Logo
Sound journalism, grounded in facts and Biblical truth | Donate

Abortion is not just a debate over ideas

Adeline Allen | Human dignity hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court


A soldier overseas holds an ultrasound image of his daughter. Associated Press/Photo by Maya Alleruzzo

Abortion is not just a debate over ideas
You have {{ remainingArticles }} free {{ counterWords }} remaining. You've read all of your free articles.

Full access isn’t far.

We can’t release more of our sound journalism and commentary without a subscription, but we can make it easy for you to come aboard.

Get into news that is grounded in facts and Biblical truth for as low as $3.99 per month.

LET'S GO

Already a member? Sign in.

The biggest abortion case in nearly 50 years, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is going up before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Mississippi is asking no less than that the Supreme Court reverse both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Mississippi will seek to uphold its abortion prohibitions for pregnancies past 15 weeks’ gestation, with exceptions for medical emergencies or severe fetal abnormality. But the stakes are actually far higher.

The Supreme Court should reverse Roe and Casey in its entirety. As Princeton’s Robert P. George writes at First Things, the legal facts in Dobbs are presented in such a way that it does not allow for much wiggle room for the justices. Given the legal and constitutional arguments, it would make sense—and be exactly right—for the Court to reverse both Roe and Casey.

My husband and I recently welcomed a child. The experience of pregnancy and childbirth always makes me think of the Apostle Paul’s words—mysterious, lovely, and aching with yearning: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

If, during the pregnancy, I knew the baby growing in the womb—through flutters in the womb, daily kick counts, growing height, ultrasound images—it was like seeing him through a glass, darkly. It was knowledge, yes, but only in part.

But then the baby was born, the midwife placed him on my chest, and I got to meet him for the first time. I saw him, finally, in the flesh, face to face. Then I began to know him as we may know each other this side of Paradise. He looked like his older brother. The shape of his fingers and toes is the same as his siblings and mine. I will learn to know his personality, the sound of his laugh. The promise of years ahead is a fuller knowledge, a more fulfilling one.

But our baby was a person from the start—from the moment of fertilization and the gift of life.

Sixty-two million Americans have been killed in utero under the Roe v. Wade regime. Abortion—grotesquely and deceitfully termed as “women’s health care” these days, as if the older doublespeak the “right to choose” wasn’t perversion enough—is often pushed by elites and professional women (while poor women bear the brunt of the abortion culture).

Abortion is an idol that has required Molech-style child sacrifice on its altar. So it was heartening to see so many women scholars and professionals, 240 of them, sign an amicus curiae brief in support of Mississippi. (Full disclosure: I joined it, too). In fact, Dobbs had many amicus briefs filed, and 70 percent were filed in support of Mississippi. Momentum is building, and it is high time. It is time to destroy the high places and break the idol.

And it is time to turn to the God Who is Love. “Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Love is a constant between this life and the life of the world to come, as the Apostle Paul teaches us. Love is also a constant between the world of the unborn in the womb and our world here outside of the womb. Love is willing the good of the beloved, and God’s gift of life is good in and of itself. The way of love requires babies not to be aborted, that they might live and experience the beauty and wonder of this life under the reign of a loving Creator. The clarion call to the Supreme Court to overrule Roe and Casey in full has been sounded. Let the faithful answer the call to pray earnestly for the cause of life.


Adeline A. Allen

Adeline A. Allen is Associate Professor of Law at Trinity Law School.

COMMENT BELOW

Please wait while we load the latest comments...

Comments

Please register, subscribe, or login to comment on this article.


Bruce

There was a time when the total count of children killed through abortion was estimated to be 30 million. I found myself weeping one day contemplating that, little as I could actually comprehend what 30 million lives lost to death in the womb could really mean. Now the total is 62 million?! How absolutely horrifying!! And I still can't really comprehend it. I am troubled to admit I've grown somewhat numb to it, but I also don't have the capacity to truly deal with the weight of that scope of evil. Only the Lord does.

That the Lord God has given His Son to make a way for repentance and forgiveness of our sins is wonderful, and I rejoice for those who have come to repent of this evil they participated in or encouraged. May the Lord give victory to those working to preserve the new law in Mississippi and overturn the terrible precedent of Roe v Wade et al.

djblauw

...."doublespeak" (small sp. error)
Thanks for this article

WORLD's Mickey McLeandjblauw

Thank you for pointing out the error. We have corrected it.