Is This a Religious Belief or a Human Rights Belief?

We need to quit avoiding the truth with ridiculous excuses about life and death.

On January 22, 2023, we celebrate the fact that Roe v. Wade was not able to celebrate its 50th year of forcing states to allow abortions for any and every reason. Today and the next three Wednesdays in January our devotions will address important aspects of abortion. Our prayer is that our readers will have the courage to speak God's truth when the subject of abortion comes up in conversations.

Recently I read an argument by a professing Christian who opposed the overturning of Roe vs. Wade. He said it's wrong for Christians to expect a secular government to legislate religious beliefs. 

What constitutes a “religious belief”?

Religious beliefs are things uniquely tied to a particular faith. For example, if a government forced citizens to do Hindu chants or be baptized in Christ, they would be legislating a religious belief.

However, some religious beliefs are also human rights beliefs. For example, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity all teach that one person shouldn't be able to steal another person's possessions, and most non-religious people agree.

When laws deny human rights, they violate Christian beliefs (Matthew 7:12), but they also violate basic human rights beliefs. Slavery was a violation of human rights, and so is abortion.(1)

If making laws against abortion is "legislating religious beliefs," so is making laws against rape, theft, child abuse, false testimony, and the murder of born people.

The passages below make it clear that every Christian should be praying for and voting for legislation that prohibits abortion.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” Proverbs 31:8 
“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?” Proverbs 24:11-12 

For brief, "non-religious" answers to pro-abortion arguments, see Pro-life Replies. For example, this site features a 5-minute reply to the false argument that abortion is a constitutional right.

For more confirmation, see: 

To read about other worldly excuses for abortion:

(1) Pro-abortion groups often promote the lie that overturning Roe will lead to laws that force women to die instead of getting an abortion. That's completely false. That restriction has never been proposed by any legitimate pro-life group, and abortions for the life of the mother have been allowed in the U.S. for hundreds of years.

We need to quit avoiding the truth with ridiculous excuses about life and death.

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