do not condone rape.  Period.  It is cruel and vile, and it should be prevented.  The question is, how does aborting the child help prevent future rape?  It doesn’t.  Instead of encouraging abortions in order to respond to rape, why don’t we work more on preventing rape?  It’s an easy principle: proactive not reactive.

4. What gives men the right to tell us what to do with our bodies?

First off, the child is not your body (that is discussed here).  That being said, I believe that any moral and spiritual issue that faces our nation should be dealt with by all people of our nation, regardless of race, gender, or any other physical characteristic.  Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and he was a white man.  The nineteenth amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was first introduced in 1878 by Senator Aaron A. Sargent, a man.  William Wilberforce, a white man, fought to end the slave trade in Britain, an issue which did not directly affect him.  Many men continue to be influential in the movement to end human trafficking (most of the victims are female).  All these people act or acted on what they believe or believed.

We are not fighting against women (many prolife individuals are women).  We are fighting against injustice, and we are fighting for the unborn, regardless of gender.

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Other Articles on “The Sanctity of Human Life”

Why I Am Pro-life

What does the Bible say about abortion?



  1. The nineteen amendment wasn’t passed until the late 1920s because the men in charge kept on shooting down that particular bill. Even so, throughout the presidential campaign I heard vague threats that if only the vote were taken away from women, then we could be sure to get a decent president. Men aren’t always wise stewards of women’s bodies or caretakers of the welfare of women. If they cannot be trusted to do right by those who are living, how can we trust them to do right by the unborn?


    • As stated in the article, I believe that issues that face Americans should be confronted by all Americans (wherever injustice is found), without regard to race, gender, etc… I believe both men and women should tackle this issue head on.


      • When I was just twelve, a friend of mine about the same age had an abortion; would it not have been a greater injustice to require her to carry the child to term (risking her own health and life in the process) and then to tear it away from her for being too poor and unable to care for it?


      • For health risks see my article on “Why I am Prolife”. I definitely believe, when the life of the mother is at risk, that each situation must be examined. Sadly, the overwhelming majority of abortions are not performed due to health risks. The official statistics are given in the article “Why I am Prolife”.


      • There was this interview where a nun gave this charge: “But I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking. If all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed and why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.” On which end of the spectrum do your beliefs lie? Spreading the pro-birth message or doing something to prove how pro-life you are?

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      • Very good quote. I’m afraid that many of us who claim to be prolife are really only pro birth. I believe that private charities function much better than the government when it comes to relief of the poor. The government should encourage and grow charities, not be one itself. I was recently reading about how FEMA has been so widely abused, and how private charities do much more good. Historically, when tax breaks occur, giving increases. By a lot. That is an area where beliefs are really important. Religions that encourage giving are extremely vital to the survival of many, and I hope that generosity continues well into the future. That being said, I believe those unborn at least deserve a chance. Snuffing them out before they are born is no different than killing them shortly thereafter. And especially for babies born in America, even our poorest citizens are richer than most. The prolife movement is about giving the unborn a chance, and many other movements (which include those in the prolife movement) are about helping those children succeed. These are excellent questions by the way!


      • Unfortunately, it’s been proven that the richest of the rich only give to their own causes, museums and the like that only those at their own level benefit from. It’s the poor who out-give the rich in the causes that actually do make a difference – relying on the poorest to pay for the poorest doesn’t solve the problem; it’s too much of a burden on their shoulders. Believing in charity is all well and fine, but until this year, I couldn’t name one local adoption agency. I hadn’t personally been charitable to one in any, shape, or form. I couldn’t direct anyone to a woman’s shelter or advise them about how to get out of an abusive situation.


      • And that is something that several prolife groups are working on. Adoption agencies and women centers are growing throughout America and the whole world as a result of the prolife movement. I know an elderly couple who were looking to adopt a child years ago. Once Roe v Wade passed, they had to wait ten more years… A post on stuff like this is coming out later in the week!


    • Hey Joshua, I’m really liking your thoughts. 🙂 As I enjoy learning about different views and kind of poking at them a little to see if they’re logical, your question about men caring for the unborn, having not taken care of women properly all the time, has intrigued me. I’d like to ask you a question in return if you don’t mind… why does it have to be men protecting unborn babies in your question, why do you not see it as something the women would do?


      • Because Complementarian theology is a prominent one in Christian circles; it primarily teaches that men and women have different gender roles. It’s the men’s role to be the protector and not the women’s. It’s the women’s role to be the nurturer and not the men’s. For a woman to be doing what a man ought to do is for her to usurp his higher authority and not be sufficiently submissive herself; some say it’s a woman trying to make herself a man. I find it to be a flawed theological system, because mothers have it in them to be ferocious protectors (and I’ve watched a series called Revenge that explored the concept) – but it’s what Christians by and large believe to be a Biblical truth. The flaw is that some Biblical truths are based on cultural norms from the first century world; they cannot fit to our cultural norms but are altered to get as close as possible. That’s why the same verses that talk about the wife submitting to the husband include a section about slaves submitting to their master that is sometimes taught as employees submitting to their boss as if it were the same thing in order to preserve the Biblical truth in some way, shape, or form. I’m not basing these ideas on what my personal beliefs are, just the common ones that form the basis of Christian ideals and principles. But the truth of the matter is that abortion itself wasn’t a concept that existed in the Bible’s day and age just as idol feasts aren’t a thing for us. We can use some principles in scripture to suggest what God might have in mind; but we can’t really know a fully realized theology. Paul never wrote to us telling us what to teach others on the subject. He never said that men were protectors and women had to stay at home and raise the kids. Though it wasn’t as if it were possible for women to hold down jobs in their society means that it should be the same for us and that women shouldn’t have jobs at all.


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