While most Christians oppose women getting an abortion, the faith is as complicated and multifaceted as its followers around the world. Some argue there is room for a pro-choice stance within Christianity.
Here are five pro-choice arguments made by Christians:
1. Life is complicated and hard: The United Methodist Church describes a stance that rejects abortion
as birth control or for gender selection and supports the notification of parents by minors seeking an abortion. However, they "recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such cases we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures by certified medical providers."
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2. The Christian faith should not be exclusively about rules:
In a sermon by Rev. Harry Knox, the United Methodist stance on the issue is further explained.
According to Rev. Knox
, "Reproductive justice is a very Wesleyan framework for studying, thinking, praying and talking about God's gift of healthy and responsible sexuality. United Methodists also understood that justice recognizes the good of the community relies, not on draconian rules by which few can abide, but on personal empowerment and sustained local support for people doing the best they can under heavy pressure."
3. Legal abortion limits dangers to women:
Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom works to remind young faithful of the dangers women faced before contraception and abortion was legal. These Christians focus on how freedom of choice may save a woman's life.
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4. Abortion is a personal decision that cannot be summed up in soundbites:
The Presbyterian General Assembly use this language to express its stance on abortion.
"When an individual woman faces the decision whether to terminate a pregnancy, the issue is intensely personal, and may manifest itself in ways that do not reflect public rhetoric, or do not fit neatly into medical, legal or policy guidelines," as stated on their website.
5. The Holy Spirit gives the Christian the ability to make choices, and those choices are only accountable to God, not human authority:
The Presbyterian General Assembly continues to explain this by saying, "Humans are empowered by the spirit prayerfully to make significant moral choices, including the choice to continue or end a pregnancy. Human choices should not be made in a moral vacuum, but must be based on Scripture, faith and Christian ethics. For any choice we are accountable to God. However, even when we err, God offers to forgive us."
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