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Pro-Life Reality Check – Real or Fake?

Pro-lifers are everywhere. On street corners, on TV, in supermarkets, on college campuses – including my own here at the University of Georgia. In fact, for many years, I have considered myself amongst their numbers. Even so, I find myself here, today, right now, questioning the ideological foundation of the very term.

Many who are pro-life are also pro-death penalty. I will not get into the semantics of what pro-death penalty is, but lets just say that it is for premeditated, methodical murder. In other words. John Doe wakes up one morning and decides to go buy a gun, take that gun, and then shoot and kill Jane. He thought about it, considered it, and did it. Not only did he think about it and do it, he also planned it out. For the majority of pro-lifers who believe in the death penalty the sentence is simple… death.

Now to the second part. For a pro-lifer, life begins at conception. Once the sperm meets the egg and they do their dance and become an organism that is capable of multiplicity, it is alive, and it is human, therefore, sacred. Also, alluding to former posts and comments, it has been affirmed through the Scripture that the shedding of innocent blood is the most heinous and immoral act considered by God. Also, it was made clear by Bishop David Epps that early Church Fathers had the same opinion of many today, life begins at conception, the unborn is a child, human and alive, and that abortion is one thing, murder.

Now, we have established abortion as murder, and we have also established many pro-life believing individuals as pro-death penalty – which, in many ways is simply ironic to me – and it is why I personally prefer the title of anti-abortion, and pro-death penalty instead of pro-life, but that is another argument for another post (Big Brother maybe able to antagonize me into it!). Now, for the sake of argument, we are going to say the death penalty should only be for those, again, who committed premeditated and methodical murder. Now, for the crux of the argument, can anyone say that abortion, which we are saying, as “pro-lifers” is murder, is not premeditated?

For example, except in the case of rape, the woman (As well as the man), choose to have sex, and even more so, without “protection” – yes I know, abstinence is the “only way,” but as I have already discussed previously… its just not happening, and never has historically. The choose to copulate, for pleasure, without protection… and bam (paid for), she is pregnant… with child… knocked up. But, this was done with her own permission, her own decision (again, along with the man, and he is just as responsible). Now, four weeks later, she takes the test, finds out she is pregnant, and she has a decision – again, another choice – to make. And she does the unthinkable – the unthinkable decision, which 2.5% of Americans make each year, and have on average since the passing of Roe v. Wade – she decides to have an abortion. Later that same week, either she drives herself, or the man responsible for the seed that took root within her drives her, or maybe her mother, or aunt, or even a co-worker, to the abortion clinic. She freely walks in, signs in at the counter, fills out the forms, and then waits. After a short, or maybe long, wait, she is called back, and she chooses to follow the instructions of the doctor, who then performs the abortion. She then gets up, and she leaves.

This was an abortion… which, as before said, is murder. But… it is also premeditated and methodical murder. Wait… seriously, think about it. IF abortion is murder, and the woman thinks about it, plans it, and then has the abortion – i.e. commits the murder… its premeditated. See the irony? IF we are pro-death penalty for one, how can we not be for the other, yet, if we claim we must love and nurture those who have committed abortions, lead them to Christ and His love, forgive them, show them grace and mercy, how then can we be pro-death penalty. Yes, the laws of the land, in some states, have the death penalty, but as a Christian, one can not have it both ways. So, which direction will you support? Will you be Pro-life, or simply anti-abortion… or neither?

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8 thoughts on “Pro-Life Reality Check – Real or Fake?

  1. It is not a black and white issue or is it? If you think abortion is wrong and yet believe in the death penalty, then you should say that you are anti-abortion and pro-death penalty. I personally don’t think that the death penalty should be limited to only pre-meditated murders. What about sex crimes against children? Innocent blood may not have been shed but their innocence and trust shredded. In regards to the woman who commits abortion, is she any less than Mary Magadalene? That woman was a prostitute, most likely had an abortion or two if not more. Yet Christ protected her from stoning. I flip back and forth regarding the death penalty. Victims want an”eye for an eye” if not worse. I enjoy the articles you’ve posted and look foward to reading more.

  2. Lynn, I agree with you that the death penalty can cover more then just premeditated murder. However, my point was to place the death penalty sentence on par with abortion, and the only way to do that is to define it for what abortion is, which, in essence, to the definition of those who are “pro-life,” premeditated murder.
    In regards to Mary Madelene, it is quite possible she had several abortions, though there is historical or Biblical evidence to support that, however, as mentioned in a comment on the post that was written by Bishop Epps, and then placed on this site by me, it was mentioned that the penalty for “causing an abortion” was a fine – it is in Exodus, and the exact scripture is listed in that comment.

  3. Comment from this same articel listed on Facebook, again, from a dear friend of man who is a priest…

    Jared- To follow up, I am amazed at self described “pro-lifers” advocate bombing into oblivion any country that is a percieved threat the USA, Israel or Europe using “economic sanctions,” “pre-emptive strikes” or “regime change” against nations which have not attacked them, but which are sympathetic to or harbor non-nation state miliatant groups. It helps if they are Moslems, plays better in church. Usually militants survive to fight again while innocents are killed. Likewise exploiting African and other 3rd World nations some of which have large Christian populations to get natural resources, or their government’s (usually a dictatorship’s) acquiesence to US policy is problematic. I find the contradiction interesting. Maybe we have the “anti-abortion but pro-death penalty who love to bomb and exploit others” group. Pro-Life is a misnomer, good post. Peace, Steve+

  4. which 2.5% of Americans make each year, and have on average since the passing of Roe v. Wade

    If abortion became illegal, would this number drop? I am not so sure it would.

  5. “along with the man, and he is just as responsible

    You hit the nail on the head. The man is just as responsible, as it takes 2 people to create a baby. But, in reality, exactly how many “men” would actually take responsibility for their part? Personally, I think it’s time that people start PRACTICING what they preach. Because, honestly, Jared…can you say that you’d take responsibility for the child you created?

  6. Again, the point of the article is not responsibility, etc, the point of the article is the relation of calling abortion murder – which would make it premeditated, and also believing in the death penalty for murder that is premeditated. By saying this, to me, this appears to be a double standard which can only be explained by saying that one who supports the death penalty for one form of premeditated murder, and not the other (Abortion), even though the same person would say that abortion is the worst, or most immoral form of murder, is because of the laws of the land. Yet, even further, what of those who had abortions when they were illegal? Should we go back and prosecute those women, and men who assisted, or whatever, for murder, and then sentence them to death? To say one is pro-life, yet support the death penalty, is hypocritical. To say one is anti-abortion and pro-death penalty for capital offenses is slightly better, yet, if you consider abortion murder, then you, in your belief system, as well as in your own definition, consider it a capital offense – even if it is legal, it is still not lawful according to the Bible – and therefore should be punishable by death, just like any other murder. Again, this is the point of my article, and that is where I would liek the discussion to go.
    We can debate personal actions all we want, we can debate the past all we want, but it will get us nowhere with the question and problem I am posing in this article. No one is perfect, and in a sense, no one is deserving of mercy, yet, as a Christian, I believe that Christ died not only for our (the believers) sins, but of those of the entire world, taking away the physical punishment of death – albeit not the spiritual one for the unbelievers – for sin for the entire world. Does that mena our actions may not lead to our deaths or others? Unfortunately no, but to condemn anyone to death for the sake of sin is not Christ-like. So, you may add that argument to the above article.

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