Sojourners Magazine: November 1980
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As President of Right to Life of Michigan and now vice president of National Right to Life, I am often asked by those outside the movement whether my involvement in the abortion issue was primarily motivated by religious conviction.
"Therefore choose life." The peace movement has made that familiar scriptural appeal a basic principle of action and, in most respects, has been faithful to it.
Phil and I have two children: Frida, age 6, and Jerome, age 5. They are one year and two weeks apart.
Many plead, "Will somebody please be consistent about issues of life and death? Where did all the anti-war folks go when the abortion issue came along?"
One helpful way to deal with the question of abortion is to begin on the personal level.
My brother, the youngest in our family of seven, and I are separated by some 20 years. We have had several conversations about abortion.
The conviction that each human life is sacred has its roots in the scriptures. There God is revealed as the living God who bestows life.
Being pro-life is much more than being anti-abortion -per se; it means taking a stand against all powers, persons, and institutions militating against human dignity and the sanctity of all life.
The right-to-life person said, "What gives a mother the right to kill her child?"
I reject the notion of those who say that abortion is only a woman's issue...Such a view is parallel to saying that war is a man's problem, or that capital punishment is a legal problem, or the poor are an economic problem
When Juli Loesch told me that Sojourners was doing a feature on abortion, I was mighty surprised.
On June 30, 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down another in its long and controversial series of opinions on the subject of human abortion.
Not long ago I met a man who has dedicated much of his time and energy to a pro-life group. He was discouraged at the results of that work.
The war in Vietnam de-militarized my conscience. And it was the war that first made me think about abortion.
Kim Dae Jung, the leader of opposition to two south Korean dictators--first Park Chung Hee and now Chun Doo Hwan--has been sentenced to death by hanging.
I have not always been pro-life. In the years of the late '60s and the decade of the '70s I was for abortion. It was the popular opinion of everyone I knew.
This special issue of Sojourners is on abortion. It is overdue.
"I just don't have space in my life for prayer." How many times I have heard these words.