Yesterday our topic was abortion. Here were some videos we watched in class:
- The 180 Movie (~ ½ hour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI
- The S.L.E.D. Test (total of 9 ½ minutes):
- Introduction: http://subspla.sh/cd6e7d6
- S – Size: http://subspla.sh/52200fa
- L – Level of Development: http://subspla.sh/c03b7b5
- E – Environment: http://subspla.sh/469db33
- D – Degree of Dependency: http://subspla.sh/fcd0a3f
- Conclusion: http://subspla.sh/60e03e2
- Trotting out the toddler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ktPmgBX_FU
Unfortunately, all the people making the argument in these videos are men. However, there are many strong pro-life women. In some quick research, I also found this video from a woman abortion survivor to the Australian parliament:
This was not necessarily a “traditional” Biblical apologetics issue, but it is a moral issue that certainly flows from our Christian worldview. There are a few Bible verses I quoted in the class, which are relevant to this issue:
- Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations”. This tells us that God forms us in the womb.
- Psalms 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Again, here we are told that God is the one ‘knitting us together in our mother’s wombs.
- Finally, I referenced how the baby John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb: “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” Luke 1:41. This tells us that John was a human person – a baby, not just a fetus, when he was in Elizabeth’s womb.
It was a good class and we had a good discussion at the end.
After the class, I was talking to one of the students (a female student who is a senior in high school). She expressed a few different concerns regarding the topic and the video:
- She might be considered hateful by others if she tries to convince them about the pro-life view.
- She’s concerned that the woman that have abortions do not feel loved, but rather, judged by Christians – that we need to show them more love and less judgment based on the situation they’re in
- It would be more effective to have women make these arguments for the pro-life position, since they’re in a position to know more about the special burdens and trials of pregnancy and childbirth
By the way, I do agree with all those points. Part of my purpose in showing the videos in the class, was not only to equip the students to make their pro-life case, but at a minimum to convince them personally that the pro-life position is the Christian position and the most logical/moral position. So, my biggest concern is that the students are personally convinced and have a chance to think through the issues their selves in a safe environment where they can ask questions. So, I hope that at least watching these videos has had an impact on their personal views.
That being said, I completely understand that it is a daunting task, as a senior in high school, to go out and convince others of that position. My hope is that the students would be able to stand up and say “I’m pro-life” if the issue ever comes up and will be able to defend their views if someone asks them why they’re pro-life. That’s defensive apologetics – giving a reasoned answer for your views when challenged, and not being persuaded by the pro-choice view because you’ve taken the time to think deeply about the pro-life view.
I did share with this student the one pro-life video by a woman (15 minutes), who happens to be a survivor of an abortion that she would possibly be interested in watching:
She did watch it and said “I watched the video and it was really powerful and got me to think more about abortion.”
I also shared with her some links to several female bloggers that blog about pro-life issues:
It was a great class and I think it was a divine appointment for this particular student, because she had just been struggling with this issue.