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Is the pro-life argument losing steam?

A snow storm didn't stop pro-Life demonstrators from marching the streets together in Washington DC for the annual March For Life Event in solidarity with the anti-abortion stance on Jan. 19, 2024.
A snow storm didn't stop pro-Life demonstrators from marching the streets together in Washington DC for the annual March For Life Event in solidarity with the anti-abortion stance on Jan. 19, 2024. | The Christian Post/Nicole Alcindor

The debate over abortion remains one of society's most divisive issues.

Pro-life advocates argue for the rights of the unborn, emphasizing the sanctity of life from conception and advocating for policies to protect fetuses. On the other hand, pro-choice advocates defend the right of individuals to make autonomous decisions about their bodies and reproductive health. Amid these deeply held convictions are discussions about the moral status of the unborn, making it a debate that is both intimate and public, personal and political.

In his book, The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture, leading pro-life apologist Scott Klusendorf writes, "The question of truth and of human value are driving our national debates on abortion, cloning, and embryonic stem cell research (ESCR)." Klusendorf goes on to say, "The debates are contentious because they involve deep worldview commitments that get to the heart of who and what we are as people. But the debate itself is not complex. Either you believe that each and every human being has an equal right to life or you don't."

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Klusendorf's point encapsulates the underlying significance of this pro-life and pro-choice debate. The issue at hand goes beyond mere personal preference or opinion. It delves into fundamental questions about truth, human worth, and the essence of our existence. The complexity arises from the contrasting worldview commitments that shape our perspectives.

As Christians, we base our belief on the principle that every human being, starting from the moment of conception, has an equal and undeniable right to life. This belief aligns with the biblical truth that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator. Therefore, each individual deserves to be loved, protected, and respected from the moment of conception.

When we adopt the perspective of pro-life apologetics, we become active participants in the ongoing national conversations regarding the inherent worth and dignity of every unborn life. However, given this moral issue's sensitive and divisive nature, it is essential to approach pro-life apologetics with compassion and respect, striving to engage in constructive dialogue with those who may hold opposing views. By understanding and articulating the pro-life argument utilizing logic, science, and philosophy, you can effectively advocate for protecting innocent lives.

In his book, The Case for Life, Klusendorf lays out a clear argument supporting the pro-life position. The crux of his argument centers around the idea that unborn human life has dignity and intrinsic value and deserves protection from the moment of conception. Klusendorf's argument is presented in a syllogism. This logical structure consists of a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion, which is designed to rigorously defend the pro-life position.

Klusendorf's syllogism can be summarized as follows:

1. Major Premise: It is morally wrong to intentionally kill innocent human beings.
2. Minor Premise: Abortion intentionally kills innocent human beings.
3. Conclusion: Therefore, abortion is morally wrong.

His primary argument is based on the inherent value of human life and the universally acknowledged ethical standard that taking innocent life is wrong. His secondary argument rests on biological and philosophical grounds, asserting that human life commences at conception, thus considering embryos and fetuses as integral members of the human community. By merging these two arguments, Klusendorf reaches the conclusion that abortion — which by its very definition terminates the existence of an unborn human being — is ethically unjustifiable.

Klusendorf addresses common objections to this argument, such as claims that the unborn are not "persons" with rights or that women have a right to bodily autonomy that overrides the rights of the unborn. He critiques these objections by asserting that no morally relevant difference between the unborn and those already born would justify killing the former.

In short, Klusendorf's pro-life argument presents a solid philosophical and moral framework that upholds the equal value of all human life from the moment of conception. Based on this premise, he convincingly concludes that abortion is inherently wrong.

Incorporating Scott Klusendorf's teachings into pro-life advocacy can help believers engage in meaningful conversations about the value of life from a Christian perspective. By standing up for the dignity of all human beings, including those yet to be born and advocating against abortion, we honor God's gift of life and promote a culture that cherishes every individual as precious in His sight, thereby safeguarding the sanctity of human life.

Jason Jimenez is the founder and president of Stand Strong Ministries and is a respected Christian-worldview speaker, and faculty member at Summit Ministries. He is the best-selling author of Hijacking Jesus: How Progressive Christians Are Remaking Him and Taking Over the Church, Challenging Conversations: A Practical Guide to Discuss Controversial Topics in the Church, and Parenting Gen Z: Guiding Your Child through a Hostile Culture.

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