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This is an update to a blog post from July 2011 in light of my recent interview on Cradle My Heart Radio with Ryan Bomberger (which aired 9-23-12 – listen here)
My primary calling is to share the love of Jesus Christ with those who are broken over our participation in abortion. Part of this task is bringing moral clarity to the question of whether abortion is wrong, and whether there couldn’t be some way that it is acceptable in God’s sight. That question haunted me for more than a decade after my abortion in 1978 as I tried to reconcile my choice in light of my dormant conscience and my guilty heart.
I landed in a place of saying, “Well, I’m opposed to abortion, but I can’t tell others what to do.”
I now recognize this former position as so morally bankrupt that I want to help you to refute this idea if this is your current point of view.
Spending a day shopping can be an excruciating exercise in decisions and reflections on what I can and can’t afford. Lots of friends find shopping relaxing and fun. Others go way overboard and buy things they know they’ll have to return. Some are very methodical with lists–they never forget their cloth bags at the grocery store. At times you may fit into any or all of the above groups. My point is there is no universal reaction to the common female experience of shopping.
So how can mental health professionals say that 55 million abortions have left women with a uniform emotional reaction? And how could abortion possibly be a uniquely positive event in every woman’s emotional and spiritual life?
That’s why it matters that we acknowledge the truth about abortion. Withholding the truth may mean we are extending the grief of mothers trapped in their confusion and pain as the shock of the abortion begins to recede.
That’s why it matters what we call an aborted baby.
That’s why we must be clear that a fetus is a living human being and every abortion takes a human life. If there is no child, there is no reason to grieve. But if abortion takes a life, there can be no relief without our grief.
Pastor John MacArthur understands the issue of child loss better than