Read pp. 263 -269 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, Abortion, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. If we apply the concept that “every pregnant mother has a hedge of law around her,” can medical science be held accountable if a procedure they deem “safe for women and their unborn children” turns out to not be so?
2. What can we make of all the tests and procedures geared toward giving women foreknowledge of the health and condition of their children in the womb? Should it be taken on face value that it is to ensure better health care for the mother? What else could be the motive?
3. What is illogical about the statement: Abortion was made legal to reduce the number of women who died during illegal abortions? Can you make a parallel argument in an unrelated area that would demonstrate the absurdity of this reasoning?
4. Do you see a contradiction that is willing to have abortion, infanticide and euthanasia legalized but maintains that the handicapped need special privileges? Does the granting of special privileges to the handicapped increase people’s antipathy toward them? Explain.
5. Jesus stated, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” Correlate this statement with abortion in America and around the world.
6. Is birth control the same issue as abortion? Explain.
7. Some accuse the pro-life people of being hypocritical because instead of caring for live children, they only have concern for those not yet born. Does one have to solve the problem of poor, orphaned, or unwanted children before one can take a stand on abortion? Reason this through.
8. In the act of abortion, who is the greater culprit, the mother or the doctor (or abortion provider)? Is this even a useful question? Explain.
9. Why do you suppose it is difficult for some Christians to effectively maintain a pro-life stance in the public square? What underpinning is missing for them?
One of the surest ways to identify whether you understand a subject is to write a point of view paper (sometimes referred to as a position paper). This exercise helps to unearth areas of confusion, uncertainty, and/or disagreement, many times revealing that a number of unanswered questions remain. Once completed, you may submit your paper for comments.
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