Category: Pro-Life

How to Reduce Abortions: An Idiosyncratic Suggestion

This past spring, we spent a lot of time arguing against the notion that single evangelicals should take contraception to reduce abortions.  What we didn’t do, though, was talk about the positive case:  if not contraception, then how should we set about...

/ October 8, 2012

Christian Progressivism and a Principled Pro-Life Position

My good friend Tim King of Sojourners took the Rachel Held Evans stage after I did–an admittedly easy act to follow–as a Christian progressive.  His answers are precisely in line with those which I’ve come to expect from him:  thoughtful,...

/ March 21, 2012

(When) Is Lying Wrong?

Lila Rose’s explosive undercover video exposing a  Planned Parenthood worker who gave professional advice to someone masquerading as a pimp with an under-age sex ring has generated a national debate over the organization and its role. But it has also...

/ February 28, 2011

Adoption and the Pro-Life Movement

Douthat: In every era, there’s been a tragic contrast between the burden of unwanted pregnancies and the burden of infertility. But this gap used to be bridged by adoption far more frequently than it is today. Prior to 1973, 20...

/ January 4, 2011

Alcorn on Younger Evangelical Inconsistency

I would encourage you to view this interview between Mark Driscoll and Randy Alcorn. It’s excellent and rightfully deserves a response from evangelicals who label themselves “pro-life” but then vote for pro-choice candidates. I’ll be blunt; I know of no...

/ August 9, 2010

The (Economic?) Case for Babies

I’m in the market for babies and, based on the research, it’s prime time to be having them.  Happily married, financially stable, and with a happiness quotient that should make the rich and famous envious, my wife and I are...

/ June 28, 2010

Ambiguously Human

Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made is 86 pages that will change your life. Readers of Mere-O know my ongoing fascination with O’Donovan, whom I regard as the best living theologian in the English-speaking world.  After slowly digesting his trilogy on...

/ April 18, 2010

A Moment of Sympathy for Mr. Stupak

Ross Douthat at the NY Times had a moment of sympathy for Bart Stupak today, and it’s a (typically) generous and insightful response to uproar surrounding Bart Stupak: Here was a politician who embodies what a half-century ago would have...

/ March 24, 2010

Weekend Action: Health Care in the House

Outside of a few pieces on the underlying philosophical issues at stake in the health care debate, I have stayed relatively quiet about my position on it. But with a landmark vote coming in the House of Representatives this weekend, I...

/ March 18, 2010

Conservatism and American Exceptionalism

I am occasionally asked by folks how to help young evangelicals understand and sympathize with conservative political ideology. Here’s a hint: Don’t steal religious language to make the case for American exceptionalism, as Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru unfortunately do....

/ February 25, 2010