Obama and Pro-Choice “Christianity”

January 25, 2008

A brief but well written interview with the Democratic presidential hopeful from Christianity Today. The magazine asks some good questions, including one on abortion that reveals the glaring weaknesses of the pro-choice position.

I don’t know anybody who is pro-abortion. I think it’s very important to start with that premise. I think people recognize what a wrenching, difficult issue it is. I do think that those who diminish the moral elements of the decision aren’t expressing the full reality of it. But what I believe is that women do not make these decisions casually, and that they struggle with it fervently with their pastors, with their spouses, with their doctors.

That’s the thing. Abortion might be a more wrenching and difficult decision, had not enthusiastically pro-choice legislators like Obama made it so convenient and easy to attain one. Obama has voted against parental notification, even for out of state abortions. If abortion should be considered with the graveness and maturity Obama’s words suggest, then why do his actions exclude the thoughts of the parents from the decision making process?

The pro-choice worldview is one of extremist feminism and blatant selfishness. Can such a worldview be not only unopposed, but aggressively endorsed, by one who professes themselves to be a believer in Christ? To hope that Christians overlook an aggressively favorable record towards abortion is a little more, methinks, than audacious hope.


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