I debated with myself on whether to call this article the celebration of our moral superiority, the commodification of our moral superiority, or the gentrification of our moral superiority. Pick one.
On October 10 Orthodoxy in Dialogue published my “Abortion, Contraception, and Christian Faith.” In a world where the tragic reality of abortion has always existed and will never go away, it argues—reluctantly, for I am the father of five and grandfather of two whom I would not wish unborn—it argues for the moral imperative of keeping abortion legal, accessible, and performed by properly trained and licensed medical professionals.
The premise of the article was meant to be simple, easily understood by all: when we cannot save two lives, we have a moral obligation to save one. If abortion stops a beating heart, back alley abortion stops two beating hearts. Ensuring the accessibility of legal abortion signals to a woman that the sanctity of life includes the absolute sanctity of her life, regardless of what decision she makes with respect to her pregnancy: we want our wife, mother, sister, daughter to come home from the clinic alive. Is this so hard to understand?
(NOTE: Canon 2 of St. Basil the Great shows no less concern for the life of the woman having an abortion than it does for the unborn child: “For in most cases the women die in the course of such operations.” St. Basil’s care for women’s lives goes completely unaddressed in the movement to deny women access to legal, professional abortion.) Read More