Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending Radical, the 2018 Liberty Women’s Clinic Fundraiser Banquet. This banquet occurs every April in Kansas City, Missouri, and this year 600 people attended. It was a night full of fellowship, stories, inspiration, and praise—praise to God for the 306 confirmed lives He saved through the means… Continue reading A Reflection on the 2018 Liberty Women’s Clinic Banquet
Pro-choice rhetoric says that because the unborn is completely dependent on the mother, and would die if the two were separated, the unborn is not, in fact, a full-fledged human being, and therefore abortion is not murder. The same rhetoric is increasingly applied to the elderly or critically ill person who requires the assistance of machines to live.
This brings us to the E in S.L.E.D—environment. Pro-choicers argue that since the unborn is located in a different environment than a born human, it being inside of its mother’s womb instead of outside of it, it is less like a person and therefore has less right to life. It is true that environment affects many things, but a person’s environment or location does not determine their value as a human being.
This second portion of the SLED test argues otherwise: a human being’s level of development does not reflect on whether or not it is a human life. The logic here is simple. A person who possesses a greater level of development – say, a higher level of intelligence, more skills, a larger spread of talents and gifts – is not more human than someone who is simply average. Nor is the average person less than human because he or she is merely mediocre.
This month we are covering the S.L.E.D. Test on the sanctity of human life. As we look at the “S”, which stands for size and appearance, we’ll see that this argument hits at the issue of abortion in particular. Not only do we care about the unborn, but we also care about the life of the unborn after she is born. Whether she’s 14 and playing basketball, or 90 and living in a nursing home, we care about her life.
The text is clear: God planned to make all mankind in His image, and then He carried out His plan by creating man and woman. We know that “man” in Genesis 1:26 refers to mankind collectively by God’s use of the plural “they”, as those who will rule over the created world. Then in Genesis 1:27, God narrows in and creates one singular man and woman. He intends to create all of mankind in the image of God, and He begins His image-bearing creation with a man and woman—both made in God’s likeness.