File this under “It’s been tried for decades only to have been proved a failure but let’s try it anyway and call it ‘seeking common ground.'”
The National Association of Evangelicals has issued a new resolution on abortion advocacy that calls for pursuing “common ground” towards reducing the abortion rate in America, and included contraception as among possible means of achieving that goal.
The thing that jumps out at me is that “common ground” is a political term, not one well suited to discussions of ethics.
The NAE wrote that while they are “understandably reluctant to recommend contraception for unmarried sexual partners, given that it cannot condone extramarital sex…it is even more tragic when unmarried individuals compound one sin by conceiving and then destroying the precious gift of life.”
Does the NAE not understand that birth control often acts as an abortifacient? Does the NAE not understand that birth control, far from being a solution for crisis pregnancies, is actually a cause as the two are statistically linked.
As sad as this move by the NAE is, I suspect that it’s just a precursor to an eventual move to legitimize abortion somewhere down the line. As Natalie Hudson wrote
There is no culture or subculture in the world that has permitted contraception and then has not gone on to permit abortion. As acceptance of contraception increases so does acceptance of abortion. Why is this the case? Because at the root of contraception is the notion that a couple can engage in sexual activity and avoid its natural consequences. Couples who unintentionally conceive a child while using contraception are far more likely to resort to abortion than others.
So I fear that the NAE’s acceptance of contraception will likely one day lead to an acceptance of abortion as a way of preventing “unwanted children” or to prevent children from being born with “painful or debilitating diseases.”
Exit thought: I wonder when the NAE is going to announce that getaway cars should be given to all bank robbers. It wouldn’t be that the NAE would be supporting bank robbing it would just be that they don’t want robbers to get into shootouts with police or be forced into standoffs and hostage taking.
God help us.