President Obama says he wants to have a dialogue on abortion, and I think that is a great idea. Too many people have traded sound bites for too long and not thought deeply about what abortion really is.
If you are going to have a dialogue on any topic, the first thing you want to do is ensure you are careful in defining the subject. What is an abortion, anyway? In this debate it is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy. It is a scientific fact that abortion kills an innocent human being.
It might be helpful for Obama and other pro-choicers to view these images to see what abortions do.
As Greg Koukl points out, the first and main question is, “What is the unborn?” If it is not a human being, then no justification for abortion is necessary. If it is a human being, then no justification is sufficient (except to save the life of the mother, of course, which is in concert with the pro-life ethic).
So once people understand the facts, they should be able to make moral judgments based on them. If it is immoral to kill innocent human beings then abortion is immoral. If we have laws to protect innocent human beings from being killed, we should have laws preventing abortions.
So bring on the dialogue, and let’s point to the facts.
Obama also said, “Let’s provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term.” If he means that, he should heartily endorse Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs). He needs to talk to Planned Parenthood and the like, though, because they consider PRCs to be the enemy and are working to restrict them.