MY REQUEST OF READERS
If you are pro-choice and reading a book titled Why ProLife? then good for you. I hope this means you have an open mind. If the pro-life side proves to be as senseless and irrational as you may have been led to believe, fine. You can give it the firsthand rejection it deserves. But if it proves to be sensible, then I encourage you to rethink your position.
If you’re one of those many who are on the fence, with mixed feelings, I ask you to make this book part of a quest for truth. You can hear the pro-choice position anywhere—just turn on a TV or read the newspaper. But this may be your only opportunity to examine the pro-life position.
If you are pro-life, I ask you to think through your position. It isn’t good enough to say, “I know I’m right, but I’m not sure why.” We should base our beliefs on the evidence. If we’re wrong on any point, by all means let’s revise our position. If we’re right, we need to learn how to intelligently and graciously inform others.
Some Christian readers may think, “This book isn’t for us—it’s unchurched people who are having abortions.” In fact, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic. So two-thirds of America’s abortions are obtained by those with a Christian affiliation. Eighteen percent of all U.S. abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as born-again or evangelical Christians.1)Family Planning Perspectives, July–August 1996, 12. That’s nearly a quarter-million abortions each year in Bible-believing churches.
The abortion issue isn’t about the church needing to speak to the world. It’s about the church needing to speak to itself first, and then to the world.
One thing is certain: If abortion really does kill children and harm women, then there’s too much at stake to stand on the fringes and do nothing.
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