Sunday, 24 August 2014
The Fallacy of Pro-Women, Pro-life Movement: Consequentialism Does Not Hold
The modern person often thinks in a consequentialistic manner, rather than a deontological manner. Indeed, such is the case of the pro-women, pro-life community. For the sake of clarification, to be “pro-women” as defined in this article means to only support women involved in abortion, disregarding all other parties, such as men whose wives choose to abort their child, family members who wanted to keep the child, or the baby himself or herself. Many have the impression that the pro-life community is a homogenous one, but this is not true.
There are two camps: one that is pro-women and more often than not ignores men whose wives (not girlfriends) choose to abort their child. The other is the one that stands up against the act of abortion for what it is: murder, and attacks abortion in terms of the act alone, rather than focus on the consequences that follow abortion such as grief, sorrows and lack of stability in relationships.
Indeed, many in the pro-women pro-life movement seem to focus only on the consequences suffered by women such as guilt, depression and higher risk of suicide. While such consequences are not to be ignored, they are treated as the reasons in and of themselves as to why abortion should be fought against. As such, it detracts from the real core issue as to why abortion should be resisted – because it is murder. Full stop.
If an act, whatever it may be, were to be fought against because its consequences makes it wrong, one would be logical to argue that where such consequences can be mitigated or resolved, the act would not be wrong, and perhaps even good. This appears to be the logic of what I call the pro-women, pro-life movement, as opposed to the movement that stands against abortion for what it is as an act. This is not to claim that this movement is superior or more righteous than the pro-women, pro-life movement, but rather that it is one that has greater moral grounding because it seeks to attack the roots of abortion, not the fruits which grow from those roots.
Some may argue that the root of abortion is that of sexualised liberalism. Indeed, abortion is a sad product of sexualised liberalism. However, even sexualised liberalism is not the root. It is the spirit of mammon. The spirit of mammon seduces people to seek first their own material needs, comfort and ease of life. It is the spirit behind money. The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:9). Abortion is only a mere fruit of the love of money which is the root of all evil. Women seek abortions typically out of convenience and others may encourage them, including, of course, the abortion clinics who are after the money.
The pro-women, pro-life movement does not address the root of the evils of abortion – the love of money by people who knowingly contribute to the abortion of a human being. It must also be noted that merely because a person was involved in the conception of the child does not mean that they support abortion or encourage abortion as many in the pro-women, pro-life movement seem to assume. Instead, it looks only at the effects of abortion on women, without addressing the heart of the matter which is really the matter of the heart. Some may argue and say that they help post-abortive women and fight the act of abortion per se by praying outside abortion clinics. However, they fail to acknowledge that it is the heart of those who seek to murder their child that is the real issue. The heart is what determines how one acts.
Only where the wicked heart of a person is changed will one will turn from evil. The human heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9).
What is the only way to stop abortion and help those who are seeking an abortion? Preach that abortion is murder, which will lead one to Hell, and then share the Gospel. That is the only way. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached offensively for what it is, is a cure for the human heart that is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things. This may not only save physical lives, but souls from Eternity in Hell, the place where the fire never quenches and worm never dies (Mark 9:48).
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