To my fellow believers who are saddened and upset by Roe’s reversal, I encourage you to reconsider what abortion actually is. Have you forgotten the brutality of it? Have you forgotten that our unborn neighbors have no avenue of defense while a doctor goes into the womb and tears apart their little body until there is no life left?

The importance of having conversations and changing hearts and minds on this issue is just as important now as it was before this news.

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It’s a tragedy when any baby is killed by abortion. It’s also a tragedy when a woman dies from an illegal abortion. Remember, as pro-life advocates, our care and concern are not limited to the unborn child. We also care about the woman and the circumstances that have led her to think that abortion is a solution for her situation.

Let’s set aside, for now, the fact that the three claims she brings up are woefully inadequate and inaccurate representations of the case pro-lifers make against legal abortion. Let’s assume for the moment that her representation is good. What are we to make of these three claims?

So if equality truly matters, we must be willing to extend equal rights to unborn human beings. We must be willing to extend those rights to others even if it’s inconvenient to us. If we do not, then we are just picking and choosing which human beings get rights.

Patience, gentleness, and common ground can make difficult conversations occur in an environment where it’s safe to reconsider something so monumental. I’m sure we would want that for ourselves. So let’s make it a reality for others.

The way to save unborn children is to reach the hearts of people who currently have the legal power to kill them. The unborn cannot hear you; the pro-choice people around us can.

Our first priority when the question of rape is asked should be finding common ground, acknowledging the evil of rape, and admitting that the answer to this question is difficult. Only after we really have taken time to care for the person who asked the question, can we begin to explain why abortion is not the solution to pregnancies which result from rape.

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If abortion is an issue which rarely gets discussed from the pulpit, and if pastors do not regularly preach on the value of human life and what the implications of that look like in the world, we end up with people who think the church does not have much to offer in this regard.

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Given how important bodily rights are and how important it is to validate and affirm them, it is crucial that in the process of exercising our rights, we don’t go so far to the extreme of advocating for the right of one person that we take away the bodily rights of another human.