This January 22 will be the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. This case is widely known as the Supreme Court opinion that made abortions illegal. Of all of the Supreme Court decisions, perhaps Brown v. Board of Education (that ended segregation of schools) is the only one that produced more social turmoil.
American society has divided neatly into two camps–those who agree with the decision and those who don’t. There are very few fence sitters on this issue. Those who agree with the decision identify with the phrase [A Woman’s] Right to Choose, while those who disagree, rally around the slogan, Right to Life
The two sides continue to pitch battle with fervent zeal. Rarely is there a cross-over. This divide extends to our Christian family as well. The debate about abortion, if you can actually call it a debate, has proven time and again to be a rich environment for Satan to breed hatred and resentment.
Those who side with the Right to Choose are not quite as unified in their beliefs, but can still be summed as: abortion it is a personal choice for a woman, not a legislative body, to make.
There are some things wrong with both of these arguments.
I would love to expound wisely on the flaws in the arguments, but it is doubtful that I could any better than the syndicated column The Straight Dope. Here is a link to Cecil Adams’ summation in a column from October 24, 2008. http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2817/when-does-human-life-begin
David Brugge is a longtime member of Trinity where he serves as Elder. He is an author, teacher, and frequent contributor to Trinitymemphis.org. The opinions expressed here are solely his own and as such are not the official opinions of Trinity Lutheran Church, its staff, or the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.