Dion's random ramblings

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

'Why I am an abortion doctor'

Abortion is a highly contested and emotive issue, and particularly so among Christians.

In the Methodist Church of Southern Africa we have adopted the position that abortion is not part of God's perfect will. However, there may be some necessary health concerns that will necessitate an abortion (at certain very early stages of pregnancy). These cases could be considered to be part of God's permissive will (in other words in a perfect world God would not choose it, but, in some circumstances God will make some allowances).

I have personally had opportunities to work with women who are filled with remorse and sorrow at having an abortion, and others who have expressed gratitude and thanks to God for saving their lives (such as women with ectopic pregnancy).

If you're interested to read why one abortion doctor chooses to place himself at the centre of this heated and contested issue please read this report. It made me think... If one were to outlaw all abortions that would have grave and serious consequences (forcing some persons to take routes that are both dangerous to themselves, and even more unethical).

Anyone else have thoughts on this?


  • About 15 years after abortion became legal in the USA, a drop in the crime rate was observed. Abortion gets rid of undesirable elements.

    If you're a proponent of utilitarian ethics, I suppose that is a pretty powerful argument in favour of abortion.

    I'm not sure that utilitarian ethics and the Christian faith are always compatible, though.

    By Blogger Steve Hayes, at 5:29 AM  

  • An imotive issue indeed. I believe the church needs to give advice to people seeking guidance, and it does. Secondly it also advocates forgiveness in these cases where this has happened. Thank you for being so clear on this issue. It needs to be said from the pulpits as well.
    Thanks Dion.

    By Blogger Herman G, at 2:43 PM  

  • It should be noted that devices such as the loop causes continuous abortions.

    By Blogger Herman G, at 2:45 PM  

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