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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