When someone says they are personally against abortion, but think it should remain legal…

20 Nov

Stand to Reason:

“I was with Greg at a Ligonier conference in Orlando once, and was talking to a man who came up to our display table. He saw some of our pro-life resources and announced that he personally believed that abortion was wrong, but he didn’t believe that we should prohibit other people who thought differently about the issue from getting abortions. He thought it ought to be legal even though he personally thought it was wrong. This is the favorite choice of religious politicians who are pro-choice.

If somebody makes that kind of statement, there is always a tactic you employ. You ask a question. When they say, I’m personally against abortion but I don’t think other people should be prohibited from having abortions, you ask, “Why are you personally against abortion? I understand that you don’t think it’s right and don’t want to force your views on others, but why is it that you think abortion is wrong?”

It’s a very fair question. You will consistently get basically the same answer, the answer that the gentleman gave Greg.

He said, I think abortion is wrong because it takes the life of an innocent human child, but that is just my personal view.

Greg said, Okay, I think I understand your view, but let me just repeat it back to you and you tell me if I’ve got it right. You think abortion kills an innocent human child, but you think women should be legally allowed to do that.

He said, Well, when you put it that way….

Greg answered, Put it what way? That’s your view you told me. If I’ve misunderstood you, please let me know, but I thought that’s what I actually heard you say. It doesn’t sound so good coming back at you, does it?

The man had confused his own moral view of the unborn with one of the common objections: We can’t force our moral view on someone who disagrees. That may be true in some circumstances, but it really doesn’t come into play when a baby’s life is at stake.”

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