Serious work on abortion by female prolife scholars

In my previous post, I listed and linked to six books author by prolife authors, only one of which was not a college or university professor.   It was brought to my attention by writer Sara Pulliam Baily that none of the authors are women. She writes on twitter:@fbeckwith@between2worlds I could see the point that these authors aren't consulted. Also, are there women you'd add? Thanks for dialogue.— Sarah Pulliam Bailey (@spulliam) August 10, 2015 To which I repl … [Read more...]

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Why do prolifers believe that pre-born human beings are one of us?: Some resources

Given the recent discussions about Planned Parenthood's alleged selling of fetal parts and organs, and the outrage and responses that have ensued, it's important to remind ourselves that opponents of abortion, that is, prolifers, have offered a strong case for their position. It is a case that is almost unanimously ignored by the mainstream media as well as online outlets (e.g, Slate, Salon, Huffington Post, Media Matters, etc.) that seem more gifted at issuing rhetorical flourishes rather than a … [Read more...]

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Important article on understanding fetal tissue research by Biola’s Scott B. Rae

With all the attention on the Planned Parenthood videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, it's important that both critics and supporters become better acquainted with the case against the research and medical use of organs and parts procured from dead fetuses resulting from elective abortions. Although published over 20 years ago in Christian Research Journal (Fall 1991), I highly recommend Scott B. Rae's article, "Spare Parts from the Unborn: The Ethics of Fetal Tissue … [Read more...]

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My NRO Interview – “Abortion and Human Equality: How to return the debate to the essential questions 41 years after Roe.”

That's the title of Kathryn Jean Lopez's interview of me in today's National Review Online. Here's how it begins:KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: What are your thoughts as D.C. is about to see a March for Life against 41 years of legal abortion in America?FRANCIS J. BECKWITH: Even though the advocates of the belief that unborn life lacks moral status have had over four decades to completely inoculate the wider culture from the sanctity-of-life ethic (through the media, the academy, and … [Read more...]

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Interview with Catholic News Service: Natural Law and the New Evangelization

During my time in Rome in June, I was interviewed by the Catholic News Service. Here's the video: … [Read more...]

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How Wide is the Human Community?: Why Roe v. Wade Was Wrongly Decided

That is the title of a talk I am giving tomorrow at 7 pm in the Memorial Drawing Room (in the Memorial Residence Hall) on the campus of Baylor University. It is sponsored by Bears for Life. What follows is the poster for the event. … [Read more...]

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Evangelicals and Abortion in the 20th Century: A Hidden History?

I recently came across a post by one of my fellow Patheos bloggers, Fred Clark.  In it, he offers this analysis of American Evangelicals and their changing views on abortion: White American evangelicals are “pro-life.” This is the single most important political aspect of American evangelicalism. It is the single most important theological aspect of American evangelicalism. And it is the paramount factor in evangelical identity for evangelicals themselves.It’s also a very recent developme … [Read more...]

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My Two Part Series on Roe v. Wade, and an extensive critique of Roe

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (22 January 2013), this month I have published a two-part series over at The Catholic Thing. You can find each part at the following links:Roe at Forty, part 1: The Court’s Failure to Address the Question of the Unborn’s Moral Status Roe at Forty, part 2: The Court’s Two Unwarranted StipulationsEven though many citizens reject  Roe v. Wade, not many know why it is so flawed. The above pieces present very brief summaries of some of thos … [Read more...]

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Roe at Forty, part 2: The Court’s Two Unwarranted Stipulations

Two weeks ago, I published over at The Catholic Thing part 1 of my two part series to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe. v. Wade (22 January 2013): "Roe at Forty, part 1: The Court’s Failure to Address the Question of the Unborn’s Moral Status." Part 2 was published today. Entitled, "Roe at Forty, part 2: The Court’s Two Unwarranted Stipulations," here's how it begins: Not only did Roe v. Wade’s majority opinion fail to address the question of whether the unborn human being is a moral subj … [Read more...]

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Roe at Forty, part 1: The Court’s Failure to Address the Question of the Unborn’s Moral Status

That is the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. It is the first of two parts, the second of which will appear at The Catholic Thing on January 18, 2013. Here's how today's entry begins: Later this month on January 22, many will commemorate, in sadness, the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that declared virtually all restrictions on abortion unconstitutional.Although prolifers reject this opinion because of its exclusion of the unborn from … [Read more...]

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