Abortion - going back to basics
Updated: Sep 6, 2019
None of us are strangers to the debate surrounding abortion. Put a search for 'abortion' into Google or any news site, and you'll find tons of results.
But, at least to me, it seems that all too often, the subject is couched in weighted language and we too often bring a lot of assumptions to the debate table...or online comment section. On both the pro-life and the pro-choice side, we have a tendency to muddy the waters and talk in euphemistic language about the matter at hand. On the one side, you might have to pause to think about what the reality behind terms like ‘double effect’ or ‘life-limiting condition’ or ‘love them both’ mean. On the other side, how do we uncover what the word ‘choice’ is really about? What do the terms ‘reproductive rights’ and ‘autonomy’ actually refer to?
So, if we’re going to get to the heart of the ethics of the matter, we have to take away the weighted language and look plainly at what is before us. The pro-life principle at the heart of the abortion debate is that it is wrong to intentionally take the life of an innocent human being - and the unborn is considered an innocent human being. This belief is at the root of opposition to abortion.
Now obviously, for a lot of people, perhaps for you, it doesn’t seem so simple. If that was all it was about, more people would be pro-life because who really thinks it is okay to intentionally take the life of an innocent human being? That can’t be what the real issue is.
Well, come along to hear more. Come along to look plainly at the reality behind the rhetoric.
On day one of Connect, our workshop Abortion and Pro-Life: the Basics will explore what abortion is, what our law currently says about it, and the moral case against it. You may be surprised by what you learn.