Trust Women

Trust Women

A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice

Book - 2018
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"In an age where Roe v. Wade is in danger of being overturned, a minister and ethicist offers a Christian defense of abortion, arguing that we need to trust women to make moral decisions about their pregnancies, their families, and their futures. Unplanned pregnancy and abortion are a normal part of women's reproductive lives: roughly one-third of US women will have an abortion by age forty-five, and fifty to sixty percent of the women who have abortions were using birth control during the month that they got pregnant. Yet women who have abortions are shamed and judged for their actions, and safe access to abortion is under relentless assault. In this carefully reasoned and powerful book, Christian ethicist Rebecca Todd Peters argues that abortion is not the problem. The problem is our inability to trust women to act as rational, capable, responsible moral agents who must weigh the concrete moral question of how to respond to a particular unplanned pregnancy. When we move away from a debate requiring women to justify ending a pregnancy, Peters writes, and toward a debate that considers the broader social problems and questions that shape women's reproductive lives, and the lives of their children, we will have created a public policy debate that is asking the right questions. In an age in which women's reproductive rights are increasingly under attack, Peter's stirring defense of abortion as an ethical choice is necessary reading"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, 2018
ISBN: 9780807069981
Branch Call Number: 179.76 Pe
Description: 240 pages ; 24 cm


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May 07, 2018

Full disclosure: I do not usually comment on books I have not read, but in this case I'll make an exception because there is such an obvious contradiction on the cover of the book, and I feel compelled to correct it.

Namely, the contradiction is this: a supposedly Christian author advocating abortion. Just because someone claims to be a Christian doesn't mean they actually are. What defines a Christian is whether a person has surrendered their life to Christ and attempts to live by the Bible's commands. Ergo, anyone who declares that there is any way to morally justify abortion is NOT a Christian. Period. So this book is not written by anyone truly following Christianity, just by people who have assumed its mantle in order to deceive others and sway those less grounded in the faith over to their point of view.

Unborn and infant lives are highly valued in the Bible - a viewpoint that distinguished the Israelite culture from its neighbors. Many of the surrounding cultures sacrificed their children and infants to ancient deities or abandoned them in the name of convenience, and God made it clear that he detested these practices. We are all made in the image of God, and God has a plan for us even before we are conceived. We are all worthy of respect and value.

If you are considering abortion, I would instead recommend giving your child up for adoption. The current estimate of couples wishing to adopt is approximately 2 million, while every year, approximately 1.3 abortions occur. That means there is room and to spare for these so-called "unwanted" children. Please give them a chance to live.


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