Is there a more Christian way to debate abortion?

"The irony of the abortion debate, as it now stands in our church and society, is that it frames these two groups, women and children, as enemies of one another ... The Christian response to abortion must reframe the issue to focus on responsibility rather than rights. The pro-choice/pro-life debate presently pits the right of … Continue reading Is there a more Christian way to debate abortion?

Can we be Consistently Pro-Life?

It’s frequently said we live in a fragmented culture, but are we ready to admit we have fragmented ethics even within many of our churches? Consider these life sized contradictions The anti-abortion crusader who attacks medical centres kills abortionists in the name of defending life. Or somewhat less extreme, anti-abortion voters who justify infant "collateral damage" … Continue reading Can we be Consistently Pro-Life?

Philosophers argue killing newborns is morally justified

Australian philosophers have unleashed a firestorm of criticism over their claim that the killing newborns is morally the same as abortion and should be permissible if the mother wishes it. They claim this ''after-birth abortion'' is moral as long as it is painless, because the baby is not harmed by missing out on a life it cannot … Continue reading Philosophers argue killing newborns is morally justified

Are Liberal and Labour any different on abortion?

This evening I was thinking further about the anti-Green scare campaign being targeted at Christian voters, particularly the claim that a vote for the Greens is a vote for abortion on demand. I find myself asking, don't we already effectively have that now under the Labour government, and didn't we effectively have that under the … Continue reading Are Liberal and Labour any different on abortion?

Abortion by car?

I read a tragic story in the paper today, of a couple who's unborn child was killed in a car accident involving an allegedly drug-affected driver. Because their daughter Zoe did not technically take a breath before dying the police were unable to charge the perpetrator with manslaughter. In fact the police report provided to … Continue reading Abortion by car?

Abortion: are you “for babies” or “for women”?

The abortion debate is so incendiary because, at its crudest, it pits suffering babies against suffering women. Advocates on one side implore us to care for women, to consider what it's like to experience unplanned pregnancies, to consider the plight of rape victims, to have compassion for those who just don't know how they'll cope. … Continue reading Abortion: are you “for babies” or “for women”?

Is pro-abortion always pro-women?

In the west we often speak of "pro-life" and "pro-choice" as if pro-abortion naturally means pro-women. But I wonder, what if we invited Chinese women into the conversation? I get the impression that for many of them "pro-choice" and "pro-life" aren't opposing positions. Could it be that the western debate is too polarised, too blinkered?