I often hear men say “abortion is a women’s issue” and use that as an excuse not to speak up for unborn babies or the exploitation of pregnant women. Here are just 5 reasons why that’s simply not true.
1. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
MLK wrote this in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail in 1963. We can’t just ignore the injustice of abortion and focus on other justice issues. We must challenge injustice everywhere. We must speak up even when there is a cost. We must pick up our crosses and bear them if we want to follow God’s commands. It’s ridiculous to ask people to care for the homeless and poor because they’re made in God’s image while we ignore all those babies and pregnant mothers made in God’s image. If we want to speak out against injustice, we can’t be selective. We must speak out against all injustice.
2. We have mothers, sisters and daughters – we need to speak up for them
Many women each year are exploited by the abortion providers that fail to tell the women the long-term impact of their “choice.” Many women suffer years of emotional pain. Some can no longer get pregnant. Still others have premature babies later as a result of the damage done to their bodies. Visit the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to see videos of women telling their stories.
If we saw our mothers, sisters or daughters mistreated this way by any other industry, we would speak up for them. So why do we run away when it’s abortion? Why do we allow this to go on when so many women close to us have been lied to and exploited?
3. The Bible is clear that we are to rescue those being led away to death
Proverbs 24:11-12 (ESV)
Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not He who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not He who guards your life know it?
Will He not repay everyone according to what they have done?
This is one of many verses that commands us to speak up.
4. Abortion a symptom of a larger problem – men treating women like objects
Abortion is really a symptom of a larger problem – the hookup culture. Men treat women like sex objects and then abandon them when they get pregnant. It is women who bear the physical and emotional burden of abortion. Christian men have a responsibility to follow God’s commands and have sexual integrity. We also have a responsibility to challenge other Christian men to follow God’s commands. John the Baptist thought challenging men on sexual sin was so important that he risked (and actually lost) his head to do it. Christian men must work to end abortion by ending the hookup culture and promoting sexual integrity.
5. Babies aren’t made without men
With the exception of Jesus, babies aren’t made without a man involved. You’re a father whether you act like it or not. Once that baby is conceived, you have a responsibility to protect that child and the mother. The rest of us have an obligation to support you and to challenge you if you fail to step up to that responsibility.