10 things you should know about abortion

10 Things You Should Know about Abortion

10 Things You Should Know about Abortion

Scott Klusendorf

Crossway Blog

These are my “notes” on the above mentioned article.

  1. Pro-life advocates present a formal case for their position
  2. “I am pro-life because the science of embryology establishes that from the earliest stages of development, you were a distinct, living, and whole human being. You didn’t come from an embryo; you once werean embryo. True, you were immature and had yet to visibly develop, but the kind of thing you were was not in question. And there is no essential difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today that justifies killing you at that earlier stage of development. Differences of size, development, environment, and dependency are not good reasons for killing you then but not now.”
  3. Feminist Naomi Wolf calls aborting a human fetus a “real death.”
  4. humans are valuable in virtue of the kind of thing they are rather than some function they perform. Humans have value simply because they are human… Abortion is the intentional killing of an innocent human being. Thus, the passages in Scripture that forbid the shedding of innocent blood apply just as much to the unborn as they do every other innocent human being.
  5. In a culture where children are a gift and barrenness is a curse, and where a nation’s destiny depends on parents having lots of children, abortion is unthinkable.
  6. Preaching on abortion is not a distraction from the Great Commission responsibilities of the local church, but integral to it.

      • P1: In the Great Commission, Christ charged the church to go make disciples.
      • P2: The way we make disciples is to “teach them to obey” his commands.
      • P3: One of those commands is that we are not to shed innocent blood.
      • P4: Abortion is the shedding of innocent blood.
      • C: Therefore, preaching on abortion relates to the Great Commission responsibilities of the local church.
  7. …while gender perspectives on abortion help us understand personal experience, they are no substitute for rational inquiry. Rather, it is arguments that must be advanced and defended.
  8. Theologically, it’s far more reasonable to argue that although humans differ immensely in their respective degrees of development, they are nonetheless equal because they share a common human nature made in the image of God.
  9. “When someone holds up a model of a six-month-old fetus and a pair of surgical scissors, we say ‘choice’ and we lose,” writes feminist Naomi Wolf.
  10. Post-abortion men and women do not need an excuse. They need an exchange: Christ’s righteousness for their sinfulness. Like all forgiven sinners, post-abortion men and women can live each day assured God accepts them on the basis of Christ’s righteousness, not their own.

Scott Klusendorf is the president of Life Training Institute, where he trains pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views. He is the author of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture.

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