Last week I came across a USA Today Opinion column by Kirsten Powers detailing the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell and how “there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page.” Warning: reading this article made my stomach churn. Since that April 11 article, news coverage has significantly increased. The best article I’ve read on this issue from a Christian perspective is a post by Justin Buzzard titled, The Abortion of Abortion. Here’s an excerpt (take time to read the full article):
The Abortion of Abortion
“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 1:41)
While we’re all thinking about the Gosnell Infanticide and Murder Trial I think it’s wise to take a look at history and remember two things:
1. The Greco-Roman world in which the first Christians lived was a culture that widely practiced infanticide and abortion.
2. The earliest Christians significantly impacted and changed this culture by being a counter-cultural community that sacrificially cared for unwanted babies and presenting a winsome four-fold message of opposition to abortion and infanticide: 1) the fetus is a beloved creation of God, 2) to abort is to murder, 3) complicity in abortion makes one guilty before God, and 4) God extends grace to the guilty.
Below is a very brief overview of these two points. At the bottom of this post is a link to a paper that unpacks these two points in much greater detail. Continue reading.